Why study with us
Career-focused, academic excellence
Charles Sturt University 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 methods that maintain high levels of satisfaction among graduates, employers and the University's partners.
Our graduates get jobs
Charles Sturt University consistently ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 81% of domestic graduates of Charles Sturt found employment within four months of completing their bachelor degree (2015 Australian Graduate Survey). We scored the highest possible, five-star rating for undergraduate student retention and success in getting a job (2016 Good Universities Guide). 84.2% of all graduates eligible for full-time work were successful in getting a job (Graduate Destinations Survey 2012-2014). Many of our courses offer access to practicum opportunities from the first year of study, ensuring students are equipped to tackle real-life situations and are building relationships with prospective employers right from the start.
Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry representatives to ensure the skills our graduates acquire meet industry needs. Not only are our degrees accredited with the relevant Australian government and industry bodies, these organisations are working closely with the University to guarantee that Charles Sturt University graduates are industry-ready wherever they may work.
Our international links
Charles Sturt University is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is partly funded by the Australian government. We have over 60 partnerships in more than 25 countries that facilitate research, course delivery, cultural exchange, student and staff exchange and a diverse range of other educational activities.
The Charles Sturt University family
We have a network of campuses in regional NSW, Study Centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Theology campuses in Canberra and Parramatta - making us one of the largest universities in Australia, however, it is our sense of community that sets Charles Sturt apart. With students from across Australia and around the world studying at these locations, our size allows for diversity in our facilities and courses. Wherever you choose to study, you will quickly become part of the Charles Sturt University family.
Safe, secure and supportive environment
At Charles Sturt University, you will have the best of both worlds: undertake a high-quality degree while enjoying a great social life. Lower costs of living, unpolluted air and an increased sense of safety are just some of the advantages of living and studying in regional Australia. Our campuses are ideally located, enabling access to a wealth of activities, from joining sporting groups to enjoying local clubs or a night at the theatre. Whatever you desire from your time at university, you will be right at home at Charles Sturt. Our Study Centres are located in the heart of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, allowing students to experience city living with access to transport, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, which all these beautiful cities offer.
Research that matters
Charles Sturt University is committed to excellence in research, identifying and supporting areas and projects that allow the undertaking of internationally competitive research and research training. The University's research ranges from cardiovascular, plant biosecurity, farming systems, enhanced social and environmental sustainability, and irrigation to contextual theology, artificial intelligence and spatial modelling techniques, improving agricultural productivity through molecular biology, and environment and sustainable viticulture. Portfolios of research and consulting amount to approximately AUD$10 million annually.
We are committed to the flexible delivery of learning and teaching and uses technology to allow flexibility and responsiveness to student needs. Our online scholarly environment, Interact, is a system that provides access to learning and research resources and opportunities to collaborate and communicate online. Most Charles Sturt University courses are offered in a variety of ways to suit you and your lifestyle, including full-time on-campus study, and study online. Charles Sturt works with you to find the balance that's right for you.
All students are encouraged to look at their studies from a global perspective, considering ethical, social and ecological factors, which will inform decisions made throughout their lives. While studying at Charles Sturt University you will learn skills that will take you far beyond your career destination, such as teaching you how to become a lifelong learner, the value of independence and collaboration, how to think critically and communicate on a number of levels, and how to take a flexible approach to learning and problem-solving.