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Australia: Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Restrictions: CSU System applicants only
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2018 11/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
3.0 (If you do not meet the GPA requirement, contact CSU IP as you still may be eligible to apply)
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Mass Media, Psychology, Sociology
Program Description:



Calendar Year Program Deadlines
September 1: Priority Deadline
October 1: Secondary Deadline 
Academic Year Applications

February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 3.0 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term of the program start date.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for Australia: Macquarie University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year or Calendar Year abroad on this program. The traditional Australian academic cycle begins in February and ends in November (see Calendar Year below). Students may choose to apply for the Calendar Year or the Academic Year cycles.

Academic Year: July to November & February to June
Calendar Year: February to June & July to November

Areas of Study and Course Prerequisites 
Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies; Biology (Life Science, Biodiversity, Ecology); Pre-Calculus. Additional recommended coursework: General Chemistry; Statistics
Marine Biology: One year of Biology with laboratory; one year of Chemistry with laboratory; Calculus; Statistics.  Additional recommended coursework:  Other coursework in marine biology.
Sociology: Introduction to Sociology (or a similar introductory sociology course); Research Methods; Statistics. 
Psychology: Developmental Psychology, Social and Personal Psychology, Orgnaizational Psychology, Cognitive Processes


Macquarie University a public research university founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government. Macquarie is the fourth largest university in Sydney and has the largest student exchange program in Australia. CSU IP students enroll directly in Macquarie University, studying alongside Australian students and gaining the experience of being fully integrated into life at Macquarie and in Australia. Charity King- Sydney

Students are required to have a major (or a closely related major) in one of the approved areas of study listed above. Students will need to complete specific major or related courses in order to be prepared for the coursework at Macquarie. Students should consult the Macquarie University website for specific courses and keep in mind that not all coursework is available to visiting students and that prerequisites may apply.  For more information about the academic programs at Macquarie University, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.

Please note that the CSU IP program at Macquarie University is based on reciprocal exchange; the number of CSU IP participants accepted into the program is dependent on the ability of Macquarie University to send students to study in the U.S. Placements at Macquarie University tend to be very limited; therefore students applying to this program should select a second choice program in Australia (or elsewhere) that also offers their area of study, in the event that they are not selected for participation in their first choice. The alternate program(s) should be noted on the “Second Choice Questionnaire,” which can be found in the CSU IP application.  


Macquarie University's main campus (North Ryde) is located about 9 miles north-west of downtown Sydney and is set on 300 acres of rolling lawns and natural bushland. Macquarie’s campus is easily accessible by public transportation, providing students with bus, train and shuttle options to easily navigate the campus, the North Ryde suburbs and central Sydney.  The city of Sydney, which is the state capital of New South Wales, is located on Australia’s east coast and surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor and borders the Blue Mountains to the west.


Students arrange their own housing using information provided by Macquarie University. Some students secure housing before departure, choosing to live on-campus in residential colleges (dormitories) or the Macquarie University Village, while others prefer to live off-campus in shared apartments. More information about on-campus and off-campus accommodations can be found here.



Global Leadership Program (GLP) – Students can further enhance their international experience by developing their leadership capabilities, cross-cultural understanding and international awareness through activities and volunteering. Students who attend at least four colloquia (workshops) and one GLP approved event can receive a Global Leadership Certificate (GLC). More information can be found here