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Macquarie University


Macquarie's spacious parkland campus is just 15 kilometers from the heart of Australia's largest, most cosmopolitan city. Located in Sydney's leafy northern suburbs, adjacent to Australia's largest high technology precinct, the university is set in beautifully landscaped, rolling green spaces, surrounding Australia's largest sculpture park.

ISEP Exchange: Semester placements only
ISEP Direct: Academic year or semester placements

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is Excellent.
Chance of placement on ISEP Exchange for US and I-to-I students is generally Very Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
MU observes the southern hemisphere calendar. Applicants for ISEP's SM1 will be abroad during MU's Semester 2. Applicants for ISEP's SM2 will be abroad during MU's Semester 1.
Academic year: February to December
Semester 1: February to early July
Semester 2: late July to December

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing (Single) and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $31,400
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $16,950
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $16,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 15, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016

Fast Facts
North Ryde, Australia (pop. 5 million)
Language of instruction: English
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Past Courses Taken at Macquarie

Faculty of Arts:
Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Department of Ancient History, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Indigenous Studies – Warawara, Department of International Studies, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Macquarie Law School
Faculty of Business and Economics:
Applied Finance Centre, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Department of Economics, Department of Marketing and Management
Faculty of Human Sciences:
School of Education, Department of Cognitive Science, Department of Linguistics, Department of Psychology, Institute of Early Childhood
Faculty of Science and Engineering: Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Department of Chiropractic, Department of Computing, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Engineering, Department of Environment and Geography, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Statistics

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Students may take courses at the graduate level in all academic fields with the exception of MBA courses and Graduate School of Management (MGSM) courses.

Academic Notes
Students must enroll in full-time studies, meaning three to four courses per term equating to between 9 - 12 (Undergraduate) or 12-16 (Postgraduate) Macquarie credit points. Each session is 13 weeks long. Most courses include one lecture component and one tutorial/practical component. The tutorial/practical component is a small class mainly utilized for interactive discussion and problem solving.

Session 1 transcripts are issued in late August; Session 2 transcripts are issued in late January. In order to ensure the timely processing of transcripts, students should ensure there are no debts to the University (e.g. library fines). Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 83 iBT / 570 PBT with a minimum of 4.5 TWE, 53 listening, 59 writing, 53 Reading / 237 CBT with 5.0 essay writing with 19 in all sections
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.5 with a 6.0 minimum in each band
Other tests accepted: Some additional language assessments are accepted for students from Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Please consult the Proof of English language proficiency webpage for more information.
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was only recently created (July 2014) and as such is not currently accepting Study Abroad or Exchange students. Units from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) are also not available to ISEP students. See the full list of restricted courses that are unavailable to ISEP students.

Remember that LTU follows the southern hemisphere calendar. Students wishing to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere should consider starting their program at the beginning of the academic year in February. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses.

Hints for Researching Courses
REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – December. Be sure your course requests are offered during the correct semester (for example, units listed as S1-Day or S1-Evening refer to units offered during the day or evening in Session 1).

From the Handbook homepage, click on the left hand menu to search for units available (there is a listing for undergraduate and postgraduate students). Units (= courses or subjects) can be searched by code, designation, faculty and department. You can also search units by typing key words in the search function.

Housing and Meals
ISEP Direct students are housed in fully furnished, self-catered apartments adjacent to campus in Macquarie University Village West. ISEP Direct students are not provided with meal benefits.
ISEP Exchange students are also housed in fully furnished, self-catered apartments in Macquarie University Village. ISEP Exchange students receive a meal stipend which can be used to prepare or purchase meals.
Macquarie International may assist students with spouses and families with housing; however, please contact the Macquarie Abroad Office for further information.

For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February).

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: AUD $600.

A mandatory orientation program is held in the weeks prior to the commencement of classes. Orientation provides international students with information regarding immigration and visa related matters, overseas student health cover (OSHC), accommodation, student clubs and societies, cultural and education adjustment, student support programs, and other university services. The orientation also includes a themed Harbour cruise hosted and provided by the University's Campus Engagement unit.

Macquarie's Accommodation Office offers free airport reception services which must be arranged 5 business days advance by the student.

Student Activities
Study abroad and Exchange students are offered a well-rounded program which includes activities before and after the start of semester. Students are given a comprehensive orientation and can choose to participate in pre-orientation experiences like Surf camps and Blue Mountain trips. There are also many clubs on campus catering to all interests to help all study abroad students meet their fellow students through various social activities.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Macquarie's Global Leadership Program is one of the first of its kind in Australia, and has been running for over 10 years. Due to its popularity among Study Abroad and Exchange students, a condensed version of the program was developed, known as the Global Leadership Certificate, consisting of in-depth workshops on a wide variety of areas, and a keynote speaker event. Please see the Global Leadership Program webpage for more information.

A limited number of community engagement opportunities are available in Sydney through the Professional & Community Engagement (PACE) unit. Please see the PACE webpage for more information.

Macquarie University was founded in 1964. Equipped to assist its students for success in today’s fast-changing, highly competitive global society, the focus at Macquarie University is on the student. The aim is to provide the student with a flexible academic program that suits their needs. For our Study Abroad and Exchange students we have developed a comprehensive semester program, which combines a quality Australian academic experience with an extensive social and cultural program.