Macquarie University

International students

General admission requirements​​

As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2022, you’ll apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either from outside or within Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

When assessing your application, Macquarie University may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

If you’ve performed well in Year 12 subjects relevant to the degree you’re applying for, you may be eligible to receive an offer to the degree even though you have an ATAR or equivalent below the lowest selection rank. Macquarie University International College, located on the North Ryde campus, offers diplomas and foundation-level studies. These programs facilitate entry to the first or second year of select Macquarie bachelor degrees.

Macquarie University College

Macquarie University College offers programs to help you transition into university study.

The College’s four diplomas are developed specifically to meet Macquarie’s entry requirements. On successful completion of a diploma, you’ll gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria.

If you don’t receive a competitive offer based on your academic ranking, Macquarie University offers other pathways to degree study.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers – International Year 12 applicants

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme considers your commitment to service, engagement and leadership, as well as your school results.

If you’re selected for this scheme, Macquarie University will make you an early offer. You’ll also participate in exclusive activities while you’re still at school. The scheme is available for a select group of Macquarie degrees.


Fees for international students are set annually and calculated on a per credit point basis based on the course of study.

To find out more about Macquarie's fees policy, visit the Macquarie University website.

Most students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2022 these are:

  • full-time students – $157 per half year ($313 annually)
  • part-time students – $116 per half year ($232 annually).

Macquarie student services and Amenities Fee

Your stay in Australia

It’s a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students demonstrate they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the Macquarie University website.

During your stay in Australia, you’re permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary or unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course isn’t included. You shouldn’t rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia, as work can’t be guaranteed and spending a large amount of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you’ve arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students.

To find out more about working while studying, visit the Macquarie University website.

Before you’re granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you’ll be under 18 years of age while in Australia. Macquarie University accepts responsibility for welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students that helps with the costs of medical and hospital care that may be required while they’re in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment.

Macquarie University’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance.

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

Overseas student health cover for Macquarie University

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