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Charles Darwin University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Charles Darwin University has helped in promoting the development of educational practices that provide the best quality learning experiences to all the students. The university is unique as it covers the largest area of the continent even after being located in a remote location. It is the only university that is based in the northern territory.

  • Charles Darwin University has four campuses and six centers in Australia.
  • The intake seasons are February/ March for Semester 1, July for Semester 2 and November for the Summer semester.
  • The vocational education and training courses range from Certificate 1 to Diplomas.
  • Applications for both undergraduate and graduate courses are accepted via SATAC
  • CDU recommends the international students to complete the application process at least 5 months before the course start date
  • Applicants not satisfying the admission requirements are required to complete vocational educational training courses and English language pathway programs offered by CDU to be eligible to apply.
  • First-time international applicants are advised to approach the agents registered with the university.


Application PortalUndergraduates, Postgraduates & International– Apply through SATAC
Undergraduates – MyNextCourse (if conditions applicable)
Application FeeNo application fee
Mode of PaymentNot applicable
Average SAT ScoreNot applicable
Average ACT ScoreNot applicable
International Application DeadlinesOffshore applications Semester 1 – February 2019
Semester 2 – June 2019
Semester 3 – 14 October 2019
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFebruary/ March for Semester 1 July for Semester 2
November for the Summer semester

Charles Darwin University Admissions Deadlines

Students seeking admission at the Charles Darwin University need to take care of the following deadlines to complete the applications on time.

International Admission deadlines

Given below are the semester-wise deadlines for international applicants.

Semester 1 2019Semester 2 2019Semester 3 2019
Last date for submitting onshore applications18 February 20198 July 201927 October 2019
Last date for submitting offshore applications4 February 201924 June 201914 October 2019
Last date for submitting applications for course changes/transfers18 February 201919 July 201929 November 2019

Undergraduate & Postgraduate Admissions Deadlines

Given below are the semester-wise deadlines for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3
UndergraduateSeptember 2018June 201921 October 2019
PostgraduateAugust 2018August 2018April 2019

Charles Darwin University Undergraduate Admissions

An applicant is an international student if he/she is not an Australian citizen/permanent resident of Australia/New Zealand citizen/a holder of the Australian permanent humanitarian visa. Overseas students applying for undergraduate courses need to fulfill the requirements as discussed below.

How to apply: The international students can complete and submit filling the online form via SATAC.

Application fee: Online applications don’t require any application fee.

Admission requirements: Submit the document given below:

  • Financial declaration
  • Resume/CV
  • Certified copies of the transcripts of the high secondary or any other college that the applicant has attended previously
  • A written statement of purpose
  • Submit the copy of the passport that shows the personal and visa details
  • Also, submit the proof of English Language Proficiency scorecards

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

TestUndergraduate score requirementPostgraduate score requirement
IELTS Academic ModuleAn overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0An overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)An overall score of 169An overall score of 176
Navitas Academic EnglishThe minimum percentage should be 55% in Academic EnglishThe minimum percentage should be 65% in Academic English
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyAn overall grade of B2An overall grade of C1
TOEFL (Internet-based test)A minimum overall score of 60A minimum overall score of 79
Pearson Test of English (PTE)The overall score should be 50The overall score should be 58

Visa Information for International Students

  • The student visa is the document that is issued to the applicant by the Department of Home Affairs. This student visa allows the applicants to enter Australia to study.
  • This document is managed by the university and facilitates the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Charles Darwin University Graduate Admissions

For international students, not all the postgraduate courses are applicable and hence the applicants should go through the courses and then decide which one to choose. All the information regarding the admission requirements is given on SATAC. The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Firstly, the applicant has to get himself/herself registered on SATAC as a postgraduate applicant.
  2. Once the registration is complete the SATAC sends the applicant receives an email with a link to access the online application.
  3. Then the applicant has to open the link and complete filling the online application form and pay a fee of80 AUD for successful processing of the application.
  4. If the course requires the applicant to upload CV then he/she has to upload the documents also.
  5. Once the application is successful, the applicant receives an offer via email from SATAC.
  6. The SATAC automatically accepts the offer for the applicant.
  7. Then the applicant receives an email from the university that encloses the instructions for setting up an account and enrolling in the units.

The admission requirements differ by course. A few of the courses may require an applicant to send additional documents such as a portfolio, appearing for an interview, or completing a clinical placement form.

Charles Darwin University offers a variety of graduate courses. The table given below describes the admission requirements for some of the popular courses offered by the institution.

CourseAcademic Requirements
Master of Business AdministrationCompletion of a Bachelor's degree or graduate certificate in the business field from an accredited university or college.
Master of Business Administration (Professional Practice)Completion of a Bachelor's degree or graduate certificate in the business field from an accredited university or college.
Graduate Diploma in Business AdministrationCompletion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college.
Master of Professional AccountingBachelor degree in any discipline other than accounting is required
Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster ManagementBachelor’s degree from an accredited university
Master of EngineeringCompletion of Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Science, Civil and Structural, or an approved equivalent discipline.

After the submission of articles, the applicants may have to wait for 2-3 months for the application to get processed and the arrival of the admission decision. Applicants are notified about the admission decision through an email. Applicants are sent a set of instructions guiding them through the enrollment procedure on acceptance of offer.

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