About applying to study
This is where you can find out more about the process of applying to study at CSU – how to do it, what to expect, what your options are and how to start your course.
1. Find a course
Before applying to study, we suggest you read the available online course information. This will give you detailed information on your chosen course, including the admission requirements.
2. Check the admission requirements
Your chosen course may have specific admission requirements, which will be provided as part of the online course information. These requirements may include prior study, or additional selection criteria, such as a Supplementary Application Form or interview. Ensure that you meet these requirements when applying to study.
3. Check your documentation
You may need to provide documentation as part of your application.
We can only begin assessment of your application when all required supporting documentation has been received. Documentation may include copies of transcripts and awards from previous study, or proof of citizenship or residency if you weren't born in Australia. You can upload and attach these documents as you complete your online application for admission. If you need to post these documents, please do it immediately as late receipt will delay the consideration of your application.
Official documentation included with your application may need to be verified as a true and accurate copy. Find out more about verifying your documents.
4. Apply to study
Full-time on campus
Applications for full-time on campus study for Australian and New Zealand citizens, as well as international students undertaking their High School Certificate or equivalent in Australia, are made through UAC. Students applying for study at Albury-Wodonga Campus or Holmesglen can apply through or VTAC. Late applications after UAC and VTAC closing dates can be made directly to the University.
Associate Degree in Policing Practice
Applications for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice are accepted in accordance with the needs of the NSW Police Force. Applicants are advised to monitor the NSW Police Force - Recruitment site for application dates and information.
All other applications - direct to CSU
Applying online is the preferred method, however if you are unable to apply online, you can download an Application for Admission form [PDF] and send it to the Admissions Office by post, email or fax.
To apply online, you will need to create a user account. Once you create your user account, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information. You can then proceed to complete you application. Completing an online application should take around 15 minutes.
What happens next?
Complete your application
Applications made direct to CSU are accepted all year round. We will determine your eligibility for admission and hold your application for consideration into the next available intake.
CSU's academic calendar has three sessions - March, July and November. CSU courses offered in Australia will be available in these sessions. Courses offered at CSU in Ontario or with our international partners may also be offered over three terms - January, May, August.
Applications received after the closing date will only be considered if courses do not have a residential school prior to the course start date and where places remain available.
Once you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation email with your submission information. Applications are uploaded to our database daily and you can monitor progress of your application by returning to CSU Online Admission and logging in as a returning user.
Non-competitive undergraduate and postgraduate applications are processed within 2 - 10 business days.
The Admissions Office will contact you by email if further documentation is required to complete the assessment of your application.
Applications through UAC and VTAC open in August each year for admission in the following year. You can submit a number of course preferences on a single UAC or VTAC application. Check with UAC and VTAC for details of application closing dates and offer rounds each year.
Accept your offer
If your application is successful, you will receive an Offer of Admission to Charles Sturt University by email. You will need to accept your offer by visiting the CSU website and following the steps provided online.
Enrol in your subjects
Once you have accepted your offer and been issued a CSU student login, you will be able to access CSU's Online Administration system. Refer to the CSU Handbook for your year of commencement to check the recommended enrolment pattern and ensure you are enrolled in the correct subjects. Sessions are held during Orientation Week if you would like help enrolling in your subjects.
Prepare for study
You can get off to the best start in your degree by completing a STUDY LINK subject. These subjects can help you build your skills in a particular subject area, such as Chemistry or Mathematics, that you may not have studied recently, or improve your study skills in areas like online learning or exam preparation.
If you plan to live on campus during your degree, you should also apply for accommodation as soon as you have received an offer to study at CSU, as places are limited.
Orientation Week is an important part of preparing for university life. Held the week before classes start, you will find out any special requirements for your course, have opportunities to tour the facilities you will be using during your degree, and learn about the support services available on your campus. A range of social activities will be held to help you meet other students in your course or on your campus. If you are studying by distance education, you are still welcome to attend orientation activities on campus, and an online orientation program is also offered.
Congratulations, you're ready to start your studies!