The future of our study centres

Charles Sturt has decided to focus our international education study experience on our main, regional campus network. International education remains one of Charles Sturt’s highest priorities.

In September 2021, Charles Sturt University announced its decision to not renew the partnership with Study Group Australia (SGA) beyond the current agreement, which expires on 31 December 2022, for the Study Centres in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Beyond that date, all courses at the Study Centres will enter teach-out mode. Charles Sturt University remains committed to providing all students enrolled in the Study Centres with the opportunity to complete their courses and graduate with Charles Sturt.

Frequently Asked Questions about the changes

  • COVID-19 and Vaccination requirements have changed

    In alignment with broader society, Charles Sturt University strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination, but no longer requires students, staff and visitors to be vaccinated to attend our campuses.

    Classes and facilities are open to everyone. There are actions we can all take to support the wellbeing of our campus communities:

    • Vaccinations, including your booster and flu vaccination, are still strongly recommended as the best way to prevent serious illness
    • Do not attend campus if you are unwell
    • Continue to use good hand hygiene and cough etiquette
    • A mask is recommended where you are unable to physically distance
    • Follow testing and isolation requirements in your state:

    We are currently updating our COVID-safe plans and web information to reflect this change, and look forward to welcoming all our staff, students and visitors back to the Charles Sturt Study Centres for Session 2.

  • Future students

    Is Charles Sturt no longer accepting international students?

    International education remains one of the University’s highest priorities. Charles Sturt will now focus on delivering an exceptional international student and research experience at its campuses in Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga. To apply for a course at Charles Sturt, apply now.

    Domestic students can undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the Study Centre. Does this mean this is no longer an option?

    No new students will be accepted at the Study Centres. Domestic students can continue to enrol in courses offered through either Charles Sturt’s on-campus or online study modes.

  • Current students

    How many students will this change impact?

    There are approximately 600 students, as of May 2022, currently studying at Charles Sturt’s Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    I am an international student studying at a Charles Sturt main campus (Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie, Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga). Does this impact me?

    No, your study remains unaffected.

    Have current Study Centre students been informed of this change?

    Continuing Study Centre students have been informed of the change via email and provided the opportunity for one-on-one consultation with support staff regarding the change.

    Will continuing Study Centre students be supported until the current agreement finishes?

    Charles Sturt University remains committed to providing all students enrolled in the Study Centres with the opportunity to complete their courses and graduate with Charles Sturt. The University will ensure students receive the high-quality education, including teaching staff, facilities and support services that they are entitled to.

    How will students enrolled at Study Centres in courses which are scheduled to finish after 31 December 2022 be supported after the current agreement lapses?

    Charles Sturt will have all arrangements in place to ensure students graduate with Charles Sturt University. We will continue to support all current students to complete their studies by providing quality teaching and services.

    I am currently studying at a Study Centre. Does this change affect my existing international student visa?

    No, your existing Confirmation of Enrolment and associated international student visa remains in place and valid. Should you need to apply for a new international student visa, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs or your education agent for assistance.

    If you require further information regarding your enrolment status and Confirmation of Enrolment, the Study Centre will provide assistance.

    I am currently studying at a Study Centre. Does this change affect my post-study work rights in Australia?

    The change is unrelated to any post-study work rights for which you may be eligible. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for full details on post-study work visas.

    I am currently enrolled at a Study Centre. Does this change affect my tuition fees?

    No, your fees remain unaffected.

  • Brisbane Study Centre students

    How many Brisbane students will this change impact?

    There are 47 students currently studying at Charles Sturt’s Study Centres in Brisbane.

    Have current Brisbane Study Centre students been informed of this change?

    Continuing Brisbane Study Centre students will be informed on 16 June 2022 of the change via email and be provided the opportunity to attend an information session and one-on-one consultation with support staff on 22 June 2022 at Charles Sturt Study Centre in Brisbane.

    Who is hosting the 1:1 consultations?

    Associate Professor Michael Kiernan, Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Charles Sturt University and Associate Professor Azeem Mohammed, National Director – Academic and Operations, Charles Sturt University Study Centres.

    Where and when is the information session and 1:1 consultations?

    22 June 2022 – information session and 1:1 consultation appointments at Charles Sturt Study Centre in Brisbane:

    • Room: 4P
    • Address: CSU Study Centre Brisbane, Level 4, 119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
    • Information Session Time: 11am
    • Time for 1:1 consultation appointments from:12pm onwards

    Who can I contact?

    If you have any questions, please contact National Administration Manager: Swetha Gali, Phone: (03) 9935 7909 and email: sgali@studygroup.com.

  • More on the decisions impact

    I am an alumnus of a Study Centre. Does this change impact my alumni status?

    No, you graduated from Charles Sturt and you remain a Charles Sturt alumnus along with fellow alumni who have graduated from multiple campuses and locations around the world.

    How will Charles Sturt make up for the financial shortfall brought about by not renewing this agreement?

    Budget remediation measures and other Sustainable Futures-related changes undertaken in the last year have put Charles Sturt University in a strong financial position. This decision does not present any financial risk to the University.

    Under this push to prioritise its regional campuses will the University be ceasing its other international partnerships and agreements?

    Partnerships and agreements with international universities are not dependent upon Charles Sturt owning or operating infrastructure and so will remain in place for the benefit of our students, staff, researchers and communities.

    Does Charles Sturt own or lease the facilities operated for the Study Centres?

    No, the University does not own or lease the facilities. The facilities are leased by Study Group Australia.

    Will this change have any impact on the University's domestic partnerships?

    The University’s domestic partnerships will not be impacted, and the University is committed to continuing work with our existing partners.