Charles Darwin University is set to become the first university in Australia to welcome back international students

The group will be the first international students to enter Australia since the introduction of border restrictions in March due to COVID-19. Upon arrival, students will be escorted immediately to the Northern Territory Government facility at Howard Springs for 14 days of quarantine.


CDU is adhering to the advice of the Chief Health Officer on all aspects relating to health and safety, including pre-departure health requirements, COVID-19 testing, and quarantine upon arrival. CDU staff will also deliver pastoral care to support students’ wellbeing.


Students are likely to come from a range of countries including China and Southeast Asia. They will travel from Singapore to Darwin at their own expense. International students contribute an estimated $99 million into the NT economy each year and support almost 500 jobs. It is hoped that the success of the pilot will help contribute to the recovery of the NT economy. CDU’s international students make up approximately 10 percent of our student cohort and are critical to the university’s growth.