About the university

Charles Darwin University is the university for your new world. We think differently; we innovate and embrace change; we challenge conventions and look for better ways. And we encourage our students to do the same. 

Whether you study online or on campus, you’ll be one of the 24,000 CDU students that benefits from our innovative, multi-sector learning environment, flexible courses and leadership in research. 

CDU is ranked by Times Higher Education as the 9th top Millennial University in the world, and is a leader in Australia for graduate employment and salary outcomes. We’re also ranked 43rd in the world’s Top 250 Universities Under 50.

While CDU’s roots are in the Northern Territory (with more than 11 campuses and centres in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and beyond), we also deliver courses at our Sydney and Melbourne campuses, as well as online. 

In fact, CDU was one of the first universities in Australia to offer courses online. We have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering a supportive, responsive and personalised learning experience that keeps you motivated and engaged while you fit study into your schedule. 

CDU offers more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses online, on campus, part time or full time. As well as our flagship degrees in Nursing and Midwifery, Teaching, Law, Engineering and Environmental Sciences, CDU offers unique courses in Indigenous Knowledges, Health, Humanities, Social Work, and Humanitarian, Disaster and Emergency Management, among others. 

CDU acknowledges the traditional custodians across the lands on which we live and work, and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. 


Undergraduate courses

CDU offers a number of flexible entry options for undergraduate courses. We’ll consider a range of qualifications and experience when you apply, for example your ATAR, a VET or TAFE qualification, your previous work or study experience, or whether you’ve completed an enabling program. 

Find out more about admission pathways to CDU courses

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 limited places. For these courses, offers for admission will be based on merit. This means that, even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to study at CDU, your rank may not be competitive enough to receive an offer to that course. If your course has limited places, you may like to consider listing a pathway course as a second preference. For advice on pathway courses, contact CDU’s Student Central on 1800 061 963.

NT school leavers

As the only university in the Northern Territory, CDU is focused on meeting the needs of NT students. We offer a number of scholarships to recognise high-achieving NT school leavers who choose to study at CDU. Each of CDU’s Colleges awards a Dean’s Scholarship of up to $25,000 to the incoming school leaver who received the highest ATAR. The Vice-Chancellor’s High Achiever Scholarship (of up to $26,000) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous High Achiever Scholarship are also awarded to the students with the two highest ATARs.

CDU also offers ATAR adjustments to increase the rank of eligible applicants.

Find out more about adjustment factors

Contact CDU’s Student Central team on 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au for further information. 

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

CDU has a dedicated team that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Australia during their educational journey. The Indigenous Student Services (ISS) team helps with admission, enrolment, orientation, pastoral support, Away From Base support and Tutorial Support, while providing culturally-enriched and safe environments.

Indigenous students who would like to go to university, but haven’t studied in a while or don’t meet the entry requirements for their course can also apply for the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) program. This free program provides Indigenous students with the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at CDU.

CDU also offers an Indigenous pre-law and mentoring program for aspiring Indigenous law students. Run in partnership with Bilata Indigenous Legal Pathways, the four-week, full-time program provides students with a pathway into CDU’s Bachelor of Laws program.

For further information contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.


Most undergraduate courses at CDU - except the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and Bachelor of Midwifery - can be deferred for up to one year. If you apply to start studying midyear or in summer semester, you can defer 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
  • successfully completed our Tertiary Enabling Program with a GPA of 5 and above for selected units
  • successfully completed certain VET or TAFE courses at Certificate IV and above.

Find out more about credit transfer

Academic year

Depending on your course, you may apply to start studying at CDU in semester 1, semester 2 and summer semester. Semester dates change annually. 

2020 dates:

  •  Semester 1: 2 March – 29 May 2020
  •  Semester 2: 20 July – 16 October 2020
  • Summer Semester: 9 November 2020 - 12 February 2021

If you receive an offer from CDU, you will need to enrol. Advice on how to enrol will be included in your offer letter.

Find out more about key dates for applications, offers and enrolment


CDU has a number of scholarships available each year for undergraduate, postgraduate, international and Indigenous students. These scholarships are supported and donated by community organisations, businesses, government and individual sponsors.

Use the online scholarships finder or find out more about scholarships

Student services and facilities

CDU provides a range of facilities and services to students, including accommodation, careers advice, child care, computer facilities (including Learning Precincts in the Library at Casuarina and Palmerston campuses), Indigenous Academic Support, counselling, support for access and inclusion, study skills assistance, international student support, gymnasium, sporting facilities and clubs.


Located on Casuarina campus, International House Darwin (IHD) provides single-student accommodation. 
All rooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished, including a desk and small refrigerator.

Find out more about IHD

UniLodge Darwin also provides student accommodation. It is located at Casuarina Square, just 800 metres from Casuarina campus. The purpose-built student accommodation building offers residents a large range of room options at different price points.

Find out more about UniLodge Darwin

CDU also offers an off-campus accommodation service to help new and continuing CDU students with finding appropriate accommodation while studying or working. This free and confidential service provides information and advice on housing options, tenancy advice and help with accommodation problems.

Find out more about CDU's accommodation services


CDU Library has a specialist team of librarians who are there to make your study life easier and simpler. They can help with research and referencing in your area of study. 

If you’re not on campus, you can access our online resources, book an online workshop and, if you’re more than 80 kilometres away from a CDU library, get in touch with our Distance Library Service. 

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

CDU provides an accessible, supportive, safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. The Access and Inclusion team 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 may be experiencing personal difficulties that are distressing and having a negative impact on their studies.

Child care facilities

The CDU 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 CDU Child Care Centre Manager on (08) 8946 6913.

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

Further information

Visit cdu.edu.au/study to explore our courses and entry requirements

Download CDU’s Course Guides and Sponsorship Guide

If you have questions, CDU’s Student Central team is here to help. Call 1800 061 963 or email student.central@cdu.edu.au. 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Open Day

CDU’s open day, called Discover CDU, is on Sunday 18 August 2019 from 10am to 2pm at our Casuarina campus. For more information, contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.

Find out more about Discover CDU


Contact the CDU Student Central team

Visit us: 
Casuarina Campus
Building Orange 1.1
Ellengowan Drive, Brinkin NT 0810

Darwin Waterfront 
21 Kitchener Drive, Darwin 0800

Alice Springs 
Building 1
Grevillea Drive, Alice Springs 0870

Phone: freecall 1800 061 963 
Email: student.Central@cdu.edu.au

Web: www.cdu.edu.au
Facebook: facebook.com/CharlesDarwinUniversity 
Instagram: @charlesdarwinuniversity
Twitter: @CDUni
LinkedIn: au.linkedin.com/school/charles-darwin-university/

Mail: Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909

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

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