Macquarie University

Sydney, Australia

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Macquarie University, is a public university founded in 1964 in Sydney, Australia and located in a 310 acre park approximately 10 miles north-west of Sydney’s central business district. The university enrolls close to 33,000 students and the Faculty of Business enrolls 5,100 undergraduates. In addition, Macquarie University’s exchange programs are very active; the university has over 200 international partners from more than 50 countries. UF students are assured of meeting students from all over the world if they select to study abroad at Macquarie.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia with approximately 5 million residents. Because the city is close to the ocean, temperatures are moderate. The warmest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 80 degrees (Fahrenheit). The Sydney Harbour is home to the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. In addition, the city features many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Not far from the city, visitors will find the world famous Bondi and Manly beaches. Sydney's coastline is part of the annual humpback whales migration path from Antarctica to the Coral Sea and during mid-May to early December whales are often seen in coastal waters and on some rare occasions even in Sydney Harbour itself.

Student Life

Macquarie University’s main campus is located in Sydney, Australia with a plethora of facilities and amenities available to all students. The Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Center has two heated swimming pools along with a gymnasium which includes free weights, machines and a cardio theatre. Health services for students on campus include doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, pharmacists, counselors and a new hospital. Students can enjoy a non-denominational community church and prayer room facilities on campus. For sports fans, Macquarie University has Australian football, cricket, rugby, soccer, hockey, touch football, Ultimate Frisbee and a driving range. The campus has an art gallery, a sculpture park, museums and theatre along with a library housing over 1 million items.

Term Dates

Fall Semester

Late July to late November
UF applications must be complete by April 1

Spring Semester

Late February to late June
UF applications must be complete by October 1

Courses Available

The Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University offers a wide variety of courses in multiple disciplines. UF students are required to take at least half of the courses in their semester schedule from the business department. Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at Macquarie can apply to your UF degree. Additional equivalencies can be submitted through your advisor.

Language of Instruction


Grade Conversion
Macquarie Grade UF grade
High Distinction (85-100) A
Distinction (75-84) A
Credit (65-74) B
Pass (50-64) C
Fail (0-49) F

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a minimum of 12 credits of coursework (4 classes) to be full time.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at Macquarie
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $2,000
Housing/Utilities $2,620 $6,000 (includes meals)
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 Included
Books $540 $300
Transportation $270 $300
Visa --- $565
Total $9,765 $13,440


Macquarie’s Accommodations Services Office assists exchange students in finding a place to stay and provides opportunities to live on-campus, off campus, or in a homestay with an Australian family. Their services include airport pick-up and temporary accommodation if needed. Macquarie guarantees university-managed accommodation for all exchange students, if their housing applications are received before the deadline. Students living in a five bedroom apartment at the Macquarie University Village can even enjoy low rent at approximately $275 per month.


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Travel Opportunities

Whether you like the great outdoors or taking in the historic buildings, Sydney, Australia has it all. Enjoy the beaches or take the Manly Ferry for only $10 to get around the Australian coastline. Take a stroll through the Queen Victoria Building where the biggest tree housed indoors in Australia resides during Christmas time. Explore the government buildings of Australia, the State Theatre or even the Sydney Aquarium. Want to see more than just Sydney? The Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is 32.5 kms from Macquarie University. Make a weekend trip to see the Great Barrier Reef at the Hill Inlet located in north Queensland, Australia where you can snorkel or visit the nearby rainforest. Melbourne, Australia is a quick 824 km away from Macquarie University and you can enjoy more palaces, gardens and Australia’s premier cricket pitch. Macquarie University has a subway system that links the school to the rest of the city and all of the other transportation options to take you to the Sydney downtown area or other destinations in the Land Down Under.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Sarah O’Reilly
Student Advisor – Exchanges with America
Macquarie University
E3A Level 1
Macquarie University, NSW, 2109
Phone: +61 2 9850 6949
Fax: +61 2 9850 7733
Email (sarah.oreilly at