Student Support Services


An orientation session is held for all students at the beginning of each new academic year on the Friday before the commencement of semester followed with a light supper.  YTU also holds a separate orientation session for International students before each Semester commences.
The date is posted on our website under Academic Calendar.

You are welcome to join us for the Inaugural Eucharist Welcome mass and the End of Year Eucharist to celebrate the academic year and any students graduating.

Academic Support Services

Course Advice
Appointments can be made by calling YTU reception on 03 9890 3771

Course planning takes place between the Academic Dean or Research & Education Coordinator and student each semester.  This is a way of monitoring the student’s progress and making provision for tutoring needs, or other forms of appropriate support during the student’s time of the study.

FEE-HELP  (Fee Loan Scheme)

For the most up to date information on FEE-HELP please refer to the University of Divinity’s website.
Your College will apply for an eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) registration number on your behalf. You will then receive an email from the Department of Education and Training inviting you to complete your eCAF.   Applications for FEE-HELP are made online through eCAF.

Academic Skills
For new international and domestic students, YTU runs a Not for Credit unit: NN1000Y Introduction to Tertiary Studies in Theology. This course runs for 9 weeks each Semester and is free if studied in conjunction with any other unit.

Students are introduced to St Paschal Library staff during the Orientation session and encouraged to take a tour and become familiar with the friendly staff and library resources.

Please note that the UD student I.D card is needed to borrow from all libraries associated with the University. When you visit different UD Libraries you will need to register before you borrow for the first time.

St Paschal Library
Phone: 03 9896 4407

Educational IT Systems
The University has three major IT systems used by staff and students for learning, teaching and research:

  • ARK= the Learning Management System used to support all units at the University.  Instructions for access to ARK and related resources are sent to all NEW students prior to the commencement of Semester.  Units can be accessed 1 week prior to the commencement of the unit.  Access to units are closed to students 2-4 weeks after the end of the unit.
  • Library Hub= digital library resources including databases, journals and e-books
  • Paridigm= the Student Record System, providing access to enrolment data and results

University of Divinity – Inclusion Policy(can be accessed by clicking here)

General Student Information

WiFi Pass
Available to students through Reception   9890 3771

Student ID card
Students of the University are required to have an I.D card. Only approved digital photos are suitable for the I.D card. Photos can be taken at the time of your enrolment appointment.

University of Divinity Newsletter
VOX – for students and Faculty
E-News – sent to students bi-monthly via email

Emergency Procedures
During the Orientation program and first class of each semester, Lecturers advise Students of the evacuation plans and the locations of the first aid cabinets.  These plans are posted in every classroom and all common areas of YTU.

Support Services for International Students

Emergency Assistance After Hours

If you require urgent assistance after hours, please call the University’s after-hours hotline on 1800 775 691.

iUSE Pass for Public Transport
Undergraduate Students on VISA 500 (only) can save up to 50% on public transport by using an iUSE pass. Interested students can contact the Registrar for an iUSE passcode. The student enters this code online to apply for an iUSEpass Myki card. This will arrive in the mail in two weeks.
For more information see:

Your Visa and its Conditions
As an international student please take care to note the conditions of your visa as well as your visa and passport expiry dates.   Please contact us urgently if you have any issues in relation to maintaining your visa conditions which for students on VISA 500 includes your course attendance.

English Language Classes
Contact the Dean for more information about this support.
PH: 9890 3771 #


If you require services not listed above please contact the
College Registrar on  9890 3771 #1

Health and Wellbeing

Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care       Jill O’Brien            0429 666 711

YTU employs a Chaplain, on a part-time basis, who is available to speak with students.  The Chaplain provides spiritual care of the YTU Community.

Weekly Eucharist is celebrated as a community each Wednesday of the Semester at 12.40pm in St Paschal Chapel.

Peer Contact Officers
Our Peer Contact offices are appointed to assist students in matters concerning harassment, discrimination or grievances.
Please feel free to contact one of the Peer contacts if you would like to discuss any concerns confidentially.

Pia Pagotto (past student and Chaplain):
Br Matthew Beckmann OFM:

Support Staff
Below are YTU staff who will assist you with any enquiries or concerns

PH:039890 3771

Academic Dean:   John McDowell
President:   Chris Monaghan
GCTRE Coordinator:   Michael Kelly
Student Contact Officer (Registrar):  Adam Couchman
Higher Research Coordinator: Paul Creevey
Chaplain:  Jill O’Brien   0429 666 711

The SRC is composed of a President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected from among the whole student body. The purpose of the SRC is to cooperate in and complement the objectives of YTU by representing and serving students enrolled.

Hospitality Week at the start of each Semester
Weekly Eucharist on Tuesday
Social Night in August
Brotherhood Soccer Cup in May

No Accommodation is available at YTU.

Emergency & Hospitals

For any EMERGENCY including Fire and Police    000

Box Hill Hospital
8 Arnold Street
Box Hill   3128
PH: 1300 342 255

Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road
PH: 9594 6666

St Vincent’s Hospital
41 Victoria Parade
PH: 9231 2211
Local Doctors
Burwood Health Care
400 Burwood Highway
Burwood   3125
PH: 9888 8177

Crisis support and suicide prevention
131 114

Legal Services
Legal Aid Victoria
PH: 1800 792 387

Catholic Care
383 Albert Street
East Melbourne
PH:  9287 5555