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.
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 global 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 community-based interdisciplinary opportunities. The University is known for research in such areas as Mathematics, Computing & Information Technology, Genes & Ecosystems, Cognitive Sciences, Management & Finance, Earth & 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 & Cultural Studies, Geophysics, and Human Geography.
Macquarie offers a wide variety of programs with special strengths in Business & 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 Macquarie 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.
|AREAS OF INTEREST
Business, Commerce, Economics, Finance, & Statistics
• Actuarial Studies
• Applied Finance
• Business Administration
• International Business
• Marketing Statistics
Computing, Engineering, & Electronics
• Computer Science
• Electronics & Communication Systems (Telecommunications)
• Engineering (Telecommunications)
• Information Systems & Technology Information
• Technology & Computing Lasers
• Photonics & Optoelectronics
• Education (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary)
• Ancient History
• Asian Languages & Asian Studies
• Australian Studies
• Contemporary Music
• Creative Arts
• English & Literature
• 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 & Philosophy
• Creative Arts
• International Communication
• Media & Cultural Studies
• Social Sciences
• Visual Production
Global Leadership Program
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:
- Cross-Cultural Understanding
- Business Etiquette
- Aboriginal Australia
- Terrorism & Counterterrorism
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 train system enables you to get to the heart of downtown Sydney in 45-50 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes.