Charles Darwin University

Student Population: 
Over 24,000
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CDU is a new world university and the biggest dual-sector university in northern Australia.

With more than 24,000 students, of whom 2,000 are international students from 55 countries, we are a truly international university.

At CDU, we believe a new world university is built on social justice, sustainability, creativity and collective effort. A place where everyone can follow their passion to make things better – however big or small. We’re about bringing people together to use knowledge to help shape a better future. As a truly international university, our students and staff and academic and research endeavours are globally connected and respected.

Why CDU?

CDU qualifications have worldwide recognition

CDU is ranked in the top 2% worldwide and 34 in the world in the Young University Rankings 2018 from the Times Higher Education.

CDU qualifications are from a university with a growing global reputation

A new international report on higher education has identified Charles Darwin University as a ‘rising star’ in an elite group of 20 universities with the potential to become globally influential by 2030. The report, released by UK consultant Firetail, lists a set of fast-improving global universities; the ‘Class of 2030’.

CDU's work integrated programmes ensure students become work ready You will have opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with your tutors and peers, enjoy a high level of access to online learning resources, and experience quality professional placements which will allow you to apply your learning in real world contexts. CDU offers courses with a professional placement component in business and accounting, nursing and midwifery and engineering. Annually, in business and accounting alone, over 165 students participate in work integrated learning programmes across our locations in Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne.

A CDU qualification gives you excellent career opportunities

CDU is a leader in graduate employment and was awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment and graduate salary outcomes in the Good Universities Guide 2017.

CDU provides a unique student experience, with small class sizes, excellent student resources and high student satisfaction levels.

CDU students are supported by highly qualified and experienced staff. Our low student to teacher ratio (18:1 for higher education) promotes academic success through small class sizes and high levels of teacher-student interaction. In 2017 the international student survey ISB reported high levels of student satisfaction for key resources at CDU such as IT services and support, health services and international student support.

What can I study?

Choose from a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training programmes in disciplines including:

  • Business and accounting
  • Creative arts
  • Design
  • Education
  • Emergency and disaster management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Exercise and sports science
  • Hairdressing and beauty services
  • Health science
  • Hospitality
  • Humanities and social work
  • Indigenous studies
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychological science
  • Science


  • Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships – covers 25% to 50% tuition fee
  • Sibling Award – 10% tuition fee
  • Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships

For more scholarships visit the scholarships page here.

Student life at CDU


Be engaged in the CDU student community from the moment you arrive in Australia. We have a vibrant and relaxed student life with activities helping you to meet and get to know other students and, because our classes are small, it’s easy to connect with like-minded people. CDU student ambassadors are available to help you get comfortable with student life and are on hand to offer advice and tips about settling into university life in Australia.


Take a break from studies and enjoy the common spaces on campus – libraries, student rooms, art galleries, gardens, the student square, cafes, international student room and gym.


We are committed to helping you have a memorable experience while studying with us. Take advantage of the multiple extra-curricular activities on offer, all adding more value to your student experience at CDU.

  • Want to try radio? Volunteer at Territory 104.1FM FM
  • Want to try a new sport? Join the University Pirates rugby team or other CDU sporting activities
  • Love music? The Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM) is at Casuarina campus offering music and singing lessons.
  • Ready to take your music to the next level? Join the Darwin Symphony Orchestra
  • Become an international student representative, or student mentor, to further your leadership skills.
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