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Charles Darwin University

Location Darwin Campus, Casuarina Australia
Ranking

# 701-750QS World University Rankings

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40Undergraduate programs

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30Postgraduate programs

International

2449International students

About Charles Darwin University

At Charles Darwin University (CDU) we believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us the new world university. As Australia's first dual-sector university, and the only university based in the Northern Territory, we are proud of our history and our place in the world and look forward to a bright future. If you are interested in studying in Australia you have come to the right place. CDU is one of Australia's most multicultural universities and is deeply engaged with our Indigenous people and culture. No other Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such remote locations and with such a small population to sustain it.
Our main campus is located in Casuarina, Dariwn, and boasts breathtaking natural surroundings, a vibrant and engaged community and a tropical climate.   We also have study locations in Palmerston, the Darwin Waterfront, Alice Springs , Sydney , Melbourne and Perth . With courses spanning across Aboriginal and Australian Studies, Art and Design, Business and Economics, Computing and Information Technology, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Legal Studies, Medicine and Health, Music and Creative Arts, there is something for everyone at CDU.  
It is our vision to be Australia’s most connected university by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond. Our values of courage, kindness, openness innovation and leadership underpin all decisions and actions at CDU
#YouMakeCDU

About Charles Darwin University

At Charles Darwin University (CDU) we believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us the new world university. As Australia's first dual-sector university, and the only university based in the Northern Territory, we are proud of our history and our place in the world and look forward to a bright future. If you are interested in studying in Australia you have come to the right place. CDU is one of Australia's most multicultural universities and is deeply engaged with our Indigenous people and culture. No other Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such remote locations and with such a small population to sustain it.
Our main campus is located in Casuarina, Dariwn, and boasts breathtaking natural surroundings, a vibrant and engaged community and a tropical climate.   We also have study locations in Palmerston, the Darwin Waterfront, Alice Springs , Sydney , Melbourne and Perth . With courses spanning across Aboriginal and Australian Studies, Art and Design, Business and Economics, Computing and Information Technology, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Legal Studies, Medicine and Health, Music and Creative Arts, there is something for everyone at CDU.  
It is our vision to be Australia’s most connected university by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond. Our values of courage, kindness, openness innovation and leadership underpin all decisions and actions at CDU
#YouMakeCDU

University information

To keep things simple, we have created an 8-step process to apply to study as an international student with CDU. 

1. Choose your course: www.cdu.edu.au/study 

2. Check the entry requirements and application dates 

3. Apply online or through a registered CDU Education agent 

4. Application assessment 

5. Receive an offer 

6. Accept your offer  

7. Apply for your student visa 

8. Enrol


As part of your application, you must meet the minimum academic and English language entry requirements. For a complete list of requirements and equivalencies, please visit: www.cdu.edu.au/international/how-apply/entry-requirements.


We accept the following English tests for entry into VET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses: 

• IELTS Academic 

• Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

• Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module 

• TOEFL Internet based Test (iBT) 

• Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency 


No matter what level of study you have completed, our study pathways can help you achieve your study goals. The CDU Global team are here to help with any of your admissions-related enquiries, so if you have any questions, please email [email protected] 


GPA - Masters

Minimum score

3

Maximum score

STAT - Masters

Minimum score

135

Maximum score

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

SAT - Bachelors

Minimum score

1200

Maximum score

ATAR - Bachelors

Minimum score

60

Maximum score

90

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

60

Maximum score

The Casuarina campus is our main campus, just a 15-minute drive from the Darwin CBD . Set among 56 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the campus is comprised of state-of-the-art facilities including specialised science, engineering, health and medical laboratories, library, and on-campus student accommodation. Casuarina campus is close to the beach as well as Darwin ' s largest shopping precinct, Casuarina Square. It is serviced by regular, affordable public transport and is connected to the suburbs and city centre by extensive bicycle tracks.  


Our Waterfront campus offers the latest, state-of-the-art facilities right in the heart of Darwin's exciting Waterfront precinct and a five-minute walk from the Darwin city centre . It is situated near the Darwin Convention centre , shops and the Waterfront wave pool and lagoon, where you can swim all year round. In addition, the campus is home to the Asia Pacific College of Business & Law and the CDU International College and enjoys easy access to business, industry and Government located in Darwin ' s CBD .   


Our Palmerston campus is located 20 minutes from Darwin ' s city centre and within easy walking distance of Palmerston city centre . The campus has modern facilities, including an extensive training kitchen, bakery and bar, and a commercial training restaurant.   


Our Alice Springs campus is the major commercial cookery and hospitality hub for students in Alice Springs. The campus has modern facilities, including an extensive training kitchen, bakery and bar, and a commercial training restaurant.   


At CDU Sydney campus , you can choose to study and live in one of the world ' s most liveable and exciting cities - Sydney. World - renowned for its fabulous harbour , the Sydney Opera House, beaches and friendly locals, Sydney is a city bursting with life . 


Across our campuses you will find a range of outstanding facilities on offer for our students. Just some of these include libraries, cafes, student lounges, prayer rooms, clinical simulation blocks, labs, prayer rooms, art galleries, sporting facilities, transportation services and much more. 


Total students

7,857

UG students

78%

PG students

22%

International students

2,449

UG students

53%

PG students

47%

Total faculty staff

347

Domestic staff

78%

Int'l staff

22%

Student life

CDU has approximately 22,000 students, with approximately 2000 international students from more than 70 different countries. As a CDU student, you will have access to a wide range of free services, including accommodation assistance, careers advice, study support and personal support. Dedicated staff can also give you assistance to develop your study plan and can support you to progress with your studies. 

There is something for everyone at CDU, and student life can be whatever you make it. You can feel confident in knowing whatever your journey or interests may be; you can find support and friendship through our many social, cultural, and personal development programs.

CDU Students have the opportunity to make life-long social and professional connections through some of CDU's associations, clubs and societies, or the student ambassador program. CDU hosts a number of both virtual and in person events for students, so you can get involved no matter where in the world you are.

At CDU you have a range of accommodation choices to suit your budget and lifestyle. You may like to live on-campus within the grounds of our Casuarina campus at International House Darwin (IHD). IHD is just a short walk to the library, to other campus amenities and just a short bus ride to Casuarina Square shopping centre. Living on-campus will give you the chance to meet new people from across Australia and all over the world and to get involved in campus life while having easy access to campus facilities.  

Alice Springs student accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placements, CDU staff, and visiting guests and groups. You can choose from twin share and sole occupancy rooms across two houses and take advantage of communal kitchen areas, a self-service laundry, and access to WiFi via the CDU/ Eduroam network

Off-campus accommodation options include purpose-built student accommodation at UniLodge or private rental accommodation. 

CDU has been recognised as a global leader by independent rankings and our reputation ensures your qualifications are recognised by employers and other institutions throughout the world.


CDU is ranked the #1 Australian university for postgraduate full-time employment outcomes, and the #2 Australian university for undergraduate full-time employment outcomes


CDU graduates earn at least 5% more and are at least 10% more likely to land a job than the average university student.


Your connection with the University does not end with the completion of your qualification. As a graduate, your knowledge, expertise and success can continue to be supported or shared to develop others. 

 

As an alumnus of CDU, you will be part of a growing group of highly regarded professionals, knowledge brokers and change-makers – connections you can foster for a lifetime. Some of these rewards include: 

• access exclusive opportunities to impact teaching and to learn in your industry 

• develop and maintain rewarding personal and professional connections 

• contribute to leading research and knowledge development 

• have a positive impact on future generations through the power of education. 


Rankings & ratings

Charles Darwin University is one of the top public universities in Casuarina, Australia. It is ranked #701-750 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2014
    #471-480
  • 2015
    #551-600
  • 2016
    #551-600
  • 2017
    #551-600
  • 2018
    #651-700
  • 2019
    #651-700
  • 2020
    #651-700
  • 2021
    #701-750
  • 2022
    #701-750
  • 2023
    #701-750

Ranking criteria

5.3
Academic Reputation
3.4
Employer Reputation
5.1
Faculty Student Ratio
31.3
Citations per Faculty
56.4
International Faculty Ratio
86.7
International Students Ratio
43.5
International Research Network
4.1
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

Charles Darwin Univeristy (CDU) is the perfect place to undertake your Bachelor's degree. With courses spanning across Aboriginal and Australian Studies, Art and Design, Business and Economics, Computing and Information Technology, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Legal Studies, Medicine and Health, Music and Creative Arts, there is something for everyone at CDU. 

CDU is a new world university built on social justice, sustainability, creativity and collective effort. We are young, vibrant and internationally recognised for teaching and research. Your individual needs, expectations and aspirations are our top priority.

It is our vision to be Australia’s most connected university by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond. Our values of courage, kindness, openness innovation and leadership underpin all decisions and actions at CDU

#YouMakeCDU

Apply to undertake your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at CDU, and you’ll be supported by committed supervisors who are experts in their fields, while you work in a distinct and unique part of Australia. Completing your Master by Research or PhD is an opportunity to specialise in your chosen field and contribute to delivering real and measurable impact in Northern Australia and beyond. Find out what you can study with CDU.

At CDU's heart lies our commitment to the perpetual evolution of knowledge through world-class, innovative and valuable research studies*. Harnessing our unique environment, we continue to attract global recognition for research excellence in areas including tropical and desert knowledges, Indigenous knowledges, human health and wellbeing, tropical health, social and public policy, environment and livelihoods and engineering and resources.

Our research makes a real, positive difference to people's lives and regularly contributes to the development of public policy, private sector decision-making, and the work of non-government organisations and communities. Our key partnerships with national and international universities ensure that our research capacity and capability continue to grow.  

Located in the far north of Australia, research is central to the purpose of CDU, and closely tied to the needs of the Northern Territory and our immediate region including Timor-Leste, Eastern Indonesia and the Arafura Sea. 

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