As a new world university, we think differently. We innovate and embrace change. We challenge conventions and look for better ways. Whether studying on campus or online, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and flexible study delivery.
A dual-sector university
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual-sector university, which means you will find the right study pathway for you, from Vocational Education and Training (VET) and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.
Not sure if you are ready for study or don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer free enabling courses to help you build your confidence and get started.
A leader in Indigenous 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 Indigenous participation and relevance in its Strategic Plan, and by implication, significantly contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Indigenous people and communities in the Northern Territory and beyond.
Flexibility and support to study your way
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.
If you're a domestic student, you'll have the flexibility to study online or on campus. Most of our courses are offered both full time and part time, meaning you'll have the flexibility to fit study around your work and family commitments.
As an International student, you will have to study full time and on campus but 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 research
CDU is a member of Australia's Innovative Research Universities network which also includes Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University and Murdoch University,
The network brings together the direct knowledge, capabilities and resources of all six members to enhance the outcomes of higher education.
Joint ventures and partnerships
CDU has relationships with universities and organisations at home and around the world, including partnerships with many nationally funded Co-operative Research Centres (CRCs), which focus on:
- Aboriginal health,
- desert knowledge,
- national plant biosecurity, and
- sustainable tourism.
Find out more about CDU's partnerships in the annual report (PDF, 3.09 MB).
Top of our game
CDU has been recognised as a global leader by independent rankings and our reputation ensures your qualifications are recognised by employers and other institutions throughout the world.
You make CDU
We believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us a new world university.
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