Charles Darwin University



Overall Ranking

500 in Times Higher Education




  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) came into existence in 2003 with the collaboration of Northern Territory University, the Menzies School of Health Research, and Centralian College. 
  • The public university has five campuses - Casuarina, Palmerstone, Katherine, Alice Springs and Sydney. Being one of the highly ranked universities nationally, CDU is a member of the Innovative Research Universities. 
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate programs are provided in Arts, Business, Education, Management, Engineering, Psychology, Nursing, Midwifery, Tourism, Humanities and Information Technology. Vocational courses like Accounting and Bookkeeping, Rural Operations, Construction, Creative Arts and Design, Sport, Tourism and Hospitality, Transport and Logistics are offered for skill-building. Sixteen weeks-long Pathway programs are also there for assisting students in specific areas.
  • International House Darwin offers on-campus accommodation for international students in 16 buildings with around 334 rooms with computers, a study lounge, recreational areas and a swimming pool. Single furnished rooms in Katherine campus and Alice Springs are available at 385 AUD and 448 AUD per week. With a high graduation rate of 83.39%, Charles Darwin ranked 28th as a millennial university by Times Higher Education.
  •  CDU's average undergraduate tuition fee ranges from 25,328 to 33,480 AUD. It is 28,104 - 34,680 AUD for postgraduate programs with scholarships like CDU Global Excellence Award, CDU Global Leader Award, CDU Global Achiever Award, and Destination Australia Scholarship provides financial aid. 
About the University

Year of establishment


University Website Link


Total Students


Total International Students


International Students Website


Charles Darwin University Ranking

Ranking Provider

Times Higher Education


Popular Courses Offered


Masters Preparation Program


4 months

Tutiton Fees



International Masters Qualifying Programme (Accelerated)


4 months

Tutiton Fees


UG Diploma /Certificate /Associate Degree

Diploma of Information Technology


8 months

Tutiton Fees



For international applicants, CDU has course and country-specific criteria. As a result, Indian candidates must meet the following criteria:



You must meet the below-mentioned academic and English language proficiency score requirements:


Academic Requirements:


Students must obtain a Grade 12 completion certificate from one of the following entities, with an average score of 60% in the best four academic areas, including English:

  • All Indian Senior School Certificate
  • Indian School Certificate
  • Senior Secondary Certificate
  • State Board Examinations


English Requirements:


To achieve the English language competency requirements, international UG applicants can submit either of the following exam scores:




6.0 bands, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components


60 with a minimum writing score of 21


169 with a minimum of 169 in each area


50 with no score lower than 50


You must meet the below-mentioned academic and English language proficiency score requirements:

Academic Requirements:


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a recognised university or an equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree.


English Requirements:


Any of the following results on an English language exam are required:




6.5 bands, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components


79 with a minimum writing score of 21


176 with a minimum of 169 in each area


58 with no score lower than 50


Admission Process

Follow the below-mentioned steps sequentially to successfully enrol in your desired courses:


Step 1: Decide on a course.

  • Choose a course from the list of options for overseas students. The fees for each course are listed for that year


Step 2: Review the entry requirements and deadlines.

  • You may find all of your course entry criteria (academic and English) online


Step 3: Submit an application online or through an agent.

  • Our online application platform is the only way to submit your application. To create an online account, you'll need a valid email address. You will be able to save and resume your application after it has begun. When you apply online, there is no application charge


Step 4: Evaluation of the application.

  • CDU will evaluate your application based on the following criteria:
  • Academic requirements for admission
  • Are there any specific requirements for entry
  • English proficiency is required for admission


Step 5: You will be contacted with an offer.

  • Once you have met the entrance and assessment requirements, you will get one of the following Letters of Offer:
  1. A Letter of Offer with Conditions
  2. A Letter of Unconditional Acceptance


Step 6: Accept the offer you've received.

  • Before accepting an offer and paying any tuition fees, ensure sure you meet the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requirements for a student visa


Step 7: Submit an application for a student visa.

  • You must have a valid Australian visa for the duration of your studies in Australia as an international student. The Department of Home Affairs is in charge of awarding visas to students who seek to study in Australia, their website has information on student visa requirements and the application procedure


Step 8: Enrol

  • You must register as a student and enrol in the units specified in your course study plan before you may begin your studies


Documents Requirements:


The following documents must be submitted while applying:

  • Certified transcripts and certificates in English translation (if required)
  • Recommendation letter
  • Passport photocopy
  • Resume with Statement of Purpose
  • Application for a Scholarship


On-Campus Accommodation


Students at Charles Darwin University have access to on-campus housing.

  • Its International House Darwin (IHD) caters specifically to international students, with 334 rooms spread across 16 self-contained multi-level buildings, providing students with cheap housing and a welcoming community feel
  • For more, visit:


Off-Campus Accommodation


Studio apartments, three-bedroom apartments, four-bedroom apartments, and communal apartments are among the residential types

  • The apartment includes a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances, ample storage, and two bathrooms
  • The private accommodation is ideal for students who want to live in a convenient location with excellent facilities and a welcoming atmosphere, all within walking distance of the university and public transportation
  • The typical monthly rent is 600 to 800 AUD
  • For more, visit:


The Charles Darwin University Careers and Employment staff is here to assist students in preparing for their future careers and placements. The university also provides a number of job and career preparation services to its alumni. Charles Darwin University is placed second in Australia for graduate full-time employment and earnings results in the Good Universities Guide 2021.

Students graduating from UG courses at Charles Darwin University are 10% more likely to find work within four months of graduation and earn 5% more money, according to the Government of Australia-funded 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report.

In the table below, you'll find a breakdown of undergraduate pay by study area:

Study Area

Average Salary (in INR)


35 Lakh


37 Lakh


38 Lakh

Social Work

38 Lakh


43 Lakh


Leap Scholar Verdict


Times Higher Education ranked the University 29th in Australia (2021).

The Student Experience Survey (2019) recorded a student satisfaction rating of 75.2.

Good University Guide placed the institution in 2020 at 2nd place in Australia.

The full-time employability rate for post-graduates - 91%.

Awarded with Northern Territory Training Provider of the Year for consecutive three years.

The cost of education is affordable.

Flexible education facility with 30 years of experience in online and distance education.

More than 300 courses.

Leap Scholar Expert Review

Charles Darwin University is the best choice for students who want to receive affordable higher education and receive lucrative salaries. At the same time, it is an ideal choice for students keen to pursue distance education.

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Where is Charles Darwin University located?

Charles Darwin University is located in Casuarina, Australia

How much does it cost to study in Charles Darwin University ?

The average first year cost to study in Charles Darwin University is INR 1779885

What is the acceptance rate for Charles Darwin University ?

Charles Darwin University has an acceptance rate of 12.5%

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