Charles Darwin University

Main campus in Casuarina, Darwin, Darwin Waterfront, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Sydney
Student Population: 
Over 24,000
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The university for your new world

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 the world better – however big or small. We are about bringing people together to use knowledge to help shape a better future. As a truly international university with 2,000 international students from 55 countries, our students, staff and academic and research endeavours are globally connected and well-respected.

Why CDU?

CDU qualifications have worldwide recognition. CDU is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and ninth in the THE 'Millennials' report, part of the THE Young University Rankings 2018.

CDU is 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 are employment-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 has courses with professional placement component in nursing and midwifery, engineering, and business and accounting.

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 excellent student resources, student support and high student satisfaction levels. Our international students adjust more quickly to studying in a foreign country because we have a low student to staff ratio, which promotes academic success through small class sizes and high levels of teacher-student interaction. In 2018 the international student survey ISB reported high levels of student satisfaction for resources at CDU such as quality of learning and international student support.

What can I study?

Choose from a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training programmes in subjects 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 sciences
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • IT and network engineering
  • Law and legal studies
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychological science
  • Public health
  • Science

Research programmes are offered in all the areas listed above.


Scholarships available at CDU include:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships – 25% to 50% reduction in tuition fees
  • CDU Global Excellence Award – 50% for the first year of study and 10% ongoing
  • CDU Global Leader Award – 25% for the first year of study and 10% ongoing
  • CDU Global Achiever Award – 15% tuition fee reduction in the first year of study
  • 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 to help 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 your studies and enjoy the common spaces on campus – libraries, art galleries, gardens, the student square, gym, cafes, and multicultural room.

Take a weekend off and go exploring your local surroundings, including Litchfield National Park, Crocodile Jumping Cruises, Mindil Beach Markets and so much more.


We are committed to helping you have a memorable experience 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. Want to try a new sport? Join the University Pirates rugby team, or try other CDU sports. Learn essential employability skills, including how to write a resume, interviews tips, and navigating the Australian job market, or become an international student representative, student ambassador, or student mentor to further your leadership skills.

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