Fees and Intakes

Costs associated with your study at CDU International College will depend on several things, including your study program and where you choose to live.

Charles Darwin University International College

CRICOS Provider Code: 00300K

The fees advertised are the annual fee for the course. These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU International College offers Pathway Scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Program DurationEnglish Language RequirementsTuition Fees
International Foundation Studies Program 8-9 monthsIELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent$23,146 AUD
Diploma of Business Studies8-9 monthsIELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent$28,376 AUD
Diploma of Information Technology 8-9 monthsIELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent$31,158 AUD
Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (MQP)4-5 monthsIELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent$14,455 AUD
English for Academic Purpose 3 (EAP3)10 weeksIELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent$450 AUD per week
English for Academic Purpose 4 (EAP4)10 weeksIELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent$450 AUD per week
English for Academic Purpose 3 + 4 (EAP 3 + EAP4)20 weeksIELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent$450 AUD per week

Start Dates 2024

Semester 1: 04 March

Semester 2: 22 July

Summer Semester: 18 November

ELICOS Programs

EAP 3 and EAP 4 – Darwin Waterfront Campus: 
  • Semester 1: 2 April
  • Semester 2: 26 July
  • Summer Semester: 29 November
EAP 4 – Sydney Campus: 
  • Semester 1: 2 April
  • Semester 2: 26 July
  • Summer Semester: 29 November


International student fees are stated in your letter of offer and CoE before commencing at CDU International College. Fees must be paid in full by the first day of classes each semester. If you are unable to pay by this date, you must apply for a tuition fees extension online. If you have any questions regarding payment of your fees, please contact the International Compliance Officer via email.

As a student visa holder, it is required that students remain financially able to pay their fees. Financial struggle cannot be considered when assessing other applications such as CoE extension and Reduced study load.

The University offers faster and secure online payment methods.

International Payments

You can make payments with:

  • Credit Card

  • PayPal

  • Western Union

  • Flywire


Pay online

You can use Visa, Master Card, Amex, Flywire, Western Union and PayPal to pay online for:

  • student fee payments – Higher Education and VET
  • academic transcripts
  • parking fines
  • miscellaneous fees such as advanced standing.


If you would like to use B-Pay to pay your fees, quote biller code 49395 and your reference number which is printed on the front of your invoice.




There are in-person payment facilities available at the following locations:

  • Casuarina campus (EFTPOS only, no cash)
  • Darwin Waterfront (EFTPOS only, no cash)
  • Alice Springs campus
  • Palmerston campus
  • Katherine Town centre.

By phone

Make payment by phone via Master Card, Visa Card, Diners or American Express.

Free call: 1800 061 963.

How much does it cost to live in Australia?

Online budget calculators can be a useful tool to assist you with budgeting and ensure you are financially prepared for coming to Australia. Money Smart budget planner is a useful tool we recommend.

The cost of living in Australia varies from city to city, and students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet to receive a student visa for Australia. From October 2019, the 12-month living cost (per person) was listed as:

  • Individual student – $21,041
  • Partner or spouse – $7,362
  • Child – $3,152

However, costs will vary from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices.

The table below indicates Darwin’s estimated living expenses (note: Figures included are an approximate guide only).

Estimated living expenses  quoted in Australian dollars (AUD$)
Groceries and eating out $80 to $280 per week
Gas, electricity $20 to $140 per week
Phone and Internet $15 to $30 per week
Public transport $7 per week
Car (after purchase)  $150 to $260 per week
Entertainment  $80 to $150 per week
On-campus accommodation Standard room at IHD is $175 per week through to a large room with ensuite for $227.50 per week.*
Off-campus accommodation $150 – $350 per week in a shared rental.
$360 – $650 per week in a private rental.*

*Subject to change. 

Airport Pick up

Darwin: flying into Darwin you can arrange a free airport pick up. Details on how to arrange this can be found here

Darwin International Airport is located in Darwin’s northern suburbs and approximately 8km from Darwin city centre. If you plan to arrive at Darwin International Airport from overseas, you may need to transit through either Singapore Changi Airport, Bali International Airport or through other Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. If you book a connecting flight, it is important to have at least two hours between your arrival and departure times to allow for any unexpected delays.

Note that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, these arrangements may be different. More information can be found at Australian Government’s advice for international travellers.