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Application Guide



Applying to Hillsong College is an exciting and highly supported process. Whether you are applying for the first time, or transferring your studies, at every step we have admissions representatives dedicated to your needs.
Click an icon below to navigate through the application guide so that you feel prepared as you begin your studies.


Before you start your application

In your application, we will ask you for key information including your personal details, emergency contact and home address. It also asks what course you desire to study with us, your education and work history and your Christian life details. There are questions regarding your medical history and financial savings. The application finishes with a request for a testimony (approx. 300 words) including your salvation and involvement in church.


Please make sure that you provide a photocopy of a passport or driver license that will be valid for at least the first six months of your studies.

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Please attach a current colour photograph of yourself. This can be a portrait style headshot or a clear selfie from your mobile phone.

100 USD

Before submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the $100 USD application fee. Your application will not be successfully submitted before this fee has been paid. You can find it at the bottom of the application once you have accepted the Disclaimer and Code of Conduct.


Complete and submit your application

When applying to study with us at Hillsong College, you must complete the online application form.

You can find the application form here.

Once you have completed all the sections on the application and attached your documents, you will pay an application fee of $100 USD prior to pressing submit. You will receive an email from your Case Manager from the Admissions Team within the next 3-5 business days regarding your next steps. If you have not yet submitted all of the required documents, after filling out your application, you can email them to [email protected].

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Provide official documents

Once you have submitted your application you will have ongoing communication with the Admissions Team and your personal Case Manager. During this communication you will be asked to please provide specific documentation that is necessary before we are able to process your application.

A. Online Pastoral Reference Form
All our applicants must provide an Online Pastoral Reference Form completed by a leader or a pastor.

Here are important things to consider:

  • Within your application you will be asked to provide us with your leader’s or pastor’s full name and email address. Once you submit your application form, the Online Pastoral Reference form will automatically be sent out to your pastor/ leader. The pastor/ leader will click on the link sent to their email in order to complete your Online Pastoral Reference form, once completed we will receive your reference back automatically to process.
  • It is an entry requirement that you have been planted and serving at your current church for a minimum of 12 months. Therefore your Online Pastoral Reference form needs to reflect the past 12 months of your current church involvement. If you have been part of two different churches in the past 12 months, please provide your case manager with your other leader’s/ pastor’s full name and email address for us to send a second Online Pastoral Reference form to them.
  • If a leader is completing your Online Pastoral Reference form, then the leader will need to have your reference form co-signed by a pastor from your current church, this step is completed within the link as well.
  • If your pastor is a relative, please rather provide us with your leader’s full name and email address within your application form so that the leader can complete your reference for you, and it can be co-signed by the pastor who is a relative.
  • B. Accept Declaration of Financial Capacity
    As part of our application process, we ask that you read and accept our Declaration of Financial Capacity to ensure you understand the financial costs that will be required when you start at Hillsong College. This is so we can ensure you are set up for a win and have a smooth transition into your first semester of College. These savings include funds for first semester tuition, flights, accommodation and living expenses.

    C. Medical Letter
    If you have a history of, or are currently experiencing, physical or mental illness we will need you to provide us with a doctor’s note. This is what needs to be outlined in the doctor’s note:

    • Explanation of your current condition
    • Mention any current medication and confirming that this is available in Australia
    • Recommendation in terms of whether patient will or will not be likely able to complete their course abroad including their study, serving and Conference responsibilities.
    • Their acknowledgement that the patient will not be covered for any pre-existing conditions but only emergency transport and care, within the first 12 months of study.
    • Once you have submitted all required documents, your case manager will put your application forward to be processed by our Student Liaison Team. You can expect to hear from us regarding your next steps within 3-5 business days. If there is any further information we require, it will be requested at this time.

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Receive and sign offer of place

Upon approval of your application, you will be sent an email with instructions for how to view and sign your Offer of Place to study with us at Hillsong College.

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Pay initial fees

As soon as your Offer of Place is signed, you will automatically be invoiced the first instalment of your first semester tuition fee (fee varies depending on stream). Once the payment has been received, we will send you a confirmation and let you know the next steps.

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Complete background check

Shortly after you have secured your place with us, you will receive an email from the Hillsong College USA Campus Manager with a link to complete a background check, as this is standard protocol for all volunteers serving at Hillsong Phoenix.

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Arrange accomodation and flights

The Accommodation Application opens approximately three months before enrollment of each semester. All applicants who have paid their initial tuition payment will be sent an email with the Accommodation Application as soon as it is open.

Once you apply, you will be placed on our list to provide housing for. As the semester start date closes in, you will be sent additional arrival information to help you create the best transition during your move to Phoenix.

It is recommended that students have a car to drive between home and class/church. Many students do carpool. If you fly in and require airport pick up, the Accommodation team will be able to suggest the best airport shuttle in your arrival information.

General FAQs and Housing Information can be found here.

Please DO NOT purchase your flights before you have paid your initial fees and been sent information about enrolment.

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Stay connected

Stay connected with everything that is happening at Hillsong College by following us on social media!



Around two months before enrolment you will receive an invitation to a Facebook Group for your specific intake and campus so that you can start connecting with your future peers!

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Arrive on campus

When you arrive on campus, you will be met by our team at the “Welcome Lounge”! This team consist of current students and staff that will show you around, help you set up a bank account and be available to answer any questions you may have!
If you have arranged College Housing, we will then have a team of students and staff to help you sign your Accommodation contract and receive your new apartment keys!

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Attend enrolment week

A few months before enrollment you will receive all of the information you need for enrollment and orientation week. This will be a fun week of important events including evaluation for our Worship Music students, as well as orientation where all new students get to meet the college staff and pastors. And of course – this is the time you will be enrolling into your course in person!

We at Hillsong College cannot wait to meet you!

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Need Help?


Contact us for general information or use our Future Students helpline for personal assistance in submitting your application.

For General Enquiries

+61 (02) 8853-5200

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm AEST

For Future Students
+61 (02) 8846-4790

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm AEST