Spotlight on Charles Sturt University

7 February 2017


Date: 07 February 2017

The newly opened CSU Port Macquarie campus

There is very positive news coming out of Charles Sturt University (CSU) this week.

New scholarships for refugees

It was recently announced that new scholarships, worth up to $1.05 million, are on offer at CSU in 2017 to transform the lives of asylum seekers and refugees through higher education.

The scholarships for people on both temporary and permanent humanitarian visas are being offered through the Charles Sturt Foundation. They add to financial assistance already offered through the Foundation each year through scholarships, awards and prizes to support the aspirations and dreams of CSU students.

There are two scholarship categories:

CSU Foundation Refugee Scholarships for students on Refugee subclass and Humanitarian Visa subclasses. The five scholarships will be paid in instalments up to $20 000.

CSU Refugee and Asylum Seeker Scholarships for students on Bridging visa BVA, Bridging visa BVE, Temporary Protection visa subclass 785 and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa. These three scholarships provide a 100 per cent fee waiver for an undergraduate degree.

Manager of Alumni and Foundation Relations Ms Gael Evans-Barr said in an article on the CSU website, "The scholarships for people on temporary visas are significant as the students would not have access to HECS and would be otherwise treated as international students.

"The other scholarships are for undergraduates who've been assessed and qualified as refugees and have access to HECS,  but still face the daunting task of settling into a new life and the associated costs."

Read more about these scholarships on the CSU website.

CSU Port Macquarie welcomes international students

In other news, six international students have enrolled at CSU Port Macquarie Campus in 2017. These students will be the first international students to attend the newly opened campus.

The students come from India, Peru, Canada, the US, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and will study accounting, outdoor recreation and ecotourism, and medical radiation science, while two international students are on year-long exchanges.

The international students will arrive just before Orientation Week, and we are looking forward to hearing about their experiences!

Find out more about the new CSU Port Macquarie campus here.

About Charles Sturt University

CSU has various campuses around the state. They are located in some of NSW’s fastest growing regional cities, offering a unique study experience with access to the best of city living along with the benefits of a regional lifestyle.

Studying in a regional area of NSW is a great way for international students to learn about the Australian culture.

Learn more about CSU and courses on offer here.