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Macquarie University

Sydney, Australia

Macquarie University is located the Sydney suburb of North Ryde, an easy train ride away from the Opera House, Darling Harbour and plenty of gorgeous beaches. Though the exchange is open to all Social Sciences, Linguistics has a strong relationship with Macquarie University; Linguistics students who are interested in Speech Pathology can fulfill graduate pre-requisites that are not currently available at UC San Diego. Advance your degree and spend a quarter or more in one of the world's most livable cities! 
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Important Information for 2024-25

  • Global Exchange Program applications open October 1 in TritonsAbroad
  • Check the nomination and application deadlines for 2024-25 to ensure your application is submitted on time. 
  • Please note that Global Exchange Programs have two applications: one for UC San Diego (TritonsAbroad) and the other for the partner university. 
Visit the How to Apply section for more information on the application process and the Pre-Departure Requirements section for important steps and considerations leading up to your time abroad. 


Basic Information

Exchange Details:
  • Academic Level: Undergraduate
  • Academic Years: Sophomore, Junior and Senior
  • Eligible Major(s): Majors within the School of Social Sciences. Linguistics students are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Academic Calendar:
  • Session One: February to June
  • Session Two: July to December
Macquarie hosts new student orientation for a week February for Session 1 and a week in July for Session Two.
Visit Macquarie's Academic Calendar for more information.

Course Information

  • Full Time Enrollment: Three to Four Units (each unit is 150 hours). Thirty credit points are accepted as the minimum full-time load per semester and forty credit points is the maximum that undergraduate students can study per semester. Macquarie's Unit Guide is an easy reference list to identify the number of units for each course. 
  • Course Catalogue: Review the course handbook for classes available to exchange students. For Linguistics students, the faculty at UC San Diego and Macquarie have already compiled a list of courses that UC San Diego students can take in order to fulfill major requirements. Please consult a Study Abroad advisor for more details on academic planning and advising. 
  • Language of Instruction: English 
  • Restricted Courses: Courses listed as Restricted Units are not open to exchange students. 

Housing and Dining

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing..
  • On-Campus/ Off-Campus Housing: Housing is available on-campus or off-campus (approximately a 20 minute train ride away). 
  • Housing Types: Shared Apartments, Private Housing and Campus Housing. 
  • Dining Options: Kitchens in Residences, Cafeterias and Dining Halls.
To apply for campus housing, students use an online system.

Cost of Living

Approximately 1700 AUD/ month. Students may receive a concession card for transportation. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Immigration and Visas

U.S. citizens must obtain a student visa to study in Australia. For other citizenships, visit the website of the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country of citizenship for visa requirements and processes.
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE): When you are accepted into the exchange, Macquarie University will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment that you will need when you apply for a visa.
  • Visa Processing Time: Complete applications can be processed in 2 weeks to a month. Visit the Global Visa Processing Times website for up-to-date processing times. 

Health and Wellness

  • Health and Wellbeing on Campus
  • Health Insurance: As an international student, you must take out OSHC as a condition of your student visa. Macquarie University arranges payment of OSHC to Allianz when you pay your fees and before you are issued with your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  • Access to Mental Health Resources: Yes.
  • Support for Students with Disabilities: Yes.

Student Experience and Opportunities