About Charles Sturt University
CSU's NSW campuses are located in some of Australia's fastest growing regional cities, offering a unique study experience with access to the best of city living along with the benefits of a regional lifestyle.
Large campuses have allowed the development of fully operational, hands-on teaching facilities, ranging from state-of-the-art scientific and computer laboratories to television studios, broadcasting studios and a simulated hospital. Our facilities set us apart from other universities, allowing students to learn the skills required to be industry-ready from the first year of study.
As different courses are available for study on the various CSU campuses, please use this list as a guide:
Albury-Wodonga is a vibrant regional centre situated on the border of NSW and Victoria. It is home to a great range of shops, theatre, cafés and restaurants, and just a stone's throw from snowfields and wine regions, providing excellent day trips when you need a break from study.
A rich heritage of bushrangers and gold rush days combines with the excitement of the V8 Supercars and numerous local sporting competitions to make Bathurst a great place to live and study. There are also plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to catch up with friends and a busy shopping scene.
Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and is the capital city of Queensland, home to a multicultural population of over 2.3 million people. Brisbane is renowned for its warm weather, long summers, friendly people, and laid-back lifestyle.
The School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. These are combined with a flexible learning environment which includes face-to-face teaching, distance education, intensives, web forums, study skills tutoring and a host of other features all designed to increase your participation in the adventure we call theology.
Dubbo is the industrial and commercial heart of NSW's Central West region. Perhaps best known for its famous Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo also offers superb scenery, great wineries and heritage villages, as well as a vast array of recreational and sporting facilities.
The NSW Police Academy is situated on 40 hectares of undulating land at Goulburn, in the southern highlands of New South Wales, approximately 200 kilometres from Sydney. A driver training complex is located approximately 5km from the main campus and comprises about 80 hectares of land.
CSU in Manly is home to the Charles Sturt University Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSP).
Co-located with the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM), the campus offers a range of postgraduate courses in policing by distance education
The CSU Study Centre in Melbourne, located in the CBD on Lonsdale Street, is operated in conjunction with Study Group who are global leaders in international education and training across five continents. Together, CSU and Study Group deliver courses in the areas of Business, Information Technology and Accounting for international students undergraduate and international and domestic students postgraduate.
Set in the foothills of Mount Canobolas, Orange has a relaxed country atmosphere combined with boutique shops, sporting facilities, and quality educational and health services.
CSU in Parramatta is located within the United Theological College (UTC), one of the premier theological colleges in the Asia-Pacific region.
In partnership with St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra, UTC delivers a number of postgraduate research and professional degrees, as well as some undergraduate research and graduate coursework degrees.
Port Macquarie is a growing coastal hub in a picturesque setting. There is plenty for people of all ages to do, whether a high-speed boat or a scenic river cruise is your scene. There are beaches, rainforests and wildlife, as well as a huge range of festivals and cultural events, shopping and cafés.
Regional University Study CentresCSU is working in partnership with TAFE and Councils to offer Regional University Study Centres (RUSC) in Griffith and Parkes to support distance education students transitioning from TAFE to University.
The CSU Study Centre in Sydney, located in the CBD on Oxford Street, is operated in conjunction with Study Group who are global leaders in international education and training across five continents. Together, CSU and Study Group deliver courses in the areas of Business, Information Technology and Accounting for international students undergraduate and international and domestic students postgraduate.
Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga - known simply as Wagga to locals - has a proud sporting history, a thriving cultural calendar including theatre, music, art and markets, and a growing restaurant and café scene.
CSU in Wangaratta, Victoria, is co-located with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) at their Rural Industries Campus in Wangaratta.
CSU Partner Locations
Charles Sturt University (CSU) has developed formal partnerships with number of TAFE Institutes across NSW, Victoria and the ACT, with the aim of developing pathway programs and study options for students.
CSU's regional campuses are located within the area occupied by NSW's largest Aboriginal group, the Wiradjuri.
CSU acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to the Elders, both past and present, and extending that respect to all Indigenous Australians.
Top reasons to study internationally at CSU
- Career focused, academic excellence
CSU is dedicated to excellence in the delivery of higher education and has a well-earned reputation for providing exceptional education delivered by dedicated professionals with practical and relevant industry experience. Our academics are supported by well-researched curriculum and teaching methods that maintain high levels of satisfaction among graduates, employers and the University's partners.Download our International Study Guide
- Our graduates get jobs
CSU consistently ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 81% domestic graduates of CSU found employment within four months of completing their bachelor degree (2015 Australian Graduate Survey). CSU scored the highest possible, five-star rating for undergraduate student retention and success in getting a job (2016 Good Universities Guide). 84.2% of all graduates eligible for full-time work were successful in getting a job (Graduate Destinations Survey 2012-2014). Many CSU courses offer access to practicum opportunities from the first year of study, ensuring students are equipped to tackle real life situations and are building relationships with prospective employers right from the start.
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Our graduates get jobs
- Industry-related courses
Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry representatives to ensure the skills our graduates acquire meet industry needs. Not only are CSU degrees accredited with relevant Australian government and industry bodies, these organisations are working closely with the University to guarantee that CSU graduates are industry-ready wherever they may work.
- CSU's international links
CSU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is partly funded by the Australian government. CSU has over 60 partnerships in more than 25 countries that facilitate research, course delivery, cultural exchange, student and staff exchange and a diverse range of other education activities.
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- The CSU family
CSU has a network of campuses in regional NSW, Study Centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Theology campuses in Canberra and Parramatta - making it one of the largest universities in Australia, however it is our sense of community that sets CSU apart. With students from across Australia and around the world studying at these locations, our size allows for diversity in our facilities and courses. Wherever you choose to study, you will quickly become part of the
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The CSU family
- Safe, secure and supportive living and study environment
At CSU, you will have the best of both worlds: undertake a high quality degree while enjoying a great social life. Lower costs of living, unpolluted air and an increased sense of safety are just some of the advantages of living and studying in regional Australia. Our campuses are ideally located, enabling access to a wealth of activities, from joining sporting groups to enjoying local clubs or a night at the theatre. Whatever you desire from your time at university, you will be right at home at CSU. Our CSU Study Centres are located in the heart of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, allowing students to experience city living with access to transport, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, which all these beautiful cities offer.
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- Research that matters
CSU is committed to excellence in research, identifying and supporting areas and projects that allow the undertaking of internationally competitive research and research training. The University's research ranges from cardiovascular, plant bio-security, farming systems, enhanced social and environmental sustainability, and irrigation to contextual theology, artificial intelligence and spatial modelling techniques, improving agricultural productivity through molecular biology, and environment and sustainable viticulture. Portfolios of research and consulting amount to approximately AUD$10 million annually.
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Research that matters
- Flexible learning
CSU is committed to the flexible delivery of learning and teaching and uses technology to allow flexibility and responsiveness to student needs. CSU's online scholarly environment, CSU Interact, is a system that provides access to learning and research resources and opportunities to collaborate and communicate online. Most CSU courses are offered in a variety of ways to suit you and your lifestyle, including full-time on campus study, and study online. CSU works with you to find the balance that's right for you.
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- Your Future
All students are encouraged to look at their studies from a global perspective, considering ethical, social and ecological factors, which will in turn inform decisions made throughout their lives. While studying at CSU you will learn skills that will take you far beyond your career destination, such as teaching you how to become a lifelong learner, the value of independence and collaboration, how to think critically and communicate on a number of levels, and how to take a flexible approach to learning and problem-solving.
Rankings and Ratings:
CSU's commitment to preparing graduates to be industry-ready upon graduation is evident in our consistent high rankings for graduate outcomes. The University's focus on high quality teaching and learning has also contributed to this success, with a number of staff receiving excellence awards. In addition, CSU leads the way in various fields of research, on-campus accommodation, and environmentally sustainable practices, winning international and national awards. These are just some areas where CSU excels nationally and internationally.
CSU consistent rankings
CSU has a strong history of producing graduates who achieve success in their chosen industries with a current graduate employment rate that is 12% above the national average. Recent survey results include:
81% domestic graduates of CSU found employment within four months of completing their bachelor degree (2015 Australian Graduate Survey)
CSU has one of the best graduate employment rates in Australia (www.qilt.edu.au)
CSU scored the highest possible, five-star rating for undergraduate student retention and success in getting a job (2016 Good Universities Guide)
84.2% of all graduates eligible for full-time work were successful in getting a job (Graduate Destinations Survey 2012-2014)
Job ready graduates
CSU's 170,000 graduates are valued by employers for their highly relevant and adaptable skills, developed as a result of CSU's collaboration with industry and the professions.
More than 60% of CSU's undergraduate courses provide students with access to work based experience and placements, ensuring they are job ready
70% of CSU's courses target skills shortage areas, delivering on the Australian government's national skills priority.
High quality teaching
The CSU student experience is enhanced by highly qualified and recognised teaching staff. In 2014, the Australian Government's Office of Learning and Teaching awarded CSU staff with the prestigious:
'Australian University Teaching Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' in the areas of: Emergency Management, Marketing Communications, Mathematics Education, and Indigenous Cultural Competency
'Teaching Excellence and Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning' in the category of 'Global citizenship and internationalisation' – to the School of Community Health's Overseas Workplace-Learning Program
In 2015, a CSU team of staff were awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in recognition for their significant contribution to the quality of student learning through innovatively transforming the inter-cultural competence of student teachers.
CSU's research expertise
In 2015 the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative awarded Charles Sturt University world-standard or above in five broad fields of research including:
Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
Philosophy and Religious Studies
CSU had 16 specific fields of research evaluated at world standard or above including Curriculum and Pedagogy (within Education) and Applied Ethics (within Philosophy and Religious Studies) ranked as above world standard, and Horticultural Production (within Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences) ranked as well above world standard.
CSU was awarded the Australasian Association of College and University Housing Officers (AACUHO) 'Operation of the Year' in 2014.
Recognition for sustainability
CSU has been widely recognised for its commitment to sustainability, and action to become a leader in the field. CSU's awards include:
Winner of the 2015 Energy Productivity in Action Business Leader (Commercial) Award from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Finalist in the 2015 Green Gown Award Australasia Leadership category, Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, CSU
A Green Globe Award for Regional Sustainability by the NSW Government in 2011
A Green Gown Award through the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability in 2010 and 2011
A Bronze Partnership under the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage's Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme in 2010.
CSU's innovative Albury-Wodonga Campus has also been recognised as a world leading example of environmentally sustainable features, including energy efficient building designs, and onsite waste and water management systems.