Business, International Relations, Education, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, International Relations, Education, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

  • Location


  • Host University

    Macquarie University

    Macquarie University is located in the northwest Sydney suburbs in the North Ryde neighborhood and offers exceptional access to nearby Lane Cove National Park. Founded in 1964, Macquarie is WA accredited, and renowned for its interdisciplinary teaching, highly skilled graduates, and world-class facilities. Studying at Macquarie affords you the opportunity to take a wide range of courses taught alongside local Australian students. Macquarie's beautiful campus environment is the perfect location to study, work, and live comprised of over 126 hectares of parkland. Located only 50 minutes via public transit from Sydney's Harbor and central business district, you will have access to the city and can find everything you need either on campus or nearby.

    Cricos Code: 00002J

  • Term

  • Program Dates

  • Program Length

  • Application Deadline

    Jan 01, 0001

  • Credit

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

Program Description

This is a 3 course program offering. If you are interested in taking 4 courses during your semester abroad be sure to check out one of our other programs.

Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section. 

Expand your academic and cultural perspectives at one of the most diverse universities in Australia. At Macquarie University you have the opportunity to enroll in 3 courses during a semester across a wide range of academic disciplines, or you can even complete a focused internship. With on-campus accommodation available, and an active student life, you will find a great sense of community at Macquarie while still taking advantage of all that Sydney has to offer.

Courses offered at Macquarie University are taught by university professors alongside local Australian and International students at the main North Ryde campus.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting your two semesters of interest when submitting your initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Sydney Program Manager.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jeffrey Sendejar

Program Manager, Australia


Ignacio "Nacho" Rubio Perez

Resident Director, Australia

Dharma Bendersky

Director of Operations, Australia

Laura Carroll

Programs Assistant, Australia

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA Sydney housing will give you the opportunity to interact and engage with local Australian and International Students alike and experience aspects of the Australian lifestyle that are often overlooked by visitors. All ISA Housing options are within walking distance to your university or are conveniently located close to public transit routes. While there are differences between accommodation in Australia and the U.S., with an open mind and a drive for exploration, you’ll soon discover that the experience of living in another culture can be both educational and rewarding.

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Australia at an additional cost. Costs vary according to accommodation selected and session, but ranges from $5,600 - $7,150, without meals, and starts at $9,600, with meals (Subject to Change). You will pay a $500 - $800 refundable housing deposit if living in ISA housing. We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Apartment Without Meals

Students studying on-campus at Macquarie University will be placed in fully-furnished, single rooms within a 4 - 5 person on-campus apartment. Rent, utilities, and internet are included in the housing price, as well as a kitchen pack, crockery, and linens. The accommodation is also conveniently located near the Macquarie train station for easy access to the city. Each room has a private, en-suite bathroom, a wardrobe, a desk and ample study space. Students will be living with other host university students. Meals and laundry service are not included, but a coin operated laundry room is available to all residents.

Independent Housing

Students may opt to secure housing independent of the ISA program. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to your independent housing agency. Please be sure to confirm that you have Home University approval to pursue Independent Housing during your ISA Program.



Byron Bay + Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our 4-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in beautiful Byron Bay. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Australian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include: Surf Lessons, Aboriginal Culture in Australia Ceremony, a Community Farming Lesson, a Bush Tucker Walk and Food Experience, a Visit to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, a Kangaroo and Koala encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.

Blue Mountain National Park

Trek to Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains National park via chartered coach along with your fellow ISA students for a day full of discovery. During this day trip you will learn about indigenous culture on a guided bushwalk, capture picture-perfect views of the park’s expansive forests, and marvel at the iconic Three Sisters Rock formation.

Jervis Bay

Take time to get outside the city and explore the wonders of Australia's eastern coast. On this overnight excursions you will relax on pristine, white sand beaches, take a guided bush tour through Jervis Bay National park and if you're lucky be the first to spot a dolphin or whale out in the bay.