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    Charles Darwin University (CDU) Darwin Courses, Ranking, Admission Criteria, Fee & Scholarships

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    Charles Darwin University in Australia is a public institution founded in 2003. The University aims on providing the students with creativity, sustainability and innovations to strive for further. It is one of the few multi-sector universities in Australia which has been providing education at all levels and research environment to more than 21,000 students all across the globe. 17.5% of the students enrolled in CDU are international students representing more than 150 nations.

    The University offers more than 150 degree courses to the students in various disciplines like health, business, arts, education and tourism. Courses are available at all levels from associate degrees, certificate degrees, bachelor’s, and master’s to Ph. D. In recent years, the University has been ranked 28th as millennial universities by Times Higher Education rankings. It has been recognized as one of the elite global groups of rising stars in view of the pace with which it climbed the global university rankings despite being a new generation university. Only 20 universities around the world and 3 in Australia have this prestige according to Times Higher Education.

    Charles Darwin University Rankings

    Charles Darwin University is given the following ranking positions by various reputed ranking agencies-

    • Ranked 936th by US News for their 2021’s Best Global Universities Rankings
    • Ranked 501–600th in World University Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education
    • Ranked 701-750th by QS Top Universities in their Global World Ranking for 2021
    • Ranked 1056th by CWUR’s Global Rankings for 2019-20
    • Ranked 33rd in Best Global Universities in Australia Rankings 2021 by US News
    • Ranked 29th in Australia by CWUR for 2019-20


    Type Public
    Campus setting Urban
    Establishment year 2003
    Location Darwin, Northern Territory
    Number of campuses 5
    Annual Endowment 301 Million AUD
    Academic staff 580
    Total students 20124
    International students 17.5%
    Graduate Employment 83.39%
    Mode of program On campus/ Online/ Full time/ Part time

    Charles Darwin University Campus

    • Charles Darwin University has five campuses: Casuarina, Palmerstone, Katherine, Alice Springs and Sydney.
    • The University offers Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Research education at nine locations in Australia.
    • Darwin is an attractive multicultural cosmopolitan city with indigenous culture and is the home to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
    • Casuarina campus situated near Darwin International Airport is the main hub for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Research programs.
    • Palmerston campus situated near Palmerston city centre is a bushland with biodiversity of birdlife to enhance its scenic beauty.
    • Katherine campus located near Katherine has a developing mining, agricultural and horticultural region.
    • Alice Spring campus is home to an outstanding library, electronic Learning Resource Centre and multi-Brolga Award-winning Desert Lantern Restaurant.
    • Opera House, Bondi beach, Coogee beach and Bronte Beach enhance the scenic beauty of Sydney Campus.

    Charles Darwin University Residence

    • Charles Darwin University offers on campus accommodation options whereas students can also choose to live off campus.
    • International House Darwin is situated near Casuarina campus library, University facilities and major shopping area.
    • It is equipped with facilities like a computer room, study room, recreational areas and a swimming pool.
    • Katherine accommodation provides the students with a single furnished room at rent of 55 AUD per day with amenities like bed, chair, desk, AC, wardrobe and laundry bags.
    • Alice Springs accommodation provides the students with rooms at rent of 448 AUD per week for single occupancy with facilities like kitchen, BBQ area and laundry.
    • Unistays and Unilodge Darwin provide off-campus accommodation to students studying at Casuarina, Palmerston or Darwin Waterfront at low rate and good facilities like pool table, BBQ area, media room and study room.

    Charles Darwin University Courses

    • Charles Darwin University offers many undergraduate, post graduate courses and research programs as well as many online short courses.
    • Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are provided by the University in different disciplines like arts, business, culinary arts, education, engineering, psychology, nursing & midwifery, tourism, humanities and Information technology.
    • The university has 5 schools that offer 150+ courses in more than 25 disciplines including Arts, Business, Science, Health, Education, and more.
    • 25+ Vocational educational training or VET courses in disciplines such as Accounting and Bookkeeping, Agriculture and Rural Operations, Building and Construction, Creative Arts and Design, Sport, Tourism and Hospitality, Transport and Logistics, and more are also given by the institute to build industrial skills and knowledge.
    • Interested UG students can pursue numerous research degrees at the university
    • Charles Darwin University has a pathway or enabling programs as alternative ways into university. These 16 week-long courses are aimed to prepare students for the university to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence.
    • Take note that most graduate and vocational courses are not available for international students.
    • The University comprises of the following colleges:
      • Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
      • College of Education
      • College of Engineering, IT & Technology
      • College of Health & Human Sciences
      • College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society
      • College of Nursing & Midwifery

    Charles Darwin University Application Process

    To apply for admission to Charles Darwin University, international students must fulfill minimum eligibility criteria and submit proof of English language proficiency. The University provides International Pathway programs for students who do not meet the minimum language requirements.

    How to Apply?

    The process for international student admission to Charles Darwin University has been described below:

    Application portal: Online Application or apply through an agent

    Application fee: Not required

    Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

    • Completed application form
    • Certified copies of transcripts/ certificates with English translation (if required)
    • Copy of passport
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • Scholarship application form
    • English language proficiency test scores: The minimum requirements for test scores are as follows:
    Exam Minimum Requirements for undergraduates Minimum Requirements for graduates
    IELTS Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
    TOEFL - IBT Overall 60, writing score 21 Overall 79, writing score 21
    PTE 50 58

    Charles Darwin University Cost of Attendance

    • The cost of attendance for students at Charles Darwin University comprises the tuition fee per course and the cost of living.
    • The Department of Home Affairs has estimated the cost of living for an individual to study in Australia on student visa as 21,041 AUD.
    • The cost break up has been tabulated below for reference:
    Program Tuition Fee per year
    Bachelor’s degree 25,328 – 33,480 AUD
    Master’s degree 28,104 - 34,680 AUD
    Undergraduate associate degree 29,616 – 33,480 AUD
    Undergraduate diploma 26,968 – 29,616 AUD
    Graduate associate degree 25,328 – 28,104 AUD
    Graduate diploma 32760 AUD

    The cost of living might vary for students in Darwin and Sydney. An estimate for both locations is provided below for reference:

    Expense Cost in Darwin (per week) Cost in Sydney (per week)
    Food and groceries 80-280 AUD 80-280 AUD
    Gas and electricity 35-140 AUD 35-140 AUD
    Phone and Internet 20-55 AUD 20-55 AUD
    Transportation 7 AUD 30-55 AUD
    Car (if owned by students) 150-260 AUD 150-260 AUD
    Entertainment expenses 80-150 AUD 80-150 AUD
    Accommodation expenses 175-227.50 AUD 283-750 AUD

    Charles Darwin University Scholarships/Financial Aid

    • International student scholarships are provided by CDU as well as Australian Government to reward students with outstanding academics and zeal to create a positive impact on the world.
    • Some scholarships, eligibility criteria and amount awarded to international students by the University are tabulated below:
    Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria Amount Awarded
    Vice-Chancellor's International High Achievers Scholarships (VCIHAS) Apply to commence study in 2020;
    Meet the academic and English language entry requirement set by the University;
    Minimum overall score of 85% in their highest qualification;
    Must not hold another scholarship from any sponsoring agency in Australia or outside.
    50% relaxation in the tuition fees for full duration of the course
    CDU Global Excellence Award Apply to commence study in 2020;
    Meet the academic and English language entry requirement set by the University;
    Minimum overall score of 80% in their highest qualification;
    Must not hold another scholarship from any sponsoring agency in Australia or outside.
    50% on tuition fee in first year and 10% in subsequent years
    CDU Global Leader Award Apply to commence study in 2020;
    Meet the academic and English language entry requirement set by the University;
    Minimum overall score of 70% in their highest qualification;
    Must not hold another scholarship from any sponsoring agency in Australia or outside.
    25% of tuition fees for first year and 10% in subsequent years
    CDU Global Achiever Award Apply to commence study in 2020;
    Meet the academic and English language entry requirement set by the University;
    Minimum overall score of 60% in their highest qualification;
    Must not hold another scholarship from any sponsoring agency in Australia or outside.
    15% in tuition fees during first year of study
    Destination Australia Scholarship Applicants must have applied for a tertiary education program in Australia;
    Enroll as a full time student;
    Must complete 75% of the total units internally during the course.
    15,000 AUD per student per year

    Charles Darwin University Alumni Network

    • Alumni Association connects 70,000 graduates from 70 countries around the world, who can interact with each other, share their experiences with current students and maintain constant contact with their alma mater.
    • Notable alumni of Charles Darwin University are:
      • Michael Gunner – Australian politician and the current Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.
      • Ted Egan – Australian folk musician
      • Asha Bowen – Clinical Scientist at Perth’s Children Hospital
      • Therese Ritchie – Contemporary artist and graphic designer
      • Vicki O’ Halloran AO - Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Charles Darwin University Placements

    • CDU’s Careers and Employment team is available to provide support to assist its students with their career and placement preparation
    • The undergraduate starting salary at the university for Law students is $80,000 the best among Australian universities.
    • Undergraduate students at the university have a median starting salary of $67,400 and a full-time employment rate of 82%
    • Education, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing undergrads also have median starting salaries ranging from $64,000 (for nursing students) to $69,000(for Social Work and Psychology students)
    • The undergraduate graduate employment rate is also more than 80% for major courses. Engineering students have an average graduate employment rate of 93%, the most for the university, followed by Nursing and Humanities and Social Science.
    • CDU postgraduate students earn a median graduate salary of $94,000 and a full-time employment rate of 91%. The Median graduate salary for postgraduate courses also ranges from $85,000 to $100,000
    • The postgraduate full-time graduate employment rate also stands above 90% for most courses offered.
    • The university also provides various services to its alumni for their career-related preparations.
    $ 22,4301st YEAR

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    $ 20,9021st YEAR

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    Charles Darwin University Overview

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    Student Population
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $20,111 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-60--

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $22,735 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $22,430 / Year
    On Campus
    Unilodge Darwin
    $8,900 / Year
    International House Darwin (IHD)
    $8,400 / Year
    Off Campus
    Home Rent
    $12,000 / Year
    Room Sharing
    $7,200 / Year


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    College Rating

    Based on 9 Students Rating

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    6.3 /10

    I wanted to study here because to gain global exposure and a chance to explore another country as this will help me in a landing a good job opportunity. After searching a lot I decided to opt for this university as they have a good level of diversity here and the curriculum was also quite good. After securing a GPA of 7, I had to submit a common application form.

    Course Curriculum :

    With a Culinary Arts course, I could start or advance my career as a chef, baker or butcher. At CDU, I received exceptional training and gain the skills to reach my full potential in the dynamic culinary arts and food processing industry.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 extracurricular
    6.3 /10

    Since I was a teenager, I've wanted to study in Australia for better opportunities and career progression. To be admitted, I had to fill out an online questionnaire and no application fee was paid by me. Despite the fact that they had taken my 9.2 GPA in 12th grade into account.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course helped me to explore a wide variety of subjects in order to explain important tech and hardware problems. The programme laid a basis for me, and I was taught subjects like network architecture, operating systems, concurrent processing, database, and computer graphics.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 extracurricular
    6.8 /10

    To be honest, I've always wanted to research business, not because I want to start my own business, but because I'm intrigued with how markets work. I filled out and submitted an online application form, with no application fee. My 8.5 GPA on my bachelor's degree was also a factor in my acceptance.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course took me through every aspect of the company. There's a lot to remember, from how to run a startup and keep it simple at first to dealing with companies with billion-dollar valuations. During the course, some interesting topics were also taught in an easy-to-understand way.

    7 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    This is one of the few colleges that provides this course. There are no charges for the application fee as compared to Canadian or American universities. I applied this college through the SATAC portal after completing my High school in India.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course was a mixture of many topics such as psychology and counselling programs. It also taught about different kinds of medicines. At first I was bit unsure if I really should take up this course as it being a one year program, but it was worth it. After completing this program I now have knowledge of different kinds of medicines and human phycology and reasons for addiction.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    6.2 /10

    To grab the chance of study at an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and flexible study delivery, I worked hard and got accepted here. They innovate and embrace change, thus encouraging me to get admitted here. My GPA was 8, and I had to submit an application form costing around $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    The Bachelor of Engineering Science provided me with the necessary scientific knowledge that underpins my engineering discipline, followed by a specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of civil and structural, electrical and electronics, and mechanical engineering.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 extracurricular
    Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT 0810

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Bus Station
    • Hospital
    • Pharmacy
    • Super Market
    • Shopping Mall
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Charles Darwin University Bookshop0.02 km
    Australian Society for Indigenous Languages (AuSIL)0.79 km
    Book Depository1.36 km
    QBD Books Darwin1.40 km
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    NT Eye Specialists1.16 km
    Top End Medical Centre1.74 km
    Darwin ENT2.13 km
    Darwin Private Hospital2.15 km
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    Super Market

    Woolworths Casuarina1.37 km
    Coles CASUARINA VILLAGE1.43 km
    Coles Casuarina1.44 km
    Greenies Real Food1.76 km
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    Helipad Hospital2.54 km
    Heliport3.34 km
    Air-Connect3.79 km
    Catalina Lounge4.08 km
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    Bus Station

    Dripstone Road0.33 km
    Charles Darwin University0.40 km
    Ellengowan Drive0.54 km
    Omeo Street0.67 km
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    Chemist Warehouse1.25 km
    Medicare1.33 km
    PharmaSave Casuarina Village Pharmacy1.46 km
    Amcal1.47 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Casuarina Square1.42 km
    The Village Shopping Centre Casuarina1.49 km
    Casuarina Plaza1.59 km
    Jape Homemaker Village2.47 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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