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Admission requirements

Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Why choose CDU?

A dual-sector university

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual-sector university, which means we offer a full spectrum of education and training opportunities in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Quality learning and teaching

The Office of Learning, Teaching and Community Engagement supports the University in providing a properly coordinated institution-level approach to:

  • academic quality assurance and planning
  • professional development in teaching and learning
  • professional production of learning materials and adoption of learning technologies.

To create quality learning and teaching, CDU ensures there is more personalised attention given to students with its ability to offer smaller-class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio – about one teacher to every 15-20 students.

A leader in research

CDU is one of six members of Australia's Innovative Research Universities network, which involves members directing knowledge, capabilities and resources to enhance the outcomes of higher education.

CDU sits alongside Flinders, Griffith, James Cook, La Trobe, and Murdoch universities in the network.

Top of our game

The research excellence at CDU is recognised in an international ranking of universities.

The Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the list of top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old.

Joint ventures and partnerships

CDU is a partner in many nationally funded co-operative research centres (CRC's). We are a partner in:

  • Aboriginal health
  • desert knowledge
  • national plant biosecurity
  • sustainable tourism.

The University has relationships with universities and organisations at home and around the world.

Find out more about CDU's partnerships in the annual report.

Student life

CDU is a nationally recognised university that can help you achieve your goals in a supportive and friendly environment. When studying at CDU you will enjoy living in a tropical location, while making life-long friends with other students from a variety of multi-cultural backgrounds. It won’t take you long to feel at home with CDU.

Orientation Week gives you the chance to find out more about the campus you will be studying at and more about the Northern Territory.

Other benefits include:

  • it’s easy to get around the Territory, so you can say goodbye to traffic jams and long travel times
  • it rarely takes more than 20 minutes to travel from home to CDU or to work
  • if you are interested in earning some extra money while studying, local businesses regularly recruit CDU students for part-time or casual work.

For students who are keen to get involved in events, why not get in touch with the CDU Student Association. The group organises a range of social events throughout the year for on-campus students such as balls and end of semester celebrations. Remember, this university is not just about gaining a professional qualification, it is also about broadening your experiences and making a lifelong network of friends.

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