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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Exchange applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence hall or dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange / Direct Enroll Recommendation Requirement: None required
Program Description:
About the program Accommodations
About the city Dates and Costs
Eligibility Immigration requirements

Macquarie campus

About Macquarie University

  • Founded in 1964, Macquarie spreads over 135 hectares of bushland in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde in New South Wales, about 40 minutes north of central Sydney
  • Student enrollment is about 30,000 students
  • Particular strengths: economics, financial studies, humanities and sciences
  • Known internationally for its research in biology, earth sciences, laser physics, mathematics, ancient history, psychology, linguistics, and education.
  • Click here to access maps of the Macquarie campus

About the city

  • Sydney is Australia's largest city, with a cosmopolitan population of about 4.3 million.
  • Click the links to read about important cultural sites in the city of Sydney and about Australia and New South Wales in general.
  • The community of North Ryde could be considered an "exburb" of Sydney, almost its own city though life there is closely connected to life in Sydney.  It is served by commuter trains (40 minutes from Sydney's Central Station) and offers a wide range of shopping and entertainment options.
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  • GPA of 2.75, with some flexibility.  Any student with a GPA lower than 2.75 who is considering Macquarie should speak with Chris Klein, advisor for Australia programs.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
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Course load. Macquarie courses are called "units" and are normally weighted at 3 or 4 credit points each. The normal course load is 4 courses, and the minimum is 3 courses.  Richmond students are encouraged to not register for a minimum course load as this can lead to delayed progress toward graduation.

Credit conversion to units.  The chart below shows how Macquarie credit points convert to Richmond units:

Richmond equivalent
one 3-credit course
1.2 units
four 3-credit courses
4.8 units
one 4-credit course
1.6 units
three 4-credit courses
4.8 units
Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.

Course selection. See Macquarie units online.

The Australian academic year begins in February.  Students going there for UR's spring semester should look for classes offered in Macquarie's Semester One.  Students going there for UR's fall semester should look for classes offered in Macquarie's Semester Two.

Course levels. Macquarie University, like other Australian Universities, has 3-year degrees for Arts, Science and Economics. Students may take any course provided prerequisites are met. Below are approximate equivalencies of course levels:
  • 300-level Macquarie = 400-level U.S.
  • 200-level Macquarie = 300-level U.S.
  • 100-level Macquarie = 200-level U.S.
Course structure. Courses consist of lectures, tutorials (seminars), and laboratory classes, where appropriate. Participation in the tutorial is very important and can count for a significant part of the total grade. In most classes, students prepare and present a seminar paper.

Grade scale:

Macquarie grade U.S. equivalent
HD 85-100 A+
D 75-84 A
Cr 65-74 B
P 50-64 C
PC 45-49 D (will not transfer)
F < 44 F (will not transfer)

Global Leadership Program.  Macquarie offers a non-credit Global Leadership Program that is open to visiting students.  This includes field trips and symposiums.  Completion of the program requirements will be specially noted on the student’s transcript.

Internships.  Students who have applied to Macquarie and been accepted may apply for internships.  These can yield either 3 credits (for 10 hrs/wk) or 6 credits (for 20 hrs/wk).  A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required to apply for an internship. 

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Macquarie U Vill
Macquarie University Village, a popular housing option


On-campus housing consists of shared flats and is guaranteed, provided you meet stated deadlines. In most cases, students live in apartments or flats with shared kitchen facilities and prepare their own meals (see Macquarie's accommodation website).

It is possible to arrange to stay with a host family.  There is no better way to learn about Australian culture.  See this page for details.


Dates and Costs

See Dates and Costs for Macquarie.

Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Immigration requirements

The government of Australia assigns different "Assessment Levels" to different countries, and requires visa applicants to follow specific procedures according to their countries of citizenship.

Citizens of the US, Canada, most of the European Union, and some other countries (Assessment Level 1) can usually apply for an Australian visa online, and the process takes less than a month. (Note: Even if you have permanent residency in the US but are not a citizen, you cannot follow the procedure for US citizens).

Citizens of other countries (Assessment Levels 2, 3 or 4) may need to have medical exams, submit test results showing English proficiency, and file their applications in person at an Australian embassy or consulate. The process involves substantial cost to the student (which cannot be reimbursed by UR) and may take three months.

For details, please read Australian Visa Information.



Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.


Updated March 2017