The Sydney College of Divinity is a leading Christian theological education provider. We offer accredited awards to equip people from all walks of life for effective ministry in a rapidly changing world. The Sydney College of Divinity is accredited by TEQSA as a Higher Education Provider on the National Register of Higher Education.
Sydney College of Divinity, CRICOS Provider code 02948J. is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registration on CRICOS allows Sydney College of Divinity to offer courses to overseas students studying, or intending to study, in Australia on student visas.
If you are considering studying in Australia, it is important that you research and plan well to help you have a positive and rewarding study experience. Important considerations and planning includes:
- Planning your departure.
- Arriving in Australia.
- Accessing support services.
- Remaining visa compliant.
- Working while you study.
- Living costs and finding accommodation.
- Health and safety.
Who is an international student?
You are an international student if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen (or dual citizen of Australia or New Zealand), a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a permanent Australian humanitarian visa.
Australia Student Visa compliance
You can enter and remain in Australia as an international student only if you hold a valid student visa.
An international student is required to comply with their student visa conditions. The main conditions:
- Completing your course on time
The course must be completed in the time frame of your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). This means that you need to maintain full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you under-enrol or not follow advice from faculty, you may not be able to get an extension on your COE.
- Maintaining satisfactory academic progress
You must make successful academic progress in accordance with the College rules and requirements. If you fail to maintain satisfactory progress, the College may be required to cancel your COE.*
- Paying tuition fees on time
Tuition fees must be paid on time before the census date. Failure to pay will result in cancellation of your COE.*
- Notifying the College of any change in address
You must notify the College your residential address within 7 days of arriving in Australia and any subsequent change within 7 days of changing your address.
- Maintaining a current Overseas Health Cover (OSHC)
You must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your student visa.
- Working while on student visa
You can only start working after you have commenced the course. During the semesters you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight. You can work unlimited hours during College semester holidays. If you are studying a postgraduate research course you are exempt from the restricted work hours and can work unlimited hours
*If the College cancels your COE, we will have to report the cancellation to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). In this situation, you must contact DHA within 28 days of your COE cancellation date. Failure to contact the Department of Home Affairs may result in the automatic cancellation of your student visa.
Living costs in Australia
As a condition of the Australia Student Visa, students must have sufficient funds to pay all costs of studying in Australia, including tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees.
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AUD$20,290 per year, with an additional AUD$7,100 per year for a spouse and AUD$3,040 per year, per child. Figures correct from 1st Feb 2018.
Teaching locations and courses offered
We welcome overseas students and provide a positive environment of study and care through our teaching institutions that are located at various places. The teaching institutions where an international student can study on-campus are
- Australian College of Christian Studies and its partner, ACCS – Perth Bible College
Level 2, 29 George St, Burwood NSW 2134
Perth Bible College, 1 College Court, Karrinyup WA 6018
- Catholic Institute of Sydney
99 Albert Road, Stathfield NSW 2135
- Nazarene Theological College
40 Woodlands Drive, Thornlands QLD 4164
- Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology
6B 5 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
They also deliver courses in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Brisbane : Nazarene Theological College, 40 Woodlands Drive, Thornlands QLD 4164
Melbourne : Yarra Theological Union, 98 Albion Road, Box Hill, VIC 3128
- Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School
6B 5 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Each teaching institution offer a range of courses. View the list to explore your options.
Apply for a course
If you are considering joining at the beginning of an academic year, we advice that you start the course application process 5-6 months ahead to ensure that you have sufficient time to receive a COE, apply for your visa, and make arrangements to live and study in Australia.
Overall, these are the steps that you are to take to ensure that you meet the criteria to apply for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree
- Choose your course
Follow your interest and explore our courses to select the best one for you. The course page will give you an overview of the course including information on entry requirements, course structure, duration of the course.
- Check the entry requirements of the course
Every course has a set of entry requirements you need to meet. These may include prerequisites, English language requirements, professional experience.
- Contact the teaching institution
Contact the teaching institution that is delivering the award to find out about the application process and for information about fees, documentation required, orientation dates, support services and other information.
- Understand the costs
In addition to tuition fees there are other study costs to be taken into consideration like textbooks, stationary etc. You will also require to consider accommodation, travel and other living costs. Tuition fees for our courses are the same for domestic and international students.
- Submit your application to the teaching college
Make sure you have all the documentation required by the teaching institution ready. This may include proof of English proficiency. Submit your application with all relevant documentation to the teaching institution.
- What happens next
If the College accepts your application, you will be given a Letter of Offer and an Overseas Student Enrolment Agreement. On accepting your offer you may have to pay the tuition fees and arrange for your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Health insurance is compulsory for most international students who are studying in Australia. It is a condition of your student visa that you maintain OSHC for the duration of your studies. You must purchase your health cover from an Australian Government-approved provider.
Once the fees are paid and health cover obtained, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which can be used to apply for your student visa.
- Apply for a visa
Visa processing times may vary for different countries. We recommend that students apply for a visa as early as possible, due to the time it can take to process a visa application.
To ensure the safety and well being of every international student, the Australian Government has a legal framework that requires higher education providers to deliver quality education and a high level of care to overseas students on a student visa. The framework consists of:
- Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the Act)
- National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code)
The below resources will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and the obligations of the Sydney College of Divinity under the ESOS framework.
- Student rights and responsibilities under the ESOS framework (pdf, 411KB)
- Overview of the National Code 2018
- Tuition Protection Service (TPS) information
Information on Sydney College of Divinity policies and procedures
Information about the rights and requirements of international students, together with a range of helpful information about studying with Sydney College of Divinity and living in Australia, is provided to international students at the time of their enrolment and may be consulted both before and after enrolment.
- Appeals Procedures
- Code of Ethics Policy
- Credit and Recognized Prior Learning Procedures
- Critical Incident Policy
- Enrolment Policy: Guidelines for Enrolment into SCD Courses in English
- Enrolment Policy: Guidelines for Enrolment into SCD Courses in Korean
- Health and Safety Booklet
- Information Sheet for Overseas Students Seeking Admission to Courses of the Sydney College of Divinity
- Marketing to Domestic and Overseas Students Policy
- Monitoring Course Progress of Overseas Students Policy
- Professional Development Policy
- Record – Keeping Policy
- Refund and Withdrawal Policy
- Student Grievance Policy and Procedures
- Student Result Procedures-Assessment and Monitoring
- Student Support and Welfare Policy
- Students at Academic Risk Policy and Procedures
- Suspension Deferment and Cancellation Policy
- Transfer between Registered Providers Policy
- Studying in Australia
- Studying in Sydney
- Studying in Brisbane and Queensland
- Studying in Melbourne and Victoria
- Studying in Perth
- Australian Embassies and Consulates Overseas