Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie University brings together 40,000 students in one thriving hub of discovery. The park-like campus features open green spaces and state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to think, grow, achieve and affect change. Macquarie ranks among the top 1% of universities in the world and holds a 5-star QS rating; making their students among the most sought-after professionals in the world. With over 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers, while the staff have access to outstanding research and innovation opportunities with some of the world’s leading organisations.
The Surrounding Area
Sydney is a destination like no other. From the iconic Sydney Harbour and more than 100 beaches, to arts and cultural festivals, and picturesque mountains nearby, Sydney has something for everyone. Ranked as the 4th best student city in the world – and home to the regional headquarters of around 500 multinational companies – Sydney is the ultimate place to live and study.
Location.............................................................. Sydney, Australia
City Population..............................................................4.45 million
Like a miniature city, Macquarie has a vast array of amenities on campus including a bookshop, a bar and several cafés as well as being within walking distance to a major shopping precinct. The sports facilities are some of the best university facilities in the country – the Sport and Aquatic Centre features swimming pools, a state-of-the-art health club, squash and basketball courts, and a martial arts area. It’s a diverse campus, with a strong focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. Staff and students from more than 100 countries study and work here and provide a wide variety of student support services.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington education abroad program with Macquarie will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include arts and social sciences, psychology and cognitive sciences, climate and marine sciences, business, information technology, media, communication, performing arts, education, criminology, medicine and health, language, linguistics and more. This program is AACSB accredited and approved by the Cameron School of Business for business students.
At Macquarie University, classes are called units. A typical course load is three or four units per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss Macquarie's unit offerings and credit transfer process.
Students can choose to live in accommodations located very close to campus with options for a meal plan (catered), or no meal plan (self-catered) based on their accommodation choice. Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in Australian dollars (AU$).
As with all Australian schools, Macquarie follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is Australia's Spring term or Semester 2)
July to Late November
Spring Semester Dates (this is Australia's Fall term or Semester 1)
Mid-February to June
This program is available as an Exchange or as Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss your program budget and to determine which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.