Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) is recognised by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider, offering accredited higher education courses in theology and ministry. The College was established in 1983. It is an ecumenical consortium of seven Member Institutions approved to teach the awards of the College on its behalf. These awards range from two-year diplomas, three-year undergraduate degrees and coursework masters degrees, to masters and doctoral research degrees.
Sydney College of Divinity is the legal entity that offers the courses and is responsible for all regulations relating to the courses of study that it owns. All of its awards are accredited by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities. Many of its awards have also been accredited in Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.
The SCD has a centrally devised and managed curriculum and a quality assurance process that is applied across the whole network of member institutions. The day-to-day education system is managed by the Dean from the College office in Sydney. The Academic Board and its Committees share this responsibility. The Academic Board oversees policy, regulation, review of units, and course structure for research, coursework and diploma awards.
The Academic Board and its committees comprise mostly principals or senior faculty members of member colleges. A number of senior university academics also sit on the Board and its committees to help ensure that the practice of the College (especially in the outcome of the consideration of research examiner’s reports and general academic policy) remains in line with best practice in the university sector.
The College is governed by a Council. Its members are drawn from college stakeholders and members of the public.
Study Options for International Students:
Sydney College of Divinity welcomes students from overseas to study at its member colleges which are authorized to accept international student enrolments.
Sydney College of Divinity does not use agents to recruit and or administer overseas students.
In Australia the SCD is a registered as a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider and the legal entity for all courses offered by member institutions in the states. The CRICOS Provider code is 02948J.
In New South Wales the following member institutions are endorsed to enrol overseas students:
- Australian College of Christian Studies, (formerly Emmaus Bible College)
- Booth College
- Catholic Institute of Sydney
- St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College
- St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
- Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology
- Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School
In Queensland the following member institution is endorsed to enrol overseas students:
In Western Australia the following member institution is endorsed to enrol overseas students:
Information for International Students
- SCD Information for Overseas Students
- Overseas Student Enrolment Agreement
- Admission Requirements
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Monitoring Overseas Student Course Progress
- Overseas Student Suspension, Deferral and Cancellation
- Student Grievance Policy
- Refund Policy
- Policy governing transfer between Registered Providers
Other Helpful Links:
- Studying in Australia http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
- Studying in Sydney http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/international-students
- Studying in Brisbane and Queensland http://www.studyqueensland.qld.gov.au/
- Studying in Melbourne and Victoria http://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/
- Studying in Perth http://www.studyperth.com.au/
- Department of Immigration site http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas/studying-in-Australia
- Australian Embassies and Consulates Overseas http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locations/missions/Pages/our-embassies-and-consulates-overseas.aspx