Before applying for exchange, you will need to review the list of eligible universities to find out about the available options.
Once you've identified your program of interest, submit an online application form.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications for all programs are assessed on a rolling basis. You must complete an application a year in advance for semester programs and approximately 6 months in advance for short-term programs.
- Applications for Session 1, 2018 will open in May 2017 and close on 17 August 2017
- Applications for Session 2, 2018 will open in October 2017 and close on 18 March 2018
Short-term programs have specific deadlines, and applications are assessed after that deadline has passed. Please see specific program information on the Explore page to check deadlines.
I have applied for exchange, when will I find out the outcome of my application?
Applications are assessed on a rolling bases. The amount of time it takes to receive an outcome on your application will depend on the time of year and the session for which you have applied:
- Outcomes for Session 1 exchange period are usually provided between July and September
- Outcomes for Session 2 exchange period are usually provided between January and March
These are approximate time frames and may vary. Your patience is appreciated while waiting to hear the outcome of your application.
I have accepted my offer for exchange but haven't seen the $50 fee loaded to my account, or the iLearn unit. When will these be available?
The fee may take a few weeks to appear in your account. Please be patient and check your student account regularly.
Similarly with the iLearn unit; students will be added once their acceptance is processed and the unit content is finalised.
I have accepted my offer. When will I be added to the iLearn unit?
Students will be added to the iLearn unit once their acceptance is processed and the content of the unit is finalised. If you have accepted your offer, you will be on the list to add to iLearn.
Will I get my first preference university?
This depends on how competitive that university is and how many places are available. This will change each semester. The UK, USA and Canada are extremely popular destinations and therefore very competitive. If your preference is in one of these regions and you cannot be placed, we will offer you an alternative option. It is important to be flexible with your preferences.
Why have I been offered a place at a university I do not want?
Students are offered places based on what is available. If you are unhappy with your offer, you may reject it and ask to be re-assessed for the same session (if time permits) or for the following session.
If you ask to be re-assessed, you will need to provide a list of new preferences in your email correspondence. If you ask to be re-assessed for the same session, it is important that you list different preferences from your original ones as you have already been assessed against those and were unable to be placed there.
I have received my offer from Macquarie, when will I receive information from the host university?
After you have accepted your offer from Macquarie, you will be nominated to the host university in line with their nominations deadlines. You will then be contacted either by Macquarie Abroad or the host university directly in regards to their application process. This can take up to five months from the date you received an offer, depending on the institution and the time you applied. Please check your student email regularly for any updates.
Can I use my travel grant or OS-HELP loan as proof of funds for host university or visa application?
We recommend you contact either the institution asking for proof of funds (usually the host university or consulate) to clarify what you can and cannot use as proof of funds. The only confirmation of funding provided by Macquarie University relates to your travel grant and/or OS-Help loan and is listed in your program offer letter. You may consider using this letter if it is accepted by the relevant institution.
Remember, if you do not have enough funds in your bank account to support your exchange, you can also use the bank account of a sponsor as proof. This sponsor can be a parent, relative or anyone else who confirms to support you while abroad. They will just have to provide a letter or fill in the relevant form requested by the host institution to confirm this, and show a copy of their bank statement as proof of funds.
When will I hear the outcome of my host university application?
Each university has a different application process and timeline. Students should expect to wait up to four months after the host universities application deadline to receive an outcome. Macquarie Abroad will not be able to chase up the host university or speed up this process. Make sure to check your student email regularly for any updates.