Overseas Students

At BST we love having a diverse community of people from different countries and backgrounds, and we welcome overseas students.

Entrance into any courses requires competency in English, proven either by the successful completion of tertiary studies in English or an IELTS test (or equivalent). All overseas students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and attendance at 80% of lectures is required.

 You must meet the visa and financial requirements of the Australian government. You can also find information regarding Government requirements at Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

All courses taught by us are accredited with the Australian College of Theology (ACT) and recognised by the Australian Government.

The academic year is made up of two semesters and you can start in February or July each year. Please apply early to have time for your visa to be approved. 

The Australian College of Theology is a provider of accredited higher education courses in theology. It operates through a consortium of over 3,000 students enrolled in affiliated colleges approved to teach the awards of the ACT on its behalf.

The Australian College of Theology welcomes students from overseas to study at its affiliated colleges which are authorised to accept overseas student enrolments. Prospective overseas students less than 18 years of age will not be admitted to a course of study beginning before the applicant’s eighteenth birthday.

The Australian College of Theology does not employ the use of education agents.​

Please read carefully through the policies and handbooks. The documents cover important areas such as “visa regulations”, “refund policy”, “entrance requirements” and many other.

To see policies go to ACT Overseas Page.

Here is the link to the ACT Overseas Students Release and Transfer Policy 

As an overseas student you need to submit an application form at least 2 months before the up-coming semester starts, so you have enough time to then apply for visa, book plane tickets and sort out your accommodation.

Here are the steps in the application process:

  1. Submit application form along with copy of passport, IELTS scores, educational transcripts, GTE form and financial information*. 
  2. Interview with a BST faculty member.
  3. Application reviewed by Faculty and decision made whether to proceed to contacting the ACT to provide a Written Agreement.
  4. Sign a Written Agreement with the Australian College of Theology.
  5. Receive CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment).
  6. Student to apply for student visa

*Applicants are required to provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12 months of living and tuition fees for you and your accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependants.

Brisbane School of Theology is approved to deliver the following courses of the Australian College of Theology (CRICOS 02650E) to Overseas Students.

Diploma of Ministry
(English CRICOS 054659K and Chinese CRICOS 083078B)

Diploma of Theology
(English CRICOS 054649A and Chinese CRICOS 083079A)

Advanced Diploma of Ministry
(English CRICOS 054667K)

Associate Degree of Ministry
(English CRICOS 088087E)

Associate Degree of Theology
(English CRICOS 054716F)

Bachelor of Ministry
(English CRICOS 054670D and Chinese CRICOS 083084D)

Bachelor of Theology
(English CRICOS 054676J and Chinese CRICOS 083086B)

Graduate Certificate of Divinity
(English CRICOS 076017G)

Graduate Diploma of Divinity
(English CRICOS 054685G)

Master of Divinity
(English CRICOS 054688E)

Master of Ministry
(English CRICOS 088085G)

Master of Theological Studies
(English CRICOS 0100549)

To see the full list of student support services offered by BST or externally please see this Support Services Page.

Police/ Ambulance / Fire Brigade*- 000

* The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations only. Emergency 000 lines should not be used for general medical assistance.

Lifeline (Personal/Crisis/Counselling) – 13 11 14

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL) – 1800 806 292

Gambler’s Help – 1800 858 858

Poisons Information Line – 131 126

Police Assistance Line – 131 444

Crime Stoppers – 1800 333 000

Emergency Translation – 1300 655 010

State Emergency Service (For emergency assistance in a FLOOD or STORM) – 132 500

Family Safety Pack by the Australian Government

The pack includes four factsheets on the following topics:

  • domestic and family violence
  • sexual assault
  • forced and early marriage
  • family violence and partner visas

The pack also includes a low literacy storyboard and can be accessed at – https://www.dss.gov.au/family-safety-pack.

For free, confidential counselling and information call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

If you need a free interpreter call 131 450.

Follow the links on the below to find out more about the city you will be studying in and other useful and important information regarding health insurance, banking, etc.


As an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, Brisbane School of Theology is approved to deliver the following courses of the ACT (CRICOS 02650E).

Our Australian College of Theology affiliation gives you confidence that you are studying in a program that is recognised not only across Australia, but internationally. We must meet Australian tertiary-education standards with respect to our staff and our teaching and learning program, helping us to keep our promise of giving you a high-quality theological education. We are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, research, and high standards of scholarship.