Take advantage of your chance to live and learn in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world—Sydney! Enjoy Sydney’s comfortable climate (warm summers and mild winters), world-renowned beaches (think: Bondi, Manly, and Coogee beaches), and iconic spots around the city (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanical Gardens).
Our study abroad program in Sydney offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the prestigious Macquarie University with access to a vast array of course offerings across hundreds of disciplines.
Sydney will also be your classroom. Enjoy the city’s robust music scene with a performance at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Visit one of the many museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see some of the country’s great works of art. Soak in the beauty of Sydney’s landscape by walking the path from Coogee to Bondi Beach—or better yet, climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We want you to feel at home in Sydney, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the
city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad
experience possible. Field trips to iconic Aussie destinations like the Blue Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef round out your study abroad experience.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Macquarie University.
Macquarie’s campus is located in one of Sydney’s most attractive and affluent areas—its rolling landscape is surrounded by bushlands including Lane Cove National Park. It offers easy access to the incredible natural beauty of Australia’s varied landscape and a wealth of cultural and social opportunities in Sydney.
If getting involved and making friends with Aussie students are high on your study abroad to-do list, Macquarie University is the choice for you. Founded in 1967, Macquarie takes pride in its commitment to innovation, hands-on learning, and community leadership. Its student body—with more than 30,000 students, including almost 9,000 international students—is one of the most diverse in Australia, and internationalization is a core component of the University’s mission.
Macquarie University fancies itself as Australia’s “innovative university.” The University’s commitment to innovation is reflected in many hands-on, communitybased, and interdisciplinary opportunities. The University is known for research in such areas as Mathematics, Computing and Information Technology, Genes and Ecosystems, Cognitive Sciences, Management and Finance, Earth and Planetary Geosciences, Linguistics, and Social Theory. The University’s Research and Development Park has led the way in Macquarie’s strong connection with the Australian and international business communities.
You can also build community leadership skills through the University’s popular Global Leadership Program.
With seven divisions containing hundreds of disciplines, the academic experience at Macquarie is defined by diversity and breadth. Macquarie’s commitment to breaking down academic barriers is evident in its interdisciplinary programs, including Environmental Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Geophysics, and Human Geography.
Macquarie offers a wide variety of programs with special strengths in Business and Commerce, the Sciences, and Social Psychology. Most IES Abroad students take Level Two courses, which may require certain prerequisites.
Classes at Macquarie are called “units” and each unit is worth a designated number of credit points. Most Macquarie courses are worth 3 credit points and are equivalent to 4 IES Abroad credits. You carry at least 16 IES Abroad credits, which is equal to 12 credit points.
The following disciplines are available to IES Abroad students. For more specific course descriptions, visit Macquarie University's handbook. Keep in mind that “courses” may refer to a course of study (ie. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), and “units of study” may refer to specific classes.
Business, Commerce, Economics, Finance, and Statistics
• Actuarial Studies
• Applied Finance
• Business Administration
• International Business
• Marketing Statistics
Computing, Engineering, and Electronics
• Computer Science
• Electronics & Communication Systems (Telecommunications)
• Engineering (Telecommunications)
• Information Systems and Technology Information
• Technology & Computing Lasers
• Photonics & Optoelectronics
• Education (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary)
• Ancient History
• Asian Languages
• Australian Studies
• Contemporary Music
• Creative Arts
• European Languages
• Indigenous Studies
• Modern History
• Performance Drama
• Politics & International Relations
• Women Studies
Law (100-level Courses only)
• Public Property
Medical, Health, Speech & Hearing, and Chiropractic Studies
• Medical Sciences
• Speech & Hearing Sciences
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
• Atmospheric Science
• Biodiversity & Conservation
• Biological Chemistry
• Electronics & Communication Systems
• Environmental Sciences
• Geographic Information Science
• Human geography
• Information Technology & Information Systems
• Language Technology
• Marine Science
• Molecular Technologies
• Photonics & Optoelectronics
• Physical Geography
• Resource & Environmental Management
Society, Culture, Media, and Philosophy
• Creative Arts
• International Communication
• Media & Cultural Studies
• Social Sciences
• Visual Production
Global Leadership Program
In addition to enrolling in classes, you can participate in Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program (GLP). This non-credit-bearing program helps you build leadership skills, gain cross-cultural experience, and enhance your resume. The program is also a great way to form meaningful friendships with Australian students.
In order to complete the certificate program, you must attend five colloquia (lectures) throughout your time in Australia (from a choice of 25–30 offered each semester).Topics may include:
Once the five colloquia are successfully completed, you receive a certificate, a reference letter, and a GLP transcript detailing each of the colloquia attended.
Committing to the program also makes you eligible to participate in the Global Leadership Symposiums (Learning Tours), which usually run twice a semester.
In the past, GLP students have traveled to locations such as Canberra (Australia’s capital city) and various regions throughout Asia. Please note that these symposiums may clash with the optional IES Abroad mid-semester field trip to the Great Barrier Reef, and are not paid for by IES Abroad.
For more information, visit Macquarie University's Global Leadership Program page.
Macquarie also offers a range of volunteer opportunities for study abroad students that will allow you to get further involved in the local culture while making a difference to the community in which you live. The volunteer program has opportunities for involvement with environmental groups, indigenous Australians, and community services. Details of these opportunities are available on the university's PACE Program page.
Located 11 miles from central Sydney, Macquarie University gives you access to big-city culture and a self-contained campus environment. Set within spacious, beautifully-landscaped parklands, the campus has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. A new train system enables you to get to the heart of downtown Sydney in 30 minutes. Macquarie is also near many of Australia’s most successful businesses—some of which are located in the University’s research park.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’re here for you whenever you need us.
AdvisingChoosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Sydney, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our Sydney-based IES Abroad staff is available to fully support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in Sydney, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in Sydney will accompany you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.
As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.
Dunmore Lang Residential College – Dunmore Lang is home to about 130 students (co-ed), both Aussie and international, and is located on Macquarie’s campus. You live in a furnished single bedroom, which includes a study desk and closet, with shared bathroom facilities.
The college offers free wireless Internet access, a computer room with printing facilities, a dining hall where you enjoy a full meal plan (three meals per day), student lounges and common rooms, a reading/study room, access to RAs and tutors, as well as full gym membership for all residents. Located just one block away from the train station, the college is also near a shopping center with cafés, shops, restaurants, movie theaters, an ice-skating rink, and more. Owing to the full meal plan, Dunmore Lang carries an additional fee. Please see the pricing sheet under Costs for more information.
Dunmore Lang offers a unique residential, academic, and social community, with senior staff who oversee student life. Past IES Abroad students have expressed a deep appreciation for the cultural immersion and sense of community at the college. You are encouraged to be part of the college community, and participate in college traditions, social events, and activities. For more information, visit www.dunmorelangcollege.nsw.edu.au.
Macquarie University Village - Macquarie University Village (MUV) is located on the university’s main campus. Constructed in 2000, MUV was not only built to house students, but also Olympians for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. There are three different styles of apartments and townhouses that are divided into the East and West sides of the village. Five-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are common living spaces.
Each apartment has a private porch or balcony, a kitchen, bathrooms, and single bedrooms that are lockable. Space is limited, and if given a space in MUV, you likely have a single bedroom in a five-bedroom apartment, shared with international and Australian students.
MUV also has a driving range, food court, and bar, and is near the Macquarie University Sports Association Gym & Pool and Macquarie Centre, which has an ice rink, movie theater, and shops. For further information about MUV, visit www.macquarieuv.com.au.
Part of making you feel at home in Sydney is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to exciting destinations—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
IES Abroad Orientation
Our orientation program is a dynamic, hands-on introduction to Australian culture and living in Sydney. Orientation includes sessions on academic transition, safety and security, and cultural adjustment.
Past highlights have included a Bondi-to-Coogee beach walk and a boat cruise in Sydney Harbour, all while discovering how to make the most of your time in Sydney. This is followed by a day-long hiking trip to the Blue Mountains, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are well-known for their canyons, rock formations, rainforests, and aboriginal communities.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
In addition to the IES Abroad orientation, you take part in the international student orientation at Macquarie University. This program provides official academic orientation that further introduces you to the facilities and offerings at Macquarie. You finalize your enrollments and also have the opportunity to discuss course offerings one-on-one with a university advisor.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Sydney through our cultural events, such as:
University Clubs & Events
While you’re in Sydney, joining a social or sports club is a great way to meet local students. Integrate into the local student culture through full access to university clubs, recreational facilities, and events that Macquarie University has to offer.
For a list of student groups you can join, visit the Students At Macquarie website. For information on sports opportunities, visit the SAM Active page.
Although your adventure begins in Sydney, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the
culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad; you are responsible for a portion of the cost.
Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef
In addition to the orientation trip to the Blue Mountains, take a mid-semester trip to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. One day of the field trip is spent at sea on a privately chartered motor cruiser. Onboard instructors explain the spectacular ecosystem of the reef, which you explore while snorkeling. Hike through the ancient Daintree rainforest with an aboriginal tracker and zip line through the oldest rainforest in the world.
Featherdale Wildlife & Blue Mountains
Hike in the Blue Mountains and enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Royal National Park
Explore the second-oldest national park in the world, full of fascinating plants, birds, and animals.
Located just a short walk from Sydney’s stunning Darling Harbour, the IES Abroad Sydney Center is a small office in the CBD (Central Business District). The Center is a home base where you can visit IES Abroad staff and enjoy the scenic views.
Todd St. VrainIES Abroad Center Director
Todd St. Vrain joined IES Abroad in 2014. He has worked in international education in both the US and Australia, most recently as the Manager of International Initiatives at the University of Rochester. Previous, he worked for ten years in Sydney, including at the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and in multiple appointments at the University of Sydney. Todd also spent several years teaching or volunteering in Brazil, Italy, and Jamaica. He holds a Master of Arts in International Education Development from Columbia University, where his thesis focused on human rights education in Brazil.
Beata RakIES Abroad Program Assistant
Fall and Spring Faculty
IES Abroad semester students are taught by the faculty of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney.