Welcome to our
online programmes

Our online delivery of the CDU International College pathway programmes is fully endorsed by Charles Darwin University, and gives you the same academic and English skills as our in-class learning experience, enabling you to progress on to the university without having to delay your study plans.

Charles Darwin University CRICOS Provider Code 00300K (NT/VIC) 03286A (NSW), RTO Provider Code 0373

Getting set up with our online delivery is easy and provides you with 24/7 access to the perfect learning environment for study at home. We use a digital leaning platform called Blackboard Ultra as the basis of our teaching, which means all resources are available in one place. You will receive live instruction from your teachers just like in a class and with the added advantage that you can record lectures and interact digitally with your teacher and classmates. Plus, you will have online workshops and tutorials. The only difference is you will simply be connecting from home rather than at our International College on campus, so the quality of your study is not compromised!

Already have your offer, but can’t travel? Don’t worry! You can continue to study your programme to the exact same timeframe, transitioning to Charles Darwin University as planned, (pending issue of your Certificate of Enrolment, COE). You do not need a Student Visa before commencing online study at home. However, when the border re-opens, you will need to have your Student Visa to travel to Australia and continue study on campus.

Haven’t applied yet? No problem! Enrol in an exciting programme here and make the most of your time while waiting to travel, so you can progress on to the university as planned, without losing any time. Intake dates are July and November and more information on our programmes can be found here.

You are in good hands. UP Education in partnership with Charles Darwin University, is a leading provider of pathway programmes, and our highly experienced, qualified teachers have already been delivering online classes successfully for our February intake students.

Your online study will be accepted* for progression into Charles Darwin University as planned, regardless of whether you study partially or entirely online. That way, when borders re-open, you can easily transfer to the campus at CDU International College or the university
(*Upon meeting all criteria).
CDU IC UP ONLINE

Dr Mark Holt
Head of College

Welcome to
all our students!

A warm welcome is guaranteed for all our international students joining us at Charles Darwin International College.

The college and staff are dedicated to ensuring the best possible study outcomes for our students and a smooth transition into undergraduate or postgraduate level programmes here at the university.

Located at the Waterfront campus, our students enjoy living and learning in a fantastic location, close to all the amenities for study and leisure activities Read more to find out about our Foundation, International Diploma and Pre-masters programmes and we look forward to welcoming you to Darwin.

Enrol with CDU International College online now, for the skills, support and encouragement to prepare for your future study in Australia.
01.

Why online works

Online delivery works well!
No need to waste a moment. Our online delivery is a full and enjoyable learning experience which allows you to make the most of your time at home. Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for university and your future – we are here to support you.
65% of the university’s students are taught online so CDU is one of the best equipped universities in Australia to provide online learning.
CDU International College’s online delivery is a rich learning environment where you will have easy access to all the expertise, guidance, tools and resources you need.
Fully endorsed

Your progression to university can continue as planned

Online teaching and learning

Delivered through proven purpose-designed platforms like Blackboard Ultra, Education Perfect and Microsoft 365

Qualified teachers

Extensive experience in helping international students prepare for university study

Classroom-like environment

You will be fully guided just like you were in a classroom rather than being left to your own devices

Set expectations

Helping to ensure you stay on track.

Resources

You will be fully equipped with professional software, learning materials and online library access

Fun!

Revised timetables and fun initiatives to help you adapt to at-home learning

Superior student support and welfare

Here at CDU IC, your wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us.

We provide three levels of care within the International College in addition to the care facilities provided by CDU.

We believe teachers have a responsibility for the well-being of the students in their class. Time is given in the weekly tutorial where you can ask for general advice from your teacher.

One of your teachers will be assigned to you as a Tutor and work with you to discuss your overall progress and discuss option choices and future study.

Our student support officer will contact you at least once a week to personally offer support and care and to discuss your learning experience, including any attendance issues.

We are here to help you. We have made our online class sizes smaller so that you have plenty of access to your teacher each day.
02.

How our online delivery works ​

You are not alone. Using our four modes of delivery, you will enjoy real-time interaction with your teachers as we take you through your learning process. You can discuss tasks, ask questions and solve problems – all live!
1
Live Microsoft Teams web conferencing video-class

A live, 55-minute web conferencing lecture where students interact with the teacher and the other students. The focus of the lectures is to present new material and preparation for assessments. Lectures are supported through video, sound and text material stored on Blackboard Ultra. You will receive eight of these each week (two for each unit).

2
Live Microsoft Teams web conferencing video-tutorial
These are similar to lectures. They are live and last for approximately 55 minutes. Answers for the week’s workshops are reviewed in the first tutorial and you will be asked to answer questions and interact with other students. The second tutorial involves guided reading to prepare you for the topics and language you will encounter in the coming week.
3
Education Perfect Workshop
Online work for the week is presented in the form of text, videos, quizzes and written and oral questions. This platform provides automatic feedback, teacher updates and clear instructions for what is expected online.
4
Self-directed study
Students work on broader learning tasks, e.g. reviewing recorded video, making notes, reading text, undertaking assignments. Resources for these are made available through Blackboard Ultra.

Our digital platforms

We use several digital platforms to deliver our programmes online and to ensure that you have the most effective and intuitive learning experience.

Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Ultra is the main state-of-the-art online platform we use and is simple, intuitive and fun.

Within the platform, you can:

  • submit work, check due dates and keep track of your grades.
  • use learning materials such as videos, articles and have access to the CDU library.
  • easily access additional tools for collaboration (e.g. Voicethread) and revision.

Office 365

Office 365 is provided so that students have extensive experience with the kind of software they will be using in their future careers. 

Professional levels of collaboration, creativity and communication are facilitated through:

  • live lessons using Microsoft Teams
  • shared folders on One Drive, the latest versions of PowerPoint
  • Word, Excel and One Note
  • and even software coding using One Drive’s advanced text editor.

 

Our experience, so far, has been that Microsoft Teams has allowed increased interaction and language use by students because of the ability for all students to take part in lessons through screen sharing and voice or text chat.

Education Perfect

Education Perfect is an innovative tool that is ideal for out-of-class workshops because our teachers have created step by step weekly presentations, specific to the unit, that give automatic feedback with the ability for students to record written or verbal answers.

So, Education Perfect is an effective tool for helping students practice English skills through the slides, quizzes and assessments prepared.

Staff are already comfortable with this technology because Blackboard Ultra and Education Perfect were being used to support our face to face classes.

03.

Curriculum and study tips

Orientation

  • A specific online orientation session has been designed for you by our staff. This will set out clear guidelines about how to study online and what support and resources you will receive.
  • All students will be introduced to Blackboard Ultra. This is where we will provide clear instructions and links to any other platforms.
The teaching programme remains the same, there are no changes to the programme dates, duration of the courses, assessment items, content or quality of learning.

Hours

  • You will be expected to attend 16 hours of scheduled live lessons over 4 days a week (16 hours) and these are just like in an on-campus lesson, with the added advantage that you can record lessons and interact digitally with your teacher and classmates.
  • Scheduled Microsoft Teams web-conferencing lessons are held between 11am and 7pm Australian Central Standard Time, Monday to Friday (real time mornings in CST). 
  • Actual lesson times with the teacher will vary depending on your timetable for the units you are studying. 
  • You will be notified about your schedule when you begin your programme. You will also be required to do additional self-directed study outside of these allocated online hours.

Attendance

  • Student grades and attendance are available on Ultra Blackboard. If academic or attendance issues arise, you will be contacted directly.
  • Attendance in all web conferencing is compulsory and absence is recorded for each lesson or tutorial.

Assessments

  • Assessments are progressively worked towards as normal but monitored online via workshops and tutorials. Tests are monitored online.
It is not all study – expect guest appearances, some surprises, and a bit of fun as well!

Curriculum

  • Instruction will be in English.
  • Classes are a maximum of 25 students each and usually much smaller.
  • Homework – all assignments, information and work are provided and submitted securely and privately between students and teachers via Blackboard and Education Perfect.
Timetable

Here is a sample timetable including the different modes of delivery:

PeriodMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
1Unit 1 LectureUnit 2 LectureOnline workshop for Unit 2Online workshop for Unit 4 
2 Unit 1 LectureUnit 1 Tutorial
3Unit 2 LectureUnit 3 Lecture 
4Unit 3 Lecture   Unit 2 Tutorial
5 Unit 4 LectureOnline workshop for Unit 3Unit 4 TutorialUnit 3 Tutorial
6Unit 6 LectureOnline workshop for Unit 1Unit 3 TutorialUnit 4 Tutorial
7 Unit 2 Tutorial 
8  Unit 1 Tutorial 

 

Note: This timetable outlines the allocated hours for online web conferencing sessions when students MUST attend – lectures and tutorials are live at set times, whereas you can choose your own time for completing each online workshop.

Programmes and subjects available through CDU IC online:

Students study a total of four units per semester. There are two compulsory units and two elective units in the student’s first semester. Click here for more information.

International Foundation Studies Programme

  • English A (Core)
  • English B (Core)
  • Calculus (Option)
  • Statistics (Option)
  • Media Studies (Option)
  • Marketing (Option)

Diploma of Business Studies

  • Business and Professional Communication (Core)
  • Business Economics (Core)
  • Introduction to Business Law (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Marketing (Business Option)
  • Introduction to Accounting (Accounting Option)

Diploma of Information Technology

  • Computing Fundamentals (Core)
  • Statistics (Core)
  • Business and Professional Communication (Core)
  • Cultural Intelligence and Capability (Core)

Master’s Qualifying Programme (Accelerated)

  • Business Ethics (Core)
  • Business Communication (Core)
  • Organisational Security (Core)
  • Enterprise IT Management (Core)

Master’s Preparation Programme or Master’s Qualifying Programme (Standard length)

  • Academic Skills and Communication (Core)
  • Intercultural Skills and Communication (Core)
  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Studies (Core)
  • English for Postgraduate Studies (Core)

How to succeed with CDU International College’s online delivery

We understand the challenges of study and we’re here to help. Following these simple guidelines and tips will help you manage your learning experience and lead to the best outcome.

  • Be organised – read your programme outlines fully and put the due dates for assignments in your diary.
  • Create a study plan for yourself for the term, so you know when you will need to produce key assignments and other work.
  • Learn how to access Blackboard Ultra and learn where your teacher will post announcements, instructions, and information relevant to your learning.
  • Read and learn the content provided through Blackboard Ultra before the live sessions each week so you can ask any questions and ensure you’re clear about your tasks.
  • Use the learning forums in Blackboard Ultra to ask questions and get clarity.
  • If you don’t understand anything, quickly ask for help. Your teacher is here to help and will explain your task or direct you to the right information.
  • Be active and attend every live class session – we will be monitoring your attendance; how much time you have logged in to Blackboard Ultra; how many posts and contributions you make to the learning forums.
04.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

No, we can’t accept late starts for online study as the main reason that we normally show some flexibility here is due to visa and travel delays which do not apply to online study. 
You can use either Apple or Windows for your online studies. We have tested both and are confident that there will be minimal problems regardless of the equipment or systems that you are operating at home. Microsoft Office has video and sound capabilities, so if you don’t have a webcam, sound (microphone) will work fine.
Yes, classes are compulsory, as you will be commencing your course online, and will be expected to attend in that same way as you would be if you were physically in class in Australia. We expect 90% attendance.

Students study a total of four units per semester. There are two compulsory units and two elective units in the student’s first semester, please find a breakdown below:

International Foundation Studies Programme

  • English A (Core)
  • English B (Core)
  • Calculus (Option)
  • Statistics (Option)
  • Media Studies (Option)
  • Marketing (Option)

Diploma of Business Studies

  • Business and Professional Communication (Core)
  • Business Economics (Core)
  • Introduction to Business Law (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Marketing (Business Option)
  • Introduction to Accounting (Accounting Option)

Diploma of Information Technology

  • Computing Fundamentals (Core)
  • Statistics (Core)
  • Business and Professional Communication (Core)
  • Cultural Intelligence and Capability (Core)

Masters Qualifying Programme (Accelerated)

  • Business Ethics (Core)
  • Business Communication (Core)
  • Organisational Security (Core)
  • Enterprise IT Management (Core)

Masters Preparation Programme or Masters Qualifying Programme (Standard length)

  • Academic Skills and Communication (Core)
  • Intercultural Skills and Communication (Core)
  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Studies (Core)
  • English for Postgraduate Studies (Core)

Charles Darwin International Pathway College Staff have been preparing for online delivery for the past few months and are skilled and experienced in this mode of educational delivery.

11am7pm Australia Central Standard Time (ACST).

Students should still expect 8 hours study per day. This will consist of a combination of streamed classes and independent study. You can find a sample timetable here.

There should be no issue with the platforms but alternative arrangements can be made for students who require files and assignment submission through email. Our student support team can also provide assistance with access to systems.

No, as long as you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment, you can enrol into the programme and commence online learning. The Australian Government has recommenced granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This will ensure that when borders re-open, students will immediately be able to make travel arrangements. As such, we expect students to submit their visa application within the first week of commencement at the latest, but welcome students to do so prior to starting if you are in a position to do so.

Please be aware that due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, CDU is temporarily delivering its courses online, until the University deems it is best to revert back to on-campus delivery, in accordance with Australian Government guidelines.

As soon as we are confident that the borders will re-open, we will work towards welcoming students to Australia. We will teach out the semester that you are studying online, so that all students can join face to face at the beginning of the following semester together. 

Note that there is likely to be a delay with visa processing due to the backlog. Our goal is that there will be enough time for students to obtain visas for the following semester’s intake. However, we will commit to providing online learning for as long as required while students wait for visas to be processed.

All students will be able to commence their learning online. If you experience difficulties with accessing the online course material, you can apply to defer you to a future intake, assuming that classes will resume face to face in Australia. Please note that changing to a future intake may mean that your whole study plan is pushed back, you must advise by the census date if you wish to withdraw and defer to a future intake. To do so, you must notify the Student Support Administrator and the Admissions team: international.admissions@utas.edu.au  
If decide to defer your place the next study period AFTER commencement, you will incur the fees for the semester of study that you have started.

We have no reason to think that you will fall behind, as you will be studying at the same pace as your classmates in Australia. However, we will run additional tutorial classes, provide extra exam preparation and revision and we will have welfare staff available who will be dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition for you once you arrive in Australia.

We are considering acceptance of alternatives here as well, please contact our Admissions team for further information. Admissions team email: international@cdu.edu.au

Orientation will be held on 5 and 6 November. We have an extended orientation which starts from 1 October for students who accept their place early. This will ensure the best possible start for students planning to commence online in November.

A separate email will be sent out explaining all the details.

Our central LMS (Learning management system) is Blackboard Ultra.

For over 10 years, UP Education has been using Education Perfect to help our students practise their English.

Microsoft Teams is used for interactive lectures and tutorials and Education Perfect is used for workshops and formative testing (software for Microsoft Office is included in your tuition fee).

Yes, please pay the tuition fee and Overseas Student Health Cover only in order to commence your online study with us. Semester fee example here:

Semester Fee:            $12,750
Annual Fee:                 $25,500
Total Tuition Fee:       $25,500

We understand that from time to time students may be unwell and unable to attend class. We do still require 90% attendance, and a doctor’s note for any absences over 2 days, although we may be able to make exceptions under special circumstances given the current situation.

Generally, your units are determined based on your intended degree progression at the university.

The same teachers that are teaching the students in Australia will be delivering the online modules, depending on availability of individual teachers.
Yes, you will have assignments as normal just like if you were physically in Australia, these will be submitted through Blackboard.

In the case of commencement online, we require you to have been issued your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) – although this means that you need to prepare further in advance for your online studies, it will reduce the risk of a visa rejection. In order to ensure that you have the best chance of obtaining your visa quickly once you commence, we expect students to submit their visa application within the first week of commencement.

However, even once we have issued the CoE, it is still possible that some students may have their visas refused. Visa refusals will be considered an acceptable reason for a refund of course fees, however students must complete the refund request form and we will process such refunds based on the specific circumstances of each individual case.

All students will be able to commence their learning online. If you experience difficulties with accessing the online course material, you have some different options around deferral, depending on when you decide to do so.  

A: If you choose to defer before course commencement, we will transfer your offer, CoE and any fees paid to the next available intake. 

B: If you choose to defer after course commencement, you must do so before the census date (which is 4 December). We will transfer your enrolment, CoE and any fees paid to the next available intake. 

C: If you choose to defer after commencement and after the census date, you can do so, but you will incur the cost of the tuition fee for the first semester of your course. 

Please note that changing to a future intake may mean that your whole study plan is pushed back, you must advise by the census date if you wish to withdraw and defer to a future intake. To do so, you must notify the Student Support Administrator and the Admissions team: international@cdu.edu.au 

We understand that this is new and that you may not have studied online before, but we would recommend that you try and see if it is for you so that you can stay on track for now. For now, this option is the best way to progress you to the next stage of study in Feb/March 2021. If this changes in any way, we will of course keep you updated.

The scholarship you receive for November 2020 intake may be able to be carried over if you defer to Semester 1 2021. Please check with the admissions team.

Student grades and attendance are available on
Blackboard and you can discuss this with your
child/student. If academic or attendance issues
arise, you or your parents (where appropriate) will be
contacted directly.

The unit teachers will be your main source of contact
but you are welcome to contact Ms Abbie Swapnil, Student
Support and Admin Officer, abbie.swapnil@cdu.edu.au

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in Australia has announced some significant changes:

  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.
  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

 

You can find more information from the DHA here.

If there is anything that you’d like to discuss, please contact Ms Abbie Swapnil, Student Support and Admin Officer, abbie.swapnil@cdu.edu.au 

In addition to the IELTS test, we can accept various other tests, please see the information below:

CDU Course

IELTS Academic Module

IELTS Indicator

TOEFL Internet based Test (iBT)

TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) Special Home Edition

TOEFL Institutional Testing Programme (ITP)

Linguaskill

Duolingo

Foundation programmes

First Year Diploma in Business

First Year Diploma in IT

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

Overall score 46

Listening 14

Reading 14

Speaking 14

Writing 21

Overall score 46

Listening 14

Reading 14

Speaking 14

Writing 21

Overall 460 in Listening, writing and reading plus vericant speaking interview score of 14

B1

Overall score of 85

Masters Qualifying Programme (MQP) Standard

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5)

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5)

Overall score 46

Listening 14

Reading 14

Speaking 14

Writing 21

Overall score 46

Listening 14

Reading 14

Speaking 14

Writing 21

Overall 543 in Listening, Writing and Reading plus vericant interview speaking score of 14

B2

Overall score of 90

Masters Preparation Programme (MPP)

Masters Qualifying Programme (MQP) Accelerated

IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

Overall score 60

Listening 18

Reading 18

Speaking 18

Writing 21

Overall score 60

Listening 18

Reading 18

Speaking 18

Writing 21

Overall 543 in Listening, Writing and Reading plus vericant speaking interview score of 15

B2

Overall score of 95

05.

Key contacts

Enrolled students:

All enquiries to: Abbie Swapnil 

Before orientation, we will introduce you to your individual support contacts who will include the teachers of your course.

Future students:

Apply now – talk to your local education pathway counsellor, email our Regional Manager, or apply online here

Contact us
Location
AUCKLAND

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125

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Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566