Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and across the nation through flexible, online learning. CDU is one of the leading universities Australia wide for Graduate Employment and Salary Outcomes and consistently performs on global university rankings.

Like our namesake Charles Darwin, we think differently. Our place in the Northern Territory, in Australia and in the Asian region fosters new ideas and innovative approaches. We’re young, innovative and always looking to the future. We are conscious of the issues and injustices of our times, and we look for new solutions.

We believe everyone can make a positive impact. Because skills, training, knowledge and research can transform lives.

We bring them together to connect, discover and grow.

We believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us a new world university.

We believe You make CDU. There’s never been a better time to join the new world. Join us to build the new world.

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Scholarships & funding

A CDU scholarship provides you with incredible opportunities and support to reach your full potential.

CDU offers a range of scholarships to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, making their dreams to study in Australia come true. Many of our scholarship recipients have gone on to make a positive impact around the world and in their local communities. If you have a record of academic excellence and high personal achievement, you may be eligible for one of these life-changing scholarships.

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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Awards & Accreditations

#2 Australian university

Undergraduate Full-time Employment Outcomes

#1 Australian university

Postgraduate Full-time Employment Outcomes

Top 100 university

Asia Pacific

Top 100 university globally

Quality Education

Student services & facilities

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. Some of the services we have on offer for international students include:

  • International student support
  • Academic and English language support
  • 24/7 Online tutoring
  • Individual consultations and workshops
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Careers and employment support
  • Access and inclusion
  • Student counselling
  • CDU Library
  • CDU Buddy Program


CDU has approximately 22,000 students, with approximately 2000 international students from more than 70 different countries. This sets the scene for a truly inclusive multicultural environment for study and career development. Our main campus is located in the suburb of Casuarina in Darwin, with study locations also in Palmerston, the Darwin Waterfront, Alice Springs, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Casuarina, Northern Territory

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.

Darwin Waterfront, Northern Territory

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.

Palmerston Campus, Northern Territory

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.

Alice Springs Campus, Northern Territory

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.

Study at CDU Sydney

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. In addition, our Sydney campus specialises in nursing and midwifery courses for international students, offering programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Student lifestyle

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.

Get Involved

Connecting with other students can provide friendship and support and a way of managing the stress of completing assignments and exams. In addition, students located in Darwin can 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.

  • CDU Student Ambassador Program
  • CDU Students Association, clubs and societies


Volunteering is a great way to use your skills, give back to your community, and meet new people. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time, either through a student association or in the greater community.

For more information please visit the university website.


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.

International House Darwin (IHD), surrounded by lush gardens in the vibrant tropical environment of Darwin, is located on the Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus. Boasting a vibrant and close-knit community amidst the Territory's outdoor lifestyle, IHD is a caring environment.

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.

To learn more about accommodation, please visit the university website.


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Based on 14 reviews.


CDU is an excellent University to learn and grow. It pushes the students to not only focus on the study but also on extra activities like volunteering, community building and networking which help them both to build up their personality and professionality. They care for their students as their own. I support CDU.

Sanjaya Paneru

CDU was not my first choice of University, but when I came here and started my new journey with CDU, it has been my family. All the staffs, lecturers, and students from different nationalities are so generous, kind, and helpful. The sound environment away from traffic, eco-friendly surroundings, and fully facilitated building makes me spend more...

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The campus is uniquely charming and enjoyable. The beach is just several minutes walk away, and the environment is so green and serene. Here, I also found myself deeply connected to the people surrounding me. it seems the small tight-knit community brought the best out of us sharing the land together. My study journey here has provided me with o...

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Charles Darwin University

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