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Choose CDU for your online degree

  • Easy-to-use online learning platform

    Access materials on demand as text, video or audio files

  • #2 Australian university for graduate employment outcomes

    The Good Universities Guide 2022 ranks CDU as a leader for undergraduate employment outcomes

  • 24/7 academic and tech support

    We’re here to support interactive, collaborative learning

Inside CDU's online learning platform

E-learning with CDU

Learnline is our online learning platform. It includes the learning management system Blackboard Learn, combined with Blackboard Collaborate, which offers streaming media services, and other learning technologies. Our online classroom allows staff and students to engage in a range of learning and teaching activities, using the following key features:

  • engage with your lecturer and fellow students in live online classes
  • share audio and video
  • text chat
  • download session recording
  • polling
  • access unit content easily
  • submit assessments and access grades and feedback
  • stay connected on the go with mobile access.

The world is changing faster than ever, and technology is in a constant state of evolution. In Semester 1, 2020 CDU launched the Ultra experience - the next generation in online learning. A clear, simple and responsive design gives Ultra the edge.  It looks good and it works well no matter what device you use - mobile, tablet or desktop computer.

"It’s easy to access the online classroom – you just need a microphone, internet and a sharp brain. Online study eventually saves time. You don’t need to wake up early and travel to campus. My lecturers and tutors provide extra support to make our transition as smooth as they can"
Vicky (Master of Professional Accounting Student)
International student Heather Wong

Heather's charter flight story: From online to on campus

When COVID-19 struck, international student Heather was at home in China. She was preparing to study a Master's degree in accounting at CDU in Darwin when borders closed. Heather did not give in; instead, she started studying online.  

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Your online study questions answered

Can I do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree online?

Yes, at CDU you can study most Bachelor and Master’s degrees online or in a mixed-mode delivery (which means you'll study mostly online and do some in-person study).

Mixed-mode study may be required for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that require practical placements, simulation blocks or intensive on-campus blocks of study. Depending on your course, these may be completed close to your home, or you may need to travel.

Check the course details to find out more or contact  CDU’s Student Central team.

Can I do a VET or TAFE course online?

At CDU, some vocational education and training courses (also known as TAFE courses) are available online.

Students across Australia can take these online VET courses, however only Northern Territory residents are eligible to government subsidised fees. 

Check the course details to find out more.

What technology and equipment do I need to study a degree online?

You will need a desktop or laptop and internet access to study online. Check specific system requirements.

How does an online degree work?

As an online student, you’ll access your learning materials, watch lectures, take part in interactive classes, plan and submit assessments, and communicate with lecturers and study buddies via CDU’s online learning platform, Learnline.

Depending on your course, you can normally learn on your schedule. This means you can log in and study when it suits you. Learnline can be accessed on a computer, mobile or tablet, and the materials are usually available in a range of formats to make studying easier (including text, audio and video files).

Your assessments will be submitted, and your grades will be made available on Learnline. If you need to sit exams, CDU will arrange for you to attend an exam centre close to your home during the exam period.

You can collaborate with your study buddies via Learnline, or set up informal online study groups through social media or email.

Is an online degree right for me?

The beauty of an online degree is that it’s flexible. You can study where, when and how it suits you to fit in with family and work.

Only you will know if an online degree is right for you. Take stock of your lifestyle and consider your professional and personal goals, existing social and work commitments, your study space, and time management.

Read more: Study online or on campus: 5 questions to help you choose

Read more: 5 questions you must ask any university before starting a degree online

Do employers accept online university degrees?

This depends on the quality of the degree. Make sure you choose an online degree that is properly and fully accredited by relevant industry bodies. It should also be delivered by a reputable institution.

CDU’s degrees carry the same professional accreditations regardless of whether you study online or on campus. Check the course details to see how it’s accredited.

CDU is a member of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) and is ranked in the Top 100 Universities in the Asia Pacific region and the 28th Millennial University globally. CDU is also ranked a top 2 Australian university for graduate salaries and employment. Find out more about CDU’s rankings.

Are scholarships available if I study a degree online?

Yes, CDU offers a wide range of scholarships for both online and on-campus students. Find a scholarship.

How much does it cost to do an online degree?

The cost to study an online degree at CDU is the same as studying on campus. Find out more about course fees.  

How much time to I need to study online?

You’ll need roughly 10-12 hours per week, per subject to study a degree online. This accounts for formal contact hours (for lecturers and tutorials) and support hours (for reading and revision).

Depending on whether you study part-time or full time, you’ll be doing one to four subjects each semester.

Read more: How much time do I need to study?

How do placements work for online students?

CDU will organise placements on your behalf and place you as close to home as possible (subject to availability). To find out more, contact student central.

How do I apply to study a degree online?

You can apply to study online at CDU in the same way you would apply to study on campus. Find out more about how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What support is available if I study online?

All of the support services you may need as an international student are available to you when you study online.


You’ll find plenty of help online with access to free academic support.

Online tutoring is available to students through their Learnline account for both subject-specific and literacy help. Access is available to a free online tutor 24 hours 7 days a week, in more than 40 subjects, including Math, Science, Social Studies, Business, and English.

Enter your topic, subject or question, and you can connect with someone who can help you. Look for the 'Online Tutoring' option under the Help and Support tab in Learnline.

Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP)

ALLSP is a free, confidential service that can assist you with academic skills development and can be tailored to the specific unit you are seeking help in.

The ALLSP team work with you to help you understand the requirements of your assignments and to further your study skills. Services ALLSP offer includes:

  • One-on-one support, the ALLSP team is available through Phone, Zoom, Teams, Blackboard Collaborate or Skype appointments.
  • English language development offers free discipline-specific workshops for students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
  • Drop-in sessions (online) when you have a quick question.

Learn more about ALLSP


CDU Library is already online, and they have got lots of resources and support for you. Learn more about the CDU Library.


Students can utilise the support desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our online learning platform is updated monthly, bringing regular improvements and new features with no downtime.

Are the online tuition fees the same as on-campus programs?

Yes, online tuition fees are the same as studying face-to-face. Online study is the same high-quality course, same experienced lecturer as on-campus study; it is just in a different 'classroom'.

Tuition fees depend on the number of units of study, not the mode of study.

Are scholarships available to me if I study online?

CDU scholarships for online study are the same as on-campus study. 

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Can I do part of the program online and then come onshore to complete the program?

Yes, CDU offers this option. The added benefit to you is that online programs are taught to the same schedule as face-to-face programs. Our online students are virtually in the classroom face-to-face with other students. As COVID-19 travel restrictions lift, our students can easily transition to on-campus study.

Do I have to study full-time?

International student visa holding students in Australia should be taking a full-time study load of 40 credit points. However, CDU has the right to reduce study loads on a case-by-case basis to support our students. We will remain flexible, especially as online study may not be the preferred method of study for our international students.

Non-student visa holders and students overseas are able to take their preferred study load online.   

Are all courses available for online study?

There are a few courses that students must be on-campus to study, these courses usually have placements or practicals in the first semester. If you're unsure about whether or not your course can start online, please email

How do I apply to study an online degree at CDU?

You can apply to study online at CDU in the same way you would apply to study on-campus.

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