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Overseas Student Information

The information on this page and further information on overseas student guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

The Australian College of Theology Limited (ACT, the College) is a national provider of accredited higher education courses in theology.  The College was established under the auspices of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in 1891.  It is now an ecumenical consortium of over 3,000 students enrolled in 17 affiliated colleges approved to teach the awards of the College on its behalf.  These awards range from two-year diplomas, three-year undergraduate and coursework masters degrees to masters and doctoral research degrees.

The College is the legal entity that offers the courses and is responsible all regulations relating to the courses of study that it owns.  In 2010 the College was granted self-accrediting authority, the first instituition to be granted this privilage under the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes.

The College has a centrally devised and managed curriculum and a quality assurance process that is applied across the whole consortium of affiliated colleges.  The day-to-day educational system is managed by the Dean from the College office in Sydney.  The academic boards and its standing committee oversee policy, regulation, review of units, and course structure for research, coursework and diploma awards.

The academic boards and its committees are mostly comprised of senior faculty members of affiliated colleges.  A number of senior university academics are also members to help ensure that the practice of the College remains in line with best practice in the university sector.

The governing body of the College is a nine-member Board of Directors. The Board is elected every three years by the 53 members of the Australian College of Theology Limited. The Members are drawn from the General Synod, Principals of Anglican and non-Anglican affiliated colleges, and College graduates.

The Australian College of Theology welcomes students from overseas to study at its affiliated colleges which are authorised to accept overseas student enrolments.  Prospective overseas students less than 18 years of age will not be admitted to a course of study beginning before the applicant’s eighteenth birthday.

The Australian College of Theology does not employ the use of education agents.

The ACT is the registered Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider and the legal entity for all courses offered by affiliated colleges.

The CRICOS code of the Australian College of Theology is 02650E.

In NSW the following affiliated colleges are endorsed to enrol overseas students:

In Queensland the following affiliated colleges are endorsed to enrol overseas students:

In South Australia the following affiliated college is endorsed to enrol overseas students:

In Victoria the following affiliated colleges are endorsed to enrol overseas students:

In Western Australia the following affiliated colleges are endorsed to enrol overseas students:

Not all of the courses of the Australian College of Theology are available to overseas. Only the courses listed below are offered to overseas students:

CRICOS English delivery Chinese delivery
Provider code 02650E 02650E
Diploma of Theology 054649A 083079A
Diploma of Ministry 054659K 083078B
Diploma of Theology / Diploma of Ministry 086267F 086269D
Advanced Diploma of Theology 054663C 083081G
Advanced Diploma of Ministry 054667K 083080G
Advanced Diploma of Theology / Advanced Diploma of Ministry 086270M 086273G
Associate Degree of Theology 054716F 083082F
Bachelor of Christian Studies 054682M 083083E
Bachelor of Ministry 054670D 083084D
Bachelor of Theology 054676J 083086B
Bachelor of Theology / Bachelor of Ministry 086274G 086275F
Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) 054673A 083085C
Bachelor of Theology (Honours) 054679F 083087A
Master of Divinity 054688E 083099G
Graduate Diploma of Divinity 054685G 083093C
Master of Divinity / Graduate Diploma of Divinity 086276E 086277D
Graduate Certificate of Divinity 076017G 083089K
Master of Arts (Christian Studies) 054694G 083096M
Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies 054691K 083092D
Graduate Certificate of Christian Studies 076016G 083088M
Master of Arts (Ministry) 054698C 083097K
Graduate Diploma of Ministry 054696E 083094B
Graduate Certificate of Ministry 076018F 083090F
Master of Arts (Theology) 054703M 083098J
Graduate Diploma of Theology 054700C 083095A
Graduate Certificate of Theology 076019E 083091E
Master of Theology 054705J N/A
Doctor of Ministry 054710A N/A
Doctor of Philosophy 076015J N/A
Doctor of Theology 054711M N/A

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education for Overseas Students (2007) (the National Code) requires that no more than 25 per cent of a student's total course by distance and/or online learning. In addition, overseas students must not enrol exclusively in distance or online learning units in any semester.

The National Code is a set of nationally consistent standards that governs the protection of overseas students and delivery of courses to those students by providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Overseas students are advised to become familiar with the ESOS Framework, which provides the regulatory requirements for the Australian College of Theology and other providers of education to overseas students in Australia. It provides overseas students with protection. The National Code is available here.

The Australian College of Theology and its colleges are reuired to comply with the standards articulated in the National Code, and all documentation for your study can be found in the handbooks and policy documents of the ACT, as well as information given to you by your selected sponsoring college. The information below is provided for the benefit of overseas students of the Australian College of Theology.

Students are advised to check with their sponsoring college for more detailed information specific to their case, but in general, the Australian College of Theology does not provide legal services. Australia has legal protection for overseas students studying in Australia. If you have a question about your rights and responsibilities as an international student, and you cannot find the information you are seeking in the policies of the Australian College of Theology or your sponsoring college, or cannot obtain the information through a converstaion with the overseas student contact officer in your college or the ACT office, then you can contact the Australian Government's Department of Education.

Switchboard: 13 33 97

For emergencies while in Australia, please dial 000 to speak to an operator. For a list of health services and hospitals closest to you, please follow this link which will help you find the closest hospital to your current location.

For crisis support services, please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

For a list of welfare support services, the Australian Government's Department of Human Services has a range of information on support available.

Department of Human Services
Ph: 132 468
International Services: 131 763

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