Returning after absence

Returning after absence

The appropriate procedure to resume your studies will depend on your circumstances and when you anticipate resuming. You need to have a recorded result in at least one unit of your incomplete qualification. This does not include Incomplete or Withdrawal unit status.

Absence within 24 consecutive months

Students seeking to return to an incomplete program of study at Macquarie University within 24 consecutive months may re-enrol directly via eStudent. Visit discontinuing study for more information.

Absence greater than 24 consecutive months

Domestic students with a course status of ‘Not Continued’ and are seeking to return to their incomplete program of study at Macquarie University must reapply as a new applicant either through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly to Macquarie. Please see the course finder for the prescribed method for your degree

Applications for admission are assessed on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will be admitted to the current version of an approved program of study in the session to which they return.

International full-fee paying students

If you are a full-fee paying international student, you must contact the International Office for advice on returning to your course.

T: +61 2 9850 6320 E:


Previous students of Macquarie wishing to return to study may apply directly to the University, provided they meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

International students apply via Macquarie International.

Local students who do not meet the eligibility criteria will need to apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) where your qualifications will be re-assessed.


To be eligible to apply to return to Macquarie via this pathway you must meet the following criteria:

  • be a previous Macquarie University student who was enrolled in an undergraduate course;
  • be returning to complete the same undergraduate course;
  • have not undertaken any intervening tertiary studies* elsewhere;
  • have a recorded result in at least one unit of your incomplete qualification. This does not include units that have an Incomplete or Withdrawal status.

Students that have previously been excluded from Macquarie will need to meet additional requirements before being approved to return to studies. Returning to studies following exclusion.

*Tertiary studies include TAFE courses at Certificate IV or higher, but not secretarial or trade courses. If you are not sure whether your tertiary studies would affect your application please contact the admissions team by phone on +61 2 9850 6410 or by submitting an online enquiry via

Application Dates 

Applications for Session 2 2017 opened on the 18 April 2017 and closed on 30 June 2017.

Confirm your course is offered and check your major

Check the online handbook to find your course and ensure it is being offered in the year that you are returning to studies. If your course is no longer offered you can apply to return to a course that most closely matches your previous studies. See the online handbook for details of courses offered.

Please check whether your course requires the nomination of a major (if so it will be listed with the requirements in the handbook). Make sure that you have checked and selected an applicable major for the degree that you are returning to before applying.

Submit your application 

Applications for re-admission are made via the online form.

Submit supporting documentation if required

You must submit additional documentation if:

  • You were previously excluded from studies at Macquarie - please see further information for excluded students to assist in preparing your additional documentation.
  • You have changed your name since you were last at Macquarie - submit certified copy of your deed poll or marriage certificate.
  • You have changed your residency status since you were last at Macquarie - submit certified copy of your visa or citizenship certificate.

Please attach these documents to the relevant upload facilities within the online application form. If you cannot do so they can be submitted by email (instructions provided in the form).

Confirm your application has been received 

Following submission of your application you will receive an automated reply to confirm that we have received your online application. If you do not receive a reply you can request confirmation of receipt of your application via

Postgraduate Readmission 

For postgraduate readmission, please refer to application process  Previous Macquarie students seeking re-admission

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