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ISA: Macquarie University, Australia (Third Party)

The Program

ISA, a non-profit organization, directly enrolls you into Macquarie University for a semester or year abroad.

Macquarie University’s comprehensive academic and social programs will ensure you get the most out of your Study Abroad experience. At Macquarie you’ll be exposed to a rich academic and cultural diversity, in a city famous for its multiculturalism.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore a range of courses from Aboriginal and Australian studies to Business, and from Media and Communications to Science and Technology. Macquarie Abroad also offers an Internship and Volunteer Program for students looking for an academic experience outside the classroom.

Macquarie University’s intellectual and academic excellence is also reflected in its physical and social environment. It contains a wealth of social and cultural amenities for the convenience and enjoyment of students. These facilities include the Students at Macquarie (SAM) Students’ Union, a state-of the art library, a Health and Counseling Center, sporting fields and gymnasium, a childcare center and places of worship for a variety of religions, both Christian and non-Christians.

The Academics

For Study Abroad students, Macquarie University offers excellent units in Australian & Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, History, Politics, Psychology, Business, Education, Languages, Biology, Environmental Studies, English, Literature, Communications and Sociology.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3028 Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia ABST 100 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies 3 12/31/2018
EEB 2208 Introduction to Conservation Biology BIO 349 Biodiversity and Conservation 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
EEB 3205 Current Issues in Environmental Science BIOL242 Marine Environmental Issues 3 12/31/2020
EEB 4275 Invertebrate Zoology BIOL 316 Invertebrates: Evolution, Behavior, and Diversity 4 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ENGL 1696 Foreign Study ENGL120 Approaches to English Literature 3 6/30/2021
GSCI 3020 + GSCI 4999 Independent Study ENV 266 Earth Surface Processes 3 + 1 12/31/2017
MCB 2000 Introduction to Biochemistry CBMS 223 Biochemistry 4 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MUSI 3993 Foreign Study MUS202 Contemporary Music Production 3 6/30/2017
PHIL 3247 Philosophy of Psychology PHL 363 Philosophy and Cognitive Science 3 6/30/2018
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study PHL 280 Truth and Reality 3 6/30/2018
SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology SOC 175 Australian and Global Societies 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
GSCI 3020 Earth Surface Processes ENVS266 Earth Surface Processes 3 12/31/2020
NRE 3146 Climatology ENVS302 Applied Climatology 3 12/31/2020
GEOG3310 Fluvial Geomorphology ENVS339 Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management 3 12/31/2020
ANTH 3028 Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal ABST100 Introducing Indigenous Australia 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 1001 INtroduction to SOciology SOC175 Australian Society 3 12/31/2020
WGSS 3993 Foreign Study GEN110 Foundations in Gender Studies 3 12/31/2020

The Experience

Set in a spacious, rolling landscape, Macquarie University is just 25 minutes from the heart of Australia’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, Sydney. There are regular bus services which run through the campus.

The campus has ample shops and eateries and is adjacent to the large Macquarie Centre shopping plaza. Lane Cove National Park is also situated near the campus.

Macquarie Abroad, along with other providers and campus clubs, will offer several weekend trips during each semester giving students the opportunity to take in the breathtaking wonder of the Australian coastline, landscape and mountains.

Experienced providers will escourt you on these excursions safely. Regular social events are also offered, including Sydney Harbor cruises, sporting matches, movie nights and parties. Bring your camera!

There’s something for everyone in Sydney, whether it be hitting the suburban beaches, the many water activities on the harbour, rivers and waterways, a visit to the Opera House, a stroll along the Rocks, or a trip to the Blue Mountains, the ski fields, or the magnificent coastal areas north and south of the city. There is ample opportunity to explore historical and cultural sites and attend cultural and sporting events. A visit to the Olympic Stadium is a must. Weekend trips to Canberra, Melbourne or Brisbane are also recommended in order to sample the diversity of Australia.

The Macquarie Abroad at Macquarie University coordinates all Study Abroad students, from application to arrival, accommodation, orientation and enrollment. On-going pastoral care is also provided, including referral to counselling and health services, as well as organizing weekend trips and other social events.

The Dean of Students provides academic and procedural advice to students, and acts as a liaison between students and the University.

The university’s library provides seating for 1850 readers, with a collection of over 1 million books and periodicals. It is open for 82 hours per week during the semester, with shorter hours outside of the semester. It has 2 CD-ROM networks, and there are 40 online catalogue terminals.

The Office of Computing Services runs several major computers, which are connected to the University Backbone Network, which is connected to the Australian Academic and Research Network. There are many terminals available for students all around the university. Students are able to set up their own Macquarie email accounts.

Pre-arranged accommodation is provided in self-catering shared apartments, which are generally walking distance from the campus.

Getting to know Australia, Sydney and Macquarie University upon arrival is a challenge in itself. The Macquarie Abroad team conducts an orientation to give you a taste of what to expect and how to get the most out of your experience. The orientation is held the week prior to the commencement of classes and covers issues including settling in to Sydney, culture shock, accommodation, health insurance, student clubs and societies, email access, study skills, weekend trips and social events. You will also be introduced to some of the local wildlife and kept on your toes with some uniquely Australian fun and games!

Macquarie Abroad is dedicated to ensuring all study abroad students needs are met, from application through to returning home and grade transcripts. The Macquarie Abroad Advisers are the key liaison people between students, Macquarie University, home university and AustraLearn.

Click here for information on applying to n ISA program.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: North Ryde, Australia
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sports Management, Communication, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75