Program Overview

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 -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.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring 2020: November 1
EXTENDED! New Date: November 10

Fall 2020: April 15
Spring 2021: November 1
Avg Course Load
4 Courses (12–15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Suburban, park-like campus with a direct train line to downtown Sydney and famous beaches
  • A top-50 ranked university in the world
  • Official Maquarie University DIGITAL Transcript
  • AACSB International Business School accreditation
  • More than 200 social, academic, and sport clubs
  • Fantastic housing options
  • Easy travel to Melbourne, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast
  • Opt into Macquarie's Global Leadership Program
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.


Why This 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.

How To Choose Your Course

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. 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.

Course Approval

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.

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Choose Your Courses

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

Life In Sydney

Welcome and Orientation

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 in Sydney

Macquarie University – Housing


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

Commute Walking
Double Room
Kitchen Equipment
Laundry On-site
Single Room
Study Areas

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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.

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

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.

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!

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 phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Paloma Domene
Site Director in Sydney

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.

Learn more about Paloma

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, Semester in Sydney - Macquarie University, Columbia College Chicago

Program Fees & Dates

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

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1 EXTENDED! New Date: November 10
    February 13
    June 30
    $14,990 - $17,990
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    July 13
    November 28
    $14,990 - $17,990
  • Spring 2021
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 13 (Estimated)
    June 30 (Estimated)
    $14,990 - $17,990 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

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
  • 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
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Macquarie University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet access
  • Macquarie University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program