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Charles Darwin University



Charles Darwin University (CDU) is one of the leading Australian universities for graduate employment and salary outcomes. Performing across global university rankings, this sustainable, creative, innovative and inclusive new world university teaches more than 24,000 students representing over 55 nationalists, across 11 campuses and training centres in over 100 regional and remote locations.

CDU is the only university based in the Northern Territory and the Australian university that's closest to Asia. With roots firmly planted in Northern Australia, CDU are uniquely placed to change lives and shape the future of the Northern Territory, Northern Australia and the surrounding Asian region through new ideas and innovative approaches.

Thinking differently, as the name suggests, CDU prides itself on being young and innovative, constantly looking into the future. A university conscious of issues and injustices of the time, CDU looks to find new solutions.

Believing everyone can make a positive impact CDU provides students with the skills, training, knowledge and research in order to transform lives. CDU brings these concepts together in order to connect, discover and grow.

CDU believes it's the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions students bring that helps make a new world university. Students make CDU, and there has never been a better time to join the new world.

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What's new

What's new

In partnership with UP Education, the university has launched CDU International College, which helps international students gain university entrance.

Through CDU International College, UP Education will offer a range of study options including first year diplomas and pre-master's courses in March 2020.

Mark Rushworth, UP Education Chief Executive said, ''We have extensive experience in the provision of pathway courses, educating more than 1000 pathway students from around the world each year across Australia and New Zealand. I firmly believe we can be a transformative partner, delivering international students who will be motivated by the university's outstanding graduate employment performance and rising-star status in the delivery of tertiary education globally.''

The Provost of CDU, Professor Sue Carthew said, ''This will be the first time that CDU has offered university pathway programmes to students and we look forward to all parties benefitting from the success of our partnership with UP Education.''

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

In a relatively short space of time, CDU has built a reputation as the most research-intensive and innovative teaching and learning universities in Australia.


The following are some of the university's rankings:

  • CDU is among a global group of rising stars, according to the Times Higher Education Rankings
  • The university is 91st according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019.
  • The 2020 Good Universities Guide ranked CDU 1st in Australia for graduate salary and 2nd for graduate employment (full-time) among higher educational institutions.

Innovative Research Universities

CDU belongs to the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group, a network of universities dedicated to inclusive excellence in research and teaching in Australia. The members of IRU are Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, and Western Sydney University. IRU seeks to promote the partnership between member universities in a number of areas including teaching and learning, research, management and leadership training, and internationalisation.

Research excellence

82 per cent of CDU's research is rated at world standard and above according to the ERA (Research Excellence Rankings Analysis) rating of 5 for the following areas: medical and health sciences (2-digit level), environmental science and management (4-digit level) and ecology (4-digit level). It has a 4 at the 2-digit level in: environmental sciences, biological sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences.

Indigenous research

CDU is dedicated to promoting Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into all aspects of the university and in ethical research, providing expert analysis of research projects to develop sustainable livelihoods, and preservation of knowledge. Indigenous research at CDU is undertaken by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education.

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Industry partnerships

Industry partnerships

CDU has built a range of strong networks in research and education. It has developed various industry relationships with not-for-profit organisations, professional associations, government-funded research agencies, and regional partnerships.

The university's partnerships in higher education offer students the chance to take part in practical experience that is integral to their learning. CDU's collaborations in training are extensive through the territory's businesses, trades, and industry.

Being a dual-sector university, CDU delivers both higher education and training.

The university has built relationships with organisations and universities across the globe, in nations including:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • France
  • China
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Sweden
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

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Study options

Study options

As a dual sector university, CDU offers pathway programs, vocational education training (VET) courses from a Certificate 2 – Diploma, through to higher education and research courses, including PhD. There is something for everyone at CDU.


Numerous study options are offered across the university's colleges:

  • College of Engineering, IT & Environment
  • Asia Pacific College of Business & Law
  • College of Education
  • College of Health & Human Sciences
  • College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society
  • College of Nursing & Midwifery


International students can view information on scholarships on the CDU website.

Study areas

Some of the study areas students can pick from include:

  • Accounting
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Community and Social Work
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Engineering
  • Hair and Beauty Services
  • Health
  • Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • IT and Network Engineering
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Pathway Courses
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science, Environmental Science & Management

Students are encouraged to visit the CDU website for more details on study options.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The following are the English language requirements for both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels:

  • IELTS Academic Module

Undergraduate requirement - A minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0*.

Postgraduate requirement - An overall minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0*.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module

Undergraduate requirement - A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50*.

Postgraduate requirement - An overall minimum score of 58 with no band less than 50*.

  • TOEFL Internet based Test (iBT)

Undergraduate requirement - A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21*.

Postgraduate requirement - An overall minimum score of 79 with a writing score of 21 as the minimum*.

*There are exceptions for some courses in all levels and for all tests mentioned above. Students must check the CDU website for the most current and up to date entry requirements for their course.

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Students can choose from on or off-campus accommodation options during their study at CDU.

On Campus Accommodation

  • International House Darwin (IHD)

IHD, based on CDU's main teaching campus in Casuarina, Darwin, is within tropical gardens and Australian bush. This thriving, relaxed, vibrant, and caring community is home to international students from nearly 40 countries, with long and short-term accommodation options available. Students should visit the IHD website for more information.

  • Alice Springs

CDU students can choose from sole occupancy and twin share rooms across two houses and enjoy access to a self-service laundry, communal kitchen areas, and Wi-Fi access. Students can visit the CDU website for more on this.

Off-campus accommodation

This service helps new students find accommodation during their study at CDU. This free service provides students advice and information on housing options, assistance with accommodation problems, and much more.

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Palmerston Northern Territory 80 University Avenue
Casuarina Northern Territory Ellengowan Drive
Alice Springs Northern Territory 10 Grevillea Drive
Sydney New South Wales Level 10, 815 George Street
Darwin Northern Territory 21 Kitchener Drive
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is based in the capital city of Darwin at the heart of Australia's tropical north. It is the Australian university located most closely to the Asia-Pacific region. The university has all the advantages of a dual-sector university including flexibility in study options, as a recognized leader in online education, creativity, adaptability and freedom to embrace the history and traditions of First Australians and the multitude of nations represented by its international student population.

CDU is collegiate, friendly and confident of its future as a leader in its fields of expertise, and as an institution that provides high-quality teaching and services in all areas of study ranging from Vocational Education and Training through to advanced research doctorates. The university provides a vast array of degree options such as Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters for students to choose from wide subject areas.

CDU welcomes researchers, teachers and students including postgraduate, undergraduate and technical from around the world to share in the richness of life and study opportunities offered in the Northern Territory and other CDU campuses and learning centres in Australia.

Charles Darwin University campuses and education centres are nationwide. Alice Springs campus is a major educational hub catering for students in the town and in Central Australia?s remote communities. The campus includes a modern 85-seat lecture theatre, specialist IT classrooms, a clinical training laboratory for nursing and a science laboratory for Higher Education.
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