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Build your skills in team-work, collaboration and communication.

If you're considering taking up online study in engineering or IT, residential schools will be a mandatory part of your course. A number of units delivered externally require on-campus attendance during mid-semester breaks.

The residential program enables students to complete practical aspects of the unit which require specialist facilities or materials, and to meet professional practice requirements set by external accreditation bodies.

Attendance at the residential activity by externally enrolled students is mandatory. Non-attendance will result in an 'F' (Fail) grade for the unit, regardless of your participation in the rest of the unit.

We recommend that you attempt a maximum of two external units with a residential program per semester.

Residential school benefits

  • The opportunity to learn essential practical and laboratory skills that can't be obtained through simulation or off-campus experimentation.
  • Student-to-student and staff-to-student interaction fosters an effective learning environment, both on- and off-campus.
  • Development of generic skills such as team-work, collaboration and communication.
  • Helps to build a sense of connection with other students and the University.

Additional information

  • Residentials are held during the mid-semester study period. Visit important dates to see semester dates.

    The timetable for residential activity can be found on the centrally published CDU timetable by unit code.

  • Residential sessions will be held at Casuarina campus in Building Purple 2, 4 or 12.

    Please refer to the Learnline site of your unit for further information about dates, times and room for the residential activity of your unit.

  • All laboratories require enclosed footwear. There may also be other requirements. Please refer to the unit you are taking in Learnline and check for other requirements.

  • Find out more about airlines, airport shuttle buses and other Darwin Airport information.

  • You will need to organise your own travel and accommodation. We recommend you do this as soon as possible. During peak tourist season (June to August) accommodation can fill up quickly.

    Find out more about accommodation on and off campus at CDU, or go to Accommodation Darwin to find out about other accommodation in Darwin.

  • Information about Darwin bus routes and timetables.

    There are several taxi services available in Darwin, such as Blue Taxi Company (13 82 94) and Darwin Radio Taxi (131 008).