Why Study Theology?
Studying Philosophy and Theology in Melbourne with us means…
- a diverse and enriching learning community
- an excellent theological library and faculty within the Catholic tradition
- an award-winning building in East Melbourne, close to public transport, with some on-site parking available
What Type of Student Am I?
In a globalised world where multiple modes of study exist, understanding which student category you fit into can at times be confusing.
When applying to study with us, it is important to determine whether you will be an overseas student or a domestic student AND whether you will be studying off-shore or on-shore. Depending on your student category, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Australian Government.
Open the links below to find definitions to help you to better understand the various types of student categories and conditions of study.
You are an Australian domestic student if you are:
- an Australian citizen;
- an Australian permanent resident (holders of all categories of permanent residency visas, including humanitarian visas), or
- a New Zealand citizen.
Conditions of study
- If residing overseas the student is classified as ‘Off-Shore’ and needs to be enrolled in an online course of study or travel back to Australia for intensive units.
- Does not require a visa to study.
- An Australian born/citizen is entitled to Fee-Help. If residing overseas must study at least part of their course in Australia to be eligible for Fee-Help.
- A New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in Australia (On-Shore) may be entitled to Fee-Help. Eligibility is dependent on SCV Visa and all long-term residency requirements being met.
- A New Zealand citizen currently residing in NZ or in other overseas location (Off-Shore) (not including Australia) is not entitled to Fee-Help.
- A Permanent Resident Visa holder is only entitled to Fee-Help for approved bridging studies.
- A Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder is entitled to Fee-Help if residency requirements are met.
You are an overseas student if you are:
- a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
- a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
- a resident or citizen of any other country.
Conditions of study
- If residing in Australia this student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’.
- If residing overseas this student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’.
- Requires a visa to study ‘On-Shore’. May require the course of study to be CRICOS registered depending on visa type.
- Does not require a visa if they study ‘Off-Shore’.
- Overseas students are not entitled to Fee-Help.
A student who is residing in Australia for the semester and is undertaking a program of study conducted by an Australian higher education provider.
A student who is residing overseas for the semester.
Student Visa 500
- A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
- Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
- Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.
Other Visa Types
- Other visas (excluding Humanitarian) that allow study in Australia (eg: Occupational Trainee 407) where a student is studying as part of their work placement.
- Course of study is not required to be CRICOS registered.
- Students may audit a unit with prior approval of either the Academic Dean or the Postgraduate Coordinator as appropriate.
- Students who enrol to audit a unit, attend classes and prepare set readings but undertake the unit without assessment or academic credit.
- By their nature language units are not amenable to auditing.
- With the recommendation of their supervisor Higher Degrees by Research students may apply to audit units relevant to their research. For HDR students from other University of Divinity Colleges a small participation charge will apply.
Single Unit Students
Students may enrol for single units – with assessment – without enrolling in a degree. Contact the Assistant Dean for more information.
- Students of universities outside University of Divinity can undertake units at CTC and have them credited to the award in their home university.
- Cross-institutional students are required to enrol directly with CTC after obtaining permission from their home university to complete their cross-institutional enrolment.
- For more information contact your Course Advisor.
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Specialist Study Options
Graduates from University of Divinity courses utilise their skills in many different areas, including:
- Church ministry and careers in Church agencies
- Aid agencies
- Bioethics and Healthcare
- Directors of Mission within Catholic Healthcare, Welfare and Educational organisations
- Education and Teaching (upon completion of a teaching qualification)
- Health ministry
- Lay Ecclesial Ministers
- Leadership positions in Catholic schools
- Overseas missions
- Parish Adult Faith Programs coordinators
- Pastoral Associates, pastoral care practitioners, chaplaincy, pastoral work
- Public libraries and Research institutes
- Religious Education coordination
- Spiritual direction and Pastoral counselling
- Youth work
Contact your Course Advisor for advice in shaping your award towards your chosen vocation.
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