Program Overview

Picture yourself spending the semester in Sydney, the largest city in Australia. As a student on the Semester in Sydney – Macquarie University program, you‘ll enjoy a wide variety of innovative classes and an activity-packed student union and sports association. Macquarie University is recognized for its high-quality teaching and research, and for its unique, park-like campus. With over 10,000 international students from 120 countries, you’ll meet people from Australia and all over the world. When you’re not in class, take a bike ride across the Harbor Bridge, stroll through the botanical gardens, and watch the sun dip behind the iconic Sydney Opera house!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Suburban, park-like campus only 30 minutes from downtown Sydney and famous beaches
  • A top-50 ranked university in the world
  • AACSB International Business School accreditation
  • More than 200 social, academic, and sport clubs
  • Two fantastic housing options

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Sydney

Welcome and Orientation

Your program will kick off with a CISabroad Orientation. You will learn more about the culture and vivacious city around you! We’ll also sit down to discuss program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as academics (they are different from the US!), culture, slang, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.

Housing Options

Students will live on-campus and choose between a single or double room. Both are located about a 25-30 minute walk to a grocery store, as well as a large shopping center.

The Macquarie University Village townhouses


  • Single or twin (shared) rooms are available*
  • Outdoor entertainment area, ping pong tables, an internet cafe, and a volleyball court
  • Coin-operated laundry is available on site
  • Fully furnished and include spacious living and dining areas, a porch, plenty of storage, and ample study space

*Housing assignments dependent on availability.

students overlooking the sydney opera house

Local Life

  • Cockatoo Island: Take the ferry to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
  • Fish Markets: The largest working fish market in the southern hemisphere - open from 7am every day. Book a behind the scenes tour to see the real wholesale auction that kicks off at 5.30am.
  • Chinatown and Powerhouse Museum: Find your favorite flavour of dumpling when you visit Chinatown. Then pop to the nearby Powerhouse Museum – this is an interactive museum dedicated to science, technology and design. If you want to grab some bargains you can also stop by Paddys Market!
  • Hyde Park: Visit the Australian Museum (Australia’s first museum), the ANZAC memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park Barracks – a good dose of Aussie culture and history.

More About Sydney

The gateway to Australia, Sydney is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that combines culture, history, and beautiful scenery! Sydney is Australia’s largest and oldest city, with a multicultural population of nearly four million. Located along the southeast coast of the Tasman Sea, Sydney has one of the world’s most stunning harbors, with easy-to-reach sandy beaches in every direction. As a student studying in Sydney, you can enjoy some of Australia's most famous sites, such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Are you a sports fan? Don't miss out on one of the many fan-driven sporting events within the city. Food enthusiast? Dine on dishes from all over the world thanks to Sydney's international food scene. Want to take a break from the city and enjoy nature? There are five major national parks around Sydney with 8,000 square kilometers of open space, easily accessible by train.

Visitors to Sydney will agree that the city has a reputation as an international center for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, music, education, and tourism.  Best of all, Sydney has an enjoyable temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. It's the perfect place to explore the city or hit the beach! With its wide range of cultural, historical, culinary, and sports opportunities, Sydney, Australia, is the perfect location for your study abroad experience.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past. You'll also enjoy a comprehensive culture- and adventure-based orientation, which will include excursions to places such as the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef!

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Manly Beach

Taking the ferry over the harbor to Manly is an experience in itself. At the beach, you can sunbathe, try paddle boarding, dine on fish and chips, or take a leisurely bush hike that will lead you to unobstructed views of glimmering water.

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Sydney Tower Eye

Visit Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Save this one until you know your way around the city—then head up to the observation deck to see it from above. On a clear day, you'll be surprised what you can spot!

4 days on the Great Barrier Reef

Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling, or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!


GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Semester in Sydney – Macquarie University offers two 14-week semesters, beginning in July and February. The University has 4 faculties (colleges): the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Human Science, and the Faculty of Science. Within those, you can choose from over 70 academic areas. So long as you have the prerequisites, you can take pretty much any class you want.

Course descriptions and catalog: Click here to view the entire course catalog.

Click on the prefix for the subject area (i.e. ACCG for Accounting), and then click on the class you want more information on.

To get a course syllabus Click here. (You can search by department name, unit name or unit code)

Certificate programs: Earn both academic credit and a certification during your semester abroad. Click here to learn more!

Timetables: Click on the title of the course that interests you to see the semester in which it is offered. Abbreviations are as follows:

D – Before 6 p.m.
E – After 6 p.m.
1 – First-semester unit, February–June
2 – Second-semester unit, July–November

How to read the Macquarie University course catalog
You will find classes offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level classes at Macquarie are often equivalent to junior- and senior-year classes in the US. They will likely have prerequisites.

The University

Fun fact: Macquarie University is the only university in Sydney with its own subway stop! You can hop on a train any time and be in the center of Sydney in about 20 minutes. Since its establishment in 1964, this innovative university has been a pioneer in Australian education. Macquarie ranks as one of Australia's top ten universities and is in the top 2 percent of universities worldwide. It's famous for groundbreaking research in the earth sciences, laser physics, linguistics, and education.

You'll find all you need right on the Macquarie University campus. The facilities are state-of-the-art thanks to a $1 billion investment over the past decade. There are restaurants and food shopping centers, a hospital, health and fitness center, library, and much more. Another bonus: the Macquarie Centre Shopping Mall is located right across the street. And, because you are only 20 minutes from the center of Sydney, living on a park-like campus at Macquarie gives you the best of both worlds.

Macquarie University has 31,200 undergraduate students, 10,000 of which are international, making it one of the most international universities in the world. The diversity on campus—both cultural and ethnic—is a learning lesson in and of itself. During your first week, or “O Week,” you can join campus-led activities and entertainment. Furthermore, there are many student groups and sports clubs to join that will enhance your study abroad experience!

Accredited by The Department of Education and Training of Australia and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

students lounging on macquarie's campus

Student Feedback

Just spent the last five months studying abroad in Sydney, Australia and had the most life changing semester! I had heaps of fun during the first weekend orientation thanks to the wonderful team there and got to meet such an outstanding group of people that I know I will stay in touch with a handful of them for life. Thank you CISabroad for helping create the best semester of my life and for giving me the travel bug because I know my adventures don't end here!

Brent Wolff - Columbia College Chicago

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 15
    February 15 - 18
    Classes Start
    February 26
    Classes End
    June 29
    June 30
    $15,990 - $17,890
  • Fall 2018
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    July 19
    CISabroad Orientation July 19 - 22; Macquarie Orientation 23-27
    Classes Start
    July 30
    Classes End
    November 9; Exams: November 12 - 30
    December 1
    $15,790 - $17,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (shared or single apartments)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Macquarie University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet access
  • Macquarie University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program