Getting recognition for your prior learningWhen you apply to study at CSU, you may be eligible to receive credit (or recognition of prior learning) for your previous study and/or work experience.

How is credit awarded?

Credit, also called recognition of prior learning (RPL), 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're 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 lesser cost.

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How is credit assessed?

Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis with each application, although some courses do have established credit arrangements.

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Cross Institutional Study with CSU

You may also study at CSU for credit towards a course at another university or institution.

More about Cross Institutional Study with CSU

How to apply

Applications made directly to CSU

To apply for credit, include full documentation of all studies you have completed and/or evidence of relevant work experience in your application for admission to a course.

It is important that you include with your application copies of official academic transcripts (not individual results notices or web downloads) showing the completion of your studies and the grades achieved. Refer to to see if you need to verify/certify your supporting documents. 

When you receive an offer of admission letter into a course, you will also be notified of what credit has been awarded.

UAC/VTAC applications

Applicants applying through UAC or VTAC will have credit determined just before commencement of the course, however Course Coordinators are available to discuss potential credit with applicants.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

A standard subject at CSU has 8 credit points. This equates to roughly 140-160 hours of work for a student. A standard study load for a student is 32 points, or four 8 point subjects, per session. 

A standard year of full-time study at CSU is 64 points, equivalent to 60 ECTS credit points.

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Application closing dates

Application closing dates may apply. Applications may be considered after these dates where places remain available.

Fees and costs

There are a number of aspects to consider when budgeting for costs at university; tuition fees, accommodation fees, course expenses like textbooks and materials, and general living expenses.


A huge range of scholarships is available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. Being granted a scholarship at Charles Sturt University may be easier than you think, and now is the time to start planning.

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