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.


Semester Program


February - June
July - November

39,000 Students

2.5 GPA to apply


Suburban Location
Traditional Campus

Off-Campus Students Apartments in the City
On-Campus Student Apartment


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

Jump into discovering Sydney right from the start and delve into Australian culture with our comprehensive five-day Orientation Program - we’ll show you all you need to know and have lots of fun while we’re at it

Take advantage of our pre-semester excursion option to Cairns and explore the Great Barrier Reef

Experience living in student apartments on-campus or in downtown Sydney

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details


Hit the ground running with our Sydney-based Orientation Program. Held over five days, Orientation combines academic and cultural sessions with iconic Aussie experiences. Each activity is designed to help students ease into their semester by introducing all of the senses to Australia. Our historical walking tour of Sydney unveils the treasures of the city while preparing students to take on the city independently. After an inspiring day spent examining Aussie culture, we end with an evening harbor cruise circling the distinctive shells of the Sydney Opera House. On the final day of Orientation, students are transported to their housing for the semester and introduced to their 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.

TEAN Staff

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. You can also refer to the Macquarie online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (between 9 and 14 Macquarie credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
Communications & Media Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Education
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Audiology
  • Food Science
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Public Health
  • Speech Pathology
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • Hebrew Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Modern Greek Language / Studies
  • Russian Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics



  • 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.


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.


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.

Optional Excursions

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 pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

Great Barrier Reef

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is home to some of the world’s most stunning waterscapes and unique creatures. Take time to explore its surrounding tropical rainforests and native wildlife while also participating in extreme activities such as whitewater rafting and bungee jumping. Of course, you can also just relax and soak up some of that famous Australian sun. This excursion is usually offered as a pre-semester excursion.

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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.

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Melbourne, Australia

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.

Program Dates

Fall 2016*

Date of Departure: Early to mid July, 2016

Program Ends: Mid to late November, 2016

*Exact dates will be provided early

Spring 2016

Option 1:
Date of Departure Feb 8
TEAN Orientation Feb 10 Feb 14
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Feb 14 Feb 21
Option 2:
Date of Departure Feb 15
TEAN Orientation Feb 17 Feb 21
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Not Available
All Students:
Housing Move-In Feb 21
University Orientation Feb 22 Feb 26
Classes Begin Feb 29
Semester Break Mar 28 Apr 1
Classes End Jun 3
Study Period Jun 6 Jun 10
Exam Period Jun 13 Jun 24
Program Ends Jun 25


TEAN Scholarships

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. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love Macquarie

Kristen Jackson

Kristen Jackson

Senior Program Manager

Sydney Tip
Weekend Market

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.

Caroline Tell

Caroline Tell

Resident Director - Sydney


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