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Excelsia College partners with the Council for Christian College universities (CCCU)

We are proud to announce that Excelsia College has partnered with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world.

The College will undertake a broad range of initiatives with the CCCU to provide students with broader opportunities that transform the way they experience the world. Both Excelsia College and CCCU support a shared vision about the transformative impact of Christian education and the imperative role this plays in life-long learning.

This partnership will include work with the CCCU’s Australia Studies Centre (ASC), an off-campus study program for students based in Sydney. Beginning in January 2020, ASC will begin an exclusive focus on international business and non-profit management, utilizing the modern facilities, diverse community, and professional development opportunities that Excelsia has to offer in one of the world’s most popular learning and tourist destinations.

With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and more than 30 from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help institutions transform lives.

We hope this strategic partnership will enhance student learning and experience and provide opportunities for travel and collaborative research. We look forward to working closely with the CCCU team.

Excelsia College expands strategic partnership with Sydney Film School

We are proud to announce that Excelsia College has partnered with Sydney Film School, one of the world’s top 50 film schools, according to Variety Magazine


The strategic partnership will provide students from both schools with broader opportunities, helping to enrich their learning experience, and enhance their employability prospects.


Excelsia and Sydney Film School will work together to create opportunities for collaborative study and innovation projects, through shared areas of strength that include improved access to facilities and equipment, course development and industry networking. The partnership builds on past successful joint working and marks a step change in collaboration. Many exciting projects are in the works, including introducing new combined performing arts and screen production degrees in the near future.


Sydney Film School was founded 14 years ago to teach the essential filmmaking ‘tools’ necessary for a successful career in the global film industry. They offer an intense learning experience with graduates learning all aspects of the filmmaking process and leaving SFS with up to 20 film credits. Now located alongside Sydney Actors School, at Waterloo Studios they are situated in a purpose-built facility with world-class equipment available to students.


We hope this partnership will enhance student learning, work experience opportunities and collaborative research and we look forward to working closely with the Sydney Film School team.

Excelsia community

Excelsia Foodbank

As a not-for-profit provider, community engagement has been Excelsia’s strength. It is exemplified by a range of activities and initiatives that project Excelsia’s Christian goodwill and dedication to making a difference to the broader communities it serves nationally and internationally. It also helps to build civic leadership and facilitate engagement with local and regional communities.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Excelsia was able to support students through Foodbank, a free and confidential service that provided grocery items to students struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 400 students received emergency food packs and temporary employment.

Excelsia Foodbank
Excelsia Foodbank
Excelsia Foodbank
Excelsia Foodbank
Excelsia Foodbank
Excelsia Foodbank

Excelsia’s G’Day USA involvement is an amazing opportunity for Excelsia students in the Bachelor of Dramatic Art to meet Hollywood executives and advance their careers, and to showcase and promote Australian higher education on the world stage. 

OZ to LA program | Dramatic Art | Excelsia College
Excelsia G’Day USA in Los Angeles
Excelsia G’Day USA in Los Angeles
Excelsia G’Day USA in Los Angeles
Excelsia G’Day USA in Los Angeles
Excelsia G’Day USA in Los Angeles

Music concerts are provided on campus for the local community. Excelsia also runs free creative and performing art workshops and masterclasses in creative and performing arts, counselling, and education. Some of those workshops assists HSC students to be better prepared for their exams.

Excelsia’s chaplain and other staff support the St. Vincent De Paul Society through their involvement in the Vinnie’s Van program, which provides help for the homeless in Metropolitan Sydney.

Excelsia’s Centre for Ministry Development provides free courses on church leadership to reduce burnout of religious leaders.

Excelsia Concert
Sydney Prayer Breakfast | Excelsia College
Sydney Prayer Breakfast
Sydney Prayer Breakfast | Excelsia College
Sydney Prayer Breakfast
Excelsia table tennis contest
Pizza and Picasso
Excelsia Sponsorship

Excelsia College is a major sponsor of Jesus Racing Team and Life Choices Foundation. Over the past 14 years Jesus Racing has presented to over 300,000 students and thousands of inmates at prisons and detention centres across the country on behalf of the Life Choices Foundation.

The Life Choices Program was developed to challenge high school students to stop and think through the consequences of important life decisions. 

Likewise, Excelsia is committed to the Kairos Prison Ministry, which provides spiritual support to inmates who are about to re-join society.

Excelsia is also one of two sponsors for the Sydney Prayer Breakfast where over 1,400 Christians come together and pray for the Sydney community. Excelsia also sponsors Christians Against Poverty which is a Christian charity that provides vital debt counselling and budgeting services to Australian families.

Help the weak

Excelsia is involved in serving the community through providing lunch to the homeless in Newtown, working with music students in Tonga, sponsoring the Uganda Children’s Choir Tour and participating in Operation Christmas Child.

Uganda Harmony Day | Excelsia College
Connect 21

Connect21 is a media and arts conference held annually. It is an opportunity for people to network in the Christian media sector and build formative and valuable partnerships with leaders and decision-makers from Christian radio, TV, film, and new media.

The purpose of the conference is to reimagine, stretch and consider how we think, create, and speak well in our cultural moment.


In a normal year, over 250 leaders, communicators, influencers, and content makers come together. Excelsia offered scholarships for the Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership starting in 2022.

Excelsia promotes IMMINENT Leadership Summit
IMMINENT Leadership Summit

The Kingdom Good Coalition will present the IMMINENT Leadership Summit on Thursday 14 July. This one-day event will take place at Wesley Conference Centre in Sydney, as well as in various locations across Brisbane and Melbourne. This event is being organised through Christian Media & Arts Australia.

Excelsia Collaboration

The Lumen Research Institute is a research collaboration between Indiana Wesleyan University and Excelsia intended to pursue questions of social concern through global collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts.

Excelsia is a member of the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance, a group focused on seeing alumni thrive in their careers, distinguished by diligence, excellence, and innovative thinking, to the glory of God and for the flourishing of humankind.

Excelsia is developing a new partnership with AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce) to develop Excelsia’s links between industry and higher education, including providing internships and partnerships across Australia and the USA.

Excelsia also engages with PACFA to facilitate support for its counselling students. At a staff level, Excelsia’s Provost, Professor Fernandez, presented on behalf of TEQSA on SAA to NUHEPS in 2021.

In 2019, Excelsia developed a partnership with the KARI Foundation to offer Indigenous Scholarships. Excelsia is also a sponsor of the National Indigenous Education Partnership, a program assisting Indigenous students to reach high school with the same achievement levels as their non-Indigenous peers, maximising their chances for success in high school and beyond.

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