About the university

Charles Darwin University is a new world university; committed to bringing people together to use knowledge to shape the future. It's a place where everyone can follow their passion to make things better – however big or small.

The University’s main campus is located in Australia’s most northern capital city of Darwin; a young, multicultural and cosmopolitan tropical city that sits on the rim of South-East Asia. As the only university in the Northern Territory, CDU is uniquely placed to provide education, training and research expertise to match the growing focus on Australia’s north.

A leader in online education, CDU has more than 22,000 students of 65 nationalities spread across 11 campuses and centres in the Northern Territory, as well as in Melbourne, Sydney and online. Students are attracted to our smaller class sizes, flexible approach to learning and supportive teaching staff.

CDU offers some of the most distinctive study fields in Australia, ranging from Indigenous cultural and south-east Asian studies to tropical, environmental, and desert science. 

As one of Australia’s leaders in Indigenous knowledges, CDU is ensuring the rich cultural legacy of our traditional custodians. Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) have collaborated to provide a unique, culturally safe, learning and teaching centre that offers an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Indigenous knowledges and public policy, including degrees in Yolngu studies, Indigenous languages and linguistics, creative and Indigenous writing, social sciences and policy development.

We also offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in health and nursing, education, psychology, social work, business and accounting, law, engineering, IT, the arts, environmental science, exercise and sport science, disaster management and humanitarian community studies and more. 

Our bachelor degrees in business, engineering, nursing, and education include work placements so you can gain valuable professional experience and make industry contacts while you’re studying. Most CDU courses are available part-time and online, so you can fit your studies around your lifestyle.


Undergraduate courses

Charles Darwin University offers a number of admission pathways to undergraduate courses that consider a range of qualifications and experience. 

Postgraduate courses

Admission to postgraduate courses varies from course to course. Read the course entry details in course search carefully when applying. 


Some courses have a quota and offers for admission into these courses will be based on merit. This means that, even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to the University, your rank may not be competitive enough to receive an offer to a course that has a quota.

Consideration of NT school leavers

Charles Darwin University is committed to meeting the needs of students in the Northern Territory. The University offers a number of scholarships to recognise the achievements of selected Northern Territory school leavers who choose to study at CDU. Students receiving the highest ATAR in each College are awarded Dean’s Scholarships. The Vice-Chancellors’ High Achiever Scholarship and the Vice-Chancellors’ Indigenous High Achiever Scholarship are also awarded to the students with the two highest ATARs.

Further information for NT school leavers is available from Student Central on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

The University provides admission pathways such at the Preparatory for Tertiary Success program and other arrangements for Indigenous Australians. For further information contact Student Central on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.


All undergraduate courses - except the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and Bachelor of Midwifery can be deferred for up to one year. Midyear and Summer Semester admission periods can be deferred until semester one the following year.

There is no deferral for postgraduate courses through SATAC, contact the University directly for advice.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is available for students who have undertaken higher education awards at Charles Darwin University or other universities, or who have successfully completed certain VET or TAFE courses. 

Academic year

Semester dates change annually, 2019 dates are as follows:

  • Semester 1: 4 March – 31 May 2019
  • Semester 2: 22 July – 18 October 2019
  • Summer Semester: 11 November - 14 February 2020

Advice on how to enrol will be included in your letter of offer from CDU, and a range of important dates are published on the University's website.

Student services and facilities

Facilities and services provided to students include: accommodation, careers advice, child care, a multi-purpose building at Alice Springs campus, computer facilities including Learning Precincts in the Library at Casuarina and Palmerston campuses, Indigenous Academic Support, counselling, disability support, study skills assistance, international student support, gymnasium, sporting facilities and clubs.


Located on Casuarina campus, International House Darwin provides single student accommodation with all rooms air-conditioned and fully furnished, including a desk and small refrigerator. 

Located at Casuarina Square just 800 metres from Casuarina campus is UniLodge Darwin. It is a purpose built student accommodation building, offering residents a large range of room options at different price points. 


We want to make your study life easier and simpler. We’ll support you to do the best you can. CDU Library has a specialist team of Librarians able to help with research and referencing in your area of study. If you’re not on campus, access our online resources, book in for online workshops and get in touch with our Distance Library Service if you are more than 80km away from one of our libraries. If you’re on campus, come in and use the spaces to study with your group or on your own. Make use of the computers and printers as well as the print and online materials. We have expert support for researchers and provide an inter-library loan service if we don’t have what you need in our collections.

Disability services

Charles Darwin University provides an accessible, supportive, safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. The Disability Service provides free, confidential assistance for students if their study is impacted by:

  • disability
  • a mental health condition
  • a medical condition
  • carer responsibilities


The CDU Counselling Service aims to assist students who maybe be experiencing personal difficulties that are distressing and having a negative impact on their studies.

Child care facilities

The Child Care Centre is located within easy walking distance of the Casuarina campus. The centre is nationally accredited, accommodating children from birth to 5 years. Early bookings are essential.

The centre is run by committed staff and is open 50 weeks a year. For more information about availability of places and fees contact the Child Care Centre Manager on (08) 8946 6913.

Childcare is also available at various other locations in surrounding suburbs near the University.

Further information

The following publications are available online

  • Prospectus
  • Higher Education Course Guide 2019
  • Scholarships Guide

Further enquiries should be directed to Student Central on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963


Student Central
Building Orange 1 - Casuarina campus
Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Darwin NT 0909

Telephone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963
Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au

Website: www.cdu.edu.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cdustudentcentral

CRICOS Provider No: 00300K (NT/VIC) | 03286A (NSW)

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