About this college
St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (SAGOTC) was established in 1986 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. SAGOTC was opened to provide tertiary level education and training for Christian Orthodox clergy, theologians, lay teachers and ministers in order to meet the catechetical and pastoral needs of the Orthodox Church in Australia. It is also intended to be a centre of ecumenical scholarship and learning. As the only Eastern Orthodox theological college in Australia with civil accreditation, St Andrew’s strives to bring an Orthodox Christian presence to the Australian theological scene as a whole.
Every undergraduate degree at St Andrew’s includes the opportunity to study the Greek language. Few tertiary institutions offer the level of support for language learning, as St Andrew’s. Through classes, tutorials and personal study, the student develops knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, form and syntax, enabling the student to explore the meaning of religious texts in compelling detail.
The student life at St Andrew’s is very rich and engaging. Full and part time students, whether residential or non-residential, are given many opportunities to participate in various extra-curricular activities and events to help establish the bonds of friendship and balance out their workload. Corporate worship and spiritual reflection in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist and Theologian are the very heart of College life and its program of spiritual formation. Of course, by virtue of their respective programs of study, different groups of students will have different opportunities to participate in services.
St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College welcomes applications for admission to its courses from students who wish to prepare themselves for the priesthood in the Orthodox Church, for teaching, or for other forms of active ministry within the Orthodox Church in Australia such as welfare positions and chaplaincy roles within universities, correctional service facilities, hospitals, and police services.
People wishing to pursue theological education for the sake of personal enrichment, or in order to discern a vocation, are also welcome to consider applying for admission into an appropriate course of study in consultation with the Registrar.
Please note that some courses listed below may not be available for enrolment every year, please refer to the college’s website to see their offering for the current year.
St Andrew’s welcomes students from around the world for entry into Sydney College of Divinity awards, please refer to the International Students section of the website for further information and available courses.