Additional information for admission

Other criteria we may assess as part of your application include:

  • access to our Indigenous Access Program
  • any overseas qualifications you hold
  • your English Language Proficiency

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

CSU, Indigenous Student Services and Wiradjuri people are working together in education. We proudly acknowledge this in CSU's philosophy of 'Sharing learning in Wiradjuri country'.

Indigenous Access Program (IAP)

IAP is a supported personalised pathway into university that assesses skills and suitability for academic life.

Guaranteed Entry Courses

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Up to 20 places in the Bachelor of Paramedicine are solely for Indigenous students – meaning that Indigenous students will not compete with non-Indigenous applicants for one of these places. The university is currently seeking an exemption from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

The Indigenous Paramedic Success Program does not invoke changes to the curriculum of the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) program. Rather, it focuses on helping students meet the requirements of the existing degree curriculum and learning outcomes.

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is only open to students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. This course aims to prepare graduates who have appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to work as mental health workers within their own communities and mainstream mental health services.

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) applicants must demonstrate their aptitude through previous relevant experiences in the field of mental health and Indigenous issues, and, if required, have completed a bridging program.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

If you completed your secondary school studies in another country, check to see if your qualification is on our list of recognised secondary qualifications. If not, you can still apply and we will assess your application.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) offers a table that shows – for each IB diploma subject – the comparable subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). To view this table, go to the UAC website.

New Zealand NCEA Level 3

If you completed the NCEA Level 3, an Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) will be calculated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and provided to UAC and VTAC. This will be used in the selection process, provided you have fulfilled university entrance requirements as set out by NZQA.

English Language Proficiency

You will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if you were either:

  • born in one of the countries in the table below and have completed at least one assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries
  • not born in one of the countries in the table below and do not have an assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries but are able to provide proof of English proficiency.
American Samoa Fiji Jamaica Soloman Islands United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
Australia Ghana Kenya South Africa United States of America
Botswana Guyana Lesotho Tonga Zambia
Canada Ireland Liberia Trinidad and Tobago Zimbabwe

Assessable qualifications from the countries listed above that may be accepted as satisfying English proficiency include:

  1. senior secondary studies, comparable with the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  2. one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, including RATE associate diploma and diploma, associate degree, bachelor's degree and postgraduate studies
  3. completed AQF diploma and advanced diploma
  4. Australian or comparable non-award studies and tertiary preparation courses, including NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), with a full-time equivalence of one year.

The following qualifications may also be accepted as satisfying English proficiency if you were born in and undertook the qualification in one of the countries listed in the table above.

  1. Other post-secondary studies, including certificate and advanced certificate.
  2. Special Tertiary Admissions Tests (STAT).

Acceptable tests for English proficiency

The list of acceptable tests for English proficiency (and the required results) that must be attained within two years of starting your course are detailed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page. (An applicant who does not otherwise meet the university's requirements may be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty.)

Recognition of English Language Programs at Other Australian Universities

CSU will recognise results in English language programs offered by other Australian universities where the level of achievement attained in the program is deemed to be equivalent to the proficiency standards detailed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page.

Additional English Language Proficiency Requirements

A Faculty may require a higher standard of proficiency for programs that are linguistically demanding. Courses requiring a higher standard of proficiency are detailed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page.

More information

Find out more about the English language requirements.