Charles Sturt University

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1. About Charles Sturt University

 

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's largest regional university. It is also Australia's leading provider of online education.

Our history dates back more than 125 years, to the establishment in 1895 of a vocational farm at Bathurst designed to give rural people access to skills and education. Over subsequent decades, agricultural and teaching centres were set up in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst, disseminating knowledge so individuals could improve their prospects and better serve their communities.

CSU officially became a university in 1989, and today we have campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. We also have specialist centres in North Parramatta, Manly, Wangaratta as well as CSU Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We have innovative, state-of-the-art facilities in which students gain practical experience, including CSU's National Life Sciences Hub, four dedicated university research centres, public medical, dental, wellness and community engagement centres, a farm, equine centre, television studios, art galleries, radio station and winery.

We have unique partnerships with a wide variety of organisations, including TAFE providers, the NSW Police Force, the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Commercial Radio Australia, the Islamic Sciences & Research Academy of Australia, and universities in China and Sri Lanka.

We also have numerous partners around the world to enable our students to undertake international study experiences through CSU Global, further expanding their horizons.

We believe studying at CSU changes people's lives for the better. For our students this means not only the rewards of study and collaboration, but also access to a whole world of employment opportunities.

  • CSU has the highest graduate employment rate among all Australian universities.
  • CSU has the second highest graduate starting salary among all Australian universities.
  • More than 60 per cent of CSU's undergraduate courses provide students with access to work-based experience and placements, ensuring they are job-ready.
  • 70 per cent of CSU's courses target skills shortage areas, delivering on the Australian government's national skills priority.
Our research is also changing lives. We are committed to building knowledge and innovation to meet the needs of people across our regions, the nation and the world. In 2015 the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative awarded Charles Sturt University world-standard or above in five fields of research.

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
Our rural and regional focuses, as well as strength in online education, mean CSU is a leading institution in providing higher education opportunities to first-in-family applicants, mature aged students, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and indeed to anyone regardless of location.

Increasing participation of Indigenous Australians in higher education is also a key focus area of the university. CSU collaborates with Indigenous communities to ensure access into the university. We are proud to be one of the top Australian universities for Indigenous participation.

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2. Admission requirements

A. Applicants with previous higher education study

If you have previously successfully completed a minimum of two subjects at university and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through the GPA achieved in these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

Some courses require increased entry requirements and these will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.

Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded for study or relevant work experience completed prior to applying for a course. Previous study may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.

Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree. Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lower cost.

Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis, although some courses have established credit arrangements. Visit Credit for Prior Learning for more information.

Completed bridging or enabling course

Diploma of General Studies

CSU's Diploma of General Studies is a one year full-time pathway program for students who wish to study at CSU but do not meet the entry requirements or require further preparation for university level study. The course is offered in partnership with selected TAFE institutes and consists of eight subjects studied over two 17-week sessions. Four subjects drawn from the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and four subjects from CSU's bachelor level subjects provide a solid preparation for your university studies.

Successful completion of the Diploma of General Studies provides guaranteed entry into selected undergraduate CSU degrees. In some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in a bachelor's degree will be granted.

Find out more information about guaranteed entry for students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga.

Other Bridging or Enabling Courses

CSU will assess other institutions' bridging or enabling courses on a case-by-case basis, and applicants will be  eligible for admission to CSU if they are deemed to have an equivalent rank to that required for the course.

B. Applicants with previous vocational education and training (VET) study

If you have previously successfully completed a Certificate III or higher qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) from a registered training provider such as TAFE and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

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If you have completed more than 50 per cent of a Diploma level qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) from a registered training provider such as TAFE and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

Some courses have higher entry requirements and these will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.

Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded for study or relevant work experience completed prior to applying for a course. Previous study may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.

If you are a TAFE student, read more information about credit for TAFE qualifications.

Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree. Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lower cost.

Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis, although some courses have established credit arrangements. Visit Credit for Prior Learning for more information.

C. Australian secondary studies

Recent Australian Year 12 students (within the past two years)

Entry to CSU's courses is assessed on the basis of your academic results, as well as your performance in any additional selection criteria for your course, such as an interview, audition or portfolio.

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the mark of overall achievement given to a Year 12 student in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. You obtain an ATAR by satisfactorily completing at least 10 units of ATAR courses during your Higher School Certificate (HSC).

When determining eligibility to highly competitive courses CSU moves down the ranking list for each of the competitive programs and makes offers until no more places are left.

When determining eligibility to less competitive courses CSU will assess on the basis of rank to the minimum ATAR for the course.
ATAR-related adjustments

Regional Bonus Points Scheme

We know that sometimes regional schools don't have the same advantages as city schools, so if you're completing high school in a regional area we'll add five bonus points to your ATAR as part of the Regional Bonus Points Scheme. Best of all, you don't have to do a thing to get them – the points will automatically be added when you apply.

Access Schemes

Charles Sturt University recognises that there are people who for reasons beyond their control – such as finances, family trauma, moving school, and personal illness/disability – have not been able to compete equally during their education. Educational disadvantages are considered to be factors that may have impacted negatively upon your preparation for university study. Access schemes take these disadvantages into consideration and may award up to an additional seven points towards your university admissions rank.

If you are planning to study an undergraduate degree on campus, you can apply through UAC's Educational Access Scheme or VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme. If you are applying direct to CSU, you can apply using the Special Consideration Application Form. Dates and forms are available on the Access Schemes information page.

Requirements that may apply in addition to ATAR

Some courses require you to attend an interview, give an audition, or supply a portfolio in addition to submitting your main application. Your performance in these areas will be assessed along with your academic grades. Specific details are given on the Online Course Brochures.

Supplementary application forms

For some courses, you will need to fill out a supplementary application form. Download the relevant form here.

Other admission options

Elite Athlete Program

Elite Athlete SCA Applications are assessed first by the Student Liaison Officer (Elite Athletes and Sport) and then by the relevant Head of School. Applications forwarded to the Head of School will be considered for an offer based on Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR)/grades and the documentation provided.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

CSU recognises passion and potential and will look at your academic achievements from Year 11, your school's recommendation, and other supporting documents through the UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS).

The Schools Recommendation Scheme is not available for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems)
  • Diploma of General Studies.

To apply for SRS, you must first apply for undergraduate admission and meet other eligibility criteria. Visit the UAC website for more information and to apply.

My Day

The MyDay program gives you the chance to experience university life and study at CSU. You can spend a day on campus participating in a range of activities focused on the course area you're interested in. You will also be able to check out the facilities, and meet staff and students who can answer all your questions about what it's really like to study at CSU.

Some courses offer you the opportunity to undertake an assessment or interview during the MyDay program to determine your suitability for the course. If you are deemed to have a reasonable prospect of success based on these assessments, you may be invited to apply for the course straight away. Offers of Admission will be subject to you successfully completing your Year 12 studies to the best of your abilities.

Previous Australian Year 12 studies

If you completed your Year 12 qualification more than two years ago, you can still use it to apply for entry.

If you completed high school before 2009, your rank may have a different name. In Australia, you may have acquired a Universities Admission Index (UAI).

If you completed your HSC at TAFE, this is considered to be a secondary qualification and you will still be eligible for an ATAR.

Interstate Year 12

ENTER, TER and OP

Ranking systems from other Australian states that are used include:

  • Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia
  • Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) in Victoria
  • Overall Position (OP) in Queensland.


An ATAR of 81.00 is equal to a TER of 81.00 and an ENTER of 81.00. To see how the OP compares, see the OP-ATAR conversion table published by UAC.

All applicants with these qualifications have the same chance of being selected as a student from NSW with an equivalent overall result.

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Some courses at CSU will accept applicants with work or life experience in an area relevant to the area of study, as determined by the Course Director. This will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.
 
Applicants may be asked to complete the special tertiary admissions test (STAT) with a minimum score of 144 or provide additional academic supporting information to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success in the academic components of a CSU course.

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3. Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

Indigenous Access Program (IAP)

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

Guaranteed Entry Courses


Bachelor of Paramedicine

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

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

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

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

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


Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

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

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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

New Zealand NCEA Level 3

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

English Language Proficiency

You will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if you were either:
  • born in one of the countries in the table below and have completed at least one assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries
  • not born in one of the countries in the table below and do not have an assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries but are able to provide proof of English proficiency.
American SamoaFijiJamaicaSoloman IslandsUnited Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
AustraliaGhanaKenyaSouth AfricaUnited States of America
BotswanaGuyanaLesothoTongaZambia
CanadaIrelandLiberiaTrinidad and TobagoZimbabwe

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

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

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

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

Acceptable tests for English proficiency

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

Recognition of English Language Programs at Other Australian Universities

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

Additional English Language Proficiency Requirements

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

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4. How to apply

Applying directly to CSU

Most applications for study at CSU should be made using the Online Application for Admission Form, including:

  • Studying online at an undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • A non-school leaver studying on campus*^ (If you are currently at High School in Australia, please see below.)
  • International students looking to study at a regional campus.

Before you apply

Applying online takes around 15 minutes and your application will be assessed within ten working days. You will set up a login, and if you don't have everything you need to finalise your application straight away you can save it to come back to later. You may need to scan and upload official documents such as transcripts and awards from previous study, or proof of citizenship or residency if you weren't born in Australia.

Visit course information and application dates for detailed information on your chosen course, including admission requirements.

Begin your online application

Applying online is the preferred method. However, if you are unable to apply online, you can download an Application for Admission form and send it to the Admissions Office by post, email or fax.

Download an Application for Admission form

You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email. If you provide a valid Australian mobile phone number you will receive a SMS to let you know when the email has been sent.

Current Year 12 applicants

If you are an Australian resident or international student currently studying your Higher School Certificate (HSC) or equivalent in Australia and are applying for an undergraduate on-campus degree, you should apply to CSU though UAC (NSW and ACT) or VTAC (VIC).

Apply through UAC
Apply through VTAC

Note: Bachelor of Educational Studies applications are sent direct to the university. Diploma of General Studies applications can be made via UAC or direct to CSU and TAFE.

You can apply direct for courses at CSU listed in the VTAC Guide if you are not currently studying a standard Australian Year 12 curriculum and intend to submit an application to CSU only (although not all courses accept direct applications; see course information for specific course details).

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5. Enrolment

Accepting your Offer of Admission

Your Offer of Admission will outline the process for accepting your offer and will direct to follow the steps provided online. Accept your offer online

Once you have accepted your Offer of Admission you will receive an email outlining what you need to do to finalise your enrolment with CSU. This email will also include information on selecting your enrolment subject, obtaining your CSU Identification Card, and information on your fee arrangements and orientation.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

After you have accepted an Offer of Admission, you can still apply for credit in recognition of your previous or current studies and/or relevant work experience. Your studies may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.

If you are a TAFE student, read more information about credit for TAFE qualifications.

Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree. Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lower cost.
Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis with each application, although some courses have established credit arrangements. For more information see Credit for Prior Learning.

Deferment

You can defer your offer for most CSU courses by up to two years.

How to defer your offer

  1. Check the list of courses that cannot be deferred.
  2. If your course can be deferred, complete the Deferment of Offer form.
  3. Consider how to use your deferment time.
  4. Stay in touch with CSU.
Deferment is subject to the course being offered in the requested intake. If you want to defer an offer you have already accepted, you need to complete the Deferment of Offer form prior to the census date of your first session of study.
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6. Student and campus services

CSU student and campus services play an important part in making the most of your university experience. Visit Uni life for information about our campuses, accommodation, social life, support services, and academic expectations.

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7. Fees and charges

See CSU's fees and costs page or contact us for current information.

Eligible domestic students can defer fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If your course is directly related to your line of work, you may be able to claim some of your study expenses as tax deductions. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider include:

  • 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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8 Student profile

You can view data on students who commenced undergraduate study in the most recent full year of intake at CSU, including students admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

See the student profile

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9. Where to get further information

TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

Universities Australia

NSW Department of Industry

UAC

VTAC

CSU Alumni

Complaints and Appeals


We strive to achieve the best outcome for the applicant by acting within the guidelines outlined in the Admissions Regulations. If you are not satisfied with the processing of your application, you  can appeal the decision made about your admission. You must lodge your appeal within 14 days of the date of notification of the decision.

First you should write to the Manager of Admissions outlining your reasons for appealing.

If you disagree with the conclusion of the Manager of Admissions you can appeal to the Review Officer.

For both these process you can submit your appeal to admissions@csu.edu.au marked either Attention: Manager of Admissions or Attention: Review Officer. Alternatively, you can post your appeal to:

CSU Admissions Office
Locked Bag 676
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
AUSTRALIA

If at any time you are not satisfied with the service provided to you or the decisions that have been made by the CSU Manager of Admissions and the Review Officer you may submit a complaint to the University Ombudsman.