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Macquarie University Quick Snap
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Main Campus: North Ryde, Sydney
City Population: 4.6 million
Student Population: 38,747
International Students: 11,377
Semester 1 Starts: February
Semester 2 Starts: July
Faculties Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Business and Economics
Faculty of Human Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science

Macquarie University


Macquarie is renowned for its interdisciplinary research and teaching, highly skilled graduates and first-class facilities.

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As a Macquarie University student you will join a diverse and welcoming community of more than 38,000 students, with over 11,000 international students from more than 110 countries.

Established in 1964, Macquarie University Sydney is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world. Set on 135 hectares of peaceful green parkland, Macquarie's modern campus is just 30 minutes from Sydney's city centre and features cutting-edge facilities for learning and research.

Offering an outstanding student lifestyle and a wide range of flexible and high-quality courses, Macquarie produces graduates that are highly sought after by employers around the world. Macquarie's graduates enjoy starting salaries that have been among the highest in Australia for more than a decade (The Good Universities Guide 1998-2011).

Macquarie University has been placed equal 9th among the 25 most international universities in the world by the UK’s Times Higher Education (2014).


Well known for its prestigious business programs in accounting, actuarial studies and finance, Macquarie University is also a leader in fields such as science, engineering and linguistics. Times Education UK recently ranked Macquarie first in Australia and 14th worldwide for Environmental Science and the WLAN technology that led to Wi-Fi was developed at Macquarie and later sold for $500 million.

The University offers courses in the following areas of study:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Advanced Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Psychology

With the high calibre of its courses and teaching staff, it is not surprising that Macquarie's graduates are highly sought after: their starting salaries have been among the highest in Australia for more than a decade (The Good Universities Guide 1998-2009).

Find out more about Macquarie! Check out Macquarie University In Profile 2013.

Location: Sydney


Macquarie's North Ryde campus is situated in the heart of Sydney's high-technology north-west corridor, home to the Australian headquarters of multinational companies such as Microsoft and Sony. World-leading companies such as Cochlear Australia are located in the University's Research Park.

Courses are also offered at Macquarie City Campus, located in the heart of Sydney's central business district.

OzTREKK inside info: Matt of OzTREKK grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, one suburb over from Macquarie University’s North Ryde neighbourhood!

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Macquarie


Research focus

World-leading research is undertaken by Macquarie's faculty and students, with 80% of the university's research areas ranked as world standard or above by the Australian Government's "Excellence in Research for Australia" initiative in 2011.

This focus on research means our students are learning from teachers who are leaders in their fields and course content is continuously updated in line with the latest research developments.

A diverse student community and global outlook

Macquarie is rated 5 stars for student diversity by the The Good Universities Guide and international students comprise a third of Macquarie's student body. The university operates with a global perspective, encouraging its students to participate in cross-cultural exchange and global participation via unique programs such the Global Leadership Program and Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. Macquarie also has one of the most extensive international exchange programs of any Australian university, with student mobility funding giving everyone the opportunity to enhance their degree with international experience.

A vibrant campus and student lifestyle

At Macquarie everything you need to study, live and play is right on campus or nearby:

  • Macquarie's new multi-million dollar library opened in 2011 and is like no other library in Australia. Built over five levels, it features learning lounges, presentation practice pods, Australia's first robotic document retrieval system and a café.
  • The Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and group fitness studios, basketball hall, squash courts and a martial arts area. The centre is so good that many professional Australian sporting teams use it for training.
  • Macquarie is the only Australian university with a private teaching hospital on campus. Numerous health and well-being services are available on campus including doctors, pharmacy, physiotherapy and counselling.
  • Macquarie is also the only Australian university with it's own train station on campus, offering students an easy direct rail link to the city. More than 20 daily bus routes connect Macquarie directly to the city, beaches and suburbs.
  • The Macquarie Centre shopping complex is located adjacent to the University and offers a multiplex cinema, major department stores and supermarkets and over 270 specialty stores.
  • Accommodation includes two residential colleges - Dunmore Lang College and Robert Menzies College - and four on-campus apartment complexes. The University accommodation service offers free airport pickup for new international students.

Macquarie has over 130 clubs and societies (including 15 sport clubs); joining one is a great way for international students to meet new people on campus and develop special interests and skills from leadership to group collaboration. The iClub international students club hosts a number of social events, excursions and trips throughout the year, allowing international students to connect and explore their new home country.

Some Popular Macquarie University Programs for Students from Canada


Popular Macquarie programs for students from Canada include

  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Communication
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Speech and Language Pathology
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Postgraduate Environmental Science
  • Postgraduate Law
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