Charles Darwin University
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Welcome to Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University was founded in 2003 and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in a sunny beachside location.
It has several research institutes based across Australia and offers courses in subjects like law, business, education, health and the environment at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Around 22,000 students attend the university, and a large percentage come from other countries, so even though you will be across the other side of the world, you are bound to bump into someone from the UK!
Courses and fees
Charles Darwin University offers a whole variety of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research level. More than 30 undergraduate degrees are on offer and around 10 taught postgraduate courses are available.Entry to an undergraduate degree requires that you have completed A Levels, with results depending on the course you're applying for. A full list of the courses on offer can be found on the university's website.
A well-rounded selection of undergraduate degree programmes are on offer, from creative subjects to more traditional qualifications. The areas covered are: Creative Arts, Health Sciences, Building Design and Architecture, Indigenous Studies, Business and Commerce, Information technology, Education, Engineering, Science, Environmental Science, and Social Work and Community Development.
Postgraduate students have ten courses to choose from in subjects like Accounting, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Emergency and Disaster Management, Environmental Management, and Information Technology.
There is a large international group of students at the university, and in addition to this, you can participate on an exchange programme in countries such as China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Denmark, Germany, Canada, France, USA, Hong Kong and Sweden – for that truly international experience!
Courses start at AUD$16,480 (£9,100) per year for international undergraduate degrees. Postgraduate degrees start at AUD$19,200 (£10,500) per year. Both fees vary on the course you're applying for, so check the website first.
Charles Darwin University was founded in 2003 and as such has a range of well-maintained and modern facilities. From an inspiring library to an active gym, there is lots to keep your mind and your body active. International House is at the heart of the campus for many international students, with facilities that include a pool table, 24/7 computer lab and social space.
The main Casuarina campus is based in Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. It's the largest city in the whole of the territory and Casuarina boasts one of the most popular, picturesque beaches in the city. A train connects the city to Adelaide, and an international airport serves the city. A relaxed, typical Australian beach city, you'll enjoy it here for the friendliness, weather and laid back atmosphere.
Library and study facilities
The Charles Darwin University Library has a range of collections including journal articles, newsletters, books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and electronic journals. The library has spacious study areas for silent and group study and also has a LCD screen, seminar room and training room for presentations and teaching.
A wifi connection is available across campuses and there are computer suites in each location. High tech computers are available so you can complete projects, and you will also be given a university email address so you can stay in contact with classmates and teachers on your course.
The careers and employment team at the university assists current students and graduates in finding a career. They can help you in developing effective career management skills, including identifying areas of interest, undertaking appropriate education and training, and securing employment.
The university has loads of amenities including a bookshop, post office, ATM, childcare facilities, coffee shop, cafeteria and inter-campus bus shuttle service (semester period). The campuses are located in built up areas so should you need any additional services, they aren't too far away.
The Student Association is the heart of the student community at Charles Darwin University and offers support, representation and advice to all students. As well as support, the Association also organises social events and runs the university's many clubs and societies. They also run a regular publication called The Beard, which is distributed across campus.
The [email protected] is a modern, fully equipped, air-conditioned gym with a range of fitness programmes, services and memberships to students, staff and the public. A basketball and tennis court are also available at the university, and students benefit from discounted memberships prices to the gym. A great way to stay fit and escape from the Australia sun!
The Student Administration and Equity Services is on hand to make sure every bit of your time at Charles Darwin University is an enjoyable one. They have specialist support in place for students with disabilities, and also offer a counselling service for students who need emotional support. The friendly team is always happy to welcome any student no matter how big or small the problem.
International students cannot benefit from the university's Financial Aid services, however finance management sessions are organised on campus regularly where you can find out more information on budgeting and expenses.
Charles Darwin University has one hall of residence on campus: the International House Darwin. The university also has links within the community and it publishes guides and information on how to find accommodation off campus if you don't want to stay in halls or if you don't get a place.
International House Darwin
International House Darwin is somewhat of a social hub on campus as it has a large communal area with spaces for socialising, large TVs and pool tables. There are more than 300 rooms at the hall and a variety are on offer from standard single rooms to ensuite rooms, shared rooms, and house-style apartments and flatshares. Rent starts at AUD$185 per week for a single room, up to AUD$206 per week for an apartment room.
The university has a website called StudyStays where you can find accommodation in Darwin and the surrounding areas. An accommodation officer is also on hand to put you in touch with other students who are looking for flatshares.
The open days at Charles Darwin University are usually filled with lots of interactive sessions, workshops and question and answer sessions with tutors. It's a way for you to get to know the university a little more, and really showcases what the university is all about.
You can take a campus tour and meet with administrative staff to find out how to apply to the university, and you can also attend min-seminars on the the courses that are on offer at the university.
In addition to this you can attend workshops such as how to make your own hand cream, the moot court, and the dissection of a crocodile. So you'll be learning before you've even started! In addition to this, you can see the galleries on offer at the university and attend a printmaking workshop.
The open day usually takes place in the summer, with the last one happening in August 2014. Check back here for details of the 2015 open day in the coming months.
- Semester 1: 2 March – 29 May 2015
- Semester 2: 20 July – 16 October 2015
- Semester 3: 31 August – 20 November 2015
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