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Partnership

The Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation is a collaboration between Charles Sturt University and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA). CISAC offers accredited Islamic Studies courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The course content has been put together with the advice and assistance of ISRA’s advisory committee which includes some of the most respected Muslim scholars from the wider Australian Muslim community.

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I’ve received support from lecturers who have helped me choose the right subjects that bring out the best in me. I have also found studying at the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) to be very peaceful as it has its own study space in the library.

Janelle Difalco

Frequently Asked Questions

ISRA prepares every aspect of the course content. This includes course structure, subject content, readings and assessments for all subjects offered in these courses. ISRA also determines who teaches the subjects in the various courses.

The course content has been put together with the advice and assistance of ISRA’s Advisory Committee which includes some of the most respected scholars from the Australian Muslim community.

CSU provides the accreditation for the course studied. That is, the student receives their qualification and certificate/transcript from CSU.

ISRA is the organisation with which CSU has an agreement. The university courses is one of many focuses that ISRA has. Others include school talks, community events and community courses.

The university focus of ISRA is given the name CISAC (Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation) and therefore all the courses at CSU are offered under CISAC.

Because of the academic nature of the courses, a broad range of viewpoints are offered to students in the subjects. However, when it comes to theological, jurisprudential and exegetical subjects, it could be said that Ahli Sunnah is the focus. Having said that, the Jafari School of thought is also covered in the jurisprudence subjects to certain extent due to demand from some of our students.

All lecturers are adjunct staff with CSU which means they need to fulfil CSU staff requirements as well. Most staff have a PhD in the discipline area they are teaching.

The general rule for CSU teaching is that the staff member has one higher level qualification (or are undertaking one higher level qualification) than the student. This rule is applied across all subjects. The exception is Arabic and Arabic is treated as a practitioner’s course. All our Arabic teachers have extensive experience and knowledge in teaching Arabic.

All staff have also completed a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Bachelor of Islamic Studies
Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours)
Master of Islamic Studies Articulated Set (includes Grad Cert and Grad Dip)
Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies Articulated Set (includes Grad Cert and Grad Dip)
Master of Classical Arabic Articulated Set (includes Grad Cert and Grad Dip)
Master of Islamic Studies (Research)
PhD

Undergraduate Our undergraduate courses offer HECS, which are loans that are managed through the Australian Taxation Office and won’t begin (payments) until you reach the income threshold. To be eligible you will need to meet the below criteria:
  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be an Australian citizen; or
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the Census date
If you wish to pay up front the cost per 8-point subject is: Australian citizen/Permanent resident: $1812* International Fee: $2500* *Fees are subject to change and are based on 2021 Postgraduate Our postgraduate courses offer FEE-HELP. Although you will need to pay the full fee for your course, you are still eligible to defer part or all of your course fees, only start repayments when you earn above the threshold set by the government, and this will all be done through the Australian Taxation Office. To be eligible you will need to meet the below criteria:
  • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia.
  • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements
  • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans.
If you wish to pay up front the cost per 8-point subject is: Australian citizen/Permanent resident: $1950* International Fee: $2500* *Fees are subject to change and are based on 2021

There are no direct scholarships available for our Bachelor’s, Master’s or Arabic courses. You can have a look through the CSU scholarship page, to see if they have any other sort of scholarships:

https://study.csu.edu.au/get-support/scholarships

There is scholarship available for research, see below:

https://research.csu.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships

You would also need to have a chat with our HDR coordinator to see what options you have.

Intakes are offered all year round; sessions start as per below and applications are taken before each session.

  • Session 1 2020 (Mar-Jun)
  • Session 2 2020 (Jul-Oct)
  • Session 3 2020 (Nov-Feb)

All applications need to be completed online via below link;

https://study.csu.edu.au/start-your-application

It’s important to note all applications are processed through the Charles Sturt University admissions team. Unless they forward an application to us for decision, we don’t have a say in the final outcome.

Undergraduate

Applicants for the Bachelor of Islamic Studies must meet the following requirements:

  • An ATAR of 60 (including adjustment factors); OR
  • Successful completion of two university-level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher); OR
  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification; OR
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; OR
  • Successful completed of a Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; OR
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of no less than two years.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English
    • obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5
    • obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.

 

 

Postgraduate

Applicants for our postgraduate courses must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree (or AQF equivalent)
  • English Language Proficiency
    • providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English
    • obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5
    • obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.