Study with us

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is one of Australia’s most multicultural universities, with students from more than 60 nationalities.

If you aspire to enter a university program and study in Australia, our International College provides a pathway to study.

Our courses prepare you to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate programs at CDU.

At the CDU International College, we offer pathways designed to ensure you get the most out of your studies. Specialised language development, a well-rounded curriculum and smaller class sizes provide the support necessary to meet your goals and prepare for the real world.

2024 courses at the CDU International College

These innovative pathway programs are designed to equip you with knowledge, skills and confidence for study and life, and provide guaranteed entry to Charles Darwin University undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Programs are available in four categories:

  • Foundation Studies Program is a direct academic pathway to a first-year undergraduate degree at CDU.
  • First Year Diploma Programs (Business Studies, Information Technology) are two-semester courses that function as an alternative first year of an undergraduate degree at CDU.
  • Accelerated – International Masters Qualifying Program develops advanced knowledge and skills in academic writing, research, critical thinking and intercultural communication to successfully undertake postgraduate study at CDU.
  • ELICOS program offers two levels of course: English for Academic Purposes Level 3 (EAP3) and English for Academic Purposes Level 4 (EAP4). English for Academic Purposes prepares international students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at English for Academic Purposes prepares international students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Charles Darwin University.
Successful completion of each program is subject to students meeting necessary progression requirements. Further details about each program are available on their course listing page, or in the prospectus, downloadable below.
Program type 2024 Intakes Campus Duration Articulates to
International Foundation Studies Program March Darwin Waterfront 8-9 months (Two semesters) Most undergraduate degrees
Diploma of Business Studies  March, July, November Darwin Waterfront 8-9 months (Two semesters) Year 2 of Bachelor of Business,
Bachelor of Digital Enterprise,
Bachelor of Accounting
Diploma of Information Technology March, July, November Darwin Waterfront 8-9 months (Two semesters) Year 2 of Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Information Technology,
Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program* March, July, November Darwin Waterfront 4-5 months (One semester) Most postgraduate programs
English for Academic Purpose 3 (EAP3) April Darwin Waterfront 10 weeks • Eligible CDU undergraduate programs requiring an IELTS equivalent of 6.0 overall.
• EAP 4
English for Academic Purpose 4 (EAP4)

April, July, November

Darwin Waterfront 10 weeks • Eligible CDU undergraduate programs requiring an IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall.
• Eligible CDU postgraduate coursework programs requiring an IELTS equivalent to 6.5 overall.
Want to learn more about CDU International College?
2024 Key Dates   Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer Semester 
Teaching starts Monday, 04 March Monday, 22 July Monday, 18 November
Teaching ends Friday, 31 May Friday, 18 October Friday, 07 February 2025
2024 Key Dates for ELICOS program  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer Semester 
Orientation Tuesday, 2 April Friday, 26 July Friday, 29 November
Teaching starts Wednesday, 3 AprilMonday, 30 July Monday, 2 December
Teaching ends Friday, 7 June Friday, 4 October Friday, 21 February 2025

Programs at the CDU International  College are delivered by UP Education, an education provider that partners with leading universities in Australia and New Zealand to provide learning pathways for international students, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel at English-language universities.

The collaboration between the Charles Darwin University and UP Education will provide you with the foundation to be successful in our comprehensive range of world-class offerings. UP Education is internationally known for its specialist language courses and university entrance qualifications, with over 14,000 students across 50 campuses in New Zealand and Australia.


Pathway scholarships

Scholarships of up to 30% tuition fee are available for pathway programs.

No application is required as applicants are automatically assessed after submitting their application to a course within the CDU International College. The scholarships are for all pathway applicants from all regions.


Shape your future in a dynamic city

Darwin is a unique tropical city in northern Australia famous for its multiculturalism, spectacular natural scenery, markets, Indigenous culture, and fascinating history. 

CDU is particularly proud of its unique character that stems from its location in the Northern Territory and close interaction with Aboriginal culture and the peoples of Southeast Asia.


Darwin Waterfront

Located next to Darwin Harbour, CDU Waterfront is home to the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law  and CDU International College.

Built with the commitment to foster connections with businesses across Darwin’s Central Business District and provide educational pathways into Higher Education.