Catholic Institute of Sydney

+61 (02) 9752 9500
99 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia

The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) is a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity. It delivers the listed Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards.

The Catholic Institute of Sydney seeks to be a community of faith and learning, a community whose members work together through scholarship and service to bring the Gospel into dialogue with Australian Culture. In order to realise its mission, the Catholic Institute of Sydney promotes study in theology, philosophy, and the humanities; it draws upon and develops the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church and the wider Christian tradition; it is enriched by its participation in the Sydney College of Divinity; and it values and learns from other religious traditions. Catholic Institute of Sydney is committed to the pursuit of excellence, intellectual integrity, and academic freedom. In all its relationships, it is dedicated to co-responsibility, justice and equity.

Campus Locations

Australia: 99 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

New Zealand: 20 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland 1011 (Catholic Theological College)

Study Mode Intensive
Fees Contact CIS for information about fees.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Mr Jason Israel
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


Contact CIS for the list of units offered in 2022.

We specialise in face-to-face mode of teaching and place a high value on the quality of the learning experience in the classroom. Our students appreciate the possibility of engaging directly with lecturers and with their fellow students.
Sr. Prof. Isabell Naumann issm

Veech Library

Librarian Ms Lynn Regan
Phone +61 (02) 9752 9530
Opening Hours During academic semester:
Monday to Thursday | 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday | 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday | 10.00am - 3.00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
During term breaks: Monday to Friday | 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Address 99 Albert Road Strathfield, Sydney NSW 2135

The Veech Library is a registered public library. Its lending collection with strengths in areas such as patristics, ecclesiology, ethics, philosophy and works by and about Thomas Aquinas, is housed across two levels. The library collection also supports undergraduate studies in theology, scripture, pastoral care and practice, church history and liturgy.

The Library’s reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and major collections of Church documents and writers eg. Migne’s Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca, documents of ecumenical councils and collections of papal encyclicals. The Library also provides students with access to an up to date range of online and electronic resources to support study needs. The Library provides users with access to over 200 periodicals and holds a large number of periodical back-runs. The Library holds an impressive range of research materials in the closed stack area. The Special Collections include the Australian Documentation Centre, the Australiana Collection, Dissertations, the Hibernica Collection (Irish history and literature), pre 1960s liturgical books, the Church Music Collection, rare and older books (including over 4,000 books published before 1800).

Colin Library

Librarian Mr Mark Hangartner
Phone + 64 (09) 361 1053
Opening Hours Monday to Friday | 8.30am - 4.30pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays
Address 20 Ponsonby Road, Auckland New Zealand 1011

Te Kupenga: Catholic Theological College Colin Library, New Zealand is associated with the Catholic Institute of Sydney. The library has extensive holdings in the ecclesiastical sciences, theology, philosophy, scripture, history, the humanities and literature. Being the oldest established Catholic Library in New Zealand, the historical depth of collections is a particular feature.  The Library has historical and current collection strengths in Catholic theology, canon law, spirituality, philosophy and Biblical studies.  There is a full range of ebooks and periodicals in these subject areas. The Library has around 60,000 print volumes, 10,000 ebooks, and 850 ejournals.

International Students

CIS offers Sydney College of Divinity awards to international students, though in 2022 the College is not accepting new admissions for the below awards.

  • Bachelor of Ministry (CRICOS Code 082719D)
  • Bachelor of Theology (CRICOS Code 063703C)
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (CRICOS Code 082669J)
  • Master of Arts (CRICOS Code 063708J)
  • Master of Theology (CRICOS Code 063709G)

International students on an Australia Student Visa are required to study full-time (with at least two-thirds face-to-face) and can enrol to study at the CIS Australian campus in Sydney.

About CIS

CIS was established as an Ecclesiastical Faculty in 1954, empowered to award Roman ecclesiastical degrees. It has been committed to the education of Catholic priests since the late 1880s. With the support and encouragement of all its members, CIS seeks to develop a spirit of friendship and welcome. All are encouraged to share in the various aspects of CIS life, such as daily Mass, social functions, and the management of day-to-day activities. The classroom is a place of teaching and learning where views may be freely expressed and experiences shared within the limitation of the aims of the course. Students are welcome to consult teachers outside the classroom when particular needs or difficulties arise. From time to time during the year CIS offers public lectures on contemporary issues of interest to the Christian community and Australian society.

The Institute provides different possibilities for those who are interested in theological and related studies, be it in a manner of formal studies, like those undertaken by candidates for ordination to the priesthood or permanent diaconate in the Catholic Church or for various kinds of ministry in the Church or for personal enrichment.

The Institute is one of the oldest tertiary educational places in the country. Theology and Philosophy have been taught continuously since the 1880s, when St Patrick’s College Manly was established for the education of students for the priesthood.

This page provides basic information about CIS and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it is offering to students enrolled in a Sydney College of Divinity award prior to 2022. If you have any questions you are advised to contact CIS directly.


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