Established in 1964, Macquarie University (MQ) began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today MQ's pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as it celebrates its place among the best and brightest minds. Recognized internationally, MQ is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world and within the top 10 in Australia.
MQ, a public research institution, has a population of approximately 40,000 students and is home to five faculties. Freeman students studying within the Faculty of Business and Economics, which has a population of 15,000 students.
Like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, Sydney as Australia’s leading global city is an important hub within the Asia Pacific region and the financial center of the Australian economy. Sydney is the largest city in Australia, with a population of 4.5 million people. It is one of the world's most multicultural cities attracting people from all over the globe, who bring a huge range of languages, cultures, cuisines and ideas to share. About 40 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born. According to analysts at Forbes, Sydney ties with Beijing as the eighth most influential city in the world.
As Australia's main financial center, Sydney is home to the Australian Stock Exchange and the Futures Exchange. More than 75 percent of all foreign and domestic banks in Australia have their headquarters located in Sydney. According to the 2011 census there were over 151,000 workers employed in the finance and financial services sector in Greater Sydney with more than 55 percent located within the City.
Sydney has well a developed human capital and skill base, with a strong education and research sector. It is home to five universities featured within the QS World University Rankings and also one of the best student cities in the world, according to the latest QS Best Student Cities index.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at MQ, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. Opportunities for involvement are promoted at the club fair for student clubs. You can also learn more about Student Life at MQ by visiting the University's Student Life website.
MQ is on the Southern hemisphere calendar. Tulane Spring is referred to as Session 1 and takes place mid-February - early July. Tulane Fall is referred to as Session 2 and takes place mid-July to early December.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 101-150 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Top 51-100 bracket in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
This is a new exchange program. No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
Courses for Exchange Students
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by MQ faculty.
MQ limits course enrollment to four classes per semester.
If you want to take additional units outside the pre-approved list, please refer to offer letter you receive from MQ once accepted. Keep in mind that several courses have prerequisites to ensure you're ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course isn't listed as a restricted unit for Exchange students.
Students are required to be enrolled in a full time study load. That means 4 modules per semester. MQ limits course enrollment to four classes per semester.
You will receive information about online enrollment approximately 6-8 weeks before the session starts. Please pre-approve your desired courses with your home university prior to enrollment.
A feature of MQ learning is that many courses are delivered via a series of lectures and tutorials. To get the most out of lectures and tutorials, you need to be an independent and active learner.
Lectures are formal structured presentations given to large numbers of students. In a typical lecture, students listen and take notes while a lecturer speaks. Lectures are usually held in large rooms (lecture theaters) and can last for one or two hours. Depending on the course, a lecturer may use slides or film, sound recordings or other media.
Tutorials are small discussion-based groups of students enrolled in a particular course. Each group is led by a tutor. Tutorials usually take place in classrooms and are less formal than lectures. Tutorials might be structured around particular activities or be more free-flowing, giving students the opportunity to raise topics, ask questions and explore ideas. Tutorials involve a much higher level of interaction than lectures do. All students are expected to participate.
Discussion and group work are also key features of the academic culture at MQ.
Students are examined continuously over the duration of their semester abroad. Assessment methods are outlined in course syllabi.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
UNSW's grading system works on a scale from 0 to 100. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at UQ. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Once nominated an email is sent to the students with information on how to submit their online application form. Students are asked to upload the following supporting documents as part of their online application and bring the original or certified copies with them to Australia: Most recent academic transcript (the transcript needs to be uploaded as one document in a PDF format only) and ID page of the student’s passport. MQ does not require hard or scanned copies of applications. The secondary application is due by MQ's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition and academic support fee plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
Off-Campus Housing Macquarie Private Accommodation website is an online browsing service for private off-campus accommodation exclusively to Macquarie University students and staff. Accommodation listings are provided by other students, people in the community and also real estate agents. Important! Students looking for accommodation are strongly advised not to send any money to try and secure short term accommodation before arriving in Sydney. Students should also view the premises in person before paying a deposit to secure the short term accommodation. If unsure, please seek advice by contacting Macquarie University Accommodation Services. Never give money to a landlord when you haven't personally seen the property. Do not pay deposits or send money before you have personally seen the room/property. Never pay money through a funds transfer to someone you don't know. Do not trust emails that say: "pay money and I will have the keys delivered to you."