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CDU making university accessible for all

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Beth at law firm office

Charles Darwin University is making university more accessible. CDU will help support 800 new students with discounted fees to help reduce the skills shortage and increase the number of university students from underrepresented groups.  

Places will be available to applicants from regional or remote areas, low socio-economic situations, those of first nations descent, applicants with a disability or first-in-family students. 

Discounted places are available in nursing, engineering, education, information technology, health, but also includes places for other courses such as psychology, paramedicine, and more. To find out more get in contact with our team for specific course information. 

Here are four student success stories.

Acesssing a quality education from the NT's far east

CDU Bachelor of Education graduate Alisha Chapman teaches at a school in her hometown of Nhulunbuy.

Alisha completed her education degree online with CDU while studying in Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem land. Now she teaches in the same remote community. 

My life as a remote teacher is exciting, rewarding—and exhausting. I’m blessed to live in a place where Yolngu culture is so strong that it is incorporated into our teaching and learning.

Learn more about Alisha's story.

Bridging course to occupational therapy, Malia's journey  

CDU student Malia studying online on her couch

Malia didn’t complete her ATAR exams due to her personal situation, but that didn’t stop her from completing a master’s of occupational therapy at CDU. 

“For a period during high school I was homeless and experiencing some personal health issues,” says Malia.

Learn more about Malia's story

Enabling course to Indigenous representative for Young Engingeers

CDU engineering and TEP student Rikki with her son

Rikki started her journey at CDU with our tertiary enabling program she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Mechanical engineering. Rikki went on to serve as the NT indigenous representative for Young Engineers Australia and was recognised as the Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year. 

“I’m thankful to have had so many great people from CDU to guide me along the way...I’ve been lucky enough to receive financial support through scholarships from this institution 

Learn more about Rikki's story

Beth's breaking new ground

Law student Beth in her Brisbane office during an internship

Beth's Journey to CDU law graduate began with a 16-week Tertiary enabling program at CDU. Spurred on by seeing how hard her mum worked to send her to a good school

That's why I'm the first of my family to go to university

Beth went on to complete her degree while working as a legal intern at a law firm in Brisbane.

Learn more about Beth's story


CDU also offers a range of scholarships, check out some of our scholarship stories.

Charles Darwin University has received funding for 800 new places in 2023 & 2024 for nursing, engineering, education, information technology, health, and more.

Reach out to our team to see if you qualify for discounted places -

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