Am I eligible?

Am I eligible?

Eligibility requirements for exchange

Minimum eligibility requirements apply to go on exchange. Some programs have special eligibility requirements that apply in addition to the minimum requirements.

Minimum eligibility criteria

The following minimum requirements apply to all exchange students. Further requirements may apply depending on the host program and institution, and/or your Macquarie degree program. 

To be considered for exchange, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in a coursework degree in internal mode and on campus at Macquarie University 
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 (or 4.0 out of 7.0) at time of application
    • Note that each host university has different eligibility requirements which may be higher than the minimum required above. Check our scholarships directory for information on specific programs.
  • have completed a minimum of 12 credit points at the time of application and at least 18 credit points at the time of departure
  • be able to enrol in a full-time load (UG: min 9cp - max 12cp, PG: min 12cp - max 16cp) while on exchange and have a minimum of 18 credit points remaining to your Macquarie degree in the session you go on exchange (ie, have a minimum of 6 credit points remaining to complete towards your Macquarie degree after returning from your exchange period)*
  • agree to comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the terms and conditions of student exchange

*Note that a majority of your higher level units, including your Capstone unit, must be completed at Macquarie and you cannot finish your Macquarie degree program while on exchange.

Further terms and conditions apply. Special eligibility requirements apply for postgraduate students and for undergraduate students in certain programs - see further conditions below.

Special eligibility requirements

Further eligibility requirements apply to students in the following programs:

Postgraduate students

If you are a postgraduate student enrolled in a coursework Master degree, you may be able to participate in an exchange program after the successful completion of one full-time semester (16 credit points) of study at Macquarie. You may apply for the program during your first semester provided you submit a Bachelor's degree transcript for grade assessment.

If you are applying later in your Master degree, you must have a minimum of 8 credit points remaining to complete towards your Macquarie degree upon returning from exchange and you cannot finish your degree while on exchange.

For example: A postgraduate student commencing the Master of International Business and enrolled full-time in Session 1 can apply for a short-term exchange program in the Winter Vacation (July) period of the same year. They can proceed through the application process without having any official results at Macquarie, however will be required to provide a Bachelor’s degree transcript for assessment. The student will only be permitted to go on the program in July if they successfully complete the units undertaken in Session 1.

Limitations

Exchange opportunities at postgraduate level will mostly be for short-term rather than semester-long exchange programs.

Eligibility for postgraduate exchange is restricted to students enrolled in specific postgraduate degrees and is usually restricted to specific pre-approved programs with specific partners. Please refer to the eligibility criteria on each individual program page for this information. 

Students from the following degrees may be considered more broadly for suitable postgraduate exchange opportunities:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Public Health, specialisation in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (2018 program version)
  • Juris Doctor (further restrictions may apply as per 'Law students' section below)

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies students

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies, you do not have appropriate exchange opportunities available due to the requirements of your degree, including professional accreditation requirements. 

If an appropriate unit is found with a partner Institution, please get in touch with your department to discuss exchange possibilities.

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science students

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, you do not have appropriate exchange opportunities available due to the requirements of your degree, including professional accreditation requirements.

If an appropriate unit is found with a partner Institution, please get in touch with your department to discuss exchange possibilities.

Bachelor of Commerce, major in Accounting students

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting, you may participate in an exchange program under the following conditions:

  • you do not take any core accounting units while on exchange
  • you meet with an Exemptions Officer in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance to structure a full semester of electives that can be taken while on exchange 

Your degree has limited elective credit available, so your exchange period needs to be carefully planned in advance.

Bachelor of International Studies students

If you are enrolled in the stand-alone Bachelor of International Studies (BIntStud), you may participate in an exchange program on the following conditions:

  • you must enrol in the 12 credit point unit INTS300 during your exchange semester
  • you must have completed at least 39 credit points towards your BIntStud prior to the session of their exchange semester
  • you must have completed at least 12 credit points of language units, including at least 6 credit points at 200 level or above towards their BIntStud prior to the session of their exchange semester

Upon successful completion of your studies at the host institution, your grade for INTS300 will be transferred as 'Satisfactory.' INTS300 will only be offered during Session 1 of each academic year.

For further information contact the Overseas Study Advisor, Vincent Bruin, in the Department of International Studies.

Note: If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of International Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (BIntStudLLB), the above does not apply to you. BIntStudLLB students must study law units while on exchange under the unit EXLW420 or EXLW534 - see the section relating to this degree and the section for law students for further information.

Bachelor of International Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Laws students

If you are enrolled in the combined Bachelor of International Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (BintStudLLB), you must complete a compulsory exchange semester in your fourth year. To be considered for exchange, you must: 

  • meet the eligibility requirements for Law students - see Law Students section for details
  • enrol in the 12 credit point unit EXLW420 or EXLW534 while on exchange (this is a special block unit designed to represent your exchange semester)
  • undertake Law studies at your host university as the study must contribute towards the Law component of your degree - there is no scope within the BIntStudLLB degree for students to undertake non-Law studies overseas.

Law students (Bachelor of Laws, combined Law degrees, and Juris Doctor)

If you are enrolled in a stand-alone Bachelor of Laws or any degree combined with the Bachelor of Laws, the following additional conditions apply to be considered for exchange:

  • you must be in your 4th or 5th year of your Law degree; this is defined as having completed a minimum of 72 credit points overall, including 36 credit points of LAW, LAWS, or LAWZ units (including LAW314 and LAW315) before going on exchange
  • you cannot complete more than 15 credit points of Law units on exchange
  • compulsory (or core) LAW, LAWS, or LAWZ units cannot be completed whilst on exchange - only unspecified or elective LAW or LAWS credit at 400-500 level will be granted for exchange study

If you are enrolled in the Juris Doctor, the following conditions apply:

  • you must have completed a minimum of 32 credit points of LAW or LAWS units before going on exchange
  • you cannot complete more than 20 credit points of Law units on exchange
  • compulsory (or core) LAW or LAWS units cannot be completed whilst on exchange - only unspecified or elective LAW or LAWS credit at 800 level will be granted for exchange study

Note for combined Law degree students: The structure of the combined Law degrees is such that is preferable, if not compulsory, to undertake study while on exchange that will contribute towards the Law component of your degree as this part contains most of the available elective units. Most combined Law degrees have limited or no elective units in the non-Law component which can make it difficult to obtain the necessary academic credit approvals to go on exchange for this component alone.

If you are enrolled in a combined Law degree and do not currently meet the criteria to study Law while on exchange, it is advisable to defer your exchange period until you do meet them so that you have the most flexibility with your study options. 

Note on LAW exchange credit approvals: Every unit taken on exchange requires approval by a relevant Macquarie academic exemptions officer – for LAW units, the Exchange Officer is Paul Govind. Please note that you cannot seek approval for exchange credit until after you have been accepted into the exchange program and the Law School will not grant unspecified LAW credit for units under 400-500 level for non-law students.

Diploma of Languages / Language specialisation students

If you are enrolled in the Diploma of Languages (DipLang), you may participate in a designated Short-Term Residential Language Unit appropriate to your course after you have completed a minimum of 12 credit points at Macquarie towards your DipLang.

If you are studying a DipLang concurrently with a Bachelor or Master degree at Macquarie, you may be considered exempt from having to complete 12 credit points towards your DipLang prior to your application for exchange, provided you have completed at least 12 credit points at Macquarie towards your concurrent Macquarie Bachelor or Master degree.

Example: A Diploma of Languages student has completed 9 credit points by the start of Session 1. At the beginning of Session 1, they apply for a short-term program in the Winter Vacation (July) period whilst also enrolling in a 3 credit point unit in Session 1 which takes them up to the 12 credit points required to be eligible for exchange. They will be allowed to proceed and participate if they successfully complete their unit in Session 1.

In cases of doubt, you are encouraged to apply for the short-term program and a special Exchange Committee will convene to make a determination on your suitability for the program. The Department of International Studies reserves the right to exercise its discretion in the selection of students for any short-term program it administers. The selection process may be competitive due to limited availability of places.

If you are in the first year of a language program, you may participate in a short-term in-country unit without having fulfilled the 12 credit point requirement on the following conditions:

  • you are enrolled in a Bachelor degree program at Macquarie
  • you are enrolled in both Session 1 and Session 2 units of your chosen language
  • the short-term program you are participating in has been specifically designed for students going between first and second semester language units, such as the Berlin School of Economics German course (GMN199) for students enrolled in introductory German Studies units at Macquarie
  • the program offered is specifically established for a group of students that do not comply with the regular terms and conditions.

For further information contact the Overseas Study Advisor, Vincent Bruin, in the Department of International Studies.

Eligibility FAQs

Can I go to a university not listed in the partner directory?

If you would like to go to a non-partner university you must do this independently from Macquarie. Students should apply to the university of choice as an international student and then defer their studies at Macquarie for the semester they are away. 

If you wish to obtain credit for your overseas study, you will need to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) after completion of your program, once you have been issued a transcript. Approval of credit towards your Macquarie degree program is not guaranteed.

It is important to note you will not be eligible for a travel grant or an OS-HELP loan if you decide to take this option. Macquarie Abroad is also unable to provide any advice in regards to non-partner exchange or study abroad programs.

Can I study abroad through a third party provider's programs?

You may choose to study abroad using a third party provider's programs, however such programs are not supported by Macquarie University. As such, you will not be able to have any credit pre-approved and will not be able to be considered for an OS-HELP loan or a Macquarie travel grant. Macquarie Abroad is also unable to provide any advice regarding such programs.

If you wish to obtain credit for your experience through a third party provider, you will need to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) after completion of your program, once you have been issued a transcript. Approval of credit towards your Macquarie degree program is not guaranteed.

I'm in my first semester at Macquarie, can I apply to go on exchange?

Yes, we can assess you for the program once you have completed 12 credit points at Macquarie University. However, not all partners will accept students with only one semester of study, so your options may be limited. One year of full-time study should be accepted by most partners.

Can I go on exchange in the last semester of my degree?

No. As per the minimum eligibility requirements, you must have at least 6 credit points remaining to your degree to be completed after your return from exchange.

If my GPA is below 2.0 out of 4.0 (or 4.0 out 7.0) is there any way I can still apply for the program?

No. Unfortunately, this is a strict cut-off. Study hard and apply next semester!

Can I extend my semester exchange to one full year?

No. You can only do one semester-long exchange program in the course of your degree. However, you can undertake a short-term exchange program in addition to a semester-long program.

Can I do more than one exchange program during my degree?

Yes, you may apply for multiple exchange programs if you have available credit in your degree. You can undertake one semester-long exchange program and one or more short-term exchange programs. However, please note that you must adhere to the minimum requirements for award of your Macquarie degree, which requires a minimum amount of credit points to be completed at Macquarie University including a majority of your higher level units.

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