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Charles Darwin University

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is based in the capital city of Darwin at the heart of Australia's tropical north. It is the Australian university located most closely to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Social Sciences (2)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



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.


Throughout their studies, our students will build essential skills for success in academic pursuits, their work and their lives beyond CDU.


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.


Student services

The Office of Student Administration and Equity Services (SAES) manages all aspects of Higher Education admissions, enrolments, examinations, progression and fees. Across the Higher Education and VET sectors, the office administers scholarships, student records, the University cashier and timetabling.

Housing services

On-campus accommodation is provided by:

  • International House Darwin (IHD) - Casuarina campus
  • Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) - Alice Springs campus
  • Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA) - Katherine campus

Medical services

The Community Services and Health Team deliver community work, personal, aged and disability care, community rehabilitation, support worker, allied health assistant courses across the territory.

We have lecturers based on Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina, Katherine and Alice Springs campuses and lecturers visit many other communities

Student Life

Campus life

  • Casuarina campus is CDU's largest study location and the main hub for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Research programs. 

    The campus is located in Darwin's northern suburbs about 15kms from Darwin's central business district and within 20kms to Palmerston city. 

  • CDU’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors. Our aim is to engage with the dynamic and growing community of Palmerston and the surrounding region in order to contribute to growth and development for future generations.

  • The campus delivers training in Vocational Education and Training (VET)  programs and supports Katherine students studying Higher Education and Research.

Student clubs

Student Groups are one of the best and easiest ways to get involved, meet new people and have some fun at CDU. Come along and check out the current CDU Student Groups ranging from sporting, academic, cultural and many more.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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