Macquarie University is located in North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales. Macquarie’s park-like campus is an ideal setting in which to discover and learn. The location is within the high-technology corridor of Sydney’s north-west area and enables them to establish close relationships with some of the world’s most successful companies providing our students with first class internship opportunities with world leading companies from a range of industries.
The vibrant and very beautiful city of Sydney will, no doubt, become your extended classroom as convenient and inexpensive bus and train service departs throughout the day from campus. It is approximately 40 minutes by subway into the heart of Sydney.
Macquarie University is known as Australia’s innovative university. The campus enrollment is approximately 40,000 students and around 25% are international students (which is what you will be!). From the state-of-the-art educational and research facilities to the beautiful rolling hills campus, you will be immersed in a first-rate educational and social experience. The campus is rather like a small city with all the amenities students could wish for. You will find the U@MQ Student’s Union, a state-of-the-art library, restaurants, arcades, small stores, bookstore, fitness facility, athletic fields, health and counseling center, travel agency, and more. Literally across the street is the huge Macquarie Centre shopping plaza with movie theaters, restaurants, ice skating, and hundreds of retail shops. Lane Cove National Park is also situated near the campus.
The International Office at Macquarie University runs an excellent orientation program specifically for study abroad students and is housed in its own building. The orientation is held the week prior to the start of classes. Some of the issues covered are: medical information; e-mail access; culture shock; getting to know Sydney; how to get involved in clubs, societies, and sports; information about weekend trips; and social events. They have a specific club for study abroad students called “Club X” that organizes group trips at discounted rates to Sydney Harbor cruises, wine tastings, and rugby games.
In addition to taking classes at this amazing University, you will have the time to discover local beaches, water activities on the harbor, visits/tours of the Sydney Opera House, or a stroll along the Rocks or the magnificent coastal areas north and south of the city. You’ll most likely attend a “footie” (our soccer) game at the famous Olympic Stadium, and explore the many historical and cultural sites at your disposal.
Fast Facts: Program offered in spring and fall semesters, Macquarie campus is situated in a safe suburb approximately 11 miles from the heart of Sydney. Students live in Robert Menzies College, a residential college affiliated with Macquarie University, and have access to student services consistent with a Monmouth University residence hall experience (including a board plan, resident assistants, academic tutors, and various student activities). Students at Macquarie may choose from a wide variety of courses and fulfill many requirements for general education as well as majors and minors. (Global Understanding and Cultural Diversity (GU or CD), LIT, and Free Electives are great to have saved.) The program features airport pick-up, Welcome/Farewell dinners on the Sydney Harbor, a weekend in the Blue Mountains, plus more!
Check out the Sydney photo gallery to see the beautiful campus, what the rooms look like, and more!