Charles Darwin University

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Charles Darwin University is a new world University and the biggest dual-sector University in northern Australia.

With more than 24,000 students and over 2000 of them international students from 55 countries, we are truly an international university.

At Charles Darwin University, we believe a new world university is one 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, academic and research endeavours are globally connected and respected.

Why CDU?

CDU is highly ranked and its qualifications have worldwide recognition.

CDU is ranked in the top 2% worldwide and ranks 34th of world universities under 50 years old by The Time Higher Education World University Rankings (2018). The Times Higher Education World University Rankings list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

CDU qualifications are from an established university with a growing global reputation.

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

Our work integrated learning programmes enable students to become work ready during their studies in Australia.

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, engineering, nursing and midwifery. Annually, in business and accounting alone, over 165 students participate in work integrated learning programmes across our study 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 internationally renowned 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.

Study areas

Choose from a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes in various 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
  • Research


Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships - 25% to 50% tuition fee

Sibling Award – 10% tuition fee

Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships

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 various activities helping you meet and get to know other students and because our class sizes are small, it is easy to connect and make friends with like-minded people.

CDU student ambassadors are also available to help you get comfortable with student life and are on hand offering advice as well as tips about settling into university life in Australia.


Take a break from your studies and enjoy the various common spaces around the campuses and centres including the libraries, student rooms, art galleries, gardens, beaches, student square, International student room, the gym and cafes.


We are committed to helping you have a memorable experience, while studying with us. Take advantage of the multiple extra-curricular activities 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 a variety of 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 capabilities
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