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Why Choose CDU

The CDU difference

Like our namesake Charles Darwin, we think differently. We innovate, embrace change, challenge conventions and look for better ways.

We’re not about tradition or legacy, privilege or exclusivity. We care about people as individuals, as well as the wider society. We’re about what you can give to the world, rather than what you take.

We cannot build a better world without diversity of thought; therefore, we bring those with unique perspectives together in an inclusive and supportive learning environment to connect, discover and grow. 

This is the CDU difference.

Flexible and supportive learning environment

At CDU, you will benefit from our ability to offer smaller class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio of about one teacher to every 15-20 students.

Domestic students can choose to study online or on campus with most courses offered both full-time and part-time. And with the ability to switch between modes, you will have the flexibility you need to balance study, work and family, even if your circumstances change.

As an international student, you will study full-time and on campus. With 11 campuses and centres located around Australia, you could be studying in tropical Darwin, the outback of Alice Springs or in one of our more famous cities - Sydney. 

A leader in First Nations education

Each year CDU teaches over 4,000 Indigenous students in over 150 locations across the NT.

CDU is committed to being a leader among Australian universities in relation to First Nations participation and relevance in its Strategic Plan, and by implication, significantly contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being of First Nations people and communities in the Northern Territory and beyond.

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Research impact

We are a research-intensive university with a commitment to building collaborative, co-designed research support. Concentrated within the central unit of Research and Innovation, we provide high-quality support and administration of research and consultancy projects, from conception to completion.

As we foster an environment where unique voices connect, we provide unparalleled opportunities for research and scholarships. Become part of a community dedicated to shaping a better world through collaborative research and scholarship initiatives. Join us at CDU, where innovation, diversity and academic excellence converge to redefine the future of education and research.

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Our rankings

  • Five-star Australian university for employment outcomes

    According to The Good Universities Guide 2024 CDU ranks as a leader for graduate employment outcomes

  • 30 years' experience in distance and online education

    We have what it takes to support flexible study

  • Top 100 university in the Asia Pacific

    According to the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019

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Scholarship support

Some students receive scholarships for their outstanding academic performance, talent and passion for their area of study. Others are recognised for their commitment and vision in their local community, or their sports involvement or work placement.

Importantly, there are also scholarships to help students who are struggling financially and those who may otherwise be excluded from studying due their socioeconomic, cultural or geographic circumstances.

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Meet our students

We bring those with unique paths, perspectives and experiences together in an inclusive and supportive learning environment to help them make a change for the better and build their new world. 

Discover their stories. 

Student stories

News

  • The CDU Menzies School of Medicine’s new suite of micro-credentials explores emergency and disaster health.

    New short courses to give insight into emergency and disaster health

    In a time of environmental disasters and ongoing threats of disease outbreaks, a new suite of micro-credential courses will give students access to the knowledge and strategies of how to be prepared in a crisis.

    Read more about New short courses to give insight into emergency and disaster health
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    Mastering AI

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) has launched a new Master of Information Technology (Artificial Intelligence). 

    The two-year program focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) and its effects on the modern world, combining theory with practical activities that will give students the opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders. 

    Read more about Mastering AI
  • The inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) machine was donated to Charles Darwin University (CDU) from the INPEX-led Ichthys joint venture.

    CDU receives research and development equipment from Ichthys LNG

    The INPEX-led Ichthys joint venture has made a significant investment into research and development in the Northern Territory, gifting Charles Darwin University (CDU) a key piece of equipment critical for detecting traces of metals and chemical elements in groundwater, wastewater, soil, and solid waste samples.

    Read more about CDU receives research and development equipment from Ichthys LNG
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