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Study mode

On Campus; Online
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Campus locations

Bathurst

Residential Schools required for some online subjects. See Residential Schools for full details.

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Duration

4 years full-time
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Admission information

6500

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of ATAR-related and other adjustment factors commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201930; 201960
Session 1; Session 2 201930; 201960

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Fees and course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Get hands-on with a series of workshops, case studies and projects right from the start of this intensive four-year degree. Develop your skills to plan, manage and execute communication strategies for a variety of organisations. Learn how to manage issues and crisis communication, implement a range of PR tactics, design and implement media relations campaigns and manage internal communications for organisations. Join CSU and take advantage of small class sizes featuring intensive learning and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students.

Develop your skills through hands-on learning

Considering and developing case studies and projects as well as planning and managing communication strategies will ensure you develop a portfolio of work demonstrating a high level of expertise. To ensure you are experienced in using equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include a community radio station, communication agency, online newsroom, television studio and online media technologies.

Get industry experience

The strong practice-based structure of this degree means you'll have the opportunity to work in teams on real projects to gain valuable experience before your internship. Complete your four-week internship with a major public relations firm or corporate public affairs office to equip yourself with practical, useable skills developed while working with real clients on real projects.

Become a valued influencer

During this course you will become familiar with the world of business so that you can aspire to accept responsibility and learn to manage technical and organisational change. You'll gain skills to help you become an effective manager, able to understand the needs of colleagues, apply technology, and have an extensive knowledge of the political, economic and social environment.

The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

The BCommunication (Public Relations) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute Australia (PRIA).

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

BUS370 Workplace Learning 3

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Infographic - 83% of Communication graduates in Australia find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating

Career opportunities

Medium and large organisations employ communication staff, or contract public relations consultants to assist them with internal communication, media relations, government and community relations, product and services communication, and investor communications.

Influence change

Combine your public relations awareness and engagement skills with business knowledge to help bring to life major initiatives and projects across the public and private sector.

Shape messages

Build the brand of an organisation through public relations activities and crisis management.

Guide workplace engagement

Use your skills to design and drive the culture of the organisation through internal communication and personnel engagement activities and tactics.

Medium and large organisations employ communication staff, or contract public relations consultants to assist them with internal communication, media relations, government and community relations, product and services communication, and investor communications.

Influence change

Combine your public relations awareness and engagement skills with business knowledge to help bring to life major initiatives and projects across the public and private sector.

Shape messages

Build the brand of an organisation through public relations activities and crisis management.

Guide workplace engagement

Use your skills to design and drive the culture of the organisation through internal communication and personnel engagement activities and tactics.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR. We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Offer – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

No special arrangements apply.

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Fees and course offerings

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The section below is designed to allow you to select the option specific to your circumstances to discover the course fee and course offering information appropriate for you.

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A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

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It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

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Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

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A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

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If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

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1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Course Fees

CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

International recruitment agents

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

More information about International Student Fees

Course Fees

This Course has limited Commonwealth supported places available.

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Frequently Asked Questions on CSP open_in_new

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

More about Calculating Fees

It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

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Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

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Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

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If you’re a successful applicant for an Australian Government supported Research Training Program (AGRTP) open_in_new scholarship, you won't pay any tuition fees.

The AGRTP scheme is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

Applications for AGRTP Scholarships need to be made directly to CSU.

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Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

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Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

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1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

For assistance contact the Research Office

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Please contact us to find out more.

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies specific fee details

Standard CSU fee details

Any fees and offerings are correct at the date of publishing. Fees are relevant for the year selected only and are subject to change in future years.

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If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider:

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls)
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"I was taken from a scratchy understanding of public relations to a comprehensive knowledge of theory and industry. Studying business alongside PR created balanced learning that helped complement each other professionally."

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Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

To graduate with the Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)/Bachelor of Business Studies, students will complete 256 credit points comprising 18 core subjects (160 points, including two 16 point subjects) and 12 restricted electives (96 points), as specified within the Bachelor of Business Studies.

Core Subjects

COM127 Introduction to Media Production
COM116 Introduction to Public Relations
COM232 Strategic Communication
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
COM237 Social and Mobile Media
COM223 Organisational Communication
COM114 Presenation for Communicators
COM239 Relationship Management
COM112 Digital Media
COM238 Professional Practice Contexts
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
COM236 Event Management
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
COM313 Crisis Communication
CCI303 Communication and Creative Industries Project 1 (16 points)
CCI304 Communication and Creative Indsutries Project 2 (16 points)
BUS370 Workplace Learning 3

ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting OR FIN350 Strategic Financial Management OR HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management OR MGT330 Business Strategy OR MKT340 International Management

Restricted Business Electives

The restricted electives must meet the following requirements and can be chosen from the lists below.

  • at least 4 x level 2 subjects
  • at least 4 x level 3 subjects

The level of a subject is determined by the first number in the subject code. For example ACC100 is a level 1 subject, MGT340 is a level 3 subject. A standard subject is deemed to be an 8 credit point subject.

Level 1 Business subjects:
ACC100 Accounting 1
ACC110 Accounting 2
BUS100 English for Academic Studies (Available to international
students only)
BUS110 Workplace learning 1
ECO130 Business Economics
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
ITC105 Communication & Information Management
ITC106 Programming Principles
ITC114 Introduction to Database Systems
ITC161 Computer Systems
ITC133 Customer Support Management
LAW110 Business Law
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MKT110 Marketing & Society
QBM117 Business Statistics
QBM120 Business Data Analysis

Level 2 Business subjects:
ACC200 Accounting Systems
ACC210 Management Accounting 1
ACC222 External Reporting
ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
ACC275 Professional Practice in Accounting
BUS201 International Project
BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
ECO210 Labour Economics
ECO215 Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
FIN211 Financial Management
FIN221 Investments
FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets
HRM201 Workplace Relations in Australia
HRM210 Human Resource Management
ITC203 Object Oriented Systems Analysis & Design
ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
ITC205 Professional Programming Practice
ITC206 Programming in Java 1
ITC209 Mobile Application Development
ITC211 Systems Analysis
ITC212 Internet Technologies
ITC218 ICT Project Management
ITC232 Technical Service Management
ITC233 Computer Networks
ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
ITC254 Wireless Networks
ITC262 Operating Systems
LAW220 Business Organisations Law
LAW240 Industrial Law
LAW260 Administrative Law
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
MGT220 eCommerce
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture
MGT245 Managing Yourself & Others
MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
MGT290 Project Management
MKT211 Applied Social Media & Digital Marketing
MKT220 Consumer Behaviour
MKT230 Marketing Research
MKT235 Brand Management
MKT240 Market Analysis
MKT260 International Marketing

Level 3 Business subjects:
ACC311 Strategic & Sustainable Accounting
ACC322 Company Accounting
ACC331 Auditing and Assurance Services
ACC341 Accounting Theory
BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
ECO320 International Economics
FIN331 Financial Planning
FIN340 International Finance
FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
FIN360 Treasury Risk Management
FIN370 Funds Management
FIN380 Superannuation
HRM310 Developing Human Resources
HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
ITC303 Software Development Project 1
ITC306 Project Preparation
ITC308 IT Project
ITC309 Software Development Project 2
ITC313 Programming in Java 2
ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies
ITC322 Data Structures
ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
ITC333 Server Administration & Maintenance
ITC354 Routing & Switching
ITC355 Network Design
ITC358 IT Security
LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues)
LAW316 Dispute Resolution
LAW317 Mediation
LAW330 Finance Law
LAW370 Law of Employment
MGT307 Applied Entrepreneurial Projects
MGT310 Operations Management
MGT320 Managing Change
MGT330 Business Strategy
MGT340 International Management
MGT360 Risk Management
MGT367 Leadership Issues
MKT303 Social & Environmental Marketing
MKT310 Marketing Communications
MKT335 Marketing of Services
MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
MKT350 Product Innovation Management

Full-time

Year 1 - Session 1

COM127 Introduction to Media Production
COM116 Introduction to Public Relations
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
[   ] Business elective, Level 1

Year 1 - Session 2
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
COM237 Social and Mobile Media
COM112 Digital Media
[   ] Business elective, Level 1

Year 2 - Session 1
COM232 Strategic Communication
COM239 Relationship Management
[   ] Business elective, Level 1, 2 or 3
[   ] Business elective, Level 1, 2 or 3

Year 2 - Session 2
COM223 Organisational Communication
COM238 Professional Practice Contexts
[   ] Business elective, Level 1, 2 or 3
[   ] Busines elective, Level 1, 2 or 3

Year 3 - Session 1
COM224 Communication Reserach Strategies
COM236 Event Management
[   ] Business elective, Level 1, 2 or 3
[   ] Business elective, Level 2

Year 3 - Session 2
MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture
COM313 Crisis Communication
[   ] Busines elective, Level 2
[   ] Business elective, Level 2

Year 4 - Session 1
CCI303 Communication and Creative Industries Project 1 (16 points)
[   ] Business elective, Level 3
[   ] Business elective, Level 3

Year 4 - Session 2
CCI304 Communication and Creative Industries Project 2 (16 points)
BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
ACC311 or FIN350 or HRM330 or MGT330 or MKT340

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Minimum Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 256 points.

Additional Graduation Requirements

The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and Enrolment pattern for the course.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
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Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
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Charles Sturt University
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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

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3 Aug 2018
2019 Session 1 Applications open

31 Aug 2018
2018 Session 3 Application closing date

28 Sep 2018
2018 Session 3 Late Application date

Apply anytime

Applications for our research degrees can be lodged at any time. Before applying, you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance)

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visualisation and Interactivity)

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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Arts)

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Screen and Media)

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Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism)

Master of Communication (with specialisations)

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

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