Charles Darwin University/CRICOS Code 00300K

Why study at Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University extends a warm welcome to all international students. The university is one of thirty eight Australian government-funded, public universities with distinctive research and educational offerings.

International students studying at Charles Darwin University come from more than fifty countries. We offer an attractive social environment and excellent student support services. Our university is committed to supporting international students to achieve academic and personal success.


Charles Darwin University is located in northern Australia, only a few hours flying time to most of Asia's cities. Our main campus is located in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin a friendly, modern and multicultural place. As the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin offers first class services and facilities to its residents and students.


Study Options / Courses

  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Building, Design & Architecture
  • Business
  • Computing / Information Technology
  • Education
  • Engineering / Technology / Electronics
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine Arts /Visual Arts /Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • Horticulture & Agriculture
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Foundation Programs
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Science
  • Study Abroad


English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

    • Academic English
    • General English
    • IELTS Testing

Charles Darwin University

The new CDU Waterfront campus has opened for Semester 1.
The purpose-built, five-storey building is now home to the CDU Business School, with its courses encompassing both VET and Higher Education.

Charles Darwin University New Courses

The Charles Darwin University is proud to announce the new courses for international students in 2017.

From 2017 the following new courses will be offered by CDU:
·         Associate Degree of Applied Social Science
·         Associate Degree of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics
·         Bachelor of Applied Social Science
·         Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges Honours
·         Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics
·         Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development
·         Master of Digital Learning Futures

Check our all the courses available for 2017.

Master of Public Health - Charles Darwin University

Master of Public Health - Charles Darwin University

The Master of Public Health will equip students with the tools to identify, understand, manage and respond to complex health and social issues in inter-cultural, local and global contexts. It offers advanced skills in interpreting health information, including epidemiology, statistical methods and qualitative research methods. Students will also develop competencies in designing and evaluating public health interventions, and applying their understanding of public health practice to health promotion, health systems, health policy and health care decision making.

Academic Entry Requirements
An Australian Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent from a university in another country, in a field such as medicine or health science OR An Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent, in a non-related area of study plus an Honours degree or Graduate Diploma.English

Entry Requirements
·  IELTS (Academic) - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
·  PTE (Academic) - Minimum overall score of 58 with no band less than 50 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
·  TOEFLS (iBT) - Minimum overall score of 79 with no band less than 21 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Charles Darwin University


Charles Darwin University offers a unique study location and a wide range of study possibilities for international students to explore. The campus is located not far from the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Darwin is the gateway to the bustling cities of South East Asia like Bali.



  • Australian Studies
  • Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Business & Commerce
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Science
  • Tourism & Hospitality



Charles Darwin University is one of the few universities in Australia which gurantees on-campus accomodation on request and assists students in finding off-campus accomodation. 


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for full degree programs vary across faculties. Please consult with a AA Network Counsellor for further details.


Application Deadlines

CDU admits students on a rolling admissions basis.



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Charles Darwin University Information

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Tropical Australian University

International students at CDU

Charles Darwin is a tropical Australian university that is located at the top end of the continent. CDU offers international study opportunities that are flexible and exciting at the same time.

International students can study in one of the most ecologically diverse places in Australia. They can get close to nature in its most pristine form in the Northern Territory.

Charles Darwin University is a multi-sectoral university and its qualifications are nationally accredited and range from certificates and diplomas to higher education degrees and above.

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Study at Charles Darwin University

Why study at Charles Darwin?

  • An award winning university
  • A regional university
  • A region rich with Aboriginal heritage
  • Assistance with migration for skilled international students at CDU who are eligible in this category
  • Flexible study opportunities
  • Employment opportunities in the Northern Territory and beyond

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Life at CDU

How you can adjust to life at CDU

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions
  • Seek advice on student support available to international students
  • For additional help, contact your faculty or the Student Facilitator (International Support)
  • Keeping the university informed
  • Remember to keep the university informed about your personal and contact details.


For advice, please contact :

  • the Student Facilitator (International Support)
  • the Faculty Advisor
  • On-campus or off-campus medical services
  • the International Office

Teaching Methods

  • Study Skills Support
  • Support includes tutoring, in-house academic counselling, online study programs and library access services.

Information about Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Cricos Provider Code:

Charles Darwin University is the leading tertiary provider in the Northern Territory and is located in the capital Darwin.

CDU offers higher education and vocational alternatives that are nationally registered courses. It is a Commonwealth funded university.

The university is also unique from other Australian universities in that the nearest university is not on the Australian mainland but in neighbouring Indonesia. In fact, CDU is no more than 2 hours flight from Denpasar and 4 hours from Singapore.

  • Total international student population: 300
  • International student population as a percentage: 1.6%
  • Total student population: 18000
  • Main source countries for international students: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong
  • Key subject areas: Arts, Business, Law, Education, Science, Technology, Foundation Studies, Indigenous Studies, Industrial Education & Training
  • International student support: Academic & personal counselling, Pastoral support, Recreational & sporting activities, Child care support, Careers service, Information Service, Student Union, Health services
  • Accommodation: Full boarding is available at the Casuarina campus. Most international students prefer private accommodation. Temporary accommodation can be arranged prior to arrival. There are also provisions for home stays.

Why study in Darwin
Darwin offers a safe and comfortable environment in which to study. Darwin also has a multicultural population and this includes people of Asian descent who enrich the city and its culture. In fact, the whole city celebrates Asian festivals such as the Chinese and Thai New Year.

Darwin is a city that is on the footsteps of Asia with connecting flights to Jakarta and Singapore among many others.

In fact, the tropical climate is also similar to these destinations. Light summer clothing is advisable for Darwin with sun screen protection a must. The tropical climate allows for an outdoor lifestyle with activities such as squash, fishing and swimming very popular among the locals.

About Darwin

Darwin is located at the top end of Australia on the edge of the Timor Sea. Local time is GMT plus 9.30.


Darwin has a tropical climate with two seasons, dry and wet. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities.


Darwin is well serviced by bus and rail. Other forms of transport within Darwin include :

  • Taxis
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Bicycles


There are three major shopping centres in Darwin. One is located in the city, the second at Casuarina and the other at Palmerston. These centres house everything from supermarket chains to small boutiques.

What our students say

Liliana Kurniawan - Bachelor of Business
Charles Darwin University is a great place for international students because the student body is very multicultural, which helps us settle in quickly. The University has a very friendly environment with small class sizes, where the lecturers are more attentive to students. I chose to study in Darwin because it's close to home and the climate is similar to my country. I feel very comfortable studying and living here

Archimedes Salinas, Philippines - Graduate Diploma in Public Health
One of the special things about Charles Darwin University is the opportunity to look at different health perspectives - Aboriginal health in particular. The staff at the University have been really helpful and the facilities, including the computer rooms and library, are excellent.

Zoltan Takacs, Hungary - Bachelor of Behavioural Science
I chose to study in Darwin on the recommendation of a friend and I have not been disappointed! I love the architecture of the University - it uses the advantages of the tropical environment and gives a beautiful face to the University. Charles Darwin University is a great place to study because the size of both the University and Darwin city mean the social ties between students and teachers are stronger and closer. We function a bit like a family.

English Course Darwin

The ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) is now managed by the Australian Centre of Languages (ACL) which is currently known as the ACL Darwin English Centre.

Both centres provide accredited English courses to international students and they include English for academic purposes and General English.

The ACL Darwin English Centre is well equipped with modern classrooms, access to computer and language labarotaries, student common rooms as well the use of many CDU amenities.

The Centre's strategic location allows for international students to explore Kakadu National Park and the territary's rich Aboriginal heritage.

Course Information

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
This course is for those students intending on studying at college or university in Australia.

Course modules include listening, speaking, reading and writing for academic purposes.
Direct Entry

n successful completion of the course, students may gain direct admission to Australian universities including CDU.

General English

This course is for travellers or visitors to Australia who wish to improve their English language communication skills for daily communication purposes.

Course modules include reading, listening, speaking and reading with the aim to develop basic conversational skills.

Personal Support

TAFE Queensland offers international students personal and vocational counselling free of charge for a short duration of time. Personal counselling may help you resolve any issues affecting your studies as a student. This may include cultural adjustment, relationship issues etc...


Home stay with Australian families - this option is very popular with international students Private rental accommodation - prices may vary according to budget, lifestyle and locality considerations Shared accommodation is also very popular with international students because it is a very economical arrangement and costs are shared and therefore reduced Besides this, TAFE Queensland can assist you in finding suitable accommodation.
Career Support

Employment Officers at TAFE Queensland may be able to assist you with work experience or part-time work opportunities besides helping you with tips on managing your career.
Social Activities and Excursions

  • Day trips to local tourist attractions
  • Sporting meets
  • End of Semester celebrations
  • Campus events and celebrations
  • Graduation Ceremonies

Study in Darwin

When is the best time to look for work?
For casual work, the best time is during the dry season. The Saturday NT News is the main source for job ads. Employment agencies and backpacker notice boards may also be able to help.

What is the international student population in Darwin?
Normally around 300 at any given time.

What services are available on campus?

  • Australia Post shop
  • CDU Bookshop
  • 24 hour computer labs
  • A Medical Centre
  • Cafes
  • And much more...

What support services are available to international students?
There is an International Support Officer at the Uni Info Shop, resident tutors at North Flinders International House and Counsellors at Support and Equity Services.

Are there any safety issues?
CDU is generally safe with well-lit grounds at night, security staff and an emergency phone number.

What is the minimum entry age?
It is 18.

What about the public transport network?
Buses on the main routes are operate frequently and are cheap.

Will I have to live on-campus?
On-campus accommodation is available but other options are also open.

Could you elaborate on the living options?
Campus accommodation at North Flinders International House consists of single rooms and the kitchen facilities are shared. In some buildings, toilets and bathrooms are also shared for single rooms while others have a communal arrangement. Private rental accommodation is available through the real estate agents and sometimes through the owners. The best place to look is in the "Roommates wanted" ad section of a local newspaper. Such accommodation normally consists of three or four bedroom houses.

Where is the best place to live?
This would normally depend on your living preferences and your lifestyle. Alawa, Nakara and Rapid Creek are some of the more popular options for international students.

Is it difficult to find a place?
May to October is normally a dry spell for students looking for rental accommodation but they may still be able to find a place.

Are there places of worship for international students?
Darwin is a multi-cultural city and there are mosques, temples and churches throughout the city.

Arriving in Darwin

Customs and Quarantine
Before arrival in Darwin, you will be given a customs declaration form to fill in. Please fill in the form correctly as there are severe fines for violations. Australia has strict quarantine regulations to protect itself from pests and diseases. The wisest thing to do is to declare all prohibited items or dispose them. Do not bring anything about which you are unsure.Upon disembarkation, proceed to the Entry Control Area for entry documents inspection and from thereon proceed to the baggage hall to collect your luggage.

Your Arrival
In the arrival hall, you will be greeted by a taxi driver pre-arranged by CDU.
On-campus students will be dropped off at the main office where you will be given a
guided tour of your new accommodation. It is very important that you keep the university informed about your travel arrangements well in advance.
All new international students are required to report to the Student Facilitator (International Support) in the Uni Info Shop, on the Casuarina campus the next working day after arrival.

For many students, the experiences in your host country will be different from that of your homeland.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

  • Undergraduate programs
  • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • English language proficiency to the required standard
  • Fulfilment of course prerequisites
  • Applications are assessed individually and there is no guarantee of admission upon
  • meeting the minimum entry requirements.

Pathways to undergraduate admission
Students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements can choose an elective certificate, diploma or foundation course to meet those requirements.

Advanced standing
Students who have completed post-secondary studies at another tertiary institution may be eligible for credit transfers. Full documentation of program or courses completed are required for consideration.

Articulation programs
CDU has many articulation arrangements with international tertiary institutions allowing for credit for previous studies.

Postgraduate research courses
For entry into these courses, the successful completion of a recognised bachelors degree is required. In some cases, several years of work experience may also be a basis for consideration in lieu of a degree qualification.

Foundation Studies Program

This program prepares students for tertiary study. The program may be suitable for those who wish to enrol in a diploma or degree level program but fall short of meeting the minimum university entrance requirements. Successful completion of the program enables students to apply for qualifications up to the Charles Darwin university level.

Entry Requirements
All international students require a minimum of an equivalent of Australian Year 11 and a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas.

Mode of delivery
This will be internal and students will be required to attend their lectures, tutorials
and practicals at the Casuarina campus.

Course fees
$5,900 per semester and $11,800 for two semesters.

Student Assessment
Assessment is mainly based on assignments, tests and activities completed during the course and in some cases may also include practical tasks and examinations.

Academic Support
Internal students have guidance and mentoring support from their lecturers and extra tutorials are allocated for humanities and maths units.


Prospective International Students
More than 18,000 students study at Charles Darwin and they study in an environment that is relaxed and comparatively free from strict and rigid academic models seen elsewhere in older Australian universities.

CDU has campuses in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Katherine. The entire region of the Northern Territory is deeply steeped in Aboriginal tradition and culture and the territory is considered the gateway to Southeast Asia.

As well as students from Asia, international students from over 50 countries choose to study at CDU.

Study Abroad Darwin

Study Abroad Darwin
This program is for one or two-semesters and allows international students to study in Australia and gain full credit towards their degree back at their home institution in
their native country.

Why Charles Darwin University?
CDU has many varied campuses and study centres and is cost-effective. The other CDU advantages include :

  • Value for money
  • Wide range of study programs
  • On-campus accommodation guaranteed in comfortable surroundings
  • Full student support
  • Cultural and social activities

The capital city, Darwin is a thriving multicultural hub and is close to Southeast Asia. Darwin has a efficient public transportation system, a young and active populati
on and a climate that encourages an outdoor lifestyle. Fishing, camping and sailing are just some of the outdoor activities available in the Top End of Australia. CDU is also a multicultural meeting point for various cultures and nationalities and CDU and its student population benefit immensely from this sort of cultural exchange.

Study Pathways
These courses allow for flexibility and choice in gaining admission to a preferred

  • ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students)
  • Foundation Programs
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Undergraduate programs
  • Postgraduate programs


Group lectures are arranged once or twice a week and attendance is required. Note taking during lectures is highly advisable.

Students are assigned to a small group under the direct supervision of a lecturer or
tutor and required to participate in group discussions and debate. Science students
undertake practicals in laboratories instead of tutorials. This form of assessment
comprises of a large part of the final assessment for a particular course.
Independent study Students are encouraged to undertake independent study outside of normal class hours in order to broaden their general knowledge and make the most of their course.

Most undergraduate and postgraduate courses have a final exam with tutorial participation also counting towards the final grade. Vocational Education and Training students are continually assessed throughout their course.

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)

CDU participates in this scheme to provide students from the Asia-Pacific region with
high quality postgraduate programs and thus prepare them to become the leaders of

The scholarships cover tuition fees and include a living allowance and competition for
these scholarships is very fierce. Applications close on 31 July for study in the following year. Students must have a conditional offer from CDU prior to applying for the

Before leaving home

Read about your destination - find out as much as you can about Darwin, the Northern Territory and Australia.

  • Check out the entry requirements, passport issues, airline tickets and medical requirements well in advance
  • Pack for life in the tropics - informal and cool garments, good walking shoes, hat, umbrella and swimming gear, national costume for special events

For your accommodation
Cooking implements and sound system

For class

  • Home reference materials
  • Small tape recorder for lectures
  • Sufficient funds for stationary
  • Personal computer if necessary
  • Personal effects
  • Special medicines and prescriptions
  • Camera
  • Home contacts and addresses
  • Currency: Sufficient local currency for your first few days in Australia

Darwin FAQ

Darwin FAQ

What is the weather like?
Darwin's weather can best be described as hot and humid. The locals experience a very tropical climate.

When is the best time to visit the beach?
The period between May and October is generally advised for patrolled beaches. The period between November to April sees increased box jellyfish and crocodile activity in the waters.

How far is the university from the beach?
The Casuarina campus faces the Casuarina beach, the main swimming beach for the northern suburb of Darwin.

What campus activities are available for international students?
CDU offers international students a wide range of recreational and sporting clubs and

Can I go scuba diving?
While Cairns is the main diving attraction, Darwin offers the Cullen Bay diving site.

Do I need a car to travel?
Having a car is not necassary. The Casuarina campus is well serviced by public transport and is in close proximity to major shopping centres and residential areas.

Will I be able to find a car or bike easily in Darwin?
For about $AUD1500-$5000, you can buy a serviceable vehicle. You pay registration six monthly or annually depending on engine size.

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