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Macquarie University offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the bustling nature of international Sydney and also the more relaxed, local feel of the city’s suburbs. Located in North Ryde featuring a sprawling campus just a short train ride away from Sydney’s Central Business District, students live in our downtown accommodations or an on-campus apartment. With a variety of courses to choose from – the university is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in nine subjects – and a schedule that allows for semester break excursions, Macquarie students benefit from both local interactions and global experiences.
Study on this 126-hectare park-like campus, the 18th most international campus in the world according to the Times Higher Education, 2015
Live in Sydney, the largest and oldest city in Australia, with its magnificent coastline and ideal climate
Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Experience living in student apartments on-campus or in downtown Sydney
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
Students have the option to take a three course load for a discounted tuition rate.
TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.
Students attending Macquarie can live in on-campus student apartments shared with local and international students. Alternatively, students can choose to live in student apartments located in downtown Sydney, and commute by train to Macquarie University.
Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social or cultural issues that you may face during your time abroad.
About Macquarie University
- Founded in 1964, this spacious parkland campus is located in the suburbs of Sydney, about eleven miles northwest of the city.
- The campus is surrounded by a major technology precinct, bushland areas and is adjacent to one of Sydney’s largest shopping malls. With access to public transport through regular buses and a train station on campus, the community of Macquarie University offers the calm of the suburbs with the thrill of Sydney just within reach.
- Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in nine subjects by the QS World University rankings, and is the 18th most international university in the world according to the Times Higher Education.
- Macquarie has its own marsupial research facility on campus, complete with kangaroos and wallabies and is home to Australia’s largest sculpture park.
- As host to over 25 research centers and institutes, Macquarie has facilitated groundbreaking work in areas such as lasers, biology, wireless communications, physics, mathematics, geology, linguistics and ancient history.
- Known as “Australia’s Innovative University,” Macquarie actively supports innovative teaching practices and is at the forefront of developing new courses.
- The Global Leadership Program (GLP) offers study-abroad students the chance to gain leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding and an international awareness through participation in various workshops, travel opportunities and service projects.
Academic Departments and Schools at Macquarie are divided into five academic divisions: Arts; Business and Economics; Human Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences and Science and Engineering.
Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 9 and 14 Macquarie credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.
|Communications & Media Studies||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may be considered on a case by case basis. Contact TEAN for more information.
- Students attending two-year institutions may be considered on a case by case basis.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Sydney-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Sydney. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
In Australia, each state has a sport that dominates. In New South Wales, rugby league is the dominant sport. We join the local crowds to see a game, and your local TEAN staff provide an explanation of the rules.
Sydney Opera House Performance
While tourists stand around outside taking photos, the locals are inside the Opera House seeing some of the best theatre, opera, dance or musical performances in the world. We join the locals at one of the many performance spaces inside the Sydney Opera House to experience the wonderful arts scene of Australia.
LEARN TO SURF
Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad. South Island, New Zealand New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion. Thailand Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed. Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.
Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 18|
|Fall Deadline||April 21|
|Application Deadline||Nov 18|
|Date of Departure||Feb 5|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 7||Feb 12|
|University Orientation||Feb 20||Feb 24|
|Classes Begin||Feb 27|
|Semester Break||April 15||April 30|
|Classes End||June 9|
|Exam Period||June 12||June 30|
|Program Ends||July 1|
|Date of Departure||July 10|
|TEAN Orientation||July 12||July 17|
|Housing Move-In||July 17|
|University Orientation||July 25||July 29|
|Classes Begin||Aug 1|
|Semester Break||Sept 19||Oct 2|
|Exam Period||Nov 14||Dec 2|
|Program Ends||Dec 3|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $11,650*
- Housing: $4,770 – $8,720
*Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $1,650 – pending approval from their home university.
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing (on-campus housing also an option in some cases)
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Six-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Wireless internet access in all housing
- Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
- Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
- Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Sydney Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
- Host university orientation
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($475)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($1,995)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
We Love Sydney
You could spend every weekend at a different market in a different Sydney suburb. My personal favorites are the Glebe Markets because they have a nice variety of vendors and it’s not super touristy.
Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.
What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!
As the Program Manager for Singapore, what do you think makes it an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.
What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.
Bourke Street Bakery
Visit the the original Bourke Street Bakery (on Bourke Street of course) in Surry Hills. Everything here is amazing, but especially their sausage rolls or if you want something sweet, try their lemon curd tart. It’s all so good.
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