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Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university  and it serves Australia’s vast Northern Territory, where around 30 per cent of the population is Indigenous, ten times the proportion in the rest of the country. It is the only Australian university with headquarters in the Northern Territory, which is located on the southern rim of Asia. Because of its geographic location, CDU has a deep interest in South-East Asia, Northern Australia, and in Indigenous Australia, and specialises in research and teaching in these areas.

As such, it says it is deeply engaged with Australia’s Indigenous peoples, and a substantial minority of students are from these communities.

 It was established in 2003 after the merger of Northern Territory University (NTU) of Darwin, the Menzies School of Health Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs and it was named after Charles Darwin, the celebrated English naturalist.

CDU has 11 campuses and centres located throughout the Northern Territory, and in Sydney and Melbourne. More than 24,000 students study with CDU on campus and online in a range of disciplines including engineering and information technology, the environment, health, psychological and clinical sciences, business, creative arts and humanities, education and law.


CDU is recognised as a leader in environmental studies (tropical and desert knowledges), Indigenous education and studies, remote nursing, South-East Asian studies and in online learning. It is a dual sector university with course offerings ranging from certificate through to doctoral level. Around 70% of CDU students are located throughout Australia and undertake their studies online.


 CDU places great emphasis on innovative study and research that will change the world and improve people’s lives. Its research focus is on tropical and desert regions in the Asia-Pacific region and Australia, and boasts strengths in areas such as human health, community and identity, and natural resource management. . It offers  alternative ways qualification, CDU believes that every graduate should acquire universal skills, qualities and understanding regardless of their disciplines.

International students have the option of being able to study at locations in Darwin, Palmerston, Melbourne and Sydney. The largest campus is in Darwin: a youthful, multicultural, cosmopolitan, and robust, tropical city in a territory that is steeped in Aboriginal tradition and culture and which enjoys a close interaction with the peoples of Southeast Asia.

Charles Darwin University's Palmerston campus is a friendly, nice and convivial place for students, staff and visitors. The surrounding area allures students seeking admission in Charles Darwin University, Australia and provides growth and development for future generations.The Palmerston campus of Charles Darwin University has state-of-the art facilities that enhance the learning environment for students and provide a soothing environment for visitors too.

The Casuarina campus, in the northern suburbs of Darwin, offers students a nearby beach, acres of parkland, as well as sporting facilities and Chinese and Indonesian gardens.  The university also has a base in both Melbourne and Sydney which are focused on international students.


CDU university life is not just about gaining a professional qualification, the university also aims to broaden student experiences and allow them to make a lifelong network of friends.

CDU also provides a range of facilities for its students, which add to its exciting on-campus atmosphere. As part of student life, the university encourages students to join in different clubs and student organizations. Aside from all these, CDU prioritizes its students above anything else thus a wide range of student services is available. For new students, the university provides support services and accommodation services.

The  unique low student to staff ratio provides a personalised and supportive teaching and learning environment. They  have over 75 courses on offer for international students. The  international students from more than 50 different countries enrich campus life. Their  graduates have better than average career and employment prospects and its unique relationship with the Government of the NT offers opportunities for migration sponsorship for students who want it. Also, CDU students can assess public transportation for FREE.

The CDU Foundation, supported by donations and other contributions, has for a quarter of a century been raising money to help strengthen links between the university and wider society. One of the areas it supports is the study of Greek language and culture, and CDU aims to build Australia’s best Greek studies programme. The university has even appointed the musician Nikos Kourkoulis as an ambassador for its Greek programme.    

English entry requirement

Undergraduate requirement

A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0, except for:

        B. Nursing , B. Midwifery, and B. Social Work which require a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5

        B. Pharmacy and Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry), minimum overall 6.5 with no    band less than 6.0.

Postgraduate requirement

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no band less than 6

Note: If you have not reached the level required for entry to your chosen course, but have a minimum IELTS score of 4.0, you can apply to attend the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at the Navitas Darwin English Centre.


Successful completion of All India Senior School Certificate, Indian School Certificate, Senior Secondary Certificate and State Board Examinations with an average score of at least 60% in best 4 academic subjects including English.

Academic entry requirements for post graduate courses

The minimum academic requirements for admission to a postgraduate or graduate entry degree is the completion of a bachelor's degree which is deemed equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score, prerequisite knowledge or work experience.

Academic entry requirements for research

Successful completion of post-secondary studies deemed comparable to an Australian Honours or Master's degree (with a substantial research component).

Please refer to the university website for details as requirements vary from course to course.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Visual Arts)

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Communication)

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (New Media Design)

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (New Media Design)/Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours)

Bachelor of Design

Bachelor of Accounting

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Visual Arts)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Health and Physical Education)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Science)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Music)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Mathematics)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Information Technology)

Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching

Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry)

Bachelor of Engineering Honours

Bachelor of Engineering Science

Bachelor of Engineering Science/Master of Engineering

Associate Degree in Engineering

Diploma of Engineering
(Higher Education program)

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Diploma of Counselling

Diploma of Psychology

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Nursing

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Associate Degree of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics

Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics

Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges Honours

Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges

Associate Degree of Information and Communication Technology

Associate Degree of Network Engineering

Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours

Diploma of Network Engineering

Diploma of Laws

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Associate Degree in Legal Studies

Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science Honours

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Diploma of Science

Diploma of Exercise and Sports Science

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies

Bachelor of Social Work


Master of Public Policy

Master of Professional Accounting
(Professional Practice)

Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Business Administration
(Professional Practice)

Master of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Graduate Certificate in Education (International)

Master of Education (International)

Master of Digital Learning Futures

Master of Engineering

Master of Emergency and Disaster Management

Master of Environmental Management

Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management

Master of Public Health

Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering)

Master of Information Technology (Business Information Systems)

Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development

Master of Laws

Postgraduate Research

Doctor of Philosophy (EHS)

Doctor of Philosophy (IAS)

Doctor of Philosophy (LBA)

Doctor of Philosophy (ACIKE)

Master by Research (EHS)

Master by Research (IAS)

Master by Research (LBA)

Master by Research (ACIKE)


There are plenty of accommodation options in Darwin, including on-campus accommodation, student accommodation, and private renting. CDU recommends two accommodation options that can offer affordable and convenient living in walking distance from all university facilities, as well as entertainment facilities and activities for those times that students need a break from their studies.

International House Darwin (IHD)

Located on Casuarina campus, IHD offers a great residential community for international students.

IHD is:

•             a two-minute walk to the CDU library, university amenities and teaching areas

•             within easy walking distance to a major shopping area

•             equipped with a swimming pool, computer facilities, recreational areas, study rooms and spacious gardens

•             equipped with furnished standard rooms, some with ensuite options

•             part of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas.

Uni Lodge Darwin

Uni Lodge Darwin student accommodation offers students a modern and convenient living environment only 800 meters from the gates of Charles Darwin University.

Uni lodge has the following features:

•             great recreation room with pool tables and table tennis

•             large media room with 70inch LED TV and FOXTEL

•             outdoor terrace with barbeques

•             study rooms on every level

•             situated on Darwin's largest shopping precinct, Casuarina Square.

Uni Lodge Darwin is a purpose  built student accommodation building, offering residents a large range of room options at different price points.

Off-campus accommodation

The CDU off-campus accommodation service is designed to assist new and continuing students and staff to search for appropriate accommodation while studying or working at CDU. It  offers  a FREE and confidential service providing information and advice on housing options, tenancy advice and support and assistance with accommodation problems.

Rental accommodation is advertised through StudyStays. You are also welcome to contact local real estate agents for listings of rental properties.

It is advisable that you contact the CDU Off-Campus Accommodation Officer to discuss possible options prior to your arrival. Although the Accommodation Officer is unable to book accommodation on your behalf,  assistance can be provided in relation to identifying suitable housing options.

Off-campus accommodation is not controlled by Charles Darwin University. Quality, conditions and convenience will vary greatly.

To protect yourself against scams or inappropriate accommodation:

•             do not pay for or sign a contract for accommodation unless you have seen the property first. You may stand to lose a considerable amount of money and/or you may find that the accommodation is not suitable;

•             inspect the property before signing anything; and

•             keep copies of all correspondence, bank details and the listing itself.

Be aware of internet accommodation scams that are occurring.

Charles Darwin University offers a range of scholarships to International students, as well as information about other types of Australian Scholarships available.

Vice-Chancellor's International High Achievers Scholarships

CDU offers a limited number of 25 per cent and 50 per cent tuition fee scholarships for international students who? have a record of academic excellence and high achievement. The tuition scholarships apply to the ?tuition fees for the full duration of an Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework degree.

The ?scholarships are exclusively available to international students commencing a degree at CDU, and are awarded on demonstrated academic merit.

Please note: the VCIHAS scholarships are very competitive and meeting the minimum eligibility standards? described above does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship.? All applicants who meet the minimum eligibility standards will be included in the selection ?process.?The decision of the University selection panel is final.

Tuition fee discount for siblings

CDU offers a 10 per cent tuition fee discount for siblings.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Charles Darwin University provides Undergraduate, Postgraduate and research courses for Australia Awards Scholarship students.

Australia Awards Scholarship students enjoy the support services offered to all international students, plus:

•             support from the University's designated Australia Awards Scholarship Officer

•             a special Introductory Academic Program (IAP)

•             additional tuition support as recommended by academic staff

Australian Government scholarships

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)

CDU provides education programs for ADS students. ADS scholarships are for undergraduate and postgraduate study to enable citizens of eligible countries within the Asia Pacific region to gain higher level knowledge and skills in Australia to promote development in their home country. ADS scholarships cover tuition costs and living expenses. ADS scholars studying at CDU enjoy the support services offered to all international students plus support from the University's designated AusAID officer, a specialised Introductory Academic Program (IAP) and additional tuition support as recommended by academic staff.

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)

CDU participates in the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) to provide high-quality masters and doctorate degree programs to current and future leaders from the Asia Pacific region. ALA scholarships cover tuition costs and a living allowance and are allocated on a competitive basis. Applications for the scholarships close on 31 July for study in the following year. Students must have an unconditional offer of a place at CDU before applying for the scholarship.

Endeavour Program

CDU participates in the Australian Government's Endeavour Program. These scholarships enable high-achieving students, researchers and professionals to undertake short or long-term study, research and professional development in Australia in a broad range of disciplines. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a merit selection process.

Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (EIPRS)

The EIPRS program enables outstanding international students to undertake a research masters or a PhD in areas of research strength at Australian universities and gain experience with leading Australian researchers. Funded by DEST, the EIPRS provides tuition fees and OSHC for scholarship holders and their dependants. Scholarships are open to all international students and are available for a period of two years for a research masters and three years for a PhD, with a possible extension where academic circumstances merit.

International Financial Aid

This is a useful starting point for students from the US, Canada and India who are seeking financial assistance through international financial aid programs to assist with costs associated with studying at Charles Darwin University.?

Global Education Management Services (GEMS) partners with highly regarded and experienced financing companies to provide the best in loan options for students from Canada and India who are pursuing their education outside of their home countries.

Non-CDU Scholarships

There are a large number of external scholarships made available by government departments, businesses and industry groups. Information and applications are administered externally through the agency offering the scholarship and need to be sent directly to the external agency. Please note, international students may not be eligible for all the scholarships listed and the closing dates may be different to those offered by CDU.

Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships

Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships are provided by the Northern Territory government and education providers to talented students from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam to study in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Quick Facts





Fees may vary from 20,750 AUD$ TO 28,900 AUD$ annually . It depends on your course.


Generally, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires $18,610 as the minimum cost of living to issue a student visa. Your living expenses in Australia will depend highly on which region you plan to live in. For example, more urbanized areas will have higher costs for accommodation. The type of accommodation is also important. Hostels and guesthouses range from $80 to $135 a week, while shared rentals and on-campus accommodation will cost $70 to $250. More expensive options are homestay ($110 to $270 per week) and rental ($100 to $400 per week). Aside from accommodation, your weekly expenses will most likely include groceries or eating out ($80 to $200), gas and electricity ($60 to $100), phone and internet ($20 to $50), public transport ($10 to $50) and entertainment ($50 to $100).



QS World University Ranking : 651-700
QS Australia University Ranking : 25
Times Higher Education World Ranking (THE WUR Rank ) : 251 - 300 
Times Higher Education Australia Ranking : 11
U.S News & World Report(USN) : 803


Charles Darwin University , Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT 0810, Australia

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