What is the daily timetable for the 2019 MALS Summer Week?

On Monday 7 January we will meet at 9.00am (teaching to commence at 9.30am) for allocation of classes and the opening of the School. This will take place in the central meeting area also used for morning and afternoon teas. The location will be finalised later in the year, so check back here in December for precise directions.

All courses will run Monday to Friday from 9.30am–4.30pm. Morning sessions generally run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, including a half-hour morning tea break. There is a lunch break from 12.30pm until 1.30pm, during which a 30min special lecture or other event will be offered. A lecture timetable will be released later in the year, so check back here in December for more information. Afternoon sessions run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, including a half hour afternoon break.

The daily timetable for MALS has temporarily been pushed forward by half an hour. Usually we start at 9.00am and finish at 4.00pm each day. We have made the timetabling change for the Summer Week because of potential disruptions to travel caused by the closure of the Macquarie University Train Station. For more information see below.


How do I get to Macquarie University?

The Macquarie University campus can be reached directly by car and bus during the MALS 2019 Summer Week. The Macquarie University Train Station will be closed in January 2019. Additional bus services will be provided. For more information about planning your journey consult the Macquarie University website.


Where do I find MALS on the Macquarie University campus?

All classes are held on the Macquarie University campus at North Ryde. Information about classrooms is provided at registration on the first day. Registration takes place in a central meeting area, also used for morning and afternoon teas. For information about the central meeting point for the 2019 Summer Week check back here in December. Campus maps can be found on the Macquarie University website.


Can I park on the Macquarie University campus?

Yes. Casual parking on the Macquarie University campus is available. The University has moved to a new PAYG system. For more information about parking consult the Macquarie University website.

Casual parking costs $10 for 0-1 hour and up to $40 for 6+ hours. At this stage MALS cannot offer its usual discounted rate for students. We are working to change this and will email enrolled students if this situation changes by mid-December.


Does MALS provide food and drink?

Morning (11am–11.30am) and afternoon (2.30pm–3.00pm) tea will be provided each day as part of the cost of all courses. Lunch is not provided by MALS, but food and drinks are available at a range of outlets on campus throughout the Summer Week.


How do I know which course to enrol in?

Course descriptions can be found in our Current Program. These provide general information about the level of proficiency required for each course. If you would like further advice please email us directly (mals@mq.edu.au) and provide a summary description of your training to date.


Can I enrol in more than one course?

No. Each course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday for the duration of the Summer Week.


Can I change my course during a Winter or Summer Week?

Yes. If you find the course you are enrolled in too challenging or not challenging enough you are welcome to change to another course during a Winter or Summer Week. Before you change courses talk to your tutor and email the MALS admin team (mals@mq.edu.au).


What if my course is cancelled?

Courses may be cancelled if an insufficient number of students (normally less than 5) enrols before the cancellation deadline (10 December 2018 for the 2019 Summer Week). Students will be advised of cancelations via email after that date.

If your course is cancelled MALS volunteer staff will suggest an alternative course and you can transfer to that without re-enrolling. You can also cancel your enrolment and MALS volunteer staff will organise a refund.


Can I withdraw from a course?

You can withdraw from MALS courses at any time by emailing our administrative staff (mals@mq.edu.au). A full or partial refund will be given depending on when you notify MALS of your decision to withdraw. Please see below for more details.


Can I request a refund?

Yes. Full refunds will be issued for those who notify MALS  of their inability to attend before the cancellation deadline (10 December for the 2019 Summer Week). MALS will charge a $100 late withdrawal fee for cancelations after 10 December. This withdrawal fee is a new administrative measure aimed at minimising cancellation of classes, and thus disruption to other enrolled students. If you have any questions please email mals@mq.edu.au prior to enrolment.


Where can I find the text selected by my tutor?

Information about textbooks and texts can be found in the course descriptions in the Summer and Winter Programs. Students are expected to purchase textbooks before the start of each Winter and Summer Week.

Most of our Intermediate and Advanced courses (and some Beginners courses) use learning materials (including texts) provided by tutors. These can be downloaded from the MALS website before each Summer or Winter Week.


Where can I buy textbooks?

The following bookstores generally offer a wide selection of language textbooks.  Please contact our administrative staff (mals@mq.edu.au) if you experience any difficulties locating a textbook.

University Co-op Bookshop – on campus, by mail order, or online.

Abbey’s Bookshop – 131 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000 or online.

Koorong Books – 28 West Parade, West Ryde NSW 2114 or online.

AbeBooksonline bookseller.