Charles Sturt University

About Charles Sturt University

With campuses in some of the country’s best regional centres — combining urban convenience with access to incredible wilderness, and a lower cost of living — CSU is Australia’s largest regional university. Study by the beach, among the gum trees or in the heart of the city.

At CSU, you’re part of a tight-knit community. We welcome students from across the country and the globe so you’ll collaborate and connect with creative thinkers from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds – all committed to making a difference in their chosen fields.

Together, let’s create a world worth living in.

CSU student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Once an offer has been accepted, successful applicants receive an email outlining what is needed to finalise enrolment with CSU. This email also includes enrolment subject selection, obtaining your CSU ID card and fee information.

ADVANCED STANDING

If you believe you qualify for credit towards your proposed course, talk to the Course Director for advice. You may be required to submit transcripts or other documents to support your application for credit. Applications for credit are considered during Orientation Week. 

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

DEFERMENT

CSU offers deferment for most courses which means you can postpone the start of your course for up to two years.

International Year 12 applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Once an offer has been accepted, successful applicants receive an email outlining what is needed to finalise enrolment with CSU. This email also includes enrolment subject selection, obtaining your CSU ID card and fee information.

ORIENTATION

CSU's Orientation Program, which runs in the week before classes commence, will help you make the transition to living and studying in Australia. The Orientation Program is designed to provide a framework that will allow you to get the most out of your experience both academically and personally.

DEFERMENT

Deferment is possible at CSU for up to 24 months. Some course, however, do not have the option to defer. Information about how to apply for deferment will be included in your offer pack.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

Campus information

Locations

CSU has campuses in: 

Each campus offers a unique lifestyle and different course offerings.

Student and campus services

CSU offers a range of student support services, including academic and learning skills support, equity programs, and personal support such as health and nutrition advice, counselling and religious support. Campus facilities include gymnasiums and sporting fields, Learning Commons with 24-hour access, Dental and Oral Health Clinics, Indigenous Student Centres and security services. A variety of student organisations, clubs and societies allow students to expand their networks and get involved in campus life.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

CSU's Disability Service provides advice, support and adjustments to students with a disability. 

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

CSU's Student Exchange Program allows students to spend one or two semesters in another country while gaining credit for the subjects they study - It is a unique experience combining study and travel. 

To find out more, visit the CSU Global website.

ACCOMMODATION

CSU has the largest range of on-campus accommodation and the most rooms of any university operated accommodation in Australia. Almost 3,000 student rooms are available across CSU’s campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga, and you can choose to include Meal Credits or Flexi Points in your accommodation package for meals at outlets on campus. On-campus accommodation is guaranteed for students in their first year of study at CSU, although some accommodation types may fill more quickly. You are advised to apply as soon as you accept your offer of a place in a course.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All CSU students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the CSU website.

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 this was $37 per 8 point subject, capped at $296 annually.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the CSU website.

International Year 12 applicants

Applicants are required to pay the first session’s fees in advance before an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) can be issued. Fees are outlined on the Offer of Admission and are held for the duration of your study in that program.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

Information on tuition fees for specific courses can be found in the course search

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE 

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 this was $37 per 8 point subject, capped at $296 annually.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the CSU website.

International students

Your stay in Australia

LIVING EXPENSES

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the CSU website.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

PREPARING FOR STUDENT LIFE

Once a student has accepted their offer they will be sent a copy of CSU's pre-departure guide. It is important to read the contents of the pre-departure guide very carefully before arriving at a CSU campus. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your International Student Liaison Officer.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.

STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia.

CSU does not accept responsibility for welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Overseas student health cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. CSU’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

To find out more, visit PrivateHealth.gov.au

Student support

CSU has many services to help you achieve your personal, academic and career goals, including the following:

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIAISON OFFICERS

International Student Liaison Officers at CSU are assigned to international students to offer assistance with settling into accommodation and general orientation, including familiarisation with teaching, administrative processes and campus facilities. They can also provide information on city and regional attractions. International Student Liaison Officers are available for ongoing international student support throughout your studies at CSU.

AIRPORT RECEPTION

Upon request and free of charge, students arriving at the campus for the first time can be met at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga airports or train stations. To access this service you will need to submit an International Student Arrival Form online at least week before your arrival to guarantee pick-up. This service starts at least a week before Orientation Week and continues up to the last day of the first week of classes. The pick-up times are restricted to between 8am and 8pm.

Once you’re on campus, the team at Student Central can help with all non-teaching questions, including accessing your personal records, changing your enrolment, accessing CSU websites or making counselling and learning skills appointments.

To find out more, visit the CSU website.