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Macquarie University

The university offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across various disciplines including arts, business, education, engineering, health sciences, science and technology, and law. Macquarie University has a student population of over 40,000 and its campus is spread across 126 hectares of parkland in Sydney's North Ryde suburb. The university has a strong focus on research and is known for its innovative teaching methods.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Macquarie University.

  • Rankings

    Macquarie University is recognized as a top university both in Australia and globally. In the 2021 QS World University Rankings, it is ranked in the top 400 universities worldwide and in the top 10 in Australia. 2023 scores are even higher, placing Macquarie in the top 200 at 195th spot. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 also placed Macquarie University among the top 350 universities globally and in the top 10 in Australia. Macquarie is highly regarded for its research impact, as demonstrated by its high number of citations per faculty member, and for its reputation among academics and employers.

  • Employability

    MU is dedicated to providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace. The university has strong links with industry and provides students with opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships, work placements, and industry projects. They offer support throughout the period of study and for up to 12 months after graduation. Macquarie's graduates are highly sought after by employers, and many go on to pursue successful careers in a range of industries. Find out more about their careers service here.

  • Fees

    The cost of tuition at Macquarie University varies depending on the program and level of study. Domestic students can expect to pay between $8,000 and $25,000 per year, while international students can expect to pay between $24,000 and $35,000 per year. Importantly, the Australian government pays a portion of the tuition fee for Commonwealth supported students. The remaining amount is called the 'student contribution.'

  • Bursaries

    Macquarie University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to support students who are facing financial hardship. Eligible students can receive up to $6,000 per year to help cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.


Macquarie University offers a range of accommodation options for students, including on-campus housing, homestay, and off-campus apartments. On-campus accommodation is available in a variety of styles, from shared apartments to single rooms, and is located within walking distance of the university's main campus. If you are looking for a private accommodation in Sydney, check out AFS Sydney site for comfortable, convenient, and affordable student rentals.

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Students' Union

The Macquarie University Students' Union is the representative body for students at the university. The union provides a range of services and activities for students, including clubs and societies, events and entertainment, advocacy, and support. Check out their website here.

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Famous for

Macquarie University has produced a number of successful and well-known graduates, including politician Tanya Plibersek, businessman David Gonski, and television presenter Adam Spencer.


‘Joint partnership to fund $7.5 million upgrade to Macquarie University sports fields’—read the full story here.

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"Sydney is an iconic Australian city, often mistaken for the capital, and for good reason. You will never run out of things to do, from the vibrant art and cultural scene, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes, amazing weather (think Bondi Beach), and spectacular landmarks like the Opera House. Sydney is a city you will certainly love."

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