International students on campus

Entry requirements

All International students are required to meet minimum Academic and English language entry requirements.

Academic entry requirements

English language entry requirements


Undergraduate courses

The minimum academic entry requirements for admissions to undergraduate degree is the completion of a qualification deemed equivalent to Australian Year 12 by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score or prerequisite knowledge. The most common equivalencies accepted by Charles Darwin University are listed below.

BangladeshHigher School Certificate (HSC)  in First Division.
B Accounting: Minimum grade of GPA 4.0 in business maths subjects 
B Engineering, Bachelor of Pharmacy, B Medical and Laboratory Science: Minimum grade of GPA 4.5 in maths, physics or chemistry for specific courses
BruneiGCE “A” levels*
Cambridge Pre U DiplomaCDU recognises the Cambridge Pre U diploma for direct admission to an undergraduate degree. The University will also accept a combination of Cambridge Pre U and GCE A levels subjects to satisfy direct entry requirements
CanadaOntario Year 13 Secondary School Diploma; British Columbia Year 12 Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma
ChinaSuccessful completion of a recognised pre-tertiary or foundation program; Or successful completion of one year study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; Or completion of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) with GAOKAO score required for entry into Tier Two university in the relevant province

Denmark

Studentereksamen
FijiNZ University Bursaries Exam/National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Equivalent of eligibility to enter a New Zealand university
GermanyAbitur
Hong KongHKDSE with an average of 4 in Level 4 core subjects and average of 4 in two Level 4 electives
IndiaSuccessful completion of All India Senior School Certificate, Indian School Certificate, Senior Secondary Certificate and State Board Examinations with an average score of at least 60% in best 4 academic subjects including English
IndonesiaEntry to some courses with SMU minimum grade of 8; Successful completion of one year of a university degree or Diploma III (DIII) from a recognised institution
International BaccalaureateCompleted IB diploma with minimum 24 points from 6 subjects at one sitting
JapanUpper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade average of 70% or successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised University
Korea (Republic of), SouthSenior High School Diploma with a grade average of A or successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised University
MalaysiaMalaysian STPM; entry to some courses with Senior Middle 3  MICSS UEC minimum two A and two B grades; Canadian OAC pre university diploma
NepalCompletion of the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) in First Division:
B. Accounting:  minimum grade of 60% in business maths subjects
B. Engineering, B Pharmacy, B Medical and Laboratory Science:  minimum grade of 65% in maths,physics and chemistry
B. Nursing:  minimum overall score of 65%
Completion of the Proficiency Certificate with a minimum grade average of 65%
NorwayVitnemal
PakistanHigher Secondary School Certificate Intermediate (Division 1) with an average of 60% in four academic subjects or successful completion of the first year of a degree at a recognised institution
PhilippinesSuccessful completion of one year of a bachelor’s degree at a recognised university
SingaporeGCE “A” levels*
Sri LankaGCE “A” levels*
TaiwanSuccessful completion of one year of a bachelor’s degree at a recognised university; or two years study at a recognised junior college
ThailandSuccessful completion of Mathayom 6 with GPA 3.0 or better; or successful completion of one year of a bachelor’s degree at a recognised university
UKGCE “A” levels*
USAHigh School diploma with minimum B average grade/ GPA 3  and SAT score minimum 1200 (prior to 2004) and 1700 since 2004
VietnamSuccessful completion of Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (1975 onwards) with minimum average of 75% in 4 subjects or successful completion of one year of a bachelor’s degree at a recognised university

*Completion of A Level. The minimum eligibility requirement is 3 A Level subjects at Grade E. The subject General Studies (or its equivalent) will not be considered. AS (or H1) Level subjects will not be considered.

Pathways to undergraduate degree

Students who do not meet the university's academic entry requirements may be eligible for admission to a Certificate III, IV or Diploma or the University's Foundation Studies program as a pathway to a degree.

Advanced standing

International students who have completed post-secondary studies may request consideration for advanced standing (transfer credit) towards an undergraduate degree at Charles Darwin University. Applications for credit must include full documentation of previous studies, including certified course descriptions. International students awarded credit based on previous studies must maintain full-time enrolment at the university as a condition of their student visa.

Articulation programs

The university has articulation arrangements with several overseas institutions in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Articulation arrangements allow students to receive credit for previous studies, thereby gaining their CDU qualification sooner.

For more information on current articulation agreements, please contact the Office of International Services by email at international@cdu.edu.au.

Postgraduate programs

Coursework programs

The minimum academic requirements for admission to a postgraduate or graduate entry degree is the completion of a bachelor's degree which is deemed equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score, prerequisite knowledge or work experience.

Research programs

Applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of an Australian honours degree or master's degree.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Certificate level programsA qualification equivalent to  Australian Year 10
Diploma and Advanced Diploma programsA qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Previous English Language Study

Students who have studied in one of the following countries may meet the minimum English language entry requirements for undergraduate programs if they have achieved the grades and qualifications listed below.

Students applying for postgraduate coursework and research programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

BotswanaWhere English is the first language: an official letter from a previous institution advising that English was the medium of instruction used in previous studies.
CanadaA score of 60% in English in the final year of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Canadian Pre-University program, valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at  CDU.
DenmarkA grade of 9 or better in Senior High School English, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Finland   A grade of 8 or better in English or English A – language within the Upper Secondary School Certificate, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
GermanyA grade of 4 or better in English in Senior High School exam (Arbitur) valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Hong Kong   Level 4 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language Examination. 
International BaccalaureateA grade of 4 or better in English B, English A1 or English A2, valid for five years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Kenya   Where English is the first language: an official letter from a previous institution advising that English was the medium of instruction used in previous studies.
Malaysia   A score of C or better in the General Paper in the GCE 'O' level examination or a Cambridge University 'O' level moderated score of 3B in English in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM examination) valid for 2 years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Netherlands   A grade of 8 or above on completion of 6 years of English at High School , valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Norway   A grade of 4 on the upper secondary school, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
SingaporeA score of D or better in the General Paper in the Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) OR a grade of C or better in English Language in the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level). Both are valid for 2 years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
South Africa   Where English is the first language: an official letter from a previous institution advising that English was the medium of instruction used in previous studies.
Sweden   A grade of VG or better in English in the Senior School Studies, valid for five years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
TanzaniaWhere English is the first language: an official letter from a previous institution advising that English was the medium of instruction used in previous studies.
United KingdomWhere English is the first language: a score of C or better in English in the Cambridge General Certificate of Education O' level or AS level or Advanced level, valid for five years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
United States of AmericaWhere English is the first language: a pass in English in the High School Diploma.
Zimbabwe   Where English is the first language: an official letter from a previous institution advising that English was the medium of instruction used in previous studies.

English Language Tests & Courses

While IELTS remains the  principal English language proficiency qualification, listed below are other qualifications which would satisfy the University's minimum English language proficiency requirements. All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.

Regardless of CDU's requirements and acceptance of certain equivalents, all applicants must still satisfy the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for student visa applications (if applicable).

Test / CoursePostgraduate requirementUndergraduate requirementVET requirement
IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0, except B.Nursing and B. Midwifery which require a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5, for B. Pharmacy and Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry), minimum overall 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.A minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0
Australian Technology and Management College (ATMC)A grade of 'Competent' in 8 core units and 1 elective unit in Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study). Students will be required to sit an exit test on completion and achieve a score equivalent to IELTS overall 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0.
Note: Students with an IELTS overall score of 6.5 and one sub-band less than 6.0 may complete an intensive 5 week course in that sub-band. Students must be tested on completion and must achieve an equivalent to IELTS 6  in that sub-band.
A grade of 'Competent' in 8 core units and 1 elective unit in Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study). Students will be required to sit an exit test on completion and achieve a score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in all bands.
Note: Students with an IELTS overall score of 6 and one sub-band  less than 5.5 may complete an intensive 5 week course in that sub-band. Students must be tested on completion and must achieve an equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in that sub-band.
 
Cambridge Advanced  English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 175.A minimum overall score of 170, except for B. Nursing and B. Midwifery which require minimum overall score of 180, whereas for B. Pharmacy minimum overall score of 175.A minimum overall score of 165, except Cert III. In Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) and Cert. III in Retail Baking which require a minimum overall score of 170.
Common European Framework
Certificate of English Proficiency
A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.A minimum overall grade of B2. 
Navitas  Academic EnglishA minimum overall pass of 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay;  Research courses  require a minimum overall pass of 65% in Academic English 3 and a 75% pass in the research essay.A minimum overall pass of 55% in Academic English 3, except for B.Nursing, B.Midwifery and B.Pharmacy which require a minimum overall score pass of 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay.An overall pass of 60% in Academic English 2
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.

A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, except for B.Nursing and B. Midwifery which require a minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 58 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, for B. Pharmacy which require a minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 50.

A minimum overall score of 42 with no less than 36 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
TOEFL Internet based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21, except for B.Nursing and B.Midwifery which require a minimum overall score of 80 with no score less than 22 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening, for B. Pharmacy which require a minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 21.

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