Whether you’re looking to study 100% online or you want to build lifelong connections with a tight-knit campus community, including at our central Sydney campus, there’s a place for you at Charles Darwin University.

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Whether you're looking to study 100% online or you want to build lifelong connections with a tight-knit campus community, including at our central Sydney campus, there's a place for you at Charles Darwin University. 

Join a new world university that's ranked in the top 2 in Australia for graduate jobs and salaries (Good Universities Guide 2021) and graduate industry-ready with a salary to match. 

Choose from more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including highly specialised courses in health, nursing, midwifery, Indigenous knowledges, humanitarian aid, emergency and disaster management, and more. 

Studying at CDU means you will have the flexibility to schedule university around your home and work commitments.

We believe you make CDU 

At Charles Darwin University, we're looking for students – like you – who have unique paths, perspectives and experiences. 

Like our namesake Charles Darwin, we think differently. We innovate, embrace change, challenge conventions and look for better ways. We care about people as individuals, about our wider society, and about using our knowledge and passion to shape a brighter future. 

We believe you make us a new world university. Join us to start building your new world today.

100% online 

We have been delivering online and distance education for more than 30 years and offer flexible degrees so you don't have to put your life on hold. 

You can study online – in most cases, 100% online – or on campus, part-time or full-time, and you can switch between these options during your degree. 

You'll have access to an easy-to-use online study platform, 24/7 academic and technical support, and lecturers and staff that know how to support you from a distance. 

Plus, our online learning platform is powered by world-class technology and a team of staff and academics who have been delivering and supporting online study for decades.

Supported and Personal 

Whether you study online or on campus, you'll be more than just a student number at Charles Darwin University. We offer intimate class sizes and our lecturers, tutors and student support teams are never more than a phone call, email or appointment away. Rest assured, they'll work hard to get to know you and support your study goals. 

You'll also have access to free academic skills programs and career advice, as well as an online and on campus library. We have dedicated support services for First Nations students and students with a disability and/or a health condition.

Pathways to study 

We offer those without an ATAR or entry qualification alternative pathways into university because we believe it's the experiences you bring to university that make you a great student. Our Tertiary Enabling Program can be studied online or on campus, full-time or part-time. In as little as 16 weeks you'll meet the entry requirements to most undergraduate degrees at Charles Darwin University. 

Explore all courses at cdu.edu.au/study. 

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. 


CDU offers a number of flexible entry options for undergraduate courses. We'll consider a range of qualifications and experience when you apply, including 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 Student Central on 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.

As the only university in the Northern Territory, CDU is focused on meeting the needs of NT students. We offer several 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.

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

CDU has a dedicated team that supports First Nations students across Australia during their educational journey. The First Nations Student Services (FNSS) team helps with admission, enrolment, orientation, pastoral support, Away From Base support and tutorial support, while providing culturally-enriched and safe environments. 

First Nations 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 First Nations students with the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at CDU. 

CDU also offers a First Nations pre-law and pre-business programs for aspiring First Nations law or business students. The CDU First Nations Pre-Law Program is 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. The CDU First Nations Pre-Business Program is a 4-week full-time intensive program that provides students with a pathway into the CDU Bachelor of of Business or approved VET business programs.

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

Most undergraduate courses at CDU can be deferred for up to one year. If you apply to start studying midyear, 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 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

For more information about credit transfer, visit the CDU website.

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

2023 dates:

  • Semester 1: 6 March – 2 June 2023*
  • Semester 2: 10 July – 6 October 2023*
  • Summer Semester: 6 November 2023 – 9 February 2024*

*For term dates, exam dates and other key dates visit the CDU website.

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

CDU is committed to providing opportunities to students through our scholarship program. Scholarships are sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University to assist students with the financial burden of studying. Explore our Scholarships Finder to see what you may be eligible for. Scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled at CDU and those who have applied for a place at CDU.

For more information, visit the CDU website.

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. For full details about applying and costs, visit the IHD website.

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.

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 accommodation services at the CDU website.


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.

Find out more about the library at the CDU from the website.

Access and Inclusion

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, mental health or medical conditions, carer responsibilities, or other factors.


At times, we all experience personal difficulties that may cause disruption and confusion in our lives. Study usually involves a significant commitment of time and effort. It requires a disciplined routine in order to achieve academic success. Unfortunately, sometimes 'other matters' may intrude and, in such circumstances, it can be helpful to talk with a counsellor.

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.

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality and are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority.

Find out more about counselling at the CDU website.

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.

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.

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CDU Open Day

Visit cdu.edu.au/openday for up to date information. 

Katherine Town Centre
Jawoyn, Dagoman and Wardaman country
Thursday 9 June 2022, 10am - 2pm

Virtual Open Day
Thursday 4 August 2022, 3pm - 7pm (ACST)

Katherine Rural Campus
Jawoyn, Dagoman and Wardaman country
Saturday 20 August 2022, 9am - 1pm

Casuarina Campus
Larrakia country
Sunday 28 August 2022, 10am - 2pm

Sydney Campus
Gadigal country
Saturday 3 September 2022, 9am - 1pm

Alice Springs Campus
Arrernte country
Saturday 17 September 2022, 10am - 2pm

Palmerston Campus
Larrakia country
Thursday 27 September 2022, 12pm - 5pm

Email: student.Central@cdu.edu.au

Phone: freecall 1800 061 963

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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

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