Semester in Sydney
Macquarie University

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Experience the Land Down Under in suburban Sydney.

As a student on the Semester in Sydney – Macquarie University program, enjoy a wide variety of innovative classes and an activity-packed student union and sports association, all only a 40 minute train ride outside of Sydney. Sandwiched between a national park and the city’s largest shopping center, Macquarie University is recognized for its high-quality teaching and research, and for its park-like campus in a suburban setting.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 4 courses (12–15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Suburban, park-like campus with a direct train line to downtown Sydney and famous beaches
  • Official Maquarie University DIGITAL Transcript
  • AACSB-accredited International Business School
  • More than 200 social, academic, and sport clubs
  • Easy travel to Melbourne, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast

Program Details

Macquarie 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)

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • World Languages
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

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.

Interested in a business internship? Macquarie University offered a business internship for credit option. The internship unit will provide an opportunity for students to gain international professional experience through a work placement in a not-for-profit organisation, government agency, company or other industry partner in the beautiful city of Sydney.

  • Internships can be offered for credit during the semester for 10 credit points (1 undergraduate unit)
  • Contact hours include up to 150 hours on your internship plus 12 hours of class contact throughout the semester
  • You must be an undergraduate Study Abroad student undertaking a total of 4 units to be eligible to apply
  • Additional $575 AUD internship fee

The internship requires a 3.0/4.0 GPA .

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing at Macquarie


Students will live on-campus in the Macquarie University Village townhouses and choose between a single or double room (depending on availability). Housing is located about a 25-30 minute walk to a grocery store, as well as a large shopping center.

Accommodations are fully furnished and include spacious living and dining areas, plenty of storage, and ample study space. There is also a communal outdoor entertainment area, ping pong tables, an internet cafe, a volleyball court, and coin-operated laundry available to students who live there.



Make your own meals in the kitchen, stocked up with all the tools you’ll need. Put your skills to the test and try your hand at some local favorites!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommuteWalking
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. 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
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Macquarie University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet access
  • Macquarie University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

This active and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! Discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.

Farewell & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also, enjoy a group meal as part of your farewell to Australia.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

4-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! 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!

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay

If you love watching the big blue ocean in its authentic beautiful nature don’t miss this excursion. The view from the cliffs and the cute lighthouse should be enough but we’ve got some delicious food to persuade you to hang out too!

Surfing Lesson

Surfing Lesson

Would you like to feel like a true Aussie? We thought you might mate! Enjoy a lesson with an instructor and have a fun time with your surfboard catching the waves. *Usually at the iconic Bondi Beach.

Site Director

Paloma Domene
Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.


Paloma, originally hailing from Spain, has a background in event production, fashion, as well as a law degree from Seville University and volunteered on the biggest Tattoo Festival in Sydney. She is passionate about animals, sports and vegan food. She lives in Sydney and has over 3 years experience with American study abroad and exchange programming. She is excited to welcome our students and interns to Sydney.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: July 13
  • Departure: November 28
  • Price: $14,990 - $17,990
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $14,990 - $17,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Student Village Shared Room 3 Units=$14,990
Student Village Single Room 3 Units=$16,390

Student Village Shared Room 4 Units=$16,590
Student Village Single Room 4 Units=$17,990

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

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