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Admissions

Are you a domestic student who has previously completed a course at CDU? Do you want to further your studies in an undergraduate course? If so, apply through MyNextCourse

If you have not completed previous studies at CDU, you must submit your application through the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC).

International, Research and VET applicants should read the 'other' tab below and follow those steps to apply.

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Further your studies at CDU

If you have successfully completed some study at CDU, you can submit your application through MyNextCourse.

You must hold at least one of the following qualifications from CDU:

  • a completed TAFE/VET Certificate IV or above qualification
  • a completed Tertiary Enabling course (excluding TEP1)
  • a completed CDU undergraduate course.

Discover the courses available through MyNextCourse using the Course Finder

Undergraduate is a course of study that leads to the award of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree or a Bachelor Degree (honours or graduate entry).

Applications are made:

School leavers should contact their school career counsellors for assistance and a copy of the SATAC University Guide.

Entry requirements

The minimum admission requirements to most undergraduate courses are met by one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) at the required level approved for admission 
  • successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher
  • successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma 
  • overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications 
  • attainment of a Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score at the required level approved for admission 
  • successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses for Indigenous students, or other recognised tertiary preparation courses
  • submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience

Additional entry requirements

For some courses other criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio submission may be required. If the course you have chosen has additional entry requirements, you will be contacted by our admissions team.

Quotas

Some courses have a quota and offers for admission into these courses will be based on merit. This means that even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to the University, your rank may not be competitive enough to receive an offer.

Indigenous Australians

The University provides admission pathways and arrangements for Indigenous Australians. For further information contact Student Central.

Postgraduate is a course of study that leads to the award of a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctorate.

Applications are made through the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC).

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake a postgraduate course, in most cases, require an undergraduate degree. Charles Darwin University offers a range of Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters by coursework programs. Discover the entry requirements for the course you are interested in by visiting our Course Catalogue.

Additional entry requirements

In some courses other criteria, such as an interview, audition or portfolio submission apply. If the course you have chosen has additional entry requirements, you will be contacted by our Admissions team.

Quotas

Some courses have a quota and offers for admission into these courses will be based on merit. This means that even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to the University, your rank may not be competitive enough to receive an offer.

Preference change

SATAC - Change your preference by logging in to your SATAC application.

MyNextCourse - Withdraw your application via MyNextCourse and submit a new application with your preferred course.

Offers

SATAC - Offers will be made to the highest preference for which you are both eligible and competitive. Offer Round dates are published on the Important Dates website.  

MyNextCourse - Offers will be made on Friday afternoons throughout the lead up to start of Semester. You will receive an email confirming the outcome of your application to your last recorded email address. 

Accepting your offer

SATAC - Accept your offer by following the instructions in your offer email sent to you by CDU. Familiarise yourself with your recommended study plan in the Course Catalogue and visit MyStudentInfo to enrol. You can use the enrolment help guide to help you through the process.

MyNextCourse - Visit MyNextCourse to accept your offer. Familiarise yourself with your recommended study plan in the Course Catalogue and visit MyStudentInfo to enrol. You can use the enrolment help guide to help you through the process.

Deferring your offer

Deferrals are only available for undergraduate courses in Semester 1.

12 months 

SATAC - To defer simply respond to your offer via SATAC selecting the defer option. 
MyNextCourse - There are no deferrals for MyNextCourse.  When you are ready to commence your studies simply reapply once applications for that semester are open. 

6 months 

If you would like to defer your study for 6 months i.e. keep your place until Semester 2, you should check the course catalogue to find out if your course allows mid-year entry. If it does, then you must accept your offer with SATAC or MyNextCourse and enrol in Semester 2, by following the recommended study plan. You need to enrol before census date.

Orientation

Orientation, or O-Week, is your transition to university. We'll help you settle in, find your way around and discover what's available academically and socially. You can participate in Orientation as a new or returning student. 

International

You are an international applicant if you are not one of the following:

  • Australian citizen
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • permanent resident of Australia
  • New Zealand citizen.

If you are an international student currently studying an Australian year 12 program, you should apply via SATAC. School leavers can contact their school career counsellors for assistance and a copy of the SATAC University Guide.

All other international applicants should visit International future students for entry requirements and application information.

Research

Visit the Office of Research and Innovation if you are interested in furthering your education journey at Charles Darwin University.

VET

Vocational Education and Training (VET), ranging from Certificate I to Diplomas. If you are interested in enrolling in a VET course please visit CDU VET enrolment.

More information

Student Central
E: student.central@cdu.edu.au
T: 1800 061 963 (freecall)
FAQ's: Ask CDU