Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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CSU's Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is at the cutting edge of 21st century journalism while remaining the most professionally focused journalism course in Australia. With more than 40 years of experience in educating journalists for news environments around the world, you can be confident you are learning from the best in the business with CSU.

CSU's journalism degree balances the latest in social media, convergent and database journalism with critical inquiry and time-honoured essentials in reporting and writing. There are plenty of hands-on learning experiences and you'll be involved in professional newsroom operations on campus – such as our community radio station – from your first year of study.

     
             

Key information

Study mode

On Campus

Campus locations

Bathurst

Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201730; 201760

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

International students

Study mode

On Campus

CRICOS codes and on campus locations

    006193D (Bathurst)
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Our students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities.

Experience hands-on learning

At CSU, your classroom is the newsroom when you study journalism. You'll gain experience as a journalist in our on-campus community radio station, 2MCE FM, reporting news to the Bathurst and Orange communities; contribute to online publications; and get real-world experience working in our multifunction television studio and multimedia production facilities.

Be taught by the best in the business

Our academics bring a wealth of professional industry experience from online, television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.

Gain industry experience

Internships are available with leading media organisations such as the ABC, Fairfax Media, Fox Sports and Sky News. You can also gain insight into the industry through CSU's National Radio Newsroom (NRN) professional experience opportunity.

Get job-ready

CSU's journalism course is highly regarded within the industry due to its professional balance between practical industry standards and rigorous intellectual inquiry. Our graduates can be found in all leading media organisations.

The BCommunication (Public Relations) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute Australia (PRIA). The B Communication (Advertising) is accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) and professionally recognised by the Media Federation of Australia (MFA). The BCommunication (Radio) is professionally recognised by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA).

The BCommunication (Public Relations) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute Australia (PRIA). The B Communication (Advertising) is accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) and professionally recognised by the Media Federation of Australia (MFA). The BCommunication (Radio) is professionally recognised by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA).

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

COM321 Communication FieldworkCOM233 Media Sales Principles


COM223 Communication Management

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:

HSS305 International Exchange

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 Communications graduates in Australia find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating

Career opportunities

CSU journalism graduates go on to work with metropolitan or regional radio, television, print and online media organisations across Australia. Get qualified to work in news and current affairs, or take up an opportunity as a digital content producer, media adviser or program producer.

Across the media landscape

Choose your channel and work as a broadcast or print journalist, researcher, sub-editor or media adviser.

Digital careers

You will be well positioned to work in the booming online journalism sector, as a multimedia, social media or online journalist, or as a digital content manager or producer.

Specialist journalism

CSU's journalism degree also responds to the rise of specialist journalism, enabling you to choose academic enrichment study, majoring in other discipline areas, such as sports media.

CSU journalism graduates go on to work with metropolitan or regional radio, television, print and online media organisations across Australia. Get qualified to work in news and current affairs, or take up an opportunity as a digital content producer, media adviser or program producer.

Across the media landscape

Choose your channel and work as a broadcast or print journalist, researcher, sub-editor or media adviser.

Digital careers

You will be well positioned to work in the booming online journalism sector, as a multimedia, social media or online journalist, or as a digital content manager or producer.

Specialist journalism

CSU's journalism degree also responds to the rise of specialist journalism, enabling you to choose academic enrichment study, majoring in other discipline areas, such as sports media.

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 Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and 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, Regional Bonus Points, and 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 for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. We know experience counts and our RPL looks at more than your previous study. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

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

More about Credit

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Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYYNIARJ
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKACJ
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211237

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates

Campus locations listed for distance education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYYNIARJ
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKACJ
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211237

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Jake Quade - Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

"From the first week I was thrown into radio studios and put in front of TV cameras. I believe part of CSU’s winning mentality is the key, hands-on experience being part of your day-to-day learning."

Jake Quade - Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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 successfully graduate from the Bachelor of Communication (with specialisations) students will be required to complete 192 points. These comprise 80 points of Communication Foundation Studies, a minimum of 64 points of Discipline Specialisation Studies and a maximum of 48 points of Academic Enrichment Studies offered from within SCCI and/or externally as approved by the Course Director.

The course structure is as follows:

Communication Foundation Subjects (80 points)

COM111 Professional Writing 
COM114 Presentation for Communicators 
CCI100 Intro to Media Production 
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities 
COM124 Communication in Context 
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship 
CCI300 Communication and Creative Industries Professional Practice (24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork 


Advertising Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

ADV104 Understanding Advertising 
ADV105 The Advertising Business 
ADV205 Advertising Creative 
ADV206 Channel Planning 
ADV207 Channel Planning in Action 
COM224 Communication Research Strategies 
ADV317 Advertising Strategy and Planning (16)

Advertising and Public Relations Extended Specialisation Subjects (112 points)

Students complete 112 points from the following subjects:
ADV104 Understanding Advertising 
ADV105 The Advertising Business 
COM116 What is Public Relations? 
COM232 Public Relations Strategy 
COM222 Public Relations Tactics 
ADV205 Advertising Creative 
ADV206 Channel Planning 
COM223 Communication Management 
COM224 Communication Research Strategies 
ADV317 Advertising Strategy and Planning (16)
COM313 SOS: Issues and Crisis Communication 
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations 
Plus one of either:
ADV207 Channel Planning in Action or COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management 

Journalism Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

JRN112 Journalism in Society 
JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing 
JRN200 Convergent Storytelling 
JRN205 Research and Data Journalism
JRN225 The Specialist Reporter 
JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing and The Law 
JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism 
JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery 

Media Practice Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

COM112 Digital Media
COM126 Production Planning
VIS101 Visual Communication
VPA106 Intro to Sound Production
COM229 Documentary  Production 
COM212 Scriptwriting
COM219 Media Communication and Globalisation
COM343 Communication Project Management

Radio Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

COM113 Commercial Radio Industry 
COM112 Digital Media
COM125 Radio Production and Content Management 
COM233 Media Sales Principles 
COM234 Media Account Management 
COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management 
COM343 Communication Project Management 
ADV206 Channel Planning 

Public Relations Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

COM116 What is Public Relations? 
COM232 Public Relations Strategy 
COM222 Public Relations Tactics 
COM223 Communication Management
COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management 
COM224 Communication Research Strategies 
COM313 SOS: Issues and Crisis Communication 
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations 

Theatre Media Specialisation Subjects (64 points)
THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (16)
THM207 Drama and Theatre For Young People 
THM208 Devised Performance (16)
THM308 Applied Production Research (16)
THM300 Theatre and Cultural Action 

Journalism and International Studies Extended Specialisation Subjects (112 points)

Students complete 112 points from the following subjects:
JRN112 Journalism in Society 
JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing 
JRN200 Convergent Storytelling 
JRN205 Research and Data Journalism
JRN225 The Specialist Reporter 
JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing and The Law 
JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism 
JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery 

Plus 6 subjects from the following:
POL111 International Relations 
COM219 Media Communication and Globalisation 
HST210 Media and Society in 20th Century
POL305 Politics and the Media 
HST301 International History from 1945 
HST308 Australia and Asia 
COM322 Regional and Global PR 
HSS305 International Exchange (or other approved International Project subject)  

Bachelor of Communication
Students must undertake a minimum of 64 points from subjects offered across the specialisations of Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Media Practice and Radio. The remainder of course points (maximum 48 points) can be taken from subjects outside of the Communication specialisation set (as approved by Course Director). These represent the Academic Enrichment component of the program.

Academic Enrichment (elective) Subjects* (48 points)
Students undertake up to 6 electives to be taken as a combination of unrestricted electives and/or professional clusters (4-6 subjects per cluster) from within the School of Communication and Creative Industries, or from outside the School as approved by Course Director.

*students in the Media Practice specialisation draw their academic enrichment cluster from the disciplines of Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, Graphic Design and Marketing.(or others as approved by Course Director)

*students undertaking extended specialisations will not complete these electives.

Advertising Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
ADV104 Understanding Advertising
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
ADV105 The Advertising Business
ADV205 Advertising Creative
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
ADV206 Channel Planning
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
ADV207 Channel Planning in Action
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
ADV317 Advertising Strategy & Planning (16)
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

Advertising and Public Relations Extended Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
COM116 What Is Public Relations?
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
COM232 Public Relations Strategy
COM222 Public Relations Tactics
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
ADV104 Understanding Advertising
ADV206 Channel Planning
COM223 Communication Management
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship

Session 4 (60)
ADV105 The Advertising Business
ADV205 Advertising Creative
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
ADV207 Channel Planning in Action or COM236 Event Management

Session 5 (30)
ADV317 Advertising Strategy & Planning (16)
COM313 SOS: Issues & Crisis Communication
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

Journalism Specialisation

Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
JRN112 Journalism in Society
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
JRN101 Newsgathering & Writing
JRN200 Convergent Storytelling
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
JRN205 Data Mining & Research
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
JRN225 The Specialist Reporter
JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing & The Law
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism
JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

Journalism and International Studies Extended Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
JRN112 Journalism in Society
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
JRN101 Newsgathering & Writing
JRN200 Convergent Storytelling
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
JRN205 Research and Data Journalism
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
POL111 International Relations
HST210 Media & Society in 20th Century

Session 4 (60)
JRN225 The Specialist Reporter
JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing & The Law
POL305 Politics and the Media
COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation

Session 5 (30)
JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism
JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery
HST308 Australia & Asia
COM322 Regional & Global PR or HST301 International History from 1945

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork
*International Exchange can be set up from the 2nd year of the program

Media Practice Specialisation (DE & Int)
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
COM126 Production Planning
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
COM112 Digital Media
VPA106 Intro To Sound Production
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
VIS101 Visual Communication
COM212 Scriptwriting
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
COM229 Documentary Production
COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
COM343 Communication Project Management
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork  

Public Relations Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
COM116 What is Public Relations?
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
COM232 Public Relations Strategy
COM222 Public Relations Tactics
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
COM223 Communication Management
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
COM224 Communication Research Strategies
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
COM313 SOS: Issues & Crisis Communication
COM322 Going Global: Regional and Global Public Relations
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

Radio Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
COM113 Commercial Radio Industry
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
COM125 Radio Production & Content Management
COM112 Digital Media
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
COM233 Media Sales Principles
ADV206 Channel Planning
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
COM234 Media Account Management
COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
COM343 Communication Project Management
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

Theatre Media Specialisation
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (commenced)
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (continued)
THM207 Drama & Theatre For Young People
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 3 (30)
THM208 Devised Performance (commenced)
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 1
Elective 2

Session 4 (60)
THM208 Devised Performance (continued)
Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 5

Session 5 (30)
THM308 Applied Production Research (16)
THM300 Theatre & Cultural Action
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork  

Media Practice Specialisation
Part time suggested study sequence
(DE)

Session 1 (30)
COM111 Professional Writing
CCI100 Intro to Media Production

Session 2 (60)
COM112 Digital Media
COM124 Communication in Context

Session 3 (30)
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
COM126 Production Planning

Session 4 (60)
VPA106 Intro To Sound Production
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Session 5 (30)
VIS101 Visual Communication
Elective 1

Session 6 (60)
COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation
Elective 2

Session 7 (30)
COM212 Scriptwriting
Elective 3

Session 8 (60)
COM229 Documentary Production
Elective 4

Session 9 (30)
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Elective 5

Session 10 (60)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork
Elective 6

Session 11(30)
COM343 Communication Project Management

Session 12 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24)

Bachelor of Communication (DE & Int)
Full time suggested study sequence

Session 1 (30)
COM111 Professional Writing
COM114 Presentation for Communicators
CCI100 Intro to Media Production
Specialisation 1

Session 2 (60)
COM124 Communication in Context
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
Specialisation 2
Specialisation 3

Session 3 (30)
COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
Specialisation 4
Elective 1
Elective 2


Session 4 (60)
Specialisation 5
Specialisation 6
Elective 3
Elective 4

Session 5 (30)
Specialisation 7
Specialisation 8
Elective 5
Elective 6

Session 6 (60)
CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
COM321 Communication Fieldwork

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.

Successful completion of 192 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

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).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, this course has limited Commonwealth Supported Places and Fee Paying Places.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

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 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.

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
(UAC)

Apply through UAC if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Apply through VTAC if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Apply direct to CSU if you are a non-school leaver or want to study online.

Important dates

4 Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

Check the full list of application dates

Please note that not all courses have an intake each session and some courses may have earlier closing dates. Check the course details and admission information for your course.

Apply direct to CSU

Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

Important dates

4 Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

Check the full list of application dates

Please note that not all courses have an intake each session and some courses may have earlier closing dates. Check the course details and admission information for your course.

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Bachelor of Communication (Advertising and Public Relations)

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If you're creative and passionate about bringing products and services into the public eye, CSU's Bachelor of Communication (Advertising and...

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Bachelor of Communication

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Are you a communicator who is seeking a career path with a range of exciting options? Effective communication is essential...

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Master of Communication

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CSU’s Master of Communication develops advanced knowledge of cutting-edge communication practice and theory. The course prepares graduates for communication leadership...

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Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism)

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Journalism aims to qualify individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism and media, organisational communication,...

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Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) / Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

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Are you a creative problem solver who loves fast-paced teamwork and excels at communication? CSU's Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) /...

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Bachelor of Communication (Radio)

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Are you a confident communicator, skilled at thinking on your feet? Do you have a strong sense of community and...

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Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

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Join CSU's public relations graduates who are Australian industry leaders and become a persuasive, strategic and creative opinion maker and...

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Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and International Studies)

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Seeking a career as a foreign correspondent or political affairs reporter? Build your global opportunities in news development with our...

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Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies

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Combine your business and communication acumen to drive business collaboration and competitive advantage with CSU'S Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)...

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