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As part of the application process, it is important that you meet the minimum academic and English language entry requirements. We know this can be daunting, so if you have any questions, please email the International team.  We look forward to helping you through the process of applying to study with us at CDU.

Academic entry requirements

  • Foundation studies provides international students with a great start to university life. With smaller class sizes and close academic and pastoral care support, after successfully completing a foundation program, students are well prepared and confident in both their academic and English ability.

    Have completed the equivalent of Year 11, Australian secondary school, or equivalent. You can see list of agreed equivalents online here. 

    Learn more

  • A full list of academic requirements for the Charles Darwin University International College can be downloaded below. 

    First Year Diploma Academic Requirements

     

  • Pre-masters courses develop advanced knowledge and skills in academic writing, research, critical thinking and intercultural communication to successfully undertake postgraduate study at CDU.

    The Charles Darwin University International College academic entry requirements can be found below. 

    Course Academic Requirements

    Masters Preparation Program (MPP)

    CRICOS: 0100442 (NT/VIC),
    0100446 (NSW)

    Student must hold a bachelor’s degree

    Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) Standard

    CRICOS: 0100443 (NT/VIC),
    0100446 (NSW)
    Student must have completed three years of post-secondary study

    Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) Accelerated

    CRICOS: 0100444 (NT/VIC),
    0100447 (NSW)
    Student must have completed three years of post-secondary study

    Additional postgraduate entry requirements from pre-masters programs

  • Programs Entry requirements 
    Certificate level programs                               A qualification equivalent to Australian Year 10
    Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs   

    A qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12

     

  • 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 CDU are listed here. 

      Year 12 Equivalent
    Bangladesh

    Higher School Certificate (HSC) with GPA 4.0.

    B Accounting: Minimum grade of GPA 4.0 in business maths subjects

    B Engineering, B Medical and Laboratory Science: Minimum grade of GPA 4.5 in maths, physics or chemistry for specific courses.

    Brunei

    GCE A levels*.

    Cambridge Pre U Diploma

    CDU 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.

    Canada

    Ontario Year 13 Secondary School Diploma or British Columbia Year 12 Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma.

    China

    Successful completion of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) with GAOKAO score required for entry into Tier Two university in the relevant province.
    Or, successful completion of a recognised pre-tertiary or foundation program. 
    Or, successful completion of one-year study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution.

    Denmark

    Studentereksamen.

    Fiji

    NZ University Bursaries Exam/National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Equivalent of eligibility to enter a New Zealand university.

    Germany

    Abitur.

    Hong Kong

    HKDSE with minimum 15 Points from 5 best subjects from Category A and C.

    India

    Successful completion of the:
        •    All India Senior School Certificate;
        •    Indian School Certificate;
        •    Senior Secondary Certificate; and,
        •    State Board Examinations.
    With an average score of at least 60% in the best 4 academic subjects including English.

     

    Indonesia

    Entry 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 Baccalaureate

    Completed IB diploma with minimum 24 points from 6 subjects at one sitting.

    Japan

    Upper 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), South

    Senior High School Diploma with a grade average of A or successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

    Malaysia

    Malaysian STPM; entry to some courses with Senior Middle MICSS UEC minimum two A and two B grades; Canadian OAC pre-university diploma.

    Nepal

    Completion of Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) in First Division;

    B. Accounting: minimum grade of 60% in business maths subjects

    B. Engineering, B Medical Laboratory Science: Minimum grade of 65% in maths, physics and chemistry

    B. Nursing: minimum overall score of 65%

    Or

    Completion of the Proficiency Certificate with a grade of 65%.

    Norway

    Vitnemal.

    Pakistan

    Higher 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.

    Philippines

    Successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university.

    Singapore

    GCE A levels* Successful completion of Cambridge International or Edexcel GCE A Level examination with a score of 6 in 3 core subjects.

     

    Sri Lanka

    GCE A levels*.

    Taiwan

    Successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university; or two years study at a recognised junior college.

    Thailand

    Successful completion of Mathayom 6 with GPA 3.0 or better; or successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university.

     

    UK

    GCE A*.

    USA

    High School diploma with minimum B average grade/ GPA and SAT score minimum 1200 (prior to 2004) and 1700 since 2004.

    Vietnam

    Successful 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 bachelors degree at a recognised university.



     


    *A minimum aggregate score of 6, where the aggregate scores based on 3 A Level or combination of A and AS Level Subjects A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)

  • 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.

  • Completing your Master by Research or PhD is an opportunity to specialise in your chosen field and contribute to delivering real and measurable impact in northern Australia and beyond.

    Course Eligibility

    Masters by Research (MRes)

        1.    a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class or second-class honours; or
        2.    a Masters by Coursework or Extended Masters which contains a substantial research component 

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

        1.    a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class honours or second-class honours division; or
        2.    a Masters qualification that contains a substantial research component

     

English language entry requirements

English entry requirements at CDU can be met two ways:

Option 1: undertaking one of the following English tests; however, some courses may require higher levels of English or only accept specific English language tests.

  • IELTS
  • PTE
  • TOEFL
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency

Option 2: by providing evidence of previously completed studies in English. Please refer to the table below for level and/or duration of qualification required to meet CDU's English entry requirements. Previous studies in English may not be accepted as an option for English requirements for some courses.

  • Details about the English entry requirements for your course can be found in the course page, find these by following these steps:

    1. Go to: https://www.cdu.edu.au/study and select your study area.
    2. Find your course from under the study area.
    3. Click your course to open the course details.
    4. Select the 'Entry Requirements' tab (if available) for more information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses will have English requirements listed in the Overview.

    Important notes:

  • Due to COVID-19  many English language testing facilities are closed. As such, the University has been able to approve the following alternative English language tests to ensure international applicants can commence studies for Summer Semester (November 2020) and Semester 1, 2021.

    View the list

    For further information please contact international@cdu.edu.au

Recognised English Speaking Countries

  • It is important to note that secondary schooling with English subject/s is only applicable to undergraduate courses with standard English entry requirements. Standard English entry for Undergraduate courses is IELTS 6.0 no sub-score less than 6.0 or equivalent score in other tests like PTE or TOEFL.

    Canada

    A 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.

    Denmark

    A 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.

    Germany

    A 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.

    Malaysia

    A grade of C6 or better in the General Paper in the GCE 'O' Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris (English language) subject from the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM); Note: There are two grades for 1119 Bahasa Inggeris; only the GCE-O Level grade is accepted. The GCE-O Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris grade is stated on the SPM result slip; however, it is not available on the SPM final certificate.

    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.

    Singapore

    A 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.

    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.

  • Studying in an English speaking country is one method of meeting CDU's English entry requirements. This method is only available for courses with standard entry requirements:

    • VET is IELTS 5.5 no band less than 5 or equivalent score in another test such as PTE, TOEFL.
    • Undergraduate Entry is IELTS 6.0 no band less than 6.0 or equivalent score in another English test.
    • Postgraduate: IELTS 6.5 no band less than 6.0 or equivalent score in PTE or TOEFL.

     

    Education level that has been previously undertaken

    Postgraduate requirement

    Undergraduate requirement

    VET requirement

    Australian Secondary Schooling

     Not Applicable

    Completion of a recognised Australian Year 12 including English 4 SA or equivalent.

    Completion of a recognised Australian Year 10 or higher for admission to Cert IV or higher.

    Overseas Senior Secondary Schooling

     Not Applicable

    Completion of a recognised overseas secondary qualification from the list of English-Speaking Countries in standard and extended list where the medium of instruction was English.

     

    Course/s at AQF Level 4 or higher

    Successful completion of two years full-time equivalent at a recognised institution in a country from the list of English-Speaking Countries standard and extended list where the medium of instruction was English.

    Successful completion of one-year full time equivalent at a recognised institution in a country from the list of English-Speaking Countries in standard and Extended list where the medium of instruction was English.

     

    Note: previous studies must be completed within five years from the date of commencement at CDU.

  • Previous studies must be completed within 5 years from the date of commencement at CDU.

    Standard List

    (English speaking countries as identified by UK NARIC that have no other main spoken language identified)

    Extended List**

    (English speaking countries as identified by UK NARIC that have a spoken language in addition to English)

    Antigua and Barbuda

    Bermuda

    Australia

    Botswana

    Barbados

    Cayman Islands

    The British Virgin Islands

    Fiji

    Canada

    Kenya

    New Zealand

    Malawi

    UK – Scotland

    Malta

    UK – England  

    Mauritius

    UK – Northern Ireland

    Papua New Guinea

    UK – Wales

    Philippines

    United States of America

    Puerto Rico

    South Africa

    Seychelles

     

    St Vincent and the Grenadines

     

    Tanzania

     

    Tonga

     

    Trinidad and Tobago

     

    Vanuatu

     

    Zimbabwe

    **Requires written confirmation that the medium language of instruction was English.

Study pathways

Don't meet the entry requirements? Don't worry, at CDU there is a study pathway for everyone. CDU’s International pathways program is suitable for students at all levels of education and English proficiency. We provide clear pathways and easy transition between courses from vocational through to postgraduate study.

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