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Charles Darwin University

View of the front of Charles Darwin UniversityCharles Darwin University (CDU) is unique. As a truly international university, students, staff, academic and research endeavours are globally connected and respected. No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, with the Northern Territory campus locations showcasing the best of a tropical cosmopolitan lifestyle, right on Asia’s doorstep. In a relatively short space of time, CDU has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative teaching and learning, and most research-intensive universities in Australia. CDU qualifications are recognised globally, and graduates are highly valued and sought after.

In fact, CDU was recently ranked third in Australia for graduate outcomes and first for salary rankings according to the 2018 Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning Survey (an initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training).

CDU is a dual sector university with approximately 12 000 higher education students and 10 000 VET students, with close to 3000 international students from 69 different countries. CDU has 11 campuses and training centres across the Northern Territory, as well as Sydney and online, offering a wide range of courses including business, engineering and IT, health sciences, education, creative arts, and vocational education and training including hospitality and trades. For further information please see our international course guide 2019 (pdf 6.5mb).

CDU receives significant research income annually with world class research in environmental science, Aboriginal and tropical health, and social policy. The Engineering Science degrees (Bachelor and Masters) have EUR-ACE accreditation, so graduate qualifications are recognised in both Australia and Europe.

CDU students are supported by highly qualified and experienced staff. A low student to teacher ratio (18 to 1 for higher education) promotes academic success through small class sizes and high levels of teacher-student interaction. CDU has modern well-equipped classrooms and laboratories, on and off-campus student accommodation with students benefitting from excellent post-study work and career opportunities. CDU also offers generous scholarships to international students.

As an international student you will be joining a vibrant multicultural environment that offers you a unique Australian experience. Our students have opportunities for hands-on work experience with the Northern Territory Government and businesses in the private sector while studying for their degree.

CDU provides a range of services and facilities for its students, which add to the pleasant on-campus atmosphere. Some of these include:

  • a well-equipped library, with computers and plenty of books and DVDs for hire
  • the CDU bookshop for your all of your textbook needs
  • on-campus accommodation
  • cafes and dining options
  • a modern, fully equipped, air-conditioned gym
  • sports facilities, such as tennis courts and covered basketball courts
  • gardens and green open spaces.

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