Charles Darwin University

About Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with about 22,083 students as of 2011. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Northern Territory University (NTU) of Darwin with the Menzies School of Health Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs, and it was named after Charles Darwin, the celebrated English naturalist.

The university offers a wide range of higher education degrees and vocational education and training courses with flexible study options, including part-time, external and online.

According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of 2015–16, Charles Darwin University is ranked 250–300 in the world and 15th in Australia.It is also ranked 48th in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education 100 Under 50,making it the youngest university in Australia to make this list.

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 Highlights

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 Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

  • 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 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

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate

$ 26,330

Postgraduate

$ 28,680

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 22,147

Campus accommodation

$ 8,880

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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