Applying and Fees

Ridley College applicants: if you are applying to start a new course at Ridley, please complete all five steps of the Application Form, and see below (Step One) for the list of essential documents you need to send with your application form. You will also need to complete Steps Two to Five. Please note: overseas applicants for 2021 will need to apply for online study from their home country because of the coronavirus pandemic; this may also be the case in 2022.

Cross-institutional applicants: please complete all five steps of the Application Form, noting at Step 1 that you are applying as a Cross-Institutional Student and your home College. Please note at Step 4 you can skip some of the General Information section, and you do not need Referees or a Faculty Interview. Please add the name and email address of your Course Adviser at your primary institution in the Referee field. You must provide a digital photo of yourself for your student card, but no other documents are usually required.*

*CIS applicants: if you are applying for a practical ministry subject, or more than one subject with Ridley College you will also need to provide a recent police check and current working with children check, see details below.

Any later documentation should be forwarded to: admissions@ridley.edu.au.

You can find the application process steps and closing dates below.

If you are an overseas student please do not use this form, you must contact the Admissions Officer for advice first. Covid 19 will be preventing overseas students from coming to Australia for all of 2021 and probably 2022 as well.

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Step One: Online Form
Complete the online application form. As part of the process you will need to provide the following documents:

  • a recent digital photograph of yourself (for your student/library card)
  • a recent online police check  (completed within the last month)*
  • your current Working With Children Check Card*
  • your previous qualifications*
  • a one-page statement of your beliefs (to assess your suitability for the study of theology, please outline in full sentences your theological convictions; this is not an exercise in telling your story but it should be a summary of what you think all Christians should believe as essential to their faith)

*As soon as you are accepted to study at Ridley you must provide secure electronic files OR certified paper copies of these documents in the mail OR bring the originals to be sighted in our office. This requirement applies to all Ridley College students.*

If you do not have one, please apply for your police check and working with children check as soon as possible and send them to the Admissions Officer with your application. For more information, please click here.

The application form will also ask you for the names and contact details for two referees, one of whom must be your Minister or Pastor. Please contact the Admissions Officer if your Minister/Pastor is a family member. (References are not required for cross-institutional applicants.)

Step Two: References
Once your application form has been submitted you will receive an email confirming that it has been received, and your nominated referees will be emailed a form to complete and send directly to us. Reference forms are to be completed by referees as soon as the application has been submitted.

Step Three: Faculty Interview
Once the Admissions Officer has received the completed references, you will be contacted to arrange an interview with a member of the faculty to discuss your application. Phone and Zoom interviews can be arranged. (A Faculty interview is not required for cross-institutional applicants.)

Step Four: Unit Enrolment
There will be an opportunity to discuss your units of study in your faculty interview. Once all unit enrolments have been processed close to the start of the semester, an enrolment pack will be emailed to students. Campus students can sign up for chapel teams, our formation program, vocational mentoring groups, community meals and Launch Camp for Semester 1. The enrolment pack will also include information about the library and how to log in to the Ridley College student portal. A student/library card will be mailed to students along with any other relevant information. A tax invoice/s will be emailed with the relevant Variation of Unit Enrolment Policy. The Student Manual can be accessed via the Student portal once you have received your login details.

Step Five: Acceptance
All applicants remain provisional until the Admissions Officer has received all parts of the application, reference forms are returned, certified hard copies of documents are received (or the originals sighted), and the application has been accepted by the Vice-Principal. Applicants will then receive an email confirming their acceptance to study at Ridley. An Acceptance Form and Library Form will accompany this email, and both must be completed and returned to the Admissions Officer. All students must adhere to Ridley’s Expectations and Rules (as published on our website under ‘Current Students’). New students who do not complete the application process by the end of the semester in which they applied may not be allowed to continue their studies until their paperwork is complete.

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2021 Application Dates 

Semester Date Classes Commence Application Deadline
Semester one 2021 22 February 2021 Semester 1 has now begun*
Semester two 2021 20 July 2021 Early applications to be received by 1 June 2021*
Semester three 2021 16 November 2021 Early applications to be received by 1 October 2021*

*After the closing date potential applicants must talk to the Admissions Officer or the Registrar before applying.*

If you have any questions about the process, please call our Admissions Officer: 03 9207 4800 (option 2), or email: admissions@ridley.edu.au

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built. Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E. © 2021 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.