Nisibis Assyrian Theological College

+61 (02) 8818 1300
217 Horsley Road, Horsley Park NSW 2175 Australia

Nisibis Assyrian Theological College is the official theological College of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East – Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and Lebanon. The College was established in 2020 and began to deliver SCD courses at the beginning of 2021 to provide theological education in the tradition of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.

The ancient theological school at Nisibis (in modern Turkey) was famed throughout the eastern churches but disappeared during the seventh century after a notable history of achievement in the face of various challenges. Since that time the church’s leaders have undertaken theological training in the institutions of other churches, while continuing, through the grace of God, to preserve its own traditions in the Middle East and wherever its people have been led in diaspora.

After many centuries, the church has now realised its vision of establishing its own theological college once more, here in Australia, from whence it serves the whole of its church in diaspora, as well as other interested people. Nisibis is committed to providing high-quality, innovative, accredited theological education that strengthens the preservation of its cultural, intellectual, and spiritual heritage in the context of modern Australia and the contemporary world. Nisibis welcomes enrolment applications both from those preparing for a clerical role in the church and from all Christians locally and worldwide.

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Study Terms

Semester 1: 1 March 2022 - 3 June 2022. Census Date: 25 March 2022
Semester 2: 1 August 2022 - 11 November 2022. Census Date: 26 August 2022

Fees Undergraduate awards | AUD$1,000 per unit
Postgraduate coursework awards | AUD$1,300 per unit
Fees are listed for one standard 9 credit point unit.
Fees are for 2022.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Ms Rania Boustani
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • A7100 Critical Thinking and Writing in Theological Studies
  • A7141 Syriac I
  • A7241 Syriac II
  • B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B7150 Introduction to the New Testament
  • T7101 Introduction to Theology
  • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  • T7231 The Sacraments


  • A8100 Critical Academic Skills in Theological Studies
  • B8110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B8150 Introduction to the New Testament
  • T8101 Introducing Theology
  • T8105 Basic Christian Doctrines
  • T9231 Theology of Sacraments



Nisibis College will become the spiritual and educational centre of the Church once again and will continue to enrich its clergy, laity and anyone interested to study with us the teachings of a missionary and martyred church.
Bishop Mar Benyamin Elya

Nisibis Library

Librarian Rania Boustani
Phone +61 (02) 8818 1311
Opening Hours There are no set hours. Contact Nisibis Assyrian Theological College for more information.
Address 217 Horsley Road, Horsley Park NSW 2175

Established in 2020, the Nisibis Assyrian Theological College Library plans to grow into a specialist Syriac library, with rare Syriac manuscripts and other collections. Currently, it holds a small collection of  books in English with plans to expand it’s holdings to include books in Syriac and Arabic.

The physical collection can be browsed at Login details are required to access the Library’s online resources. To access the Library or for any questions, email or contact the College.

Nisibis Assyrian Theological College provides tertiary-level education and training to clergy and laity members of the Assyrian Church and all Christians locally and worldwide. The College strives to provide a quality and innovative learning and teaching environment to equip learners with sound knowledge of the Christian Faith in accordance with the doctrine and teachings of the Assyrian Church of the East. The College offers various undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and awards that include units from the following disciplines; Biblical Studies, Syriac Language, Theology, Christology, Liturgy, Patristics, Church History, and Ethics. These courses will be taught by accredited clergy of the Assyrian Church of the East, clergy from other Christian denominations, and lay educators from various Theological backgrounds who are experts in the teachings of the Assyrian Church.

This page provides basic information about Nisibis Assyrian Theological College and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it offers. If you are interested in pursuing a Sydney College of Divinity award with Nisibis Assyrian Theological College, you are advised to contact the College directly.

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