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How to apply

At CDU, you’ll study with a university that is a global leader in graduate employment.

Steps to applying at CDU

The process to apply to study with us is simple, just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Choose your course

Choose a course from the list of courses available to international students. Each course lists the fees for the course for that year. 

Make sure you change the search filter to 'international'. This will ensure courses available for international students to study will display.

Find a course

Alternatively, our 2022 course guide can be found below.

Download Course Guide (PDF, 2.58 MB)

Step 2: Check the entry requirements and application dates

All of your course entry requirements (academic and English) can be found online.

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If you have not reached the level required for entry to your chosen course, there are other pathways you can follow.

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Higher Education Application Dates


Summer Semester 2022Semester 1 2023Semester 2 2023Semester 3 2023

Last date to submit offshore applications 

30 October 20225 February 202318 June 202315 October 2023

Last date to submit onshore applications 

8 November 202221 February 202327 June 202324 October 2023

Last date to submit applications for course changes/transfers 

13 November 202226 February 20232 July 202329 October 2023
Orientation week commences14 November 202227 February 20233 July 202330 October 2023

Teaching commences

21 November 202206 March 202310 July 20236 November 2023
Census date9 December 202227 March 202331 July 202327 November 2023

VET Application Dates

 Semester 1 2023Semester 2 2023
Last date to submit offshore applications 08 January 202325 June 2023
Last date to submit onshore applications 23 January 202310 July 2023
Teaching commences30 January 202317 July 2023

CDU International College


Semester 1 2023

Semester 2 2023Semester 3 2023

Last date to submit offshore applications

22 February 2023

28 June 202325 October 2023

Last date to submit onshore applications

01 March 2023

05 July 20231 November 2023

Teaching begins

06 March 2023

10 July 20236 November 2023

Census date

27 March 2023

31 July 202327 November 2023
Step 3: Apply online or through an agent

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal. You’ll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online. 

You can lodge a direct application. However, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you are not able to submit a direct application via the application portal, then apply through one of our registered agents.

Option 1: Direct

Submit your application to study at CDU via the online portal.

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Option 2: Agent

We have authorised representatives in many countries, and you may use their services to assist you in the application process. Education agents are generally able to help you with your visa application as well as your university application.

Please select your country of nationality to find our other overseas or external representatives.

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When applying for your course, ensure that your application form is completed as an incomplete application may delay the application process. You’ll also need to provide and label correctly all the required documentation below:

  1. Passport copy showing all relevant information
  2. Proof of English language proficiency test
  3. A well-written Statement of Purpose (Single) or Statement of Purpose (Family)
  4. Certified copies of all academic transcripts, award certificates including grading systems information and English translations (whenever applicable)
  5. Resume
  6. Other supporting documents.


We offer an exciting and generous range of scholarships to support international students coming to study at CDU. More information on available international scholarships can be found on our international student scholarship page.

Apply for Credit, Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning (RLP) (if applicable)

Please indicate in your application if you will be applying for advanced standing based on previous studies and submit the following documents:

View more details about Advanced standing at CDU.

The University may ask for further documentation if required at any time of the application process. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number which will allow you to track the status of your application. Remember to include this reference number in all correspondences with the University about your application.

Submit your application

Step 4: Application assessment

CDU will assess your application against:

Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirements for a course does not guarantee an offer to study at CDU.

Step 5: Receive an offer

You will receive one of the following Letter of Offer once you meet the required admission and assessment criteria:

  • A Conditional Letter of Offer
  • An Unconditional Letter of Offer

Each Letter of Offer has instructions on what you to do next, how to accept your offer and fee payment information. You must not use your Letter of Offer to apply for a student visa.

Step 6: Accept your offer

You need to make sure that you meet the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requirements for a student visa before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.

To accept an offer, you are required to:

  • Upload a signed copy of the Terms of Agreement (included in your Letter of Offer) to the application portal directly
  • Upload the payment receipt and any requested documents to the application portal directly

CDU will issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) which you must provide to DHA to apply for your Australian student visa.

Step 7: Apply for your student visa

As an international student, you are required to hold a valid Australian visa for the duration of your study in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing visas to students who wish to study in Australia, their website is where you can find the requirements and application process for student visas.

As an international student visa holder, you have a set of responsibilities related to your visa laws and you are obligated to make yourself aware of these responsibilities and visa conditions. 

You can apply for your student visa as soon as you receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for a full-time course at CDU. 

More information on student visa applications.

Step 8: Enrol

Before you commence your studies, you will need to set yourself up as a student and enrol in the units recommended in your course study plan.

We encourage you to activate your student account which will grant you access to your enrolment. Once you’ve activated your student account, you can proceed to login to CDU Portal. Then select My Student Info and navigate to My Enrolment and follow the steps.

Higher Degree by Research

CDU has a range of options for you to complete your research degrees.  Apply to undertake your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at CDU, and you’ll be supported by research supervisors who are experts in their fields, while studying in a distinct and unique part of Australia.

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