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Established in 1988, Macleay College is a privately owned college with a strong focus on journalism and media, digital marketing and advertising. The college is located in the Surrey Hills area in Sydney, Australia. In 2015, the college opened another campus in Melbourne, Australia. The medium of teaching is in English. Macleay College is known for its short duration diploma and bachelor's programs. It is an accredited higher education provider with approximately 440 enrolled students. The diploma degree can be completed within 12 months and Bachelor’s degree in 2 years which is 1 year earlier than other traditional bachelor degrees


Institution TypePrivate
Campus SettingUrban
Faculty members38
Percentage of International students25%
Average Class Size25
Test scores acceptedIELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test, Cambridge

Campus & Residence

Macleay College has two campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. Surrey Hills, Sydney campus was established in 1988 and the Melbourne campus in 2015 which is a new campus of the college. Both campuses are centrally located which helps the student to get public transport easily. Facilities like libraries, mac labs and cafes are available for the students.


The housing facility is not available in the college. However, the students can find a residence in and outside the city. The college has provided few websites regarding accommodation in Australia such as OZ Homestay and Auzzie Families, where the student can easily find out shared, single rooms in the city. The cost of living in Australia is approximately $18,610 per year.


The Macleay College offers 10 diploma courses which can be completed within 12 months, 16 bachelor's degree and many graduate certificate courses. The college offers these programs on various specializations such as Advertising & Digital Marketing, Business & Management, Journalism and Accounting which further classifies in sub-specializations such as public speaking, Travel and Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Public relation, Social media marketing, Content writer and creation and many more. English is the mode of teaching in college.

Application Process


  • Submit Official Transcripts, High school diploma Certificate or its equivalent
  • Personal Statement of 500-1000 words
  • Copy of passport
  • Evidence of professional work experience.
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • Interview
  • Successful applicants will be emailed a Letter of Offer.

English Language Requirements

TestsAll Programs Except Journalism CoursesJournalism courses
TOEFL iBT60-7879-93
Cambridge CAE52-5758-66

Costs & Expenses

The tuition fee for some of the popular courses at Macleay College are given below:

Bachelor of Advertisement and Media$69,120
Bachelor of Business$69,120
Bachelor of Journalism$80,640
Diploma of Business Management$34,560
Diploma of Marketing$34,560
Diploma of Digital Media$34,560

Work While Study

Macleay College provides internships to its students in top reputed companies for the purpose of developing the professional and practical skills of the students. The internship can be both paid or unpaid and it holds a high value in the resume of a student. The duration of the internship varies from 40 hours to 168 hours depending on the job role and the degree.


Presently, Macleay College offers diploma and bachelor programs. They do not offer any programs at the graduate level. However, a few short courses are available. Every year, the college receives a large number of applications from international countries. About 25% of the students admitted to the university are international students.

  • The average class size is 25 or fewer students.
  • The application form is different for international and domestic applicants
  • Applicants with gap year must have some work experience.


Application PortalOnline portal
Mode of PaymentCredit Card/ Cheque/ Money Order/ Electronic Transfer
Academic CalendarTrimester – based
Intake SessionsTerm -wise
Financial AidScholarships
Work ExperienceRequired for some courses

Macleay College Admission Deadlines

The deadlines for finalizing the enrolment and fees for the three trimesters known as census dates are given below.

TrimesterCensus Date
Trimester 123 February
Trimester 215 June
Trimester 35 October

Macleay College International Admissions

International applicants are welcome to apply for all the programs offered by Macleay College. However, there are some additional admission documents which international students must submit at the time of admission. Admission checklist for international students is given below:

  • Official transcripts and their certified English translations
  • Evidence of work experience.
  • Interview over skype.
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Financial statement and recent bank statement.
  • Copy of passport.

English Proficiency Test Score

All the international applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to prove their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL, IELTS or other test scores. This requirement is waived for those have received a degree from English medium institute

The minimum score requirements for each proficiency test is given in the table below:

TestMinimum score Requirement

Note: the minimum ELP score requirement varies for diploma in Journalism.

Visa Process for International Students

  • The selected applicants will be sent an offer of admission. The students will be required to sign the offer letter and sent it back.
  • The university will send a Confirmation of Enrolment.
  • After this, the next step is to apply for a student visa from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Documents required to apply for the student permit:
    • Offer letter from the college.
    • Passport.
    • Proof of financial support.
    • Overseas Student Health Insurance
    • Visa processing fee.
  • For the students who are below 18 years of age, student welfare has to be maintained for the duration of their stay.

Macleay College Undergraduate Admissions

At the UG level, Macleay College offers a number of bachelor and diploma programs. The four academic fields in which courses are offered are Business and Marketing, Journalism, Advertising and Digital Media and Accounting.

The basic requirements for all the courses are the same. However, there are some specific requirements that differ with the course as well. Applicants are advised to check the particular program page to know any additional requirements.

Application Portal: Macleay College Direct Application

Admission Requirements: The following documents have to be provided by the applicants at the time of admission:

  • Secondary/tertiary diploma level qualification.
  • Transcripts of all academic institutions attended previously.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Work experience, if an applicant has a gap year.
  • An interview, either in person or over skype.
  • English Language Proficiency Test scores

Additional Requirements: A letter of intent, portfolio or resume may be required for certain specific courses.

Macleay College offers a great campus life. It has its campuses in two bustling cities of Australia- Sydney, and Melbourne. The students are also offered with support like career counseling. The students are advised to contact the Admission Team of the college before applying