Charles Darwin University


Northern Territory, Australia


Casuarina campus (Darwin):Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina
Alice Springs campus:Grevillea Drive, Alice Springs
Palmerston campus:University Avenue, Palmerston NT 0909

Contact Telephone Number:

+61 8 8946 7215

Contact Facsimile Number: + 61 8 8946 6642

Contact email:

[email protected]

Web Site:

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2012) and in the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old (Times Higher Education, 2013).

CDU is the only university in the Northern Territory, a unique vast region in northern Australia comprising 1.346 million square kilometres, 17% of the Australian landmass. Located just 12 degrees south of the Equator, Darwin is a vibrant modern multicultural city with direct flights to many Asian cites; the population includes more than 70 nationalities. The city has vibrant cultural groups that routinely engage with our international students.

International students have the option of being able to study at locations in Darwin,Palmerston, Melbourne and Sydney. The largest campus is in Darwin: a youthful, multicultural, cosmopolitan, and robust, tropical city in a territory that is steeped in Aboriginal tradition and culture and which enjoys a close interaction with the peoples of Southeast Asia. With international students from over 55 countries you will have the opportunity to study in a multicultural environment that will add richness to your international experience.

The Northern Territory has the fastest growing economy in Australia; projected economic growth of 3.8% is well above the national rate of 2.6%. Darwin is the hub of business, industry, education and culture in Australia’s north; major industries are mining, oil and gas, agriculture, tourism and defence. Darwin plays a central role in Australia’s future economic growth and in the ongoing expansion of the entire Australian Asian region. Darwin is located in the Northern Territory, Australia. Located on the edge of the Timor Sea, most of the Territory is north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Local time is GMT plus 9-30.


Darwin has a tropical climate with two seasons, the Dry Season and the Wet Season. The Dry Season extends from May to October with temperatures ranging from 16-32 degrees Celsius. This season has blue skies, sunny days and cool nights. It is great weather especially for enjoying outdoor activities.The Wet Season extends from November to April with temperatures ranging from 25-36 degrees Celsius. During this season there are monsoonal rains, spectacular lighting displays and high humidity.


The Northern Territory’s main population centres are generally well serviced with transport links. Stuart Highway is the major link between Darwin and the rest of the country Darwin is also serviced by air and rail. Other modes of transport in and around Darwin include Discounted rate public bus transport for International Students, Cabs/taxis, Private hire vehicles and bicycles.


As a young and modern city, Darwin provides a full range of services for its residents. There are three major shopping centres in the city, at Casuarina and at Palmerston with many other shopping centres located throughout the suburbs. These centres boast a huge array of both large and specialty shops from major supermarket chains through to small boutiques. Darwin’s famous markets provide a wonderful alternative for shopping and relaxing.


With around 75 different nationalities represented in Darwin, the multicultural flavour of the Territory is well representing in its dining experiences. You only need to take a trip to one of the Darwin markets (Mindil Beach, Parap, Nightcliff or Rapid Creek) to see their influence in the many food stalls serving great-value meals and snacks. You can choose food from Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, India, Germany, the Philippines, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Italy and Greece.

Many of the Territory’s ethnic groups hold annual festivals to share their culture and food. This diversity is also well represented in the city’s restaurants and cafes. All tastes and budgets are catered for, from five-star seaside restaurants to budget cafes on the wharf.

Al fresco dining is particularly well catered for in Darwin, where the climate encourages outdoor entertaining.


Sport is a major part of the Territory lifestyle. The sporting facilities in Darwin are of a high standard and include airconditioned indoor stadiums, swimming pools, ovals and courts.

A highlight of the sporting and recreational calendar is the Arafura Games, which are held in Darwin every two years in May with the next due in 2007. From humble beginnings in 1991, the games now involve more than 3000 athletes from nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Alice Springs hosts the Alice Springs Masters Games, also known as The Friendly Games, every two years. The only entry requirement athletes need to meet is the minimum age for their chosen sport.

Other major sporting events held in Darwin include the V8 Supercars and Darwin Cup Carnival (horse racing).

Darwin’s lifestyle encourages many outdoor recreational activities including bicycling and walking on the extensive tracks provided, sailing and canoeing,
swimming, camping, scenic tours and safaris, 4-wheel drive tours and fishing tours and charters

The Arts

The Northern Territory has a very high participation rate in arts and cultural activities. Locals and visitors enjoy a wealth of arts and cultural events, activities, facilities and festivals. National and international touring performances and exhibitions complement the already strong and diverse programs offered by major Territory arts organisations and individual arts practitioners.

Charles Darwin University’s own Darwin Symphony Orchestra is famous for staging concerts in unusual and exciting settings throughout the Territory, such as Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Daly River. Multicultural and artistic festivals are popular in Darwin and attract large numbers of residents. The city has well-established dramatic, musical and other arts groups, which hold regular activities.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra


The Northern Territory has a dynamic education system, providing quality educational choices from preschool to tertiary level. Preschools, primary schools and secondary schools are staffed and equipped at levels that compare well to the rest of Australia. The teacher to student ratio is consistently among the lowest in the country. There is a well-established private school system offering parents a variety of choices for their children’s education.

Health Services

Darwin enjoys excellent health services with two major hospitals and a number of private health services available. Royal Darwin Hospital is a teaching facility and offers a wide range of specialist services. Community health centres operate throughout Darwin and the Northern Territory and Aerial Medical Services reach people in outlying areas.

Programs for International Students

There are more than 75 nationally recognised and accredited programs for international students; several Masters and Bachelor programs have industry internships that give students the experience to develop work ready skills in their professions, working with local employers. Our Navitas English College teaches English language courses to prepare students for admission to degree programs, while Essington International Senior College teaches Senior High School on campus, with pathways into CDU degrees.

Courses and programs are available in the following areas:

Arts & Creative Arts

Health Sciences

Building Design & Architecture

Indigenous Studies

Business & Commerce

Information Technology


Law & Legal Studies



Environmental Science

Social Work & Community Development

Unique Features of Charles Darwin University:

  • More than 950 international students from 55 countries study at CDU; making it one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia.
  • Low student to staff ratio provides a personalised and supportive teaching and learning environment. Our international students adjust more quickly to studying in a foreign country because the number of students in their classes is much less than in other universities in Australian capital cities; it is easy to approach their teachers and get the support they need to be successful.
  • Well paid part time jobs are easy to find in the retail and hospitality sector. Students are permitted to work 40 hrs per fortnight during semester; full time during university vacations.
  • A safe environment and social activities that help international students develop friendships in the wider University community.
  • High quality on-campus accommodation for approx 300 students with free internet access, and resident tutors.
  • Discounted bus transport

International House, Darwin

CDU Graduates have the best career and employment prospects. Some choose to return home, confident that their CDU degree has prepared them for their future careers. Some choose to pursue their careers in the Northern Territory. They can take advantage of the unique relationship between CDU and the NT Government to develop their career and for migration sponsorship.

The Northern Territory is the fastest growing economy in Australia due to our rich natural and mineral resources, agriculture and tourism. There is a constant high demand for skilled and qualified workers in business, engineering, IT, tourism and hospitality, health, education, communications and the public services sector.

Graduates with good English language skills quickly find employment in their area of professional training. CDU graudates have the best chance for a Skilled Graduate working Visa; if they are good employees, their employer may sponsor them for permanent residency.

How to apply

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

Applying online to CDU is easy and quick. All you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

The online application process allows you to attach the relevant documents to your application. Once your application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number which will allow you to track the status of your application.

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of passport showing personal and visa details
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Financial declaration
  • Statement of purpose
  • Certified copies of all transcripts of results, award certificates, grading systems and English translations, if requiredv
  • Unit outlines if applying for credit transfer
  • Other supporting documentation if applicable

Please click here to commence your online application

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Application deadlines

Higher Education Courses
Semester 2
Applications 23 June*
Acceptances 1 July

VET Courses
Semester 2
Applications 23 June*
Acceptances 1 July

*Onshore applicants can still submit their applications after the preferred deadline.

Use a CDU Authorised Education Agent

CDU has authorised representatives in many countries and you may use their services to assist you in the application process. Education agents are normally able to assist you with your visa application as well as your university application. Please be aware that some education agents may charge a fee.

A list of CDU authorised representatives can be found here.

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