What to expect when you join the Charles Sturt University family

At Charles Sturt University you'll get much more than your degree.

Each year, Charles Sturt University (CSU) warmly welcomes international students to our regional Australian campus cities.

When you study with CSU, you’re not just getting an internationally recognised qualification – you’re getting an Australian experience like no other. You’ll find yourself immersed in Australian culture, snapchatting breathtaking landscapes to your friends back home and building lifelong friendships with true Aussies – all while furthering your education.

For those who still need convincing or don’t know what to expect on this new adventure, we’ve broken down some of the incredible things that happen when you study in Australia with CSU.

A truly Australian experience

People generally think that the heart of Australia lies in Sydney or Melbourne. Although our metropolitan cousins receive most of the attention, regional Australia is the diamond in the rough. If you explore a little further and dig a little deeper, you’ll fall in love with regional Australia.

Choosing to study at one of CSU’s regional campuses means you’ll have access to the best of city living, with the benefits of a regional lifestyle. As an international student, you could study at one of CSU’s regional campus locations at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga.

If you’re looking for an authentic Australian experience, go regional. You’ll be surprised at what you find.

  • Incredible people. Our communities may be small but they are truly multi-cultural and it’s hard not to walk down the street and be greeted by a complete stranger. We’re known for our down-to-earth sense of humour and laidback attitude, so it won’t take long to make lifelong friends.
  • Breathtaking landscapes. From the bush to the beach, Australia is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. One minute you’re walking on the red dirt of the outback, the next minute you could find yourself in the lush green of a national park. You’ll find yourself in awe of the dramatic and contrasting landscapes.
  • Unique animals. Australia is home to lots of native animals not found anywhere else in the world. Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Australia to meet our furry friends. Our campus grounds are vast and welcoming to some of Australia’s cutest wildlife, so you will quite often see a kangaroo or even an echidna on campus.
  • A twist on the English language. “Can you chuck a U-ey and pull into the servo for a sec?” Australian’s love to shorten words and use Aussie slang. That sentence will make perfect sense to you after studying in Australia for a session.

Top-quality support

Reaching your studying goals can be hard at the best of times, let alone when you’re adapting to a foreign country. CSU’s range of support services will make you feel supported, guided and encouraged while studying in Australia.

All new on campus international students receive a pre-departure guide that includes general advice about studying in Australia, as well as detailed information about visas, accommodation, transport and healthcare. Use your pre-departure guide as a checklist, so you can understand the requirements of studying in Australia and the best way to go about meeting them.

When you arrive on campus during Orientation Week, you’ll undertake CSU’s international student orientation program. The program will make the transition to living and studying in Australia stress-free and ease you into life at CSU.

While studying with CSU, each student is assigned a dedicated international student liaison officer (ISLO), who helps you adjust to living and studying in Australia. Their support begins at pre-departure and continues for the duration of your degree. Have a question about CSU or Australian life in general? Reach out to your ISLO – they’re here to help!

CSU also offers English language support programs, as well as other online support forums for all international students.

To us, you’re more than just a student number – you are part of the CSU family. We want to make your international study experience comfortable and enjoyable from start to finish.

Value for money

Compared with other Australian universities, a CSU degree delivers incredible value for money.

For example, a Bachelor of Medical Science from a metropolitan university could cost upwards of A$40,000 annually, whereas the same degree from CSU is approximately A$30,000 annually.

On top of that, when you study with CSU your tuition fees are locked in for the entire time you’re studying with us, unlike other Australian universities where your tuition fees could rise and fall while you study. In some cases, other universities have been known to increase their fees by up to 7.5 per cent each year.

Our international students also find that the cost of living is lower in a regional centre compared to living in metropolitan locations. Residing in a thriving regional area means that CSU students have access to quality accommodation, meals, transport and entertainment – but they don’t pay the premium price tag.

CSU is committed to providing international students the opportunity to study in a world-class environment. We offer a small range of scholarships donated by CSU alumni, industry and local community for international students, including our CSU Foundation Scholarships. We encourage you to do your own research into financial support before you arrive as there may also be other scholarship and grant opportunities for you to explore from the Australian Government, international agencies or your own government.

Vibrant community and social scene

When you arrive at CSU as an international student, you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in Australian culture and the CSU experience. CSU campuses play host to a vibrant community made up of students, academics, professional staff and alumni. We’re a welcoming bunch and we embrace diversity.

We recommend that international students who are studying in Australia begin their CSU journey by living on campus in our student accommodation. This gives you the platform to jump straight into student life – academically and socially.

CSU offers the largest range of on-campus accommodation of any university in Australia, so there is bound to be an option to suit your budget, and all first year international students are guaranteed accommodation on campus.

Living on campus puts you at the heart of campus life and gives easy access to CSU’s dynamic social scene. Meeting people and making friends is made easier through participating in Orientation Week, sports teams, or bar and trivia nights. No matter your interests, finding your niche and surrounding yourself with like-minded people will help you create lasting memories of your overseas study experience.

Aside from on-campus social activities, CSU’s footprint locations are thriving regional communities, home to many exciting landmarks, events and festivals. Our campus in Orange is nestled in a well-known wine region, Wagga Wagga has built a reputation as a foodie haven with regular food festivals and markets, and Port Macquarie’s beaches are some of the best on the New South Wales coast. Wherever you choose to study, you’ll find yourself at home with CSU.

Ready to take the plunge?

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