Information for Overseas Students

To study at Christ College, you would need to meet the normal requirements for overseas students which may be found on the Australian Government’s website.

Students need to apply directly to Christ College, using the process below. We do not use any third party to advertise, market, recruit for, or promote our courses to overseas students.

Application and Enrolment Process

The academic year commences in February, though it may be possible to take students in mid-year for second semester (July). We recommend that you begin in 1st semester, as this will enable you to complete your course in the required time more easily.

Please apply by November of the previous year to ensure your application is completed in time.

Before proceeding with your application, please ensure you can supply the following supporting documentation:

  1. A written reference from your pastor or church leader.
  2. Academic records of your previous studies.
  3. Proof of English proficiency.
  4. Evidence that you will be able to meet the financial demands of studying in Australia.

What are the English Language requirements?

Because we are an English-speaking college, and because of the high demands of studying academically, we require an English test for overseas applicants who have not studied at a tertiary level in an English-speaking environment. For this we use the IELTS test. Please see below for specific requirements depending on the level you wish to study at. The Australian diplomatic posts should have information about how to register for doing this test.

  • Diploma: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.5 in each subtest OR 10 years English in country experience.
  • Undergraduate: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.5 in each subtest OR 10 years English in country experience.
  • Graduate: IELTS 7 overall with minimum of 7 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years English in country experience.
  • Postgraduate: IELTS 7 overall with minimum of 7 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking.
  • Higher Degree by Research: IELTS minimum 7.5 overall with a minimum 7.5 in reading and writing, 7.0 in listening and 6.5 in speaking.

Course Pre-requisites

For pre-requisites of the various courses on offer, please see the courses page on the ACT Website.

Application Process

This is what the application process involves:

  1. You will need to complete an initial application here:
  2. A member of our team will be in touch to explain the next steps in the process.
  3. You will then be directed to complete a full application, where you will be asked to provide your supporting documentation.
  4. Following this, you will be interviewed by our Principal. If you are still resident overseas, this may be done via skype or over the phone.
  5. If you are accepted, you will be sent additional information, including a contract.
  6. When returning your signed contract, you are required to pay an initial non-refundable application fee of $200 AUD.
  7. When the signed contract is returned, you will be enrolled in your course and an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will be issued. You will need this to apply for your student visa.

International Dean of Students

David Burke is our Dean of International Students. David provides pastoral care for our international students.

Orientation for Overseas Students

We have an orientation week in January, the week before semester begins.

Orientation information and assistance is available on NOVA, our online learning platform.

In the first few semesters of study, we provide overseas students with ongoing assistance to help them settle into their course. For example, one on one guidance in writing essays, preparing for the first assignment and so on. We carefully monitor the progress of overseas students during their first couple of semesters and offer additional assistance from lecturers for individual units and connect you with study partners.

Monitoring Course Attendance

The ACT’s affiliated colleges record the attendance of each student to each face-to-face class, be it lecture, seminar or tutorial. The ACT expects 100% attendance normally, but does recognise that circumstances can prevent a student from getting to a class. To achieve satisfactory attendance, you are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled unit contact hours. In case of non-attendance, you are asked to either notify both the lecturer and affiliated college Registrar of your anticipated non-attendance at a class, or to notify them as soon as possible of your reasons for not attending a class.

If you are at risk of not attending at least 80% of the scheduled unit contact hours, you will be contacted by the affiliated college Registrar and counselled regarding your situation. At this stage, the student is identified as ‘at risk’ of not meeting satisfactory course progress and an intervention strategy must be implemented.

As an overseas student, you are allowed to take no more than 25% of your total course by distance or online learning modes. In addition, you are not allowed to enrol exclusively in online and/or distance mode. You must enrol in at least one face-to-face unit every study period.

Where you have been assessed as not achieving satisfactory attendance for the course in which you are enrolled, you will be notified in writing of the ACT’s intention to report you to DIBP for not achieving satisfactory attendance.

Financial Information and Accommodation

For information on our fees, please go to our fees page.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any financial assistance or scholarships for overseas students.

Before an overseas student can be accepted into our college and be granted a student visa, they may be required by the relevant government department to provide evidence that they have enough money to pay all their tuition fees, and a return airfare and living costs for the total duration of the course. Students who come to Australia and cannot pay the costs or support themselves may be asked to leave Australia.

As a rule, you must prove that you have at least $20,000 AUD per year for a single person to live in Australia. This should cover accommodation, food, transport, clothes, health, and entertainment. A married person needs around $7000 AUD more per year for a spouse and $3600 AUD more a year for each child. These figures do not include course fees or airfares. Full fees will be charged for dependent children if they attend school in Australia. If you do not intend bringing your family with you while you are studying, you must declare that you have a family and you must be able to provide for them.

This is a non-residential college. All students are responsible for their own accommodation. Living in Australia is very expensive for many overseas students.


ACT Cricos Code: 02650E

Helpful Links

Education Department
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Burwood Council
Local Burwood Community Programs
Burwood Library
Burwood Information on Children and Family (including health services and schools)
Council of International Students Australia




Australian Government Information for International Students
Public Transport

Local Hospital
Royal Prince Alfred

Learning English

Employment Services
Career One


Translation services
Legal services
Service NSW International Student Support

More Information

ACT International Students page

ACT Overseas Students Handbook
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