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Charles Darwin University

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual-sector university, which means we offer a full spectrum of education and training opportunities in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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In 2014 Charles Darwin University celebrated 25 years of university education in the Northern Territory, a history that commenced with the opening of the Territory’s first and only university, the Northern Territory University, in 1989. Prior to the establishment of the Northern Territory University post-secondary education in the Territory had a history dating back to the late 1940s.


CDU's diverse Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have been designed to suit a range of career fields. Flexible study options are available to help you complete your course - on campus or externally online. Both of these options are supported by CDU to ensure you feel confident in your studies.


CDU has established itself as an exciting and progressive research intensive university with a regional focus that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We have developed cross-disciplinary research teams, as well as partnerships and collaborative relationships with external agencies to build world-class research capability.

Our goal is to maintain and develop our high-impact research profile in areas of strength including Environment and Livelihoods; Human Health and Wellbeing; Social and Public Policy; Education at the interface with Health; and Energy. Indigenous Knowledges is a cross-cutting research focus.


The CDU Careers and Employment team offers career development services to current CDU students and recent graduates.

We can assist you to develop skills to manage your career and prepare for job search and employment. If you are making important decisions about your career, we can provide resources that will lead to informed decision making and improved career management strategies.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
501 -200
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
788 -20
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Accommodation
  • Banking
  • Campus maps
  • CDU Bookshop
  • Student Advocacy
  • Childcare
  • Food and drink
  • Hair and beauty services
  • IT Kiosk
  • Libraries
  • Medical services
  • Parking
  • Post office
  • Transport
  • Student lounges
  • The Gym

Housing services

There are plenty of accommodation options in Darwin: on-campus accommodation, student accommodation, and private renting.

  • International House Darwin (IHD)
Part of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community.
  • UniLodge Darwin
UniLodge Darwin student accommodation opened in February 2015, offering students a modern and convenient living environment only 800 meters from the gates of Charles Darwin University.
  • Off-campus accommodation
The CDU off-campus accommodation service is designed to assist new and continuing students and staff to search for appropriate accommodation while studying or working at CDU.

Library services

The Office of Library Services (OLS) provides high quality information resources, services and facilities to support the learning, teaching and research needs of the Charles Darwin University community.

ICT services

  • CDU maintains both general purpose and specialised computer-based teaching laboratories across all campuses, and also smaller labs at our regional centres and remote teaching sites.
  • The Office of Information Technology Management and Supportcan assist you with email, internet, phone and voicemail access, software and hardware purchasing, training, and student computer lab access and information.

Medical services

TheCDU Medical Centre is situated on the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University at the corner of Lakeside and Ellengowan Drives.

CDU students (in possession of a student card) will be bulk billed at the medical centre and a 10% discount will apply to all CDU staff.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Charles Darwin University's Casuarina campus, is located about 12 km from the city centre.
  • Charles Darwin University's Alice Springs campus is a major educational hub catering for students in the town and in Central Australia’s remote communities.
  • Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place.
  • The Katherine campus is located in a rapidly developing mining, agricultural, horticultural and tourist region. It is well served by road with buses arrive daily in Katherine from the north and south.
  • Charles Darwin University offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to Certificate IV level at Nhulunbuy Campus

Sports facilities

The Gym@CDU is open to all members of the public. We have a great range of exercise classes including yoga and zumba, a well equipped gym and friendly qualified staff.


  • In 2015, CDU ranked 48th internationally in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 global rankings.
  • CDU was ranked in the top 251-300 universities internationally (THE World University Rankings 2015-16).
  • In the QS World University Rankings 2015-16, CDU was ranked 86th internationally in the area of international students which reflects the growing international attractiveness of the university.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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