Charles Sturt U gets out of town

The university pulls the plug on city study centres

Courses at Charles Sturt U’s Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney study centres, which cater to international students, will be taught out. The centres will “eventually close” next year. The centres are operated for the university by Study Group Australia, which has partnered with CSU since the 1990s.

CSU says the international student market continues a priority, and it now “looks forward to delivering an outstanding experience for international students and researchers at our regional campuses.”

The university has already selling – last year it was offering internationals “studying in internal mode” a 30 per cent fee cut for starts this February (CMM July 21).

The Regional Universities Network, (which includes CSU) also advocates incentives to encourage internationals out of cities, including on permanent residency (CMM May 14).

Perhaps Study Group saw this coming. In July it told some staff that due to a  “continuing decline in student enrolments,” there would be no more work “for the foreseeable future.”