International Students

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.

Important information

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:

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.*

  1. 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.*

  1. 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.

  1. Maintaining a current Overseas Health Cover (OSHC)

You must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your student visa.

  1. 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.

Know more about studying in Australia.

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

  1. 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
  2. Catholic Institute of Sydney
    99 Albert Road, Stathfield NSW  2135
  3. Nazarene Theological College
    40 Woodlands Drive, Thornlands QLD 4164
  4. 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
  5. 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 

At the Sydney College of Divinity we do not use agents to recruit and/or administer overseas students. Submit an expression of interest or email us at [email protected] 

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.

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework

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:

The below resources will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and the obligations of the Sydney College of Divinity under the ESOS framework.

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.

Helpful Links

Submit an enquiry or email us at [email protected] for additional information and for any questions you may have.