Macleay College welcomes international students into our industry-focused degree and diploma programs.

There’s no place to study abroad like Macleay.

Here’s why…

Learn by doing

Learn by doing

Established in 1988, we’ve been connecting graduates with success for over 30 years. Our project-based learning and real-world briefs give you valuable experience and access to industry networks, so you’re prepared to start the career of your dreams.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers are all industry professionals, consistently rated as leaders in their fields. They bring the latest industry knowledge to every course, and with our small class sizes, you get personalised guidance in an intimate learning environment.

Learn from the best
Experience the Macleay difference

Experience the Macleay difference

Our 2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) scores show that we outperform Australia’s highest-ranked universities in measures like Overall Quality of Educational Experience and Graduate Satisfaction (plus we score well above the national average on all other indicators).

Why choose Macleay?

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Our faculties

We’re a choose-your-own-adventure kind of college, where you can pick your faculty and your path — diploma or bachelor. No matter your goals, we have something for everyone.

Advertising & Digital Media
Advertising & Digital Media

Learn how to develop and manage communications campaigns in a variety of roles and across all mediums, including TV, print, digital, radio, web, podcast and social media.


Develop a broad knowledge of business operations and targeted skills in fields of interest such as accounting, marketing, finance, operations, strategy, business policy, communications and information technology.


Build digital reporting skills across key disciplines including investigative journalism, international journalism, television reporting, radio presenting and photojournalism.

International course guide


Hear more from our International students

Our students come from all over the world. With our focus on teaching real-world, practical skills and our locations in two of Australia’s most vibrant cities, it’s no wonder our international students thrive. Here are just a few stories from international students who are on their way to their dream careers.

"At Macleay the amount of support you get is amazing and I love the small classes."

Nea Nieminen, Finland

Bachelor of Business Specialising in Event Management, Current Student. 

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"Macleay gives you the tools to start a business. The integrated internship program has shown me how small businesses are run."

Dave McSharry, Ireland

Bachelor of Business Specialising in Entrepreneurship, current student. Finishing his studies to then open up his own business in Ireland. 

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"Macleay is a great college with friendly lecturers and peers. I loved the 'Pitch' unit as it provided me with the first step towards my future business."

Thanh Dang, Vietnam

Bachelor of Business specialising in Event Management graduate.

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"Macleay helped me as an International student adapt to my new home and environment."

Simran Shrestha, Nepal

Bachelor of Digital Media, Current Student.

Life in Australia

Australia is the ultimate destination for study and exploration. Both Sydney and Melbourne are lively, vibrant and safe cities, full of fun activities and memories waiting to be made.

Whether you’re swimming at Bondi, dining at the trendiest new restaurants, bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, watching an AFL game at the MCG or shopping along the iconic Chapel Street, you’ll never be bored.


Level 2, 53 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008

Our Sydney campus is a five-minute walk from Central Station and two minutes to Central Park Mall. Chippendale is one of Sydney’s more creative suburbs and is also home to many of Sydney’s exciting new cafés and restaurants.


Level 7, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

A few minutes walk from the iconic Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, our Melbourne campus sits in a stylish and accessible location, surrounded by eclectic cafés, art galleries and shops.


Level 4, 104 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000

In partnership with NIET, the new Macleay Brisbane campus is located in the inner city region of Spring Hill, an education hub shared with the prestigious Brisbane Grammar and St James College. With easy access to cafes, restaurants and transport options our modern campus welcomes both international and Australian domestic students.


How do I apply as an international student? What does the process look like?
  1. Apply — Submit an online application, including certified copies of supporting documentation (passport, high school results, evidence of IELTS or equivalent English language proficiency, details of any further study or professional work experience). Documentation must be certified by a notary, a Justice of the Peace or your agency.
  2. Interview — In some cases, we may request an interview (either face-to-face or via Skype). If an interview is required, Macleay will make contact to arrange a time and date once your application has been received.
  3. Offer — Successful applicants will be emailed a Letter of Offer.
  4. Acceptance — Sign and return the Letter of Offer to accept your place at Macleay College. Make payment of your Initial Tuition Fee as per the instructions provided, and organise Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  5. Confirmation — 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.
What are the entry and English language requirements?

The entry requirements for Macleay include qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade, plus English language comparable to Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. For Journalism courses, the IELTS band score is 6.5 with no band less than 6.

For more information regarding entry requirements, view here.

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

I have completed subjects at another institution. Can I get credit towards my course at Macleay College?

If you have studied at a university or other tertiary institution, you may be eligible for course credit for the subjects you have completed. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (or RPL) and may result in course credit via the grade ‘Advanced Standing’. Advanced Standing recognises your previous study and may reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course at Macleay College.

The maximum number of subjects for which exemption (course credit) may be granted is 50% of the total credit points of your course at Macleay College.

You can apply for course credit by submitting an Application for Course Credit and attaching the following documents for the subject(s) you are seeking exemption from:
  • Academic transcript(s) of previous courses of study including year completed and grades attained.
  • Subject outlines and/or course description including information on learning outcomes.

Applications for course credit should be made before course commencement.

What is the longest time I can take to complete a course?

How long you take to complete your course of study at Macleay College depends on a number of factors, such as the duration of your course, your study load, your academic progression, and if you take any time away from our studies.

Generally, the maximum number of subjects you can take per trimester is four (for a full-time study load) and the minimum number of subjects per trimester is two (for a part-time study load), however as an international student your load is eight units per year.

Can I enrol in two courses of study at the same time?

You are only allowed to enrol in one course at a time, however you may transfer courses by contacting 

What payment options are available for tuition fees?

Macleay College has partnered with Flywire to offer students the safest, easiest and most cost-effective choices for your upfront international payments.

To pay, go to and enter your payment details based on the invoice sent to you and your country of origin.

What is Flywire?

Trusted by thousands of students and families around the globe, Flywire is a safe, convenient way to make international education payments to Macleay College. Flywire allows you to pay securely from banks worldwide offering competitive foreign exchange rates and no hidden fees.

Depending on your home country, payment options can include local bank transfer, credit card, e-payments, e-wallets and more. Receive email or text alerts each step of the way and track the progress of your payment online or via the Flywire App by creating a Flywire account.

Should you need assistance with your payment, multilingual customer support via phone, live chat, Wechat and email are available 24/7.

How can I make my upfront tuition fee payment?
  1. To get started, review the invoice from your Letter of Offer or our accounts department and click the link that goes to Select if you are a Commencing or Continuing student and enter your required details and country of origin.
  2. Enter the basic required information to initiate your payment booking.
  3. Follow the instructions provided to send funds to Flywire. For debit/credit card payments, enter your card details online to complete your payment in your home currency. Note: Additional local payment options may be available depending on the country you are paying from.
  4. Receive text and email status updates each step of the way, including a confirmation when your payment has been delivered to your institution. You can also create a Flywire account to track your payment online 24/7. View a video of how to make your international payment here.

Note: Each time you need to pay your tuition fees, you must book a bank transfer on our Flywire portal to complete your international bank transfer. This will generate new Flywire payment instructions with a unique ID allowing us to track your bank transfer and reconcile your payment quickly and accurately.

What if I need customer support using Flywire?

Flywire Customer Support


Phone: +61 (2) 8311 4772


Does Macleay College offer scholarships to International students?
Yes, please contact your education agent for a brochure or email
Where can I find an International Macleay College Agent?
What is the cost of living in Australia?

Knowing the average cost of living and studying in Australia is an important part of your application and financial preparation. Please view the guidelines from Study Australia below. 


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $185 to $440 per week

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

Still have questions?

Studying abroad is a big step. We’re here to make sure all your questions get answered!

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