|Hillsong College Experience| QUESTIONS???

Posted March 11, 2017 by Jenna in Hillsong International Leadership College, life / 48 Comments

Hi there!


If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post because you googled “Hillsong college blog posts”, then WELCOME!

If not, still, WELCOME!


Two years ago, I started my journey with Hillsong International Leadership College, and here I am, still here, and doing my THIRD YEAR! WOOOHOOO!!! It’s honestly still the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.


Now, I’m not saying, you should go to Hillsong college too.


But I am saying that IF you know for sure God is calling you to, DO IT.


In the mean time, IF you have ANY questions at all about anything about Hillsong college: the classes, the trainers, the college life, church life, ANYTHING! Please PLEASE comment below and I would love to help you in anything, as much as other past blog posts I’ve searched through google (before I went to college) have helped me.


If you know anyone with these questions, pop them over here too! πŸ™‚


Hillsong College also does this thing called “COLLEGE ONLINE OPEN DAY” where you live video chat with some students and staff and you can ask all things about the experience. The next one will be on April 2017. Go to the website for more info!


bye for now!

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48 responses to “|Hillsong College Experience| QUESTIONS???

  1. Julia

    Hi Jenna !
    I’m glad I found you!!
    I’m currently working on my application for the semester starting next January and I’m not sure which campus to go to mainly because I won’t be able to afford a car but will need to work. Does that matter? How do other students do it?
    BTW “Hillsong College blog post is exactly what I googled” πŸ˜€

    • hi Julia! I’m glad you found me! lol. so cool!

      Well, I am from the city campus, and finding work is easier when you live near the city campus because there are more options to find a job. and bus and trains are accessible.

      If you go to the Hills, you can still find a job of course, and you can always take the bus to go there, however, having a car is easier from what I heard or get a bike. But there are a lot of people who just take the bus to and from school/work.

      hope that helped! It will also help you decide if you prefer living in the city/near the city or are you more of a countryside girl? It’s not really countryside countryside, but it is an hour and a half from the city. πŸ™‚

      • Haraya Pamela

        Hello Jenna, thank you for being such a blessing to all these people. I hope you see this. I’m contemplating putting in an application into College but I’m 39. Which campus would you advice I go for as a mature student? Where would I be more comfortable and find people of my age range? Would it be Hills or City? I’ll really appreciate your response.

  2. Sophie

    I love your blog posts!
    I feel like God has called me to go to Hillsong College one day. But I, too, wonder about which campus to attend. I’m more of a city girl, but I wonder how the other church campuses work. Like do they stream the messages live from one campus, or are there individual leaders/preachers for each campus. I don’t know if that’s confusing! πŸ˜‚

    • hey Sophie! thank you! Wow! that’s amazing! That’s something I can relate to- lol. I am personally a city girl and so I chose to go to the city campus. We do have our own ‘campus pastors’, and service pastors for each service on the weekends. Sometimes, we stream from the Hills campus which is the main campus- especially when Pastor Brian and Bobbie are home in Australia. πŸ™‚ It was different from me in the beginning but you’ll get used to it in a while, it’s actually really cool. πŸ™‚ Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!

  3. Hey!

    Thank you so much for creating this blog.

    The thing is, I’m from India and I wanna do TV and media course in Hillsong College.

    So, as you’ve mentioned that you’re in your 3rd year, I believe you’d be able to suggest me well.

    So, how many years of course is for TV and media?

    2. Do you have any idea on fee structure for the same?

    3. Where can we work?

    I’ve tried going through the Hillsong College’s website, however, I felt it’d be great if I can get someone to explain me things who hold practical knowledge.

    Thank you in advance for all your help.

    • Hi Divya! I am not entirely sure about the TV and media course, but I believe you can focus on tv&media for two years then for your third year (if you wish to continue to 3rd year), you can choose to stay involve with TV or even intern with Hillsong channel.

      The fees differ for each stream- pastoral stream, worship stream, etc.

      And there are lots of places you can work around the area. TV and Media course is only offered at the Hills campus, and you may work in the city (an hour travel though), or around the area/town of the Hills district (10-30minute travels). I live in the city and go to the city campus, but I still travel like 30 mins to go to work, by public transportation. So that is a normal transportation time, unless you work within walking distance of where you live. πŸ™‚ Hope I got to answer some of your questions! πŸ™‚

  4. Victoria

    Hi Julia!

    Wow! This blog post was like an answer to my prayers, I have so many questions on Hillsong! I am a current university sophomore looking into possibly transferring over to Hillsong College January 18 πŸ™‚

    If it’s alright I would love to ask some questions!

    – Which stream did you choose to pursue? I am hoping to go for the worship and praise (instrumental) stream and would love to know more about the environment for musicians πŸ™‚ Are there practice rooms? What kind of musicians attend?

    -My number one biggest worry is the degree system. I am worried that if I transfer to Hillsong College, later on I may wish I had gotten a degree? I know HC has their own degree system but it is not accredited by the states? I know that is horrible reason to stop me from pursuing HC, but I cannot help but worry!

    – Do you learn any core subjects such as math, English, etc. Or are the classes all surrounding your stream?

    Sorry for so many questions! Blessings to you for being so grateful and willing to help πŸ™‚

    • Hello Victoria!

      I chose the pastoral stream in the city. As I can recall, yes there are practice rooms for musicians, especially when you enroll in the Hills campus, we just opened a new building (called ‘Epicentre’), where there are more facilities for worship students and classrooms for everyone.

      About the degree issue, yeah it is quite a challenge, letting go of one to pursue another. And there is the issue of accreditation, etc. I know students who stop their studies from their country, pursue another one here then continue when they get back. Some finish their degrees first then come here to Sydney. Some do this first then pursue a degree back in their country. At the end of the day, it’s your decision and know that whatever you choose, God is with you. πŸ™‚

      And no, no core subjects like math, etc. The core subjects we have are Bible/Christian related. You can check them at the hillsong college website πŸ™‚

      Sorry again for the late response! When are you coming to Sydney?

  5. Erika

    Hi Jenna,

    Thanks for opening up a platform for us who are looking for more info abt Hillsong College.

    I am planning to enroll myself next July intake in City Campus. And the semester will start on 18 Jul, but I can only arrive in Syd like 16 Jul.
    Is there any events/orientation before the semester start? I’m just afraid that I’ll be missing them out if I arrive like too close to the starting date (and probably gonna rush with accomodation, bank account opening, and others hahah)

    I’m planning to take the Pastoral stream, do you know if there’s a lot of commitment or events for us to attend to after school?
    Because I’m planning to take part-time so I’m not sure of how many hours can I work in a week. And is it easy to get part-time job?

    I also read that we are required to serve in 2 weekend services and attend 1 service, so does that makes a 3 services to be attended weekly?

    Hope that won’t be too much question for you! Appreciate much and look forward to your reply! πŸ™‚


    • hi Erika! I am sorry for the super late reply! I thought I answered questions here already πŸ™

      First of all congratulations! you will be coming in next year’s July intake? Usually july intake starts immediately and there’s not much weeks in between the last semester and new semester (two weeks maybe?) Yes, there are activities you can do, mostly to help new students settle in like Ikea/Kmart trips, etc. You can do all those as soon as you arrive, they won’t take a long time. Especially there will be other students helping you out! Just ask and there are always students around in campus (to help with things like that, or ask from your flatmates then). If it says the semester starts on July 18, orientation will most likely be after that.

      As for commitments, you have your weekday practicum (at least 4 hours I think, but depends on what you choose and what things you do here) and classes (4 days- not full days). Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week. You will have 2 days off college, 1 day you can rest, the other you can work, then work after classes. Some days your classes may end at 3 or 4 or 5 pm. With jobs, it depends which type of jobs you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s hard to find one, but it’s easy if you’re not too picky. There are a lot of jobs around- cafes/restaurants. πŸ™‚

      Yes, required to serve 2 weekend services and attend 1. Once you get used to it, you’ll never see the difference hehe. I personally attend 2 services or more haha!

      I hope I helped with my answers! We are looking forward to meeting you! I will be around the city campus (still then hehe)

  6. Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been accepted to HC in their degree program but I’m a little worried about a few things. Do you know much about how many students overall do the degree program on campus? Also what the workload is like? And is it mainly older people who do the degree program is is early 20s the average age? Thanks

    • Hi Olivia! Did you pick the Hills campus? I have a friend who is doing it as well. I am not sure how many there are in their intake in general, but for sure not as much as with the other courses. I will get back to you on those! πŸ™‚

  7. Katrina

    My daughter will be attending July 2018. I am very excited for her. We are from Canada How much not money should she have per month for rent, food, books etc If there is anything extra that we do not know about money wise can you let me know. thank you

    • hi Katrina! Is your daughter going to be at the Hills campus? Because rent there would be relatively cheaper (about $30-$50 cheaper weekly). I am from the city campus and if she lives with other people in an apartment, she would probably pay $140-$180/week. Food can be minimum $40/week groceries. No books are needed, everything will be provided in our student portal. πŸ™‚ hope that helps! You can find out more on the Hillsong college website too! If you can let me know which campus she will be at, I can be more specific.

  8. Dakota Housman

    Hey! I am so glad i found this blog! I am currently filling out my application to hillsong. I am a little confused about the financial section. Am i supposed to have all the funds for my first semester before i apply?

    Thanks for your help, Dakota

    • hi Dakota! oh no! sorry I didn’t respond soon! which semester did you apply to? Regarding your financial section, as much as I can remember for myself, I paid for my first semester fees to get my Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) which I needed to apply for my visa. I know that further semesters you can arrange a payment plan, but with the first semester one, I honestly am not sure. I can ask this, and will get back to you. But you can just email them at admissions@hillsongcollege.com πŸ™‚

  9. Lisa

    My daughter just applied for July. How much earlier than the enrollment date would it be best to arrive? She will be coming from the US. Is there a specific place to see a list on ideas of things to bring and things you will need to get once you arrive?

    • Hi Lisa! For the July intake, I would suggest two weeks before classes start, or if you guys even want to attend Hillsong Conference, which is on the second week of July, that will be much more awesome! πŸ™‚ I know and I remember the Hillsong college website provided some information about that, plus the student handbook (pdf file) was very helpful too!

      Personally, my advice would be bring some jackets because winter here can be colder than expected from the weather apps, since there is no insulation on houses (it’s an Australian thing), set of clothes needed, toiletries, personal stuff, include some medicine too for emergencies… She will need the accommodation once she arrives, she can either go with the college accommodation, or find another place to live at (there’s a hillsong college group in facebook she can join in and students regularly post about accommodations, which can be cheaper than college accommodation). She will need a bed, mattress, sheets, etc. If she comes to an empty house, then she needs to talk with her housemates into getting house/apartment stuff such as vacuum, kitchen stuff, clothes airer, etc.

      hope that helps!

  10. Vienna

    Hi Jenna, Glad that I found your blog πŸ™‚
    I’m planning to apply for the July intake. I wonder how much fees we can get in a week from part-time job as a student? because I really want to be independent, earn my own money for the study fees and accommodation without asking my parents. Thank you!

    • Hi Vienna!
      That’s amazing! Working and studying at the same time is possible! Though it will be challenging to find a job sometimes and you’ll have to find a balance to do both.

      Do you mean how much pay you can get from jobs? From my knowledge minimum pay is around $18/hour and can go up to $30/hour, then if you work on holidays it is double pay.

      Looking forward to see you here! πŸ™‚

  11. james

    hello , I want to study degree in theology for 3 years. I am from England, and wondered if the degree is recognised worldwide. also can you explain the semester system. would I do two semesters a year, and roughly how much would that cost. also what jobs do most graduates get when leaving. thank you james

    • hi James!

      First of, that’s amazing! I’m currently doing the degree program as well, and it’s been amazing and a lot of hard work at the same time. As for if the degree is recognized worldwide, I can say ‘yes’ as Hillsong college partners with another theological school, and is academically-recognized here in Australia. If however, you are planning to do a master/doctorate programme, etc on a different school afterwards, it would be wise to consult them if they recognized Hillsong college/Alphacrucis college (the partner theological school).

      As for semesters, there are two- January and July semesters. You can start either January or July. 2 semesters in a year. Right now it’s about $7K(AUD) each semester. As for jobs, it really depends on you, where the Lord leads you. You can teach, pastor, manage a business, be in full time ministry, etc. πŸ™‚

  12. Haley

    I’ve heard that you can switch streams but you have to jump directly into the next year. I’m wanting to do vocals and songwriting, but I’m not sure which to take first. I want to do one for year one and the other for year two and possibly three. Do you know if one is easier to catch on for the second year than the other?

    • Hi Haley! Yes you’re able to switch streams but only after one year. If you switch after one semester, you have to start all over again. I’m not sure which one is easier, can I get back to you on that? I will ask friends who’ve done songwriting and vocals and what they think. πŸ™‚

  13. Daisy

    Hi Im so glad bumped into your blog, (even though it’s pretty late I hope you would still see this) But Im planning on attending HC and taking Worship music and dedicate my whole life serving Jesus but the only thing is that Im kinda scared of what’s going to happen after I graduate because I straight out plan to go to HC after highschool since it’s my passion to lead worship someday.

    • Hi Daisy! Glad I saw your comment! That’s amazing! Seriously though it’s all about God’s timing as well. Pray a lot for God’s guidance to lead you with your decisions…surround yourself with mature Christian mentors who will pray for you, with you, and help you in your journey. There are many students who come here straight after high school, and honestly some of them became some of my great friends. It’s unlike any other ‘normal’ college experience. God will surely take you where He needs you. Serving Jesus comes in so many shape and forms. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Emily! Good question! Not sure exactly what yet, but for sure God knows! haha! There’s a lot of things I know I’m gonna do in the future, so that’s a pretty big question to answer for now. πŸ™‚

  14. Taylor

    Hey Jenna! I’m super glad I found your blog even though it’s not exactly what I googledπŸ˜‚. I’m currently a junior in high school, graduating in 2020. I live in the states, but I’m looking at going to the campus in Austrailia. I’m wondering what courses they offer at Hillsong. I’ve searched but only see a course over Theology. What other courses/degree plans do they have?

    • hi Taylor! haha. that’s funny but also maybe not an accident? Well, Hillsong college offers courses in Worship, TV & Media, Production, Dance, Pastoral Ministry, then higher education courses including bachelors and masters in theology and master of arts in leadership and ministry too. So far I think that’s it. You can check out the Hillsong college website, there should be more information there. Every six months we also have this thing called College open day and college online open day where you can chat with any of our team here and they can answer questions you might have about college and Australia. I can answer them too to the best of my ability. email me! πŸ™‚

  15. Hello Jenna am glad I found a site like this, I am from Zambia and am planning to come there in 2020 for I know have been called to serve God and I know I have to come there and learn it all. Am planning to take the stream of Pastoral Ministry for that is a part have been called to,now my question is what is the total cost for everything required I I mean cartring every expenses according to your experience how much budget should I have to carter a year there? Am planning coming at the Hill campus

  16. Mayrose

    Hi Jenna,
    Your blog is a true God send! I’m looking at applying for the Worship stream in July 2019 at the Hills campus. Just wondering what the weekly class structure is like and whether juggling a part-time job, social life and study load is realistic. I’ve just completed 5 years studying Law/Global studies (phew) so also looking to work in those fields, but also happy to hold down a hospitality job if needed. Just needing to make sure I have the funds needed to keep things afloat while I’m up there!
    Thank you so much x

    • hi May! aww, thank you. Well, working and studying are possible and many students do it (including me!). Classes would be 3-4 days/week and then weekend serving. πŸ™‚ send me a message when you have more questions.

  17. Prabhu

    Hi Jenna thanks for answering every question.So how many months we get holidays btw SEM and after 1st year of Voc Course.Thanks in advance.

    • hi Prabhu! no worries at all. After the January semester, we get a month break (July). After the July semester, we get two months break (December and January). And in between, we will have midsemester breaks. (one week)

  18. Alex

    Hi Jenna
    I am looking at doing the cert 4 course next year. I am from Sydney and go to a local school nearby. I am just wondering how many of the students that attend live locally. and is there any expectation that you would live in one of the college houses.. Also I am thinking I would do the music production stream thing. I would be doing a 1 year course as a gap year type thing… also which campus would you recommend to attend.. lastly is it possible to have a job while attending/what does a typical day look like at the college..

  19. Natalie vd Walt

    Hi, I’m from South Africa. Do you know what happens if your student visa is not accepted? Will you be able to get the funds you paid to the school back?

    • Hi! Do you mean the application fee? I think it is non-refundable, I could be wrong. But if it’s the tuition fees you mean, I think it they can refund that. You would have to email college to know the answer. But I’ll ask here to give a response to you. πŸ™‚ But I encourage you to take faith, I’m praying for your visa to be approved with ease. When it’s time for you to be here, you’ll be here.

  20. Cris

    Hi, my son is planning to go but he has only 6 months available, is it possible to attend one semester? Thanks!

    • Hi! that’s amazing! Yes, there are students who only do 6 months, but! you won’t complete the Certificate of IV ministry, which is the one-year course. πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Jenna,

    Thank you and God for your life, I ran across your blog and all the Q&A’s are such a blessing. Just the post and the kind of feedback I was hoping to find on the Ethernet.

    I might have some questions for you:

    1.- What should I consider before applying to Pastoral Stream, in terms of pre-budget?
    2.- is it possible to fully survive to college fees and living expenses just from working part-time over there?
    3.- How’s the after-student life?
    4.- Is there any possibility to mix streams? I feel strong the calling to Pastoral Stream and Worship one.

    Greetings from Mexico!

    • Hi David!

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad it helped you. I probably need to update this post, tbh. πŸ™‚

      here’s my response for you:

      1- Prebudget, definitely the visa, tuition fee (which you have to pay in full the first semester in order to get the Certificate of Enrollment, which is a requirement in applying for a visa), and your airline ticket (if you do need one), rent, and of course probably first month of budget for food and transport and sim card, etc. In the city the average rent is $150-$200 per week. The hills (where the main campus is) would be $100-$150/week- your own room. For food, groceries, transport, I’d say budget $60/week

      2. YES, it is totally practically possible to survive just from working part time. The minimum pay for casual jobs is $18/hr, but average it’s $21-$27/hr. Many students, including me, have survived on this, saving money for fees as well. And do not forget, the God we serve is the God of miracles and the impossible. He definitely will provide for what He has called you to do. πŸ™‚

      3. oh goodness! the after student life is sooo good! Many graduates get confused, but many also know where to go. I’m just gonna say keep it simple, keep following Jesus, keep obeying God, and be open to His guidance, and His voice, He will not let you down. It’s the best!

      4 Mixing streams at the same time on the same semester? no.
      Many however start with worship for 1st year, then shift to Pastoral the 2nd year, then 3rd year is internship so it depends on who you intern with- can be worship/pastoral.

      I hope that answered all your questions. Feel free to join the online open college days. I can ask when the next one is, but just head on to the https://www.instagram.com/hillsongcollege/ to get more updates πŸ™‚ cheers!

  22. Haraya Pamela Gunkat

    Hello Jenna, thank you for being such a blessing to all these people. I hope you see this. I’m contemplating putting in an application into College but I’m 39. Which campus would you advice I go for as a mature student? Where would I be more comfortable and find people of my age range? Would it be Hills or City? I’ll really appreciate your response.

    • Hey Haraya! Nice to meet you here! Aw thank you!
      I would like to encourage you, do not let your age discourage you from pursuing what you feel God is calling you to. Trust Him. And there are so many mature men and women of God who come to college. There are even people in their 40’s and 50’s, single and couples. I have many friends who are in their late 30’s. I even have a friend who is 70 and he did a bachelors in Theology with me (he is doing a part time one but heyyy!) I hope that encourages you. Both city/hills campus would have pretty much the same age range. You would be grouped in tutorials depending your age for sure. I personally preferred the city campus, as it is smaller and you would get to know the people more. Not that that couldn’t happen in the hills. lol. I’m biased. i love the city campus. πŸ™‚

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