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Charles Darwin University

Established:  2003

Location:  Main campuses in Darwin (Casuarina, Darwin Waterfront and Palmerston), Alice Springs, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and North Adelaide

Student Population:  over 20,000

CRICOS:  00300K (NT/VIC) I 03286A (NSW) | RTO Provider No. 0373

We believe you make CDU

We are a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive university in northern Australia. We teach over 20,000 students from more than 69 countries across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations, and through online learning. Our place in the Northern Territory, Australia and the Asian region fosters new ideas and innovative approaches. We believe everyone can make a positive impact through skills, training, knowledge and research.


Why CDU?

  • CDU is a leader for full-time graduate employment. We rank second in Australia; as well as joint second for graduate salary outcomes and perform consistently in global university rankings (Good Universities Guide 2021).
  • CDU ranks in the top 100 universities in the world in six areas of sustainable development (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021). These are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • CDU is a university with a growing international reputation. A new international report has identified CDU as a rising star in an elite group of 20 universities with the potential to become globally influential by 2030. The ‘Class Of 2030’ report (Firetail), lists fast-improving global universities.
  • CDU’s work-integrated degrees ensure students are employment-ready. You’ll build lasting relationships with your tutors and peers, enjoy a high level of access to online learning resources, and experience quality professional placements which will allow you to apply your learning in real-world contexts. CDU teaches courses with professional placement components in nursing and midwifery, engineering, health, and business and accounting.
  • CDU offers a unique student experience
  • With excellent student resources, student support and high student satisfaction levels, our international students adjust quickly to studying in Australia. We have a low student to staff ratio, which promotes academic success through small class sizes and lots of interaction.

Everything you need to know


What Can I Study


Choose from pathway, vocational education and training (VET), undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in:

  • Business and accounting
  • Bookkeeping and clerical
  • Children’s services and education support
  • Conservation and land management
  • Creative arts and industries
  • Culinary arts
  • Education
  • Emergency and disaster management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Exercise and sports science
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health science
  • Hospitality
  • Humanities and social science
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • IT and network engineering
  • Laws and legal studies
  • Psychological science
  • Science
  • Tourism and hospitality

Scholarships available


  •  Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships – up to 50% reduction in tuition fees
  • CDU Global Excellence Award
  • CDU Global Leader Award
  • CDU Global Achiever Award
  • Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships

Student Life At CDU



We have a vibrant, relaxed student life with activities to help you meet and get to know other students. Because our classes are small, it’s easy to connect with like-minded people. Our student ambassadors can help you adjust to student life and offer advice and tips about settling into Australia.


Take a break from your studies and enjoy the common spaces on campus such as libraries, student rooms, art galleries, gardens, the student square, cafes and the international student room. Take a weekend off and go exploring. Your surroundings include Litchfield National Park, Kakadu, Nitmuluk, Mindil Beach Markets and more.


Take advantage of the multiple extracurricular activities on offer, all of which add value to your CDU student experience. Why not learn a new sport, or volunteer? You can also learn essential employability skills, or become an international student representative, student ambassador or student mentor to further your leadership skills.

Education at CDU


For most people studying education with us, the primary goal is all about qualifying as a teacher. If that’s you, investigate the study options listed below. Alternatively, however, you may be interested in educational administration, leadership, developing educational services, international education, and/or supporting online learning and training within a multitude of contemporary workplaces. If that’s you, please explore the options within our Master of Education Global Learning.


Study options – undergraduate


Early childhood teaching

You can study a Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Master of Teaching Early Childhood and Primary at CDU. Studying early childhood at bachelor or masters level prepares you to become an early childhood teacher and/or a primary school teacher for children aged birth to 12 years. It gives you flexible and versatile employment in early childhood leadership and management. During the course you explore issues, concepts and practices which are common and specific to both early childhood education (including before-school settings) and primary school education.

Primary teaching

You can study a Bachelor of Education Primary and a Master of Teaching Primary with us.
The Bachelor of Education Primary prepares you to become a primary school teacher and teach children aged 5-13 years. As a primary school teacher, you’ll be vital to a student’s learning process. You will guide and develop their skills through the various key learning systems of education during their early years at school.

Secondary teaching

You can study a Bachelor of Education Secondary and a Master of Teaching Secondary at CDU.The Bachelor of Education Secondary prepares you to become a secondary school teacher, and teach Year 7 to Year 12. In this role, you’ll be responsible for educating and guiding students as they prepare for the real world. If you’re a good communicator, love having fun with children and are passionate about sharing a love of learning, secondary teaching may be the career for you!


The CDU Bachelor of Education in all three streams listed above (early childhood, primary and secondary) has been accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory, consistent with the standards established by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programmes in Australia. When you graduate from the CDU Bachelor of Early Childhood, the CDU Bachelor of Education Primary or the CDU Bachelor of Education Secondary, you will be eligible to register as a teacher in schools across all Australian state and territory jurisdictions (subject to meeting other eligibility criteria).


Study options – postgraduate


Master of Teaching

You can study a Master of Teaching if you already hold a bachelor degree in a field other than education. The Master of Teaching can enable you to become a teacher in just two years. On graduating, you’ll be eligible to register as a teacher in all states and territories in Australia.The Master of Teaching qualifies you to teach early childhood (birth to year 7), primary (transition to year 7) or secondary (year 8 – year 12).


The Master of Teaching in all three streams (early childhood, primary and secondary education) has been accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory consistent with the standards established by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programmes in Australia. The early childhood and primary teaching streams in this programme are approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Digital learning futures


You can study a Graduate Certificate of Digital Learning Futures and a Master of Digital Learning Futures at CDU.
The graduate certificate investigates the dynamics of the digital era. What new ‘smarts’ are on the horizon and what skills are needed to engage effectively within the digital paradigm? How might we learn next? How might we teach? How might we train in the workplace? The course is suited to those working or aiming to work in either educational or training settings, creative industries, education software development, learning design, libraries, e-learning and related fields. The Master of Digital Learning Futures is an interdisciplinary course that probes the possibilities of digital media and how it can optimise learning. The course is suited to those working or aiming to work in educational or training settings, creative industries, software development, learning design, e-learning and related fields. Based on a solid foundation of core units, you’ll have opportunities for research and internships, as well as the flexibility to choose from electives in new media production skills, web development, programming and systems management.

Education global learning


At CDU you can study a Graduate Certificate of Education (Global Learning) and Master of Education (Global Learning). The graduate certificate is a diverse, innovative course covering international education, education policy, higher education, vocational education, literacy and language, English language teaching in Asia, educational leadership, Indigenous education and digital technologies and learning. The Master of Education (Global Learning) focusses on globalised learning and prepares you for research and leadership in this area. Please note: This course does not lead to teacher registration. Instead, it is designed to meet the professional development needs of education policy-makers, practitioners, school teachers and principals, and researchers working across Australia and in the Asia Pacific.

Research with impact


The College of Indigenous Futures, Education, and Arts at CDU is invested in transforming and revitalising schools and workplaces, and creating connected places for learning in large cities and small communities alike. We are privileged to work alongside candidates and colleagues from around the world and from diverse professions. Their theoretical and policy contributions provide a rich foundation for research that builds upon the longstanding tradition of influential education research undertaken by researchers within the College of Indigenous Futures, Education, and Arts.



  • We are 2 for teacher starting salaries (Good Universities Guide 2021)
  • 96% of our undergraduate teaching students find employment (Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report 2020)
  • We rank in the top 100 universities in the world for quality education (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021)