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Undergraduate entry requirements

Check academic and English language admission requirements you need to meet in order to study an undergraduate course at Charles Sturt University Study Centres.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's courses

  • COVID-19 academic entry requirements

    We are doing everything we can to make sure that your education isn’t impacted due to COVID-19. That’s why we will allow you to submit predicted or interim final year high school (or equivalent) results if your previous studies or academic qualifications have been impacted by COVID-19.

    Examples of previous studies that we may take into consideration include:

    • NSW Higher School Certificate, Victorian Certificate of Education or interstate equivalent
    • International equivalents of Year 12
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Completed, or partially completed, course from a university or college
    • Approved foundation studies program certificate.

    Because there is a chance your final official results won’t match the interim or predicted results when they become available, we have set slightly higher cut-offs for interim or predicted results should you wish to submit them to allow us to honour offers should your final official results not match the result submitted during COVID-19.

    Please note: not all qualifications are affected by COVID-19, so only students who can demonstrate that their high school (or equivalent) qualification has been affected by COVID-19 can apply using predicted or interim results. For all other students, the normal entry requirements apply. 

    Details of the known affected country-specific qualifications and the higher cut-offs are shown below:

    Country  COVID proposed 
    China  Year 12 or Senior High School Middle Year 3 Goasan interim/predicted results with an average of 83% across the top four academic subjects 
    Hong Kong  HKSE preliminary result with aggregate 14 in 5 subjects (including at least 3 core subjects), where 5**=6, 5*=5.5, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2, 1=1 
    India  Completion of the All India School Certificates, where awarded by CBSE and metro state boards. Overall score of 63% in 4 academic subjects 
    Indonesia  Successful completion of Indonesian SMUIII or Senior Academic High School Leaving Certificate with GPA of 7.3 
    Kenya  Successful completion of the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with an aggregate score of 55 or higher, based on the best 7 subjects undertaken where A=12, A-=11, B+=10, B=9, B-=8, C+=7, C=6, C==5, D+=4, D=3, D-=2, E=1  
    Nepal  Higher Secondary Education Certificate with a grade average of 68% 
    Vietnam  Year 12 results: A minimum GPA of 7.8 (out of 10). View specific course entry requirements.  
  • Academic entry requirements

    When we review your application, we'll take into account your previous studies, academic qualifications and experience.

    Examples of previous studies that we may take into consideration include:

    • NSW Higher School Certificate, Victorian Certificate of Education or interstate equivalent
    • International equivalents of Year 12
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Completed, or partially completed, course from a university or college
    • Approved foundation studies program certificate.
  • English language entry requirements

    Admissions criteria

    Assumed English language level

    We assume you have the required level of English language if you have completed formal high school, further education or higher education studies in one of the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Fiji
    • Ireland
    • Kenya
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Singapore
    • Solomon Islands
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Western Samoa
    • Zambia

    What if you haven't completed further or higher education studies in one of the countries listed above?

    If you can demonstrate that you’ve completed a minimum of two academic years in full-time high school, further education or higher education, taught in English, you’ll be assumed to have met the required level of English language for entry to Charles Sturt University Study Centres.

    Your courses will need to have been delivered and examined solely in English, and you’ll be required to provide written evidence from the school, college or university to support your claim.

    Acceptable forms of evidence:
    • Transcripts showing that you were taught in English.
    • A certified written statement from the school, college or university.

    English language entry requirements for all other applicants

    You must have one of the following:

    • Acceptable test scores for English proficiency.
    • Satisfactory completion (D grade or higher in Level 3) of the Embassy 'English for Academic Purposes Programme' (EAPP).
    • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based score of 550 and TWE of 5.0.
    • A TOEFL Internet-based score of 60 and writing score of 16 with no other bands less than 14.
    • An Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.0, with no score below 5.5.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 50 overall, with a minimum.
    • of 42 in all communicative skills.
    • A Combined Universities Admission Test (CULT) overall score of at least 65.
    • A ‘C’ pass in a humanities subject at the GCE 'A' level examinations in either Singapore or the United Kingdom.
    • Completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma, with English A2 at higher or standard Level.
    • A minimum of Level 4 in the core subject English Language in the Hong KongDiploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE).
    • A ‘C’ pass in 'Use of English' in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE).
    • Completion of the UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a ‘C’ pass in 'Use of English'.
    • Completion of an AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes).
    • Successful completion of at least one year of study in a course at Associate Diploma or Diploma level on the Register of Australian Tertiary Education.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CCPE) ‘C’ Pass.
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 52, with no score below 47.

    English test results must not be more than two years old.

  • Country-specific entry requirements
    Country  Charles Sturt University Study Centres requirements 
    Australia 
    •  HSC ATAR of 65 (including bonuses) or equivalent  
    Bangladesh 
    • Completion of at least one year of study at a recognised university with passing grades or better.
    • Completion of a two-or three-year bachelor degree with a recognised university with passing grades or better.
    • A completed award with a minimum total score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate. 
    China 
    • Completion of the first year of a recognised university bachelor's degree.
    • Completion on the National College Entrance Examination Gaokao with a minimum score of 60% of the total maximum Gaokao score for the province.
    • Completion of the China Senior High School Middle Year 3 Gaokao score with an average of 80% across the top four academic subjects.
    • A completed award with a minimum aggregate of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate. 
    Hong Kong 
    •  The HKDSE aggregate is calculated on the sum of 5 subjects (including at least 3 core subjects). 5**=6, 5*=5.5, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2 and 1=1. 
    India 
    • Completion of the All India Senior school Certificate, where awarded by CBSE and metro state boards. Overall score in 4 academic subjects: CBSE 60%, India School Certificate 60%, State Boards 60%.
    • A completed award with a minimum total score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate.
    • Completion of two GCE A2 Levels with a minimum of two subjects, here A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
    • A pass in the first division in the Pre-University Certificate. 
    Indonesia 
    •  Successful completion of Indonesian SMUIII or Senior Academic High School Leaving Certificate with a GPA of 7.0. 
    Kenya 
    •  Successful completion of the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with an aggregate score of 53 or higher, based on the best 7 subjects undertaken where A = 12, A- = 11, B+ = 10, B = 9, B- = 8, C+ = 7, C = 5, D+ = 4, D = 3, D- = 2, E = 1 
    Myanmar 
    • 2 years of Post Secondary Study Intermediate Certificate with an overall grade percentage of 55.
    • Successful completion of minimum 2 years bachelor's degree from a recognised higher education institution.
    • Successful completion of Associateship of Government Technical Institute (AGTI).
    • Successful completion of a diploma, with minimum duration of 2 years, following Matriculation or Basic Education High School Examination. 
    Malaysia 
    Nepal 
    • Higher Secondary Education Certificate plus minimum of one year of successful study at a recognised tertiary institution.
    • Higher Secondary Education Certificate with a grade average of 65%.
    • A completed award with a minimum aggregate of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate.
    New Zealand 
    •  Successful completion of New Zealand NCEA Level 3 with a combined score of 213 from the best 5 subjects.  
    Pakistan 
    • Higher Secondary School Certificate plus one year study at bachelor's degree level at a recognised institution. 
    Russia 
    • Russian Certificate of Secondary Education plus one year study at bachelor's degree level at a recognised institution.  
    Singapore 
    South Korea 
    • Completion of at least one year of study at a recognised university with satisfactory grades.
    • Successful completion of the Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) with a minimum overall grade of 294. Overall grade is calculated from the results in Korean Language, Mathematics and Foreign Language (English). Results in other components are not considered. 
    Sri Lanka 
    • Completion of the GCE A Levels. Overall grade in the best three subjects equalling 5/15 where A1= = 5, B = 4, C = 3, S = 1.
    • Completion of two GCE A2 Levels with a minimum of 2 x D or equivalent in a minimum of two subjects. where A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1.
    • Sri Lankan GCE A Level plus a recognised Diploma (both completed).
    • Completion of first year of a recognised university bachelor's degree.
    • Completion of recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
    • A completed award with a minimum score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate. 
    Taiwan 
    • Senior High School Diploma plus one year study at bachelor's degree level in a recognised university.  
    Thailand  
    • Successful completion of Secondary 6 (Matayom 6) and the award of the Certificate of Secondary Education with GPA of 2.0. 
    Turkey  
    • Lise Diplomasi plus first year of diploma or bachelor's degree from a recognised institution. 
    Vietnam 

    Year 12

    • Gifted high schools: a minimum GPA of 7.5 (out of 10) from year 12.
    • From other high schools: a minimum GPA of 8.0 (out of 10) from year 12.
    • The Chung chi Dai hoc Dai Cuong (First phased of University Certificate).
    • Completion of at least one full-time year at bachelor's degree level at a recognised university or tertiary institution.
    • A completed award with a minimum aggregate of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate. 

    The table above is intended as a guide only for applicants with qualifications from other countries, and aims to provide basic entry requirement information. Qualifications not listed below will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Diploma courses 

  • Entry requirements for diploma courses
    Academic entry requirements  Equivalent of a NSW HSC ATAR equal to or greater than 55 (or equivalent) 
    English language entry requirements   ITLTS 505 with no band lower than 5.0
  • Country-specific entry requirements
    Country Requirements
    Australia VCE ATAR score of 40 and above VCAL Senior completion; IB Diploma score of 22 or above
    Bangladesh Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
    Brunei 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Cambodia Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
    China Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%.

    Vocational Academic Program - 60%
    Fiji Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240
    France Baccalaureate with an average of 10
    Ghana 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Hong Kong HKDSE with 8 points across 4 subjects
    India Completion of the All India Senior School Certificate or State Board with an overall 58% aggregate
    Indonesia SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
    Japan Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 3 a B grade average or a GPA of 3
    Kenya Completion of KCSE with a C grade average; or 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Korea High school Diploma average D grade
    Kuwait Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.
    Macau Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units
    Malawi 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Malaysia 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM; or Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
    Myanmar Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
    Nepal Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4
    Oman Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program
    Pakistan Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 12) with a grade average of 55%
    Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%
    Philippines Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
    Saudi Arabia Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program
    Singapore 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
    South Africa Successful completion of Year 12
    Sri Lanka 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

    2 passes in Sri Lanka A-levels (General English is not counted)"
    Sweden Avgangsbetyg with a grade average of 2.5 and a 4 in English
    Taiwan Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units
    Tanzania 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Thailand Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
    Turkey Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0
    Uganda 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    USA Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a SAT score of 1000
    Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
    Zambia 2 passes in GCE A-levels
    Zimbabwe 2 passes in GCE A-levels

IELTS (Academic) is the preferred test

If you don’t meet the English language proficiency requirements, you may still be offered a conditional place. Your conditional offer will be dependent upon successful completion of an English language course before you begin your course.

You’ll need to meet the English language entry requirements (detailed on the drop down above) before you’ll be allowed to enrol.

Some courses ask for a higher level of English language than the requirements listed above. Find out more on the University website.

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