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Get setup to study

Now you're enrolled, take these steps to set yourself up for success.

Apply for credit

If you have completed units at CDU or another university, you may wish to apply for credit, otherwise known as advanced standing.

You should apply immediately as it can take up to 4 weeks to assess your application, and the outcome may determine the units that you enrol in.

There are two types of credit you can apply for:

  • Credit transfer is awarded by completed relevant studies previously undertaken.
  • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is based on prior formal or informal learning and relevant work experience (or a combination thereof).

To apply for credit transfer, submit the Credit Transfer eForm together with any required supporting documents.

Find out more about advanced standing.

Manage your study plan

Recommended study plan

The course catalogue lists the recommended study plan for all courses.

It is important to follow the recommended study plan as closely as possible. This will ensure you don't have clashes in your timetable and will help you progress smoothly through your course.

To view the recommended study plan for your course:

  1. Enter your course code into the course catalogue, and select your course.
  2. From the course overview, select the 'Study Plan' tab.
Study plan tab on course detail page

Edit your study plan

Now that you know what is in your recommended study plan, you can edit your study plan to match the recommended plan.

It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your study plan handy so you can check off units as you complete them.

To edit your study plan:

  1. Login to MyStudentInfo.
  2. Go to 'My enrolment', then
  3. Click on 'add/withdraw units'.


Learnline is CDU's online learning environment.

How do I access Learnline?

Access Learnline via the Student portal, or directly through Learnline.

We recommend bookmarking Learnline; you’ll be using it a lot.

When will my unit outline be available?

Your unit outline will appear in Learnline on the first day of each Semester.

Please note that you will only maintain access to a Learnline unit for a further 21 business days after the official grade release date.

Get started with Learnline

We recommend that you login to Learnline and check out the Learnline new student orientation to get familiar with the site before your course starts.

You will have access to Learnline 24 hours after you've completed your enrolment.

Mobile app

Download the Blackboard Student App

Access grades and assessments, learning materials, discussions and more on your favourite mobile device.

To get setup:

  1. Open the Blackboard app and search for 'Charles Darwin University'. If you're unable to find us, try modifying your search. If you're still having trouble, contact our 24/7 Learnline help centre.
  2. Log in with your CDU username and password. These are the same credentials you use to access your Learnlilne courses on a computer.

Check your timetable

You can view the class timetable online.

If you're enrolled, you can view your personalised timetable by logging in through “My Timetable" in the menu on the left.

If you haven't enrolled yet, you can use the search filter to look for the units you are interested in.

Sometimes there are multiple offerings of the same activity, a tutorial for example. If this is the case you'll see a message at the top of the unit timetable information. You will only need to select one of these.

Get your student card

As soon as you’re enrolled you should apply for your student ID card.

You must have a student ID to use the library and computer labs, as well as sit exams.

Your student card is free. 

How do I get my student card?

There are two ways to get your card:

  • submit the Student Card eForm and attach your photo ID;
  • drop into any campus.
    • You can get your card straight away at Alice Springs, Casuarina, Darwin Waterfront and Palmerston campuses. Other campuses and centres have a 3-day turnaround. You must present valid photographic ID (Australian Driving Licence or passport).

Get your textbooks

Head to the CDU bookshop to find out which textbooks you need for your course.

The bookshop publishes the list of prescribed texts about four weeks before the semester starts.

Search by unit code to find out what you need.

You can order directly from the CDU bookshop and you can also borrow textbooks from the library if they're available. Check out the library's New Students' Guide if you're unsure how to search for a book on the library website.


Free Microsoft Office suite for students

Did you know that as an enrolled student at CDU you can install up to five copies of the Microsoft Office suite on your personal devices for free?

Create, store and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and notebooks online with your lecturers and collaborators.

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Settle in

Once the admin tasks have been covered, it's time to get settled in.

Make the most of your time studying and become part of the uni community. Build relationships and get involved!

Three students at open day