What is distance education?

With distance education study in your own way in your own timeDistance education aims to deliver a quality university education to students who are not able to be physically present on campus.

With CSU's flexible study options, you can study from home, work, or anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you and your lifestyle.

Fitting Study Into Everybody's Life

Charles Sturt University is Australia's leading provider of distance education with our comprehensive communication system enabling online forums, wikis, blogs, podcasts, access to library resources and assignment submission.

You may be:

  • a professional looking to upgrade your qualifications
  • a stay at home parent keen to take on a new interest or restart your career
  • or someone wanting to make the lifelong dream of attaining a degree finally come true. 

Distance education at CSU provides real study flexibility, allowing you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your degree. With the flexibility of distance education and CSU's online learning and research tools, you can study your own way, in your own time.

I'm 'too old' to study

You're never too old to study. At CSU, we are firm believers that lifelong learning contributes greatly to a successful and healthy life.Distance education at CSU develops your self-motivation, and gives you an independent approach to lifelong learning.

I'm not sure if I'm smart enough for tertiary study

Anyone can study at university. University is not designed to be difficult — it's designed to help you get where you're going, to realise your own potential and graduate with the skills and experience you need to reach your goals.

Our courses are 'theory in practice'. You'll be encouraged to participate and learn by doing, and you won't be doing it alone. You might just surprise yourself.

I don't have time to study!

With distance education and flexible study options, you can study at your own pace. You can study in the comfort of your own home, and cater your workload to suit your circumstances. Depending on your course, you may be able to slow or fast-track your degree, with options for studying one, two or maybe even four subjects per session.

University study is not designed to monopolise your time. We recognise that our students have social lives, families, other commitments, which is why we provide education that is accessible, whatever your lifestyle.

Studying At CSU By Distance Education Offers You...

  • a top-level education from the largest distance education provider in Australia
  • access to CSU's resources such as libraries, lecturers, student support and career advice, as well as on campus learning facilities
  • the opportunity to upgrade your qualifications when you choose, allowing you to fit in study around your work, family or financial commitments
  • the same academic and student support received by CSU's on campus students
  • CSU's online scholarly environment, CSU Interact, which provides access to learning and research resources and opportunities to collaborate online.

How do I study by distance education?

When you're a distance education student with CSU, your learning experience is enhanced through our flexible study delivery options.

How do I study by distance education?

Online learning

The University's extensive online environment provides you with access to the services and facilities you will need during your time as a CSU student.

More about Online learning

Residential schools

Residential schools are a component of many CSU courses offered by distance education.

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Distance education students are assessed through a combination of methods that vary depending on the course being undertaken. In some subjects, an assessment may be held online, giving instant feedback to the student on their performance.

More about Assessment

Distance education students are assessed through a combination of methods that vary depending on the course being undertaken.

More about assessment for distance education students

Distance education students are assessed through a combination of methods that vary depending on the course being undertaken.