- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Macquarie University is a public research institution located in Sydney founded in 1964. Macquarie is typically ranked within the top ten universities in Australia and is ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world and with a 5-star QS rating. As a comprehensive institution, located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. The campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives the community the freedom to think and grow. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Australia.
Balaclava Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2109
+61 2 9850 6767
Tourists come to Sydney for the Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Sure, you’ll get to see these sights, and you might even hold a koala, but you will come to know Sydney for so much more. As the economic capital of Australia, Sydney attracts people from across the globe, making it a diverse city. You will meet your fair share of Sydney-siders, but don’t be surprised to make friends from countries far and wide.
Macquarie offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Although Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, Macquarie will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See Macquarie’s general housing website.
At Macquarie, all courses are taught in English. Credits taken at Macquarie are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at Macquarie will transfer as 3 Pitt credits. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. All credits taken at Macquarie require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager.
Courses taken at Macquarie will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from Macquarie.
At Macquarie, individual classes are called "units." A full catalog of the units can be found here or by individual departments through the Unit Guides.
Unlike Pitt, Macquarie’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning categories, such as High Distinction (HD), Distinction (D), Credit (Cr), Pass (P) and Fail (F). For more information about the grading scale at Macquarie, see their explanation. Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.
Macquarie will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are receive. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5,000|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at Macquarie for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Macquarie's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Unlike Pitt, Macquarie’s academic calendar follows a Spring-Fall progression, meaning Spring is the first semester followed by the Fall semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt. I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas. I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences. I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose. Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea. Good eating and traveling! Let me know if you should have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 412-383-7165.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Macquarie. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Macquarie's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Macquarie. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Macquarie's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. Please check with Macquarie regarding these requirements.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, Australia requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans. See the details here.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without Australian nationality, students must obtain a student visa to study in Australia. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review Macquarie's website. Also, check the Australian Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. Macquarie will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)