Charles Darwin University

Main campus in Casuarina, Darwin, Darwin Waterfront, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Sydney
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We believe you make CDU

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive university in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 55 countries across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and through flexible, online learning. Our place in the Northern Territory, in Australia and in the Asian region fosters new ideas and innovative approaches. We are conscious of the injustices and issues of our times, and believe that everyone can make a positive impact through skills, training, knowledge and research. 

We believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us the new world university. We believe you make CDU.

Why CDU?

CDU is one of the leading universities in Australia for graduate employment. We rank second in Australia and joint first for graduate salary outcomes, and perform consistently in global university rankings (2020 Good Universities Guide).

CDU ranks =99 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (2020). These are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CDU ranked =24 for gender equality, 27 in quality education and 36 in life below water.

CDU is a university with a growing international reputation. A new international report has identified CDU as a ‘rising star’ in an elite group of 20 universities with the potential to become globally influential by 2030. The report, from UK consultant Firetail, lists fast-improving global universities; the ‘Class of 2030’.

CDU's work-integrated degrees 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 teaches courses with professional placement components in nursing and midwifery, engineering, health, and business and accounting.

CDU offers a unique student experience. With excellent student resources, student support and high student satisfaction levels, our international students adjust quickly to studying in Australia because we have a low student to staff ratio, which promotes academic success through small class sizes and lots of teacher-student interaction.

What can I study?

Choose from a broad range of pathway, vocational education and training (VET), undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in subjects including:

  • Business and accounting
  • Bookkeeping and clerical
  • Children’s services and education support
  • Conservation and land management
  • Creative arts and industries
  • Culinary arts
  • Education
  • Emergency and disaster management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Exercise and sports science
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health science
  • Hospitality
  • Humanities and social science
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • IT and network engineering
  • Laws and legal studies
  • Psychological science
  • Science
  • Tourism and hospitality


  • Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships – 25 – 50% reduction in tuition fees
  • CDU Global Excellence Award – 50% reduction for the first year of study and 10% ongoing
  • CDU Global Leader Award – 25% reduction 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.

Student life at CDU


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


Take a break from studies and enjoy the common spaces on campus – libraries, student rooms, art galleries, gardens, the student square, cafes, and international student room. Take a weekend off and go exploring. Your surroundings include Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory Wildlife Park, Mindil Beach Markets and more. 


We are committed to helping you have a memorable experience. Take advantage of the multiple extra-curricular activities on offer, all adding more value to your CDU student experience. 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, or become an international student representative, student ambassador, or student mentor to further your leadership skills.

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