Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

This program is designed to provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with a coherent and advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to engage in culturally informed and accountable ways of language work. Study focuses on the linguistic skills and knowledge needed for appropriate and culturally sensitive language documentation, maintenance and language recovery and revitalisation.

Course Fee:

International: $72,360

Entry Requirements:

NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher; or Certificate IV or above; or STAT score of 135 or greater; or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience; or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma; or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.


The program requires the completion of 240 credit points of study drawn from units offered in the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics. Core units provide an orientation and a linguistic foundation to allow students to develop specialised knowledge across key areas of study in language documentation and maintenance. All study of language and culture is firmly embedded in pedagogical practice that is culturally based, informed by history and underpinned by accountable and respectful application of linguistic theory and methods in urban and remote community language maintenance and revitalisation. Students supplement their study with the learning of Indigenous languages and/or preparation for culturally appropriate research practices.

Subjects you can Study:

Language and culture; Language maintenance; Linguistics

Further information:

This course has a range of flexible, multi-modal delivery options that include workshops, Learnline, face-to-face and external.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 6 years
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 3 years
Casuarina No info Yes Online
Casuarina No info Yes
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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