Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Our department is considered a leader amongst language departments in Australia. We are ranked at number eight in Australia and New Zealand for modern languages, we offer one of the largest ranges of language courses and have strong associations with international communities.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page. If you are having technical problems, raise a One-Help ticket to get assistance from the IT department.

Head of Department

Associate Professor Ulrike Garde

Ulrike Garde is Head of German Studies and Director, Higher Degree Research, International Studies: Languages and Cultures at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research background is in German Studies as Cultural Studies, in particular the question of creating cultural identities in literature, the performing arts and critical reviews. In recent years, she has researched Australian-German cross-cultural relationships with a focus on the Australian reception of drama by German-speaking playwrights.

Research and funding

Our research is focused on the nexus between language and culture. We have been rated at ‘performance above world standard’ in the Australian Government’s 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. Our research in the sub-disciplines of language studies and literary studies received a rating of ‘performance at world standard’.

Croatian Studies Foundation

CSF focuses on providing cultural and scholarly events to promote knowledge and understanding of the Croatian history, language and culture. It also conducts fundraising activities to support the Croatian Studies program at Macquarie University.

More information can be found on their website.

Polish Studies Foundation

The Polish Studies Foundation is a non-profit organisation which aims to support the teaching of Polish studies through fundraising and sponsorships. It promotes the Polish Studies program by disseminating information through the ethnic community media, liaising with Polish Community language schools and other organisations, as well as organising cultural events for the Polish Community.

For information on funding and events, contact:

Tom Czarnota

Dr Kamila Walker

  • Head of Polish Studies
  • Dept of International Studies  | Level 3, W6A Building
  • Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia
  • T: +61 2 9850 7014

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Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Arts Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnership Manager: 

Carly Evans

C5C 315
T: +61 2 9850 4057 

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