why CSUStudying by distance education offers you the flexibility to undertake a cutting edge degree that will excite you and help you realise your career aspirations, when and where it suits you. Through our online support and facilities, industry relevant courses, and residential school components, you can be assured that Charles Sturt University is dedicated to excellence in the delivery of higher education by distance education.

10 reasons to study at CSU

1. Australia's leading provider of distance education

CSU is Australia's leading provider of distance education, with over 20,000 students every year choosing to commence, rejuvenate or change their career through undergraduate study with CSU.

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2. Real study flexibility

CSU offers you the opportunity to upgrade your qualifications when you choose, allowing you to fit in study around your work, family or financial commitments. Whether you are looking to launch your career with one of our professionally accredited degrees or expand your horizons through Single Subject Study, distance education gives you the flexibility to design your studies to suit your needs.

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3. A pioneer in distance education

One of the first Australian universities to introduce distance education study, CSU has all the learning tools needed for a successful study experience by distance education from its comprehensive online learning environment to its printed course materials and extensive range of student support services.

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4. Excellent resources and support

CSU offers a top-level education, with the same academic and student support received by the University's on campus students. At CSU, we view our distance education and on campus students as equal, with both receiving the same globally-recognised, quality education. Distance education students have online access to CSU's resources such as libraries, lectures, career advice, as well as learning facilities across the University's campuses during residential schools.

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5. Our graduates get jobs

CSU consistently ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87 per cent of all CSU domestic graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.

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6. Industry collaboration

CSU degrees are accredited with relevant government and industry bodies, and these organisations work with the University to ensure that CSU graduates are industry-ready.

7. Academically focused

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 methodologies that maintain high levels of satisfaction among graduates and employers.

8. Study flexibility

CSU is committed to the flexible delivery of learning and teaching, using technology to allow flexibility and responsiveness to student needs. CSU's online scholarly environment, CSU Interact, provides access to learning and research resources and opportunities to collaborate online.

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9. Study support

CSU offers a range of programs to help improve your study skills before you commence your degree, including:

  • STUDY LINK (improve your academic study skills in specific areas)
  • Single Subject Study (get a taste of studying before commencing your degree)
  • Pathway Programs, such as the University Certificate in General Studies that offers guaranteed entry to many CSU courses, plus many TAFE articulated and integrated programs.

CSU also accepts a number of preparation programs, including the TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (Year 12 equivalent course for people returning to study).

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10. Residential schools

Residential schools are designed to provide distance education students with the opportunity to:

  • meet with lecturers and fellow students in person
  • undertake practical work or laboratory sessions in state-of-the-art on campus facilities
  • attend lectures and discuss study topics in depth, thereby clarifying any questions
  • familiarise themselves with the University and its resources, including computing centres, networked libraries and learning commons.

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