Macquarie University-Sydney

Program Availability: Fall and Spring Semesters

Hampshire students have the opportunity to study in Sydney, Australia through our institutional affiliation with Macquarie University.

About Macquarie University

Macquarie University in Sydney is dedicated to equipping its students for success in today's fast-changing, highly competitive global society. Macquarie's innovative courses, cutting-edge research programs, and state-of-the-art facilities are located on a spacious parkland campus just 35 minutes from the heart of Australia's largest, most cosmopolitan city.

Macquarie has over 30,000 students and 1,500 staff members. Students come from over 100 countries to study at Macquarie University, a liberal arts institution with a student-centered atmosphere. At Macquarie University you will learn from some of the brightest and most talented academics in the world.

Study abroad students can tailor a study program of subjects from across the university. Areas of study at Macquarie include:

Cultural Studies; Chemistry; Biology; Environmental Science; Electronics; English; Actuarial Studies; Computing; Human Geography; Contemporary Music; Anthropology; Education; Christian Studies; Communication; International Relations; Asian Languages; Australian and Aboriginal Studies; Early Childhood Studies; Earth and Planetary Sciences; European Languages; Health Law; History; Linguistics; Literature; Media; Philosophy; Physical Geography; Physics; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; and Women's Studies.

For course offerings, see Study Subjects.

Natural History Museum in Sydney, Australia
Jonathan Fanning 05F, on the far right, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, Australia. Jonathan participated in this exchange program in the fall of 2007.

Term Dates

Semester 1: February-June
Semester 2: July-November

Both terms include a two week mid-semester break and end-of-semester exams.

Housing and Meals

Students will arrange their own on-campus housing through Macquarie's accommodations office. There are a variety of living arrangements available, including residential halls and self-catered apartments. For more information and housing application instructions, please see Macquarie On-Campus Accomodation.

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy, and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition and Health Insurance Fees: paid to Hampshire; GEO will cover the fee for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), compulsory coverage required by the Australian government for all study abroad students.
  • Housing Fees: paid to Macquarie University
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of meals; passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; travel insurance; and personal expenses. Students may receive a travel stipend to offset airfare costs.


This exchange is open to qualified Hampshire College students who are in good academic and behavioral standing. Detailed information on Hampshire eligibility requirements and policies is available under the Eligibility Requirements in the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook.

How to Apply

  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application. Call 413.559.5542 to make an appointment.
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).


Milford Track, Australia
Milford Track, New Zealand. Photo taken by Jonathan Fanning 05F, who participated in this exchange program in the fall of 2007.


Contact the GEO program manager:

Heather St. Germaine

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Alyssa Pilkons 06F, third prize winner in the 2009 Study Australia Video contest.

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With The Global Education Office (GEO)
Snail Mail
Global Education Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Fax: 413.559.6173