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Higher Education (UG/PG)

Domestic Students

All applications for admission to CDU Higher Education undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework courses are received and processed by the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC).  Please visit the SATAC website to lodge your application.

International Students

International students should contact the International Office.  An international student is a student who is not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa, but may have been issued a student visa granting permission to study.

Research Students

For admission to a research degree please contact the Research Office.

Explore your entry options

You can make an application to SATAC based on your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) or equivalent and a ATAR of 60 or higher. Information on additional special admission requirements are contained in the course outline, where applicable.

For students currently studying year 12 bonus points may be awarded. Students who have previously studied year 12 and a ATAR score of less than 60 but more than 49 has been attained at the end of year 12, are still encouraged to apply for their chosen higher education degree course. This is done through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) because Charles Darwin University awards bonus points to all Northern Territory school leavers as well as interstate school leavers from a high school in a rural or remote area that border the NT: South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

Alternative entry program

Alternative entry for Indigenous students

Indigenous students that do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate course can still apply through SATAC and be considered via the guaranteed entry provision. This provides alternative admission assessments for Indigenous students. The university will contact Indigenous students who have applied through SATAC and do not meet the minimum entry requirements to organise an alternative assessment.

Find out more about the alternative entry for Indigenous students

Complete a bridging course

Tertiary Enabling Program

Enrolment in the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is done directly through Charles Darwin University and not through SATAC. The TEP gives students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for successful achievements in tertiary studies. It is suitable for students who wish to enrol in study at a diploma or degree level but who have not achieved and adequate Tertiary Entrance Rank and/or lack the experience of previous study.

Successful completion of the program will allow students to meet the minimum entry requirements for most Charles Darwin University VET diplomas and higher education bachelor degrees.

If you are an Indigenous student contact the Office of Indigenous Academic Support for further information.

Following a pathway into higher education

  • Successful completion of a VET or TAFE award of certificate IV or higher
  • Attainment of a STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) score of 145 or greater for applicants who sat the STAT pre April 2011 and 135 or greater for applicants who sat the STAT post April 2011
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 of one year full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma

Applications for admission for all higher education by coursework courses are processed through SATAC.

Australian and international applicants to Charles Darwin University undergraduate courses need to check the admission information in the table below:

Australian applicant Enrolled in an Australian year 12 course?Yes
Enrolled in the IB in an Australian school?Yes
All other Australian applicantsYes
International applicants Enrolled in an Australian year 12 course?Yes
Enrolled in the IB in an Australian school?Yes
All international applicantsNo