Face-to-face virtual blended learning
We will help you get to where you want to be. We will help get you on the right course, chosen career path, and, ultimately, studying in centre as soon as we can.
Start your studies online
We are doing everything to make sure that your education isn’t impacted due to COVID-19. That’s why we have moved our July 2020 session online to ensure you don’t have to delay the start of your course.
All teaching will now take place using our face-to-face virtual blended learning model. Produced with you in mind, this model uses the best expertise and technology from Charles Sturt University’s online platform, whilst providing the same level of interaction as studying in-centre.
We are committed to helping you reach your ultimate goal of studying on campus as soon as we can.
In-centre teaching will resume as soon as possible and we will support you to smoothly transition to in-centre learning when the time comes. We will get you to where you want to be and support you on your path to studying in Australia.
You will experience the same level of exceptional, high-quality teaching you would receive in-centre. You can start your studies with our face-to-face virtual blended learning before moving to in-centre learning in Australia when the time comes.
Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all available virtually from the same specialist staff. You’ll be part of a community of students, connected through live classes and discussion groups, and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
We'll help you get to where you want to be
Risk-free introductory period
We want to make sure you are confident on your pathway to academic success. That’s why when you start your degree online, you will have the introductory period until census date on 9 August 2020 to experience face-to-face virtual blended learning.
If, during the introductory period, you choose not to continue your studies online you have two options available. You can choose to defer your place to a future intake, or you can choose to withdraw your place. If you choose to withdraw after this date, our usual cancellation policy applies.
Additional English language tests accepted
To ensure your journey isn’t delayed, we are now accepting a wider range of English language tests along with our existing tests for entry to our courses.
New English tests accepted include:
- IELTS Indicator
- TOEFL iBET Special Home Edition
- Duolingo English test
Minimum English language entry requirements
Minimum English language conditional entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programs are as follows:
- IELTS Indicator: overall score of at least 6.0, with no score below 5.5,
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: score of 60 and writing score of 16 with no bands less than 14,
- or Duolingo: overall score of at least 95.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a change to the intake date?
We have moved our original start date for the 202060 session from 13 July 2020 to 20 July 2020, with a last commencement date of 24 July 2020, in the hopes of giving students enough time to prepare and adjust to any changes. This will have an impact on session dates.
Will I be eligible for a scholarship or bursary?
We have a number of bursary and scholarships available, which you may be eligible for and will result in an upfront discount to your fees. Speak with your local representative to find out more.
How will my bursary or scholarship be applied or paid to me?
The bursary or scholarship will be outlined in a letter sent to you when you receive your offer letter. Within this, you will be told the new amount owing for enrolment, which will be a deduction of the bursary or scholarship to your upfront fees. You will need to pay your enrolment fees by census date.
What if my visa application is rejected when borders reopen and I’m already studying online?
If you start your studies online and are based offshore, you will be offered a full refund if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a visa to study in Australia after the borders reopen and you do not wish to continue your degree online.
Refunds, will not be given under the following conditions:
- Students cannot provide evidence of necessary funds – We will assess GTE ahead of visa application. Should the student fail this check, a refund will be offered except in cases where students cannot provide evidence of necessary funds.
- Student visa is rejected due to fraud – If a student provides fraudulent documents which cause a visa application to be rejected, a refund will not be offered.
- Student changes their mind – If a student changes their mind about continuing studies onshore within a Study Centre. For example, the student has commenced, but decides to enrol with another university.
What is the introductory period?
We understand you might be unsure about blended learning whilst studying offshore*, so we are offering an extended introductory period to ensure you have confidence and financial peace of mind to begin your studies online.
You will have until the census date on 9 August 2020 to experience face-to-face virtual blended learning with us and make an informed decision about whether it is the right mode of study for you. If, within the introductory period, you decide not to continue with your studies online, you can select to defer or withdraw your place with a full refund on your tuition fees.
*Only applicable for students offshore commencing their studies online.
Terms and conditions
If you choose to join blended learning classes you will have until the census date on 9 August 2020 as an introductory period to allow you to decide if this is the right mode of study for you.
If, by the end of the introductory period, you choose not to continue your studies online you have two options available:
- defer your place to a future intake,
- or withdraw your place without penalty.
If you choose to defer your place, we will work with you to find an alternative study plan so you can begin your studies at the next available intake that offers in-centre teaching at your chosen centre in Australia. If we are unable to find an alternative study plan for you, we will refund the balance of your tuition fees. If you choose to withdraw post-census date, our usual pre-enrolment cancellation and refund policy will apply.
What English language tests are you accepting during COVID-19?
Many English testing centres are currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. However, we are accepting IELTS Indicator; TEOFL iBT Special Home Edition; and Duolingo English tests. Once you are able to move onshore for your studies, you may be required to submit a more recent English test that meets the minimum requirements for entry prior to you being issued with a confirmation of enrolment (COE) and student visa.
Any questions related to student visas for study in Australia should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs nearer the time of your student visa application.
How do these alternative English tests affect my visa?
While these alternative English tests have been approved for entry to Charles Sturt University Study Centres face-to-face virtual blended learning intakes, they may not satisfy visa requirements for an Australian student visa.
You may be required to take an additional language test to qualify for a student visa. Any questions related to student visas for study in Australia should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs nearer the time of your student visa application.
Are there any changes to academic entry requirements?
Entry requirements remain the same for all courses, however, we will accept a broader range of documents to assess academic entry requirements.
Undergraduate: Where final high school results are not available we are accepting interim or predicted Year 12 results for entry to the session currently offered in F2FV mode. You will be required to produce final official results by 12 October 2020. Check undergraduate entry requirements.
Postgraduate: Where final undergraduate results are not available, we will make offers based on five of your six (for 3-year degrees) or seven of eight (for 4-year degrees) semesters completed if you can demonstrate that your cumulative GPA in your second to last semester was significantly high enough to offset any risk of making an offer on this basis. You will be required to produce final official results by 12 October 2020. Check postgraduate entry requirements.
Can I defer my place?
If you have received an offer and confirmed your place, you can start your course online and benefit from our introductory period.
If you choose to defer your place, we will work with you to find an alternative study plan so you can begin your studies at the next available intake offering in-centre teaching in your chosen Study Centre.
Will there be an impact to my ability to apply for post-study work rights if I start my studies online?
Online study information
Is now the right time to start my degree?
Now is the perfect time to start a degree. If you have additional time or had already planned to begin your studies, by starting a degree online you are using your time constructively and starting your plans for your future.
What are the benefits of studying online?
If you begin your studies online, you will receive everything you would expect from your degree whilst knowing that you haven’t had to delay your study and career ambitions.
You can expect:
- World-class teaching
- One-to-one sessions with your tutor
- An engaged, international community
- English language tuition
Studying online is an excellent way to prepare for your future career. Starting a course online during the current climate will show future employers that you are committed to learning and are eager to progress your education and career.
What is blended learning or face-to-face virtual?
As Australia’s number one choice for online university, we’re able to offer expert delivery of online study. To ensure you receive the same quality education and remain connected and engaged, we offer face-to-face virtual meetings, lectures and workshops via zoom or other tools. We want you to achieve the best possible outcome. We believe providing you with a virtual experience similar to in-centre learning, also known as blended learning, will help you achieve your goals.You will then have a smooth transition to in-centre learning when the time comes.
How will I attend face-to-face virtual classes or workshops from my home country?
We will endeavour to schedule all new student classes and workshops to afternoon and evening sessions to accommodate a broader range of time zones.
Will l be able to meet with academic support, lecturers or Centre staff virtually?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to schedule virtual appointments with academic and centre staff such as course coordinators, career and wellbeing staff, when you need to.
How will I receive career support and advice?
Our career workshops will be made available to join virtually, both live and with recordings. Career advisors will also share regular updates and content as they do during in-centre teaching periods, via the Interact platform. You will also be able to book individual consultations, held virtually, to assist you with your career aspirations.
Can I ask for extra support during my studies?
We invite you to reach out to your course coordinator, academic support team, wellbeing and career staff regularly, but also as and when you need. Your peers are also available to assist through the STEP, SRC, PASS and Mentor programs that we continue to run virtually and will remain available when we return to in-centre teaching. Find out more about student support.
What equipment do I need to study online?
To access virtual classroom, course materials, LMS/VLE and undertake assessments, it is important to be prepared with the appropriate technology.
While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.
- Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for virtual classroom
- Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for virtual classroom
Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.
Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed
Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed
Zoom restricted countries
Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full restricted list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.
What happens if I experience technology issues?
When you enrol to study with us, we will provide details on who to contact if you experience any issues. Technical support will be provided on a case-by-case basis via email.
What if I have issues with my internet connectivity or experience low bandwidth?
The majority of the content we will be providing to you for study has a low bandwidth requirement. If there are any additional issues, we encourage you to contact technical support when you enrol to address concerns.
Teaching will start online if your study centre/college remains closed or partially closed at the time you are due to begin your program. We will reopen our study centres and colleges when we determine it is safe and viable to do so guided by advice from government and public health authorities and in consultation with our university partners. When the time comes, we will provide the information and pre-arrival support you need so that you are fully prepared to travel and begin studying on campus.
Our first priority must be education. That’s how I motivate myself to get a degree no matter what. The staff at the Study Centre have provided Zoom links and phone numbers. The response time has been quicker than before. They've been supporting us and all of the services are now online.
Studying at Charles Sturt University Study Centres