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Charles Darwin University (CDU)


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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual sector University and also the only University in Northern Territory. CDU offers both Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degrees by research courses.
  • CDU is renwowned for being one of the most innovative teaching and learning institutes, and one of the most research-intensive Universities in Australia.
  • CDU is amongst the top 2% of Universities in the world.
  • CDU comprises of over 24,000 students each year, of which 2000 are International students from over 58 different countries.
  • CDU has 11 campuses and centres, located throughout Northern territory, Melbourne, and Sydney, with the main campus located in Darwin.
  • CDU’s smaller class sizes mean that teachers and lecturers would be able to offer greater individual attention per student.
  • CDU is part of Australia’s Innovative Research Universities network, together with six other Universities; Flinders University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, Griffith University, and Western Sydney University.
  • CDU has several partnerships with universities and organizations in Australia and around the world, as well as with Australian funded Co-operative Research Centres (CRC’s), with a strong focus on Aboriginal Health, Desert Knowledge, National Plant Biosecurity, and Sustainable tourism.

CDU Faculties


  • College of Engineering, IT & Environment
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Environment
  • College of Business and Law
    • Business
    • Law
    • Accounting & Finance
    • VET Business
  • College of Nursing & Midwifery
    • Nursing
    • Midwifery
    • VET Nursing
  • College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society
    • Indigenous Futures
    • Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Humanitarian & Disaster Resilience
    • Creative Industries & Innovation
  • College of Health & Human Sciences
    • Clinical Science
    • Medical Laboratory Science
    • Pharmacy
    • Exercise & Sport Science
    • Psychology
    • Social work
    • Health Science
  • College of Education
    • Education
    • Inschool

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • Primary Industries
  • Community and Children's Services, English Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Service Industries
  • Trades
  • VET Creative Arts
  • VET Business

Research Institutes and Centres

  • Centre for Renewable Energy
  • Centre for Youth and Community Music
  • International Graduate Centre of Education
  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas
  • Northern Institute
  • Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
  • Confucius Institute

Why study at CDU?

  •  CDU is ranked among the world’s top 2% of Universities.
  • The Times Higher Education has recognized CDU as one of only 3 Australian Universities to be counted amongst the elite group of 20 Universities, labelled as ‘rising stars’.
  • CDU is ranked 34th in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017.
  • CDU has an 82% graduate employability rate, with a 5-star rating for overall salary with an average salary of $60,000, placing it amongst Australia’s top 5 Universities.
  • CDU is ranked in the top 10 Australian Universities on the Good Universities Guide 2018
  • CDU engineering graduates have a 96% employability rating, while humanities, culture and social sciences graduates have an 81% rating, Science and Mathematics graduates have a 79% rating, and psychology graduates have a 73% rating.
  • CDU law graduates are some of the best paid graduates in the country, with an average salary of $73,000.

Popular Courses

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Community Services & Social Work
  • Creative Arts & Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Enabling Courses
  • Engineering
  • Exercise & Sport Science
  • Hair & Beauty Services
  • Health
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Humanitarian, Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Indigenous Knowledges
  • IT & Network Engineering
  • Languages
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Primary Industries
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science, Environmental Science & Management
  • Tourism, Hospitality & Food
  • Trades

Campus Locations

Casuarina campus

The state-of-the-art Casuarina campus is located only 14kms from the city centre, and specializes in Science, Engineering, and Health. The campus also features pharmacy laboratories, a library and student accommodation. 

It is close to all public transport, and located close to the beach, near Darwin’s largest shopping district.

Waterfront Campus, Darwin

The Waterfront campus is located in the Darwin CBD and brings in over 600 students a day, with numbers expected to grow over the coming years, together with the development of a new CDU Business School.

Palmerston Campus

The Palmerston campus is located 20kms from Darwin city centre. The campus has modern facilities, including a bakery, a bar, training kitchen, a commercial training restaurant, and a state-of-the-art library.

The campus also comprises of a man-made lake, which brings an abundance of wildlife to the campus, creating a serene, relaxed campus atmosphere.

The campus offers several VET Business units which include:

  • Tourism, Hospitality & Recreation
  • Hair, Beauty & Retail
  • Culinary Arts, including Cookery, Bakery and Butchery
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Spoken & Written English
  • Children’s Services and Education Support.

The Palmerston campus also has a few Vet short courses on:

  • Barista Training
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • Hair and Beauty.

The campus also additionally houses three VET business which are open to the public:

  • Karawa training restaurant
  • Hairdressing training salon
  • Beauty training salon

Alice Springs Campus

The Alice Springs campus is a multi- sector campus, inclusive of a library with an electronic learning resource centre, and several facilities for tourism and hospitality students. It has an 85-seat lecture theatre, clinical training laboratory for Nursing and Science Laboratory, Specialized IT classrooms, and is a key hub for education for remote communities in central Australia.

Charles Darwin University – Katherine

Students in Katherine are supported by a range of CDU courses, through local administrative support, and visiting lecturers at two CDU sites, Katherine campus and Katherine town centre.

CDU Centres

  • Melbourne Campus
  • Sydney Campus

The Sydney campus has impressive learning and teaching facilities, with small class sizes. The campus is located close to all public transport, cafes, restaurants, and shopping precincts.

Jabiru Centre

The Jabiru Centre is located in the world-heritage Kakadu National Park and provides VET training for Jahiru residents and residents in Arnhem Land and Kakadu.

Subjects that are offered at the Jabiru centre include conservation and land management, IT, Community services, Business Horticulture, and General Education.

Tennant Creek centre

The CDU Tennant Creek centre offers short courses and long courses in trades and vocation education and training (VET), in conjunction with the Alice Springs Campus.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

CDU offers international students a range of scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate and research and pathway program, including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's International High Achievers Scholarships
  • CDU Global Excellence Award
  • CDU Global Leader Award
  • CDU Global Achiever Award
  • Australia Awards Scholarships
  • Australian Government scholarships
  • International Financial Aid
  • International Research Scholarships
  • Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships

Student services

  • Academic Language and Learning Success Program

    The Academic Language and Learning Success program (ALLSP) offers free workshops for students to help develop their academic and study skills for free, in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • The Team

    CDU has an international support team that helps international students make the best of their time and experience at the University by providing assistance in areas such as:

    • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
    • Orientation
    • International student obligations and visa conditions
    • Study load
    • Extension of fees payment
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
    • Any other issues relevant to your studies
  • Counselling –   All students at CDU can register for free counselling sessions, through phone, face-to-face or the CDU after-hours crisis hotline.
  • Disability Services – the Disability Liaison office at CDU is there to help you with any temporary, permanent physical or sensory disability, learning disability, medical illness or any other psychological condition that may be impacting your ability to access and participate in normal study or other activities at CDU.

Accomodation – On Campus

  • International House Darwin, Casuarina campus

    The International House Darwin (IHD) on the Casuarina campus provides both Long term and Short term stays for students. It has standard, fully furnished accommodation with ensuites bathrooms. The accommodation facility also have other amenities like a computer lab, study rooms, recreation areas and a swimming pool.

  • Alice Springs Student Accommodation

    The Alice springs student accommodation provides housing for CDU students, as well as students taking placements from other Universities, visiting guests and CDU staff. The Alice Springs accommodation offers single share accommodation and twin share, across two houses. The accommodation also includes shared communal areas like the kitchen and laundry facilities. All residents would also have access to WIFI.

  • Katherine Student Accommodation – Katherine campus

    The Katherine Student accommodation offers two types of accommodation packages; single room options with meals and single rooms without meals.
    The Accommodation also includes other facilities like:

    • Dining hall
    • Computer lab
    • Recreation room
    • Swimming pool
    • Training rooms
    • Multipurpose courts and ovals
    • Laundry service