North Central College - Naperville, IL

Macquarie University

Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

Fall Term

Full Year


Katy Mittel studied at Macquarie University for fall 2014


Program Overview

The University is located just 25 minutes by train from downtown Sydney. With a population of four million people, this cosmopolitan and multicultural city is famous for its magnificent harbor. Set in its own parkland, the university is served regularly by city buses and trains. On its campus of 38,000 students, 12,000 of which are international, students can take courses in a variety of areas, including science, social science, humanities, business, computer science and environmental studies.

• Macquarie was named Australia's best modern unviersity by QS and Times Higher Education in 2012

• Sydney has more than 70 beaches along its coastline

• About 38,000 students

• Over 120 student clubs to join

• Kangaroo park on campus


Program Duration:  17 weeks (early/mid June - early/mid November)


Airport Information:

• The Office of International Programs does not advise students to purchase flight tickets until they have received an official acceptance letter from Macquarie

• Transportation to and from airport is provided


Classes with fieldwork components are available

Certificate programs available for significant study in major




Junior or senior standing;  GPA 3.0 preferred with substantial coursework in major



Earn 9-12 credits (depending on courses selected). There is a drop/add period at the beginning of the semester to adjust your course schedules. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. You cannot take courses pass/fail.  

Students have access to the curriculum across four faculties:

• Arts

• Business and Economics

• Human Sciences

• Science

To explore specific courses and view course descriptions at Macquarie University, please visit their website. On the left-hand navigation bar under Undergraduates select "Units" (these are courses). From there, there are more drop down options (e.g. offering, code, department) for you to organize your search.

Courses may only be offered certain semesters or times of the school year. Please, read unit (course) descriptions carefully to make sure each course will be offered when you are abroad. For those studying in the fall term, look for courses offered during Session 2.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.


Housing and Meals

Students live on-campus MU residence halls. Most of our students live in Macquarie Parklands. Macquarie Parklands is situated adjacent to the campus (5-10 minute walk), and provides fully furnished apartments, each accommodating up to four students (two single bedrooms and one twin bedroom). A Residential Director oversees Macquarie Parklands throughout each each semester. The complex is situated within walking distance of the Macquarie Centre Shopping Mall, and has easy access to transportation. For photos and additional information, please visit MU's accommodation webpage.

Meals: Not included in program cost. Students have a kitchen in the Parklands apartment that they share with their other "flat mates". There are a variety of places nearby to shop for groceries and a frequent bus/train service to downtown Sydney. There is also variety of places to eat on campus, 15 in total, which cater to all tastes and budgets.


Estimated Costs

Students studying in Australia are required to purchase Australian national health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)), as well as, an Australian student visa in order to particiate in a study abroad program. These costs are not covered in the $3,500 program fee and must be paid by each student.

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Macquarie University) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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Last Updated:  October 21, 2015