Experience matters

Charles Sturt University recognises and values your previous experience in the Australian Defence Force. We’re developing new support systems and a dedicated student veteran chapter so you can connect with other veterans. Get credit for your service and reach your full potential in your future career with Charles Sturt.

Here’s how your experience matters at Charles Sturt

No HSC? No problem. We use your rank to work out an equivalent ATAR.

For example, if you have completed your recruit training, initial employment training (or equivalent per branch of service) and at least two years’ experience, this makes you eligible for most Charles Sturt undergraduate programs.

Charles Sturt is veteran and service personnel friendly

Australian Student Veterans Association logoWe’ve designed our Experience Matters Entry Program in collaboration with the Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA). At Charles Sturt, the term ‘veteran’ refers to all former ADF members, regardless of whether they were deployed or undertook war or warlike service.

  • Being Australia’s largest regional university, some of our campuses are located close to military bases. This means that attending face-to-face classes is easier for many service personnel. It’s okay if you’re not near a Charles Sturt campus as most of our courses are available online.
  • We’ll give you special consideration. You may still be serving, or be a reservist due to exit requirements. In accordance with our Special Consideration Policy, we will grant special consideration requests if your studies are interrupted by military service.

At Charles Sturt, your experience matters and so do you. Are you ready to plan the next step in your career?

Hear from veterans who are making their experience count

Read about how Platoon Sergeant Andrew Harris and Medical Sailor Sarah Wheeler have balanced their careers in the Australian Defence Force with studying at Charles Sturt. And learn how former Navy Combat Systems Operator David Hunt has taken a new direction after his defence career with a Charles Sturt degree.

Why a career in the Army and Charles Sturt’s online degrees are a perfect match

Find out how Platoon Sergeant Andrew Harris balances training the next generation of soldiers, raising a family and studying online with Charles Sturt.

How I studied my Charles Sturt nursing degree from the high seas

Learn how Medical Sailor Sarah Wheeler is preparing to make her next move count with a Charles Sturt nursing degree – all while she works full-time in the Navy.

How I found my career direction with a Charles Sturt teaching degree

Discover how former Navy Combat Systems Operator David Hunt made his experience matter and found his dream career with a Charles Sturt teaching degree.

Ready to start your next chapter?

If you’re looking to start your next career or you want to formalise your previous experience with a university degree, get in touch with us to find out how your experience matters.

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