Macquarie University (Sydney)

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Macquarie University is a universitywide partner in Sydney, Australia.


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General information for exchange students

With a wide array of different units available on the course handbook, students should be able to find a unit that would fit their interests and study plans, as long as it is not on the restricted units list.

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Academic calendar

Semester I: 3rd Week of February - 3rd week of June
Semester II: 4th Week of July - end of November

Orientation week commences generally in the 2nd week of February for Semester I and in the 3rd week of July for Semester II.

Exams take place in the 2nd- 4th week of June for Semester I and in the 2nd- 4th week of November for Semester II.


GPA (Average Grade)

The GPA requirement at this university is 2.5. This is comparable to an average grade 6.55 or above at Utrecht University.
You must meet the GPA requirement at the moment of application at Utrecht University (1st of December)

English Language Requirement

A grade of 7 or higher in final year English VWO or
A TOEFL iBT, IELTS or Cambridge test.

Students enrolled in a fully English taught Bachelor or Master programme (for example UCU), can provide a letter attesting to the fact that their degree is taught and assessed entirely in English. 
The language requirements must be met at the moment of application to the host university.

Please check the most recent language requirements on the website of the host university.

Courses at Master’s level

Yes, if students have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor degree. Individual subjects/units/courses will be approved in accordance with selection criteria and previous studies.

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Housing assistance

Yes. Macquarie offers shared and studio apartments on campus with access to several facilities. 

More information on university-operated accommodation

More information on other options for accommodation

Estimated living costs per month

Estimated living costs are between 1,300 AUD and 2,000 AUD a month, depending on your lifestyle. (Estimate from 2020).

You can find a more detailed breakdown of the living costs in the International Student Guide.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

8 places per year (bilateral exchange).


Selection was not necessary in the last few years.

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If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.