It can be difficult to understand the different student and course types at university so we’ve put together this guide to answer your questions.
What is the difference between a domestic and international applicant?
CDU is truly an international university with students from all over Australia and the world. There are different entry requirements and application steps for domestic and international students, so it’s important to check if you are an international or domestic applicant.
You are a domestic applicant if you are:
- an Australian citizen,
- a New Zealand citizen (including a diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative),
- a holder of an Australian permanent resident visa, or
- a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
You are an international applicant if you are:
- are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
- do not hold an Australian permanent resident visa, or
- do not hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
What are the different types of courses?
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual sector university which means we offer both Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and Higher Education courses including undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. CDU also offers short courses and enabling courses to get you back into the swing of studying.
VET is a competency based learning system built around nationally endorsed industry standards.
VET courses range from certificate level to diploma, with tailored programs for secondary students, apprentices and trainees.
Completing a VET course provides a great pathway into further study, with most undergraduate courses available to students who have completed a Certificate IV or higher.
An undergraduate course is a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree. At CDU, some diplomas are also classified us undergraduate courses.
Some undergraduate courses will allow students to apply for an additional honours year. Honours programs are a great option for students to develop their research skills while expanding their future employment and study options.
A postgraduate degree is a program of study at a higher level than a bachelor's degree and includes graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master's by coursework.
The entry requirements for postgraduate courses can be specific, so it’s a good idea to check the requirements for the course you’re interested in by visiting the course detail page.
Postgraduate courses are great for building on the knowledge you’ve gained from your bachelor’s degree or professional experience and can help you take the next step in your career.
Higher Degrees by Research include master’s by research and doctorates, and are completed under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the field of study.
For this reason, Higher Degrees by Research have their own application process and course rules.
Short courses are great way to explore a particular interest or complete some professional development for your career. Short courses are delivered through VET short Courses and AIM Short Courses.
Enabling courses are an alternative entry program (sometimes called a 'preparatory' or 'bridging' course) that helps you get into the swing of study. Enabling courses are free and once completed, you’ll meet the entry requirements for most CDU courses.
What are the different types of applicants?
CDU has study pathways for all types of applicants, from students who’ve recently finished year 12 to applicants who haven’t studied in years.
Year 12 applicants
Year 12 applicants are applicants that have completed secondary education within the last two years and obtained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.
Year 12 qualifications (Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE), International Baccalaureate, and interstate equivalents) meet the entry requirements to CDU through the competitive offer round process.
Most courses meet the entry requirements with a minimum ATAR of 60, however, some courses are more competitive than others and may cut with a higher score.
Non-Year 12 applicants
All other applicants fall into the non-year 12 applicant category.
You may still have obtained an ATAR or equivalent which satisfies the entry requirements but you also will have a few extra entry pathways available to you if you don’t have an ATAR.
Regardless of how much study you have completed or your professional experience, there is a study pathway available for you at CDU.
At CDU, you’ll have the flexibility to study your way online, on campus, full time or part time.
Study online or on campus
CDU is a leader in flexible course delivery with students choosing to study on campus and online throughout Australia.
As an online student, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you, so it’s easy to fit around your family and work commitments. And you don’t need to live away from our campuses to be an online student so you can still take advantage of the flexibility online study offers.
As an on-campus student, you will attend your designated campus or centre for lectures and classes. You’ll benefit from having face-to-face contact with your lecturers who will be able to guide and support you through your studies. And you’ll have the chance to meet other students on campus.
Study full time or part time
Enjoy the flexibility to build your study load around your commitments. Study full time and finish your course as soon as possible or study part time so you still have time for work, family and your social life. And you can change your study load from semester to semester, so when your situation changes you can adjust your study load for upcoming semesters.
You are a full-time student if you are enrolled in 3 or 4 units per semester.
You are a part-time student if you are enrolled in 1 or 2 units per semester.
If you are an international student, you must study full time. Find out more
When adjusting your study load and choosing units to enrol in, it’s always a good idea to get advice from Student Central so you can make an informed decision.
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