International Students

Admission information

For international students

Admission to students who are entering Australia to study on a student visa is governed by the requirements of the Australian Government and the Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School entry requirements for the HDR course. The SCD Graduate Research School entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research courses are the same for domestic and International students.

Once the international student makes an application, the student’s academic qualifications are matched against the entry criteria to confirm their potential admission. Student’s previous academic qualifications are evaluated with the help of AEI Country Education Profile (CEP – NOOSR) online data as provided by the Australian Government. The student’s English language proficiency is determined by an IELTS test (or equivalent).

All our HDR courses are delivered in the English language. When enrolling in an HDR course:

  1. students are expected to be proficient in English;
  2. all assessment tasks shall be set and examined in English unless special permission to do otherwise is granted by the Academic Board;
  3. students who gained their qualifications for admission in a language other than English, must accompany their application for HDR admission with an IELTS (or equivalent) result of normally not less than 7.0 in all bands of the test;
  4. applicants already in Australia who are required to take an English test shall be advised.

International students can only enrol full time and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning. International students are required to meet the conditions of their student visa at all times.

From 1 January 2021 onshore international students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to receive your degree, if you intend to complete your study at the end of 2022 and graduate in 2023. International students in Australia can use your passport with an Australian visa as a form of ID when creating your USI.

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