Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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A popular field of study focusing on human behaviour and wellbeing, CSU's social science psychology degree offers fascinating insights into human nature relevant to every community, career and workplace.

Psychology offers interventions and strategies to help solve people's social and behavioural problems and enhance their welfare. Students of psychology also develop high-level skills in communication, research design and analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.

     
             

Key information

Study mode

On Campus; Distance Education

Campus locations

Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst

Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Session availability

Session 3; Session 1; Session 2; Session 3 201790; 201830; 201860; 201890

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; Distance Education

CRICOS codes and on campus locations

    011994F (Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie)
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's three-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology, or you can graduate ready to work in one of the many fields where psychological knowledge is highly valued.

Personalised, flexible learning

Benefit from CSU's small classes, personalised learning and dedicated lecturers who are leaders in the field. Choose the study mode that suits you – study online or on campus at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Subject to approval, you may receive credit for prior study and graduate sooner. When you study with CSU you may also apply to complete some subjects at an international university.

Gain a solid foundation

When you study a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at CSU you will gain well-developed knowledge in cognition, developmental and social psychology, psychological testing, biopsychology, psychopathology, personality, learning theory and research methodology.

Follow your interests

A broad choice of electives is available, including units on substance abuse, stress and trauma, justice studies, Indigenous studies, human resource management, philosophy, and the psychology of crime and the legal system.

Transfer to further study

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology for students who do not meet the initial entry requirements, as the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry into the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is lower. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) who meet certain eligibility criteria at the end of third year will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three year sequence of study in psychology.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three year sequence of study in psychology.

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

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:

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

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 - The average starting salary for a CSU Psychology graduate is $64,000

Career opportunities

Put your Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) to work straight away or complete further study to increase your qualifications.

Health services

Provide counselling services through social welfare positions in education or correction facilities.

Support business

Work with large and small companies or consulting firms to provide human resource support or conduct market research to help develop and sell new products. Or use your skills to help shape social policy through research and analysis. 

Take it further

You could also choose to study further towards provisional registration as a psychologist or opt for postgraduate studies in a specialist area that appeals to your interests.

Put your Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) to work straight away or complete further study to increase your qualifications.

Health services

Provide counselling services through social welfare positions in education or correction facilities.

Support business

Work with large and small companies or consulting firms to provide human resource support or conduct market research to help develop and sell new products. Or use your skills to help shape social policy through research and analysis. 

Take it further

You could also choose to study further towards provisional registration as a psychologist or opt for postgraduate studies in a specialist area that appeals to your interests.

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

No special arrangements apply.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211857
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNIASP
DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJAPQ
UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211850
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKAP
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIAPW
DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYYEAPQ
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKAPX
UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211854
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAPW

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
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211857
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNIASP
DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJAPQ
UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211850
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKAP
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIAPW
DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYYEAPQ
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKAPX
UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211854
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAPW

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

Bridget Evans - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

“I got to study something that I loved and CSU has amazing lecturers. I’m looking to study further so I’m hoping to do my Masters in Social Work.”

Bridget Evans - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is a three year degree, comprising 24 subjects:

  • a minimum 13 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each); and
  • three electives (8 points each).

Core Level 1 to 3 Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*

and at least three of the following subjects (it is recommended that students complete four of these subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives).

PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
* Students studying by distance education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Compulsory Sociology Subjects

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Students must take a minor of six subjects, at least one of which must be at Level 3, in one of the discipline areas listed below. Subjects are delivered internally at the campus or campuses specified in parentheses, however all minor sequences are also available by distance education.

* Biology (Wagga Wagga)
* Communication (Bathurst)
* English (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
* History and Politics (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
* Human Resource Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
* Information Technology (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
* Justice Studies (Bathurst & Port Macquarie)
* Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
* Marketing (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
* Mathematics and Statistics (Wagga Wagga)
* Philosophy (Wagga Wagga)
* Social Welfare (Wagga Wagga)
* Sociology (Wagga Wagga)

Note: Students who choose sociology as a minor complete four sociology subjects (one of which must be a Level 3 subject) in addition to the two compulsory sociology subjects (SOC101 and SOC102); they will need to choose six electives to bring the total number of subjects up to 24.

Details of the subjects included in each of these minors may be obtained from psychadmin@csu.edu.au. On-campus students may have to complete some or all subjects in their chosen minor by distance education mode. Students may take any six subjects from one of the areas listed provided they meet the prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements and include at least one Level 3 subject. A minor in another discipline may be taken with the approval of the Course Coordinator: email psychadmin@csu.edu.au

Electives

The three electives (five if the minor is in Sociology) can be chosen from any of the discipline areas listed above or from the following psychology electives:
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY219 Psychology International Experience
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Key Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

On campus (Bathurst)

Year 1
Session 1
PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Students must complete PSY301, PSY309, and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 1)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 2)

Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

On campus (Port Macquarie)

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Students must complete PSY301, PSY309, and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY304 Psychopathology* (Session 2)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning *(Session 1)

Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

On campus (Wagga Wagga)

Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology*
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Students must complete PSY301, PSY309, and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 1)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 2)

Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

Distance education
Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 2
Session 1
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3
Session 1
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Year 4
Session 1
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
Session 2
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Years 5-6
Students must complete PSY301, PSY309, and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 1)

Year 5
Session 1
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Year 6
Session 1
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
Session 2
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Accelerated Enrolment Patterns
The following enrolment patterns are designed to facilitate the completion of this course over a period of two calendar years, and are based on the following assumptions:
* that students will complete all six core Level 3 PSY subjects. Students who choose not to complete  the sixth core Level 3 PSY subject will need to modify the enrolment pattern to include an additional elective;
* that only students admitted in Session 1 each year will be supported to complete their degree across two calendar years;
* that students who fail to complete PSY101, PSY102, or PSY201 on the first attempt will not be able to continue with this accelerated  enrolment pattern;
* that some distance education study may be required where the subject offerings do not support a full-time on-campus study load;
* that Session 3 PSY subjects will be offered only in the distance education mode;
* that the School of Psychology cannot guarantee that every minor sequence available will be able to be completed within two calendar years.

Students completing a minor sequence with subject offerings in Sessions 1 and 2 only will need to defer their study of SOC102 until Session 3; they will need to complete all their electives in Session 3.

Students will be responsible for planning their enrolment to satisfy course requirements within the two year timeframe, so careful advance planning across the entire course duration will be required. Students who choose to complete six sessions of full-time study within two calendar years will not be able to base any claim of special consideration on their chosen study pattern e.g., as it may relate to academic performance and course transfer to the BPsych or BPsych(Hons), or admission to the PGDipPsych or BSocSc(Psych)(Hons).

Bathurst Campus
Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 3
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY208 Biopsychology
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY308 Psychology of Learning
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
Session 3
PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
PSY307 Cognition*
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

Port Macquarie Campus
Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 3
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY204 Psychological Testing*
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology*
PSY304 Psychopathology*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
Session 3
PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
PSY307 Cognition*
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

Wagga Wagga Campus
Year 1
Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
SOC102 Social Inequality or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 3
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2
Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
[ ] Minor or Elective
Session 2
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
Session 3
PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
PSY307 Cognition*
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
* indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

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.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally 24 subjects).

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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