Overseas Students

Ridley College happy to consider applications from overseas students.

Along with general admission procedures, there are certain requirements that must be met before overseas students are accepted for study: you must show evidence of your  financial support; you must provide two recommendations from your home country, and you must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. Ridley College is approved to deliver the following courses of the Australian College of Theology (CRICOS Provider 02650E):

  • Bachelor courses – Bachelor of Ministry (BMin), Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
  • Graduate courses – Graduate Certificate of Divinity (GCDiv), Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv), Master of Ministry (MMin), Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Higher Degree by Research courses – Master of Theology (MTh), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Prospective international students, especially those from developing countries, should be aware that the cost of living in Melbourne is high and that no scholarships or government assistance is available for them. Those who have trained in Melbourne from a developing country often find it difficult to return home, which can be counter-productive. Language issues are an added burden, especially in exams and assignments.

Ridley College works in partnership with the Overseas Council of Australia and Langham Partnerships, sending our faculty for short-term teaching at theological colleges in developing countries. We believe that this is often the most viable way to train people for ministry in these countries.


For those who do apply to study at Ridley, government regulations require that evidence of means of financial support must be provided before any overseas student is granted a visa to enter Australia: this includes the capacity to cover all travel expenses, tuition fees, living expenses, and all living expenses related to any dependants who accompany the student. The student and all accompanying dependents must hold Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of their stay. Ridley College also believes that overseas students should have some support from their home church. Where possible, the college seeks an assurance that a suitable post is available in the student’s home country after the completion of study.

Recommendation from the home country

Ridley College asks for references from two people who know the student well. One of these should be in a position to have observed and comment upon the student’s involvement in the life and ministry of the church.

English language proficiency

Proficiency in both spoken and written English is essential for undertaking theological studies, particularly at an advanced level. English language proficiency can be demonstrated in two ways.

1. By the completion of High School (VCE, HSC etc.) in English in one of the following countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

2. IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) – Academic version.

Overseas students may arrange to sit for the IELTS test in a major city of their own country. The test is administered by officers of the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges (IDP) or the British Council. Please note that overseas students must sit the academic version of the test.

The results required are as follows:

  • Bachelor degree: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest (OR 10 years’ English in-country experience).
  • Graduate Diploma or Master of Divinity: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening & speaking (OR 10 years’ English in-country experience).
  • Higher Degree by Research: IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, 6.5 in listening and 6.0 in speaking.

The results of the test should be sent to Ridley College, or brought to an interview by students already residing in Australia.

Studying by distance

Under section 9.4 of the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007, overseas students residing in Australia under a student visa must study for at least 75% of their course on-campus.


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Interviews and Acceptance

International applicants already in Australia should contact the Vice Principal (contact details below) to discuss eligibility and course plans. and to arrange an interview with a member of the academic staff. Applicants must have their IELTS test results before arranging an interview. Applicants will be notified in writing of their acceptance for study at Ridley College after satisfactory completion of all admissions procedures. A Confirmation of Enrolment form will then be issued by the Registrar.

Vice Principal
Rev Dr Tim Foster p: +61 3 9207 4800

Academic Dean
Rev Dr Mike Bird p: +61 3 9207 4800

Mrs Katrine Bramley  p: +61 3 9207 4800 option #3

Student Admissions
Mrs Katherine Urwin  p: +61 3 9207 4800 option #2

Where to go for more information:

Further information about studying in Australia can be found at the Australian College of Theology’s website section for International Students or at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website at www.border.gov.au

Australian College of Theology CRICOS codes for International Students

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. © 2019 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.