Welcome to St Athanasius College (SAC) which specialises in Coptic Orthodox theological studies online and on campus.
We support local and international students as they journey towards a deeper understanding of Orthodox Christianity and spirituality, helping them grow in their faith as they prepare for diverse fields of ministry.
Christian fellowship, liturgical worship and learning are at the heart of our community. SAC provides a positive and supportive learning environment nurturing spiritual growth and cultivating the gifts of each individual. This is achieved through the pursuit of prayer, knowledge, communication, service and fellowship to each other, through the Grace of God.
The College equips students with the ministry skills and confidence to serve in the priesthood and religious life. It also prepares lay people to serve as theologians, religious educators, youth leaders and mission workers.
SAC embraces those who wish to learn about our shared Christian heritage and Orthodox teachings as full-time and part-time students.
For 20 years, SAC has offered courses in diverse fields of theology. We deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degrees by research. SAC continues to offer a diverse and growing range of subject units including specialist languages such as Hebrew and Syriac.
Residential facilities are onsite for full-time and part-time students, to help them more fully participate in liturgy, prayer and community life.
Classes are held at our Donvale Campus, based on 22 acres of bushland in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, and our Eporo Tower Campus which is located in the Melbourne CBD.
Our college is named after St Athanasius, the great pillar and defender of the Scriptural doctrine of Christ. St Athanasius the Apostolic (20th Pope of Alexandria) stood boldly in defence of the biblical doctrine of Christ. We follow in the footsteps of St Athanasius by preserving the Gospel truth now and for future generations.