The courses of the Australian College of Theology (CRISOS code 02650E) taught at the PTC are registered with CRICOS and are open to overseas students who are on, or applying to be on, a student visa.
Information regarding Australian Government requirements for students wanting to study in Australia may be found on the Australian Government Immigration website: http://www.dimia.gov.au
Knee active Courses Offered
- Diploma of Theology (ACT)
- Advanced Diploma of Theology (ACT)
- Bachelor of Theology (ACT)
- Bachelor of Ministries (ACT)
- Master of Divinity (ACT)
- Master of Arts in Theology (ACT)
The majority of Diploma units offered at the PTC are offered by distance study only. Overseas students are able to undertake no more than 25 per cent of the student's total course by distance learning (16 cps of distance study for the Diploma of Theology course; 24 cps of distance study for the Advanced Diploma of Theology course). To complete a Diploma award an overseas students must therefore do some 300 and 400 level units. A degree level IELTS test would be required for admission to these units by students whose first language is not English. Students must not be enrolled exclusively in distance learning in each semester to qualify for a student visa. At least one face-to-face unit per semester must be attempted.
It is necessary for prospective overseas students, before making application, to meet the following conditions:
- Arrange to sit an IELTS exam if your first language is not English. See English Language Requirements
- Provide evidence that you are in good standing with your church. You should also give an indication of the openings for ministry available in your home country on completion of the course.
- Obtain Health Insurance.
Further information regarding requirements may be found on the website of the Australian College of Theology.
Before an overseas student can be accepted and granted a student visa you must demonstrate that you are able to pay all tuition fees, have a return airfare and living costs for the duration of the course for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children. Students who enter Australia and cannot meet expenses may be asked to leave Australia.
- Show proof that you can meet these financial requirements for the first 12 months of your stay in Australia
- Declare on your student visa application that you can meet all financial requirements for the remainder of your stay in Australia.
The table below outlines the amounts in Australian dollars (AUD$) that you need access to. These amounts are the minimum required for student visas. They do not necessarily represent the cost of living in Australia.
Expenses Per Person Amount required in A$
Travel Yourself Return air fare to Australia
Family members One return air fare to Australia per person
Tuition Yourself Course fees
Children aged 5-18 A$8,000 per year
Living Yourself A$12,000 per year
Spouse A$4,200 per year
First child A$2,400 per year
Each other child A$1,800 per year
See the Australian Immigration and Citizenship Visa Information page.
The PTC is unable to offer any financial assistance or scholarships for overseas students. There may be assistance for candidates for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia or for students sponsored by the Australian Presbyterian World Missions Committee
We do not offer housing, and all students are responsible for their own accommodation. Living in Australia is very expensive for many overseas students.
All Overseas Students must take out Health Insurance and payments to Medibank Private may be made directory or through the PTC.
Overseas students on a student visa are required to undertake full-time study, which, for overseas students, means a minimum of 16 cps per semester, and must complete the stated minimum period of time for the chosen award. Students must maintain a satisfactory (i.e. 80%) attendance record. Overseas students cannot enrol in two part-time courses to make up a full-time load as full-time study is defined by course and not contact hours.
There are two academic semesters each year, the first commencing in mid-February and going until mid-June; the second commencing in mid-July and going until early November. Regular classes are held four or five days each week.
Some of the information given to the PTC by overseas applicants may be made available to Commonwealth and State Agencies and the Fund Manager of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Assurance Fund, pursuant to obligations under the ESOS ACT 2000 and the National Code. Furthermore, the PTC is required, under s19 of the ESOS ACT 2000, to tell the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) about certain changes to the student’s enrolment and any breach by the student of a student visa condition relating to attendance or satisfactory academic performance.
In the unlikely event of the PTC being unable to continue to provide a course for which fees have been paid, the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church in NSW accept responsibility to refund any unused portion of prepaid fees. Application should be made to the Secretary of the Property Trust, GPO Box 2196 STRAWBERRY HILLS, NSW 2012.
External Dispute Resolution Policy for Overseas Students
If an overseas student has a grievance or dispute that has been unable to be resolved through the internal courses of action offered by PTC, the student may request the Principal of PTC that the matter is dealt with by an external dispute resolution process. These are the provisions that apply in such a case.
1. The external process to be used will be mediation, not arbitration or expert determination.
2. The mediator must be independent of both PTC and the student concerned.
3. Either party may suggest the identity of the mediator, however the person must satisfy the following criteria:
· must be a practising Christian in regular church attendance
· must have appropriate training and experience in mediation of disputes; and
· must be willing to apply the following Christian principles to the manner in which the mediation is conducted:
- the aim of the mediation is twofold; both to help the parties work together to resolve the dispute, bearing in mind what is just in the circumstances and to repair any relational breakdown to the extent that this is possible
- the parties will treat each other with courtesy, honesty and integrity, and be willing to own what is theirs to own in contributing to the dispute
- each party will be open to truly seek to see the other party's point of view
- each party will be willing to ask for and offer forgiveness to the other for things done, if this is appropriate
4. The mediator must confirm that they satisfy the requirements of paragraphs 2 and 3 to the parties before the mediation begins. The parties must also confirm to the mediator that they agree with and will abide by Christian principles (including those listed above) in seeking to resolve the dispute.
5. If the parties cannot agree on the identity of the mediator within 2 weeks of the student requesting external mediation, the mediator will be as selected by the Chairman of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (New South Wales). Once selected, the mediator will be asked to conduct the mediation as soon as reasonably possible, having regard to the duration of the student's stay in Australia on a student visa.
6. The rules of the mediation will be determined by the mediator.
7. The costs of the mediation (including any room hire charges, if the parties are not willing to use PTC premises) will be shared equally between PTC and the student, unless otherwise agreed.
8. The hourly rate charged by the mediator must not exceed $120, or such other amount as the Principal of PTC determines from time to time.
9. Each party to the mediation will be entitled to have up to a maximum of 2 persons present - that is, PTC will have a total of 2 representatives and the student will have themselves plus one nominee. Further representatives may only attend with the consent of the mediator.