Macleay College welcomes international students into our degree and diploma programs. Everything you need to know about studying at Macleay is available here. There is an FAQ at the bottom of this page for any other questions you might have. Please get in touch with our international team for any other questions we can help you with.


Australian College

Macleay is a domestic higher education provider that accepts international students. International intakes are capped at 25% with a mix of nationalities.

Boutique Learning

Classes are 25 people or less with only 400 students per year across Sydney and Melbourne. This means staff and students are all on a first-name basis.


All students must complete an internship as part of their course, putting their knowledge into practice in the workforce. This also helps with making professional connections.

Industry Connections

Our lecturers are working in their industry, so you know what they’re teaching is up to date and relevant to the current workforce, making our Graduates more employable and valuable.

Great Locations

Our campuses are centrally located near Central Station in Sydney and Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. Both are surrounded by fantastic coffee shops, restaurants, shops and close to iconic tourist attractions.

Student Support

Student Services is on hand to help you with everything from timetables, ID Cards and where to find the best student discounts. A Student Counsellor is available for students who require additional personal and emotional support.






















Class of 2015

“What I learned at Macleay was immediately useful at work, especially the skills around marketing metrics, how to work with clients and also the social media skills. This is my first professional job in Australia, and I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have got the job without the course!”


Beautiful one day, amazing the next!  There is no doubt Australia has it all. So, why not study in two of the most liveable cities in the world – Sydney or Melbourne? They’re lively, vibrant and safe, making them the ultimate study and play destination.

When you’re not studying, there are always plenty of things to do. From sightseeing, swimming at Bondi, world-class dining, bush walking in the Blue Mountains, watching an AFL game at the MCG or shopping along the iconic Chapel Street, you will never be bored.

Macleay will also assist you in finding accommodation to ensure to have the best experience possible during your time studying in Australia.



Have a question? We have answers!


How to Enrol


Submit an online application form at


Submit certified documents at the same time as the application form – copy of passport, evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS or equivalent), evidence of having completed school, or evidence of professional work experience.


Interview either face-to-face or via Skype. Macleay College will make contact to arrange a time and date once an application has been received.


Successful applicants will be emailed a Letter of Offer.


Applicant signs and returns the Letter of Offer accepting their place at Macleay College, makes payment of their Initial Tuition Fee and organises Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). 


On receipt of the Initial Tuition Fee Payment and evidence of OSHC coverage, Macleay will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). A CoE is required to apply for a student visa.

Eligibility to Enrol

Under 20 years of age at course start date?

You must provide evidence of your high school qualification (final year of school) with suitable marks; OR evidence of higher education study.

20 years or older at course start date?

You must provide evidence of overseas higher education study – in progress or already completed; OR professional work experience in relevant field.
Under 18 years of age?

Macleay College cannot accept applications from students under the age of 18.

Download the International Student Admissions Policy

English Proficiency

To study at Macleay you must reach these IELTS scores or equivalent.

Course IELTS Band Score Cambridge CAE Range Pearson Academic Range TOEFL iBT Range
Advertising & Media Programs 6.0 52-57 48-52 60-78
(Diploma Programs)
6.0 52-57 48-52 60-78
(Degree Program)
6.0 52-57 48-52 60-78
Journalism Programs 6.5 58-66 56-60 79-93

Course Credit

Enrolling students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), for previous study and work experience. Please refer to the Macleay College RPL policy in the International Student Handbook. Please note that receiving RPL may affect the course cost, course duration and length of student visa. Any changes will be reported to DIBP.

Download an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning Form

Course Fees & Payment

Course Fees

2017 International Student Course Fees

Course of Study Units 2017
Course Fees
 $ per unit CRICOS Code
Bachelor of Business 24 units $69,120 $2,880 080556A
Bachelor of Journalism 24 units $80,640 $3,360 080557M
Diploma of Advertising 12 units $34,560 $2,880 056023G
Diploma of Business Management 12 units $34,560 $2,880 061395D
Diploma of Marketing 12 units $34,560 $2,880 061396C
Diploma of Journalism 12 units $40,320 $3,360 056025F
Bachelor of Advertising & Media 24 units TBA (application with TEQSA to add to scope)


Macleay College accepts various payment options:

Credit Card: Complete the Payment Authority Form by including the name of payee and the student name, along with credit card details

Cheque / Money Order: Cheques and money orders should be made payable to Macleay College with the student name printed on the reverse side of the cheque or money order, and mailed to: Macleay College, Level 2, 28 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Electronic Transfer: Please include your name as the reference when transferring funds electronically.

Bank: National Australia Bank
BSB: 082 057
Account No: 22 756 2227
Account Name: Macleay International Students
Reference: Your Name

International Agents

Find a Macleay College Agent

Macleay College works with a number of local agents. These agents are fully versed in the Macleay College offering and can guide you through the process of becoming an International Student at Macleay.

Download a list of current International agents HERE

Become a Macleay College Agent

Macleay College welcomes onshore and offshore agents to become official partners. To begin the process of becoming an official partner, please download and complete this editable PDF

Once we receive this you will be contacted by a Macleay College representative. We encourage all prospective agents to have reviewed our website and course offerings before contacting us directly.

Student Information

International Student Guide

The International Student Guide is specifically for international students to give you some important information about living and studying in Australia.


This guide outlines the policies and procedures applicable to all students enrolled in a course of study at Macleay College.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Australian Government regulations require all international students to have OSHC insurance for their time in Australia. A student visa can only be granted once OSHC has been paid. The current cost for 14 months’ coverage is approximately AUD$600 and the OSHC Australia website provides a tool to compare all Australian Government approved providers.

Visit OSHC Australia HERE

For more information, an FAQ guide on Overseas Student Health Insurance is available at the Department of Health website. 

Student Visas

Student visas are administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). For further information, please visit the DIBP website.

DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) Student Visa conditions. A student must:

  • maintain enrolment in their registered course;
  • maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during stay in Australia;
  • continue to have sufficient financial capacity to support your study and stay in Australia;
  • maintain satisfactory attendance in their course and course progress for each study period as required by your education provider;
  • notify Macleay College of any change in their residential address within 7 days.

ESOS Framework

The Australian Government has established a legislative framework to ensure the provision of quality education and to ensure that the rights of international students are protected. This legislation is known as the Educating Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework.

An easy to understand guide to the protection of international students in Australia is available here.


The funds required for prospective Student Visa applicants to demonstrate their ability to meet living costs in Australia is $18,610 per year. For further details, please refer to DIBP Student Visa Living Costs and Evidence of Funds.

Deferment, Suspension or Cancellation of Studies

If Macleay College cancels or suspends an enrolment, it will notify the student that this decision may affect the student’s visa. Macleay College is required to report students failing to comply with the course progress requirements of their visa to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) through the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS). The student will then be given 20 working days to access the Macleay College internal complaints and appeals process.
The visa suspension, or cancellation of enrolment, will not take effect until all internal or external processes are completed, unless extenuating circumstances relating to the welfare of the student apply.

School-Aged Dependants

Students are advised that any school aged dependants accompanying them will be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or non-government school.

Living in Australia


Macleay College recommends the following providers to assist International Students with finding accommodation. Sydney has a wide range of suitable options depending on budgets, plus Macleay College is only 200 metres away from Sydney’s main railway station and transport hub, so you don’t need to live near the campus.


For home stay options (living with Australian Families) visit Oz Homestay or Auzzie Families.

For youth hostels, visit Youth Hostels Association of Australia.

For student accommodation postings in Sydney, visit Study Connect then scroll down and click on ‘Sydney Student Accommodation (NSW)’.

If you want assistance in finding a room-mate visit  Student Flatmates or Gumtree.

For a listing of real estate agents visit or


The state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital city, has well defined tenancy laws that support the rights of landlords and tenants. For more information go to the renting section on the Fair Trading website.

If you have a problem with your landlord you can call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or 13 14 50 for language assistance.

Living in Sydney

Here are some helpful websites to help you find out more information about living in Sydney, Australia 

Course Start Dates

2017 Dates

Macleay College runs a Trimester year and therefore take enrolments three times a year.

2017  DATES

TRIMESTER 1     6th February 2017

TRIMESTER 2     29th May 2017

TRIMESTER 3     18th September 2017

2018 Dates

Macleay College has three start dates per year.


2018 DATES

TRIMESTER 1     5th February 2018

TRIMESTER 2     28th May 2018

TRIMESTER 3     17th September 2018