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Contemporary Challenges Credits

Macquarie University (Australia)

Sydney, Australia

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Jul 19, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
Jul 19, 2020
Jun 26, 2021
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Feb 14, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Credits

12-16

Program Advisor

The Program

Situated along the coast with rolling hills, a vibrant city lifestyle, and a bursting cultural center, Sydney is home also to one of the world's most innovative universities - Macquarie

With some 35,000 students and over 2,200 faculty and staff, Macquarie is Australia’s fourth-largest university. Located within Sydney’s hi-tech corridor, Macquarie is known as Australia’s “innovative university”. With over 80 majors, as well as a subsection of courses with an Australia focus, most students can easily find courses that relate to their academic or personal interests.

Union

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Two Macquarie students walk and laugh. Behind them is a large building with many glass panels of different reds and taupe.

Australia

Sydney

Sydney, with its iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge, is Australia’s cultural center. It’s also the largest city in Australia, the capital of New South Wales, and the nation’s financial and economic hub. The site of the first British colony “down under,” Sydney has grown into a cosmopolitan city that scores high marks for quality of life. In addition to its cultural opportunities, Sydney also has its fair share of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and live-music venues.  For all its excitement, however, Sydney retains a laid-back quality. The city has a wealth of parks, gardens, and outdoor pools. A short train-ride inland will bring you to the tranquil Blue Mountains; the other way lie Sydney’s surfing beaches, Bondi, Manly, and Tamarama.

Academics

 

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Macquarie University website.  From this page, you can search by departments or units (courses). 

When looking for courses, be sure you are only looking at the offerings for undergraduate students. Also, please be sure you choose courses that are offered during your semester of study. If you are studying abroad during the semester running from July - November/December (Rutgers fall semester), then you should choose courses that are available during Semester 2 at Macquarie. If you are studying abroad during the semester running from February/March – July (Rutgers spring semester), be sure to choose courses available during Semester I.

A class that is marked with neither a 1 nor a 2, but is marked instead by a 3 or ‘full year,’ is a year-long class and is not available if you are studying for one semester only. In addition to the semester codes, you should also take note of codes D and E. Classes marked D are offered in the daytime, before 6 pm. Classes marked E are offered in the evening, after 6 pm. Therefore, if a class is coded “D2,” it is a daytime class offered during the second half of the year, or the period running from July - Nov/Dec. A class coded “E1” is an evening class offered during the first half of the year, or the period running from Feb/March - July.

Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 levels. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much closer to a US graduate course. However, you may request 300-level courses if you have the relevant background.

Typically, a 3 credit Macquarie course is worth 4 Rutgers credits. A 4 credit Macquarie course is worth 5 Rutgers credits. A full-time semester load is 12 Rutgers credit points. You may not take fewer than three 3-credit classes (12 RU credits) at the university per term. Full-time Macquarie students will generally take 4 courses per term, however visiting students are able to take 3 or 4 courses per term.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics  section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester

Mid July

Late November

Spring Semester

Mid February

Late June

Housing and Meals

 

The two types of accommodations at Macquarie University are Residential Colleges and Student Apartments. You may choose to apply for either type of accommodation, but you should know what both are and the major differences between them before you apply.

Residential Colleges

Residential Colleges are student residence buildings located on campus. We do not have anything similar in the United States to compare them to, so we are tempted to compare them to dormitories.  However, they are not dorms and should not be thought of that way. They are privately owned and operated buildings that function more like fraternities/sororities or special interest housing for which admission is selective and group activities, such as formal dinners, community service, and general care-taking duties are performed regularly. Each person is expected to actively participate. Some of the Colleges have held onto their traditional religious affiliations.  You need not follow any religious practices if you do not wish, but you should be aware of this tradition. You should also know that Residential Colleges are highly populated with first year students and/or students who prefer a lot of social activity.

The two Residential Colleges at Macquarie are the Robert Menzies College and the Dunmore Lang College. They are comprised of single, furnished rooms with shared bathrooms. Linens, telephone and voicemail are provided. Each Residential College has a cafeteria in the building where you will take your meals (you are usually allowed up to 20 per week, but this depends on the specific Residential College). Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the managers of the Residential Colleges. Neither Rutgers Study Abroad nor Macquarie University has a say, as the Colleges are owned and operated privately. Competition for the Residential Colleges is rather fierce. This is because space is very limited and selection is particular.

* During university breaks, it is possible to stay in your Residential College, as long as you inform the manager ahead of time. If you are granted permission to stay in your housing during breaks, or before or after official housing opening and closing dates, you may be responsible to pay a specific amount per additional day. 

 

Student Apartments

Student apartments are multiple-story apartment buildings usually occupied entirely by students. The four student apartment buildings available at Macquarie are Macquarie Parklands, Macquarie University Village, Balaclava Apartments, and Herring Road Apartments. Most residents in the student apartments are upper-level students from the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and many other countries. Each apartment is furnished and provides individual single bedrooms, a common room, and a full kitchen. Double rooms (twin shares) are also available in some student apartments. Linens and cutlery /cooking utensils are included.  If you are housed in student apartments, you will prepare your own meals and no meal plan is available. You are responsible for the cost of your food on the program. You may apply for whichever student apartment you prefer, but sometimes your first choice may not be available due to a shortage of space.

For more information about accommodations, please visit the Macquarie web page.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $10,620 $13,820
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $2,200
Housing $6,000
Meals $2,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $535
OSHC Insurance $270
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $3,000
Total $15,155.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $9,635 $12,835
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $2,200
Housing $12,000
Meals $5,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $535
OSHC Insurance $540
Books and Classroom Materials $800
Local Transportation $500
Personal Expenses $6,000
Total $27,575.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $10,620 $13,820
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $2,200
Housing $6,000
Meals $2,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $535
OSHC Insurance $270
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $3,000
Total $15,155.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Student Spotlight

Claire sits cross-legged on a large boulder with orange algae on the coast of the ocean

 

"Study abroad is being lost in the right direction. Living in an entirely new country is an incredibly daunting task, but the uncertainty is all a part of the growing experience. Study abroad is like being on a heavily stimulating roller coaster ride. Before the ride, you feel a mixture of excitement and nerves. During the ride, there are many highs such as befriending people from all around the globe, traveling to breathtaking destinations, and gaining a broader perspective of the world. However, there are the occasional lows of facing challenges such as adjusting to life in a new country, homesickness, and becoming a more independent individual. Ultimately, the entire experience is an amazing journey, the highs outweigh the lows by a landslide, and you just want to relive it over and over again."

Katya is scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reed. There is an anemone and clown fish in front of her and she holds a post card.

“Australia is one of those places you could live in for years and still not run out of natural wonders to behold. Its coastlines are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen or will see in my life, the Outback is vast and colorful, the topography is breathtaking. It pushes your boundaries of exploration to a whole new level. Being able to wake up here every day was like living in a dream. There have been days where I had to pinch myself as a reminder that it was real. To top it all off, the climate and the people are wonderful, as well. It gives Disney World a run for its money as “the happiest place on Earth”. Without a doubt, this was the adventure of a lifetime.”

Matt is traveling around Australia and is at the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne

"The culture shock came in little things, like how you are supposed to move to the left instead of the right to avoid walking into someone, how you don’t tip waiters, how people don’t use Yelp, how there are no dollar bills or one cent coins, or how the slang, accents, and cultural references are different. But, I never would have imagined that all those changes would eventually feel normal to me after being there for just four months. It’s crazy to think about the amount I’ve unconsciously adjusted to Australia (I’ve gotten used to driving on the left side of the road and the voice in my head sometimes has an Aussie accent), so much so that I think readjusting to life back in the US will be another challenge. Study abroad gives you a taste for the world, but also makes you realize how much there still is left to see. I now understand that even around me at home, in the US, there were so many things I’ve never explored or were aware of, but study abroad has helped me realize that there are opportunities all around us – we just have to be able to see them."