Make a difference
 

 

 

 

Global Mission

You won’t just observe global mission, you’ll be a part of it! Weekly activities centred on mission, a mid-year cultural trip to South East Asia and mission lectures. And all strongly relational, not just ‘task/programme’ focussed.

Purposeful Learning

The Bridge to relevant and deeper study of the Old Testament, New Testament and mission. Get a greater understanding of God’s character and purpose and be transformed by his word.

Spiritual Growth

Growing in Christ-likeness through Bible-centred learning, mission activities, reflection and prayer. Be mentored and develop a greater confidence in sharing the gospel. ‘For the sake of my holy name…’ Ezekiel 36:22

New Relationships

Bridge into new circles through relational involvement with fellow Bridge team members, current missionaries, mission organisations, lecturers, people in para-church ministries and other cultures. Develop new friendships and sharpen one another.

Practical Skills

You’ll get a ‘tool box’ of very practical life and ministry skills, to help prepare you for whatever God has in store for you. From cross cultural communication to cooking for a crowd, you’ll also learn how to prepare and deliver a Bible talk, give your testimony, brew a great cup of coffee or hot chocolate and lots lots more!

 

About

 

Welcome to The Bridge! We’re thrilled about our tailored year-long program especially for 18 to 21s. In a nutshell, The Bridge is a Bible-centred intentionally missions-focussed year based on five key areas that interrelate...The Bridge to:

  • Global Mission
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Purposeful Learning
  • New Relationships
  • Practical Skills

Led by Tim Silberman, missions lecturer at SMBC and coordinated by Andrew Koulyras, The Bridge is a ‘hands on’, relational programme to give you a real taste of global mission. You won’t just ‘observe’ you’ll ‘do’ …You’ll also get involved in urban mission, get some hands on experience with people who are homeless, oppressed, and disadvantaged. You’ll meet heaps of new people from different backgrounds and cultures as well as travel to South East Asia in the middle of the year - all with the purpose of preparing you for whatever God has in store for you.

You’ll dig deep into the Bible, learn how to prepare a Bible talk and give your testimony. On campus, you’ll study Old Testament, New Testament and Mission subjects.

We’re also throwing in some awesome practical stuff like barista training, driver survivor, first aid training, study skills, cooking for crowds, sailing in Sydney Harbour and even some basic budgeting! It will be a year to have adventure and fun, to explore life and to experience the opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Most of all though, we want you to be individually growing in Christ-likeness and in your knowledge and love of God. We want you to be men and women of prayer, to love Jesus, with all your heart,mind, soul and strength. We are concerned for your heart as well as your head!

The Bridge – Make a Difference

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Mission

 

 

 

Info Sessions

The Bridge 2018 Info Sessions 

Applications are now open for The Bridge 2018!

Join us for our next info sessions on

Saturday Evening 7 October 2017 at  7.00pm -  Albion Park Anglican Church at 253 Tongarra Road, Albion Park 2527

Saturday Morning 4 November 2017 at 9.30am -  43 Badminton Road, Croydon - the Croydon campus. Brunch served!

Alternatively, if these dates don't suit you, or you live further away or overseas, please just call or email Andrew Koulyras, The Bridge Coordinator at: thebridge@smbc.edu.au or by phone: 02 9747 4780.

(It's important to note though, that The Bridge is a richly transforming, highly cost effective, Christian gap year. The Bridge team are keen that you prayerfully consider your gap year rather than rush your decision. To that end, there won't be any financial disadvantage when you apply up until the start or throughout this year for 2018. We do recommend you apply as soon as you can though to ensure a place is available. We aim to make costs as low as possible for you.)

 

 

 

 

Learning

 

 

 

Programme

To check out what a typical week might look like, please see below. (It’s also important to factor in Wednesday as well for study and other off-campus activities).

Also, to get an idea of the calendar year scroll below to view the:

Mornings...

8:30-9:00Coffee Cart 9:00-9:50Lecture 1 9:55-10:45Lecture 2 10:45-11:10Morning Tea 11:10-12:10

Wednesdays

 

A variety of study, mentoring, activities & global mission exposure

Thursdays

 

Old Testament

Old Testament

 

Mission

Fridays

 

New Testament

New Testament

 

Life Skills / Field Work

Afternoons...

12:10-1:00 1:00-2:00Lunch 2:00-2:50 2:55-3:55 4:00-5:00

Wednesdays

Principal's Hour

A variety of study, mentoring, activities & global mission exposure

Thursdays

Mission

 

Global Mission Exposure / Edge

Skills Slot

Reflection / Study / Journal Time

Fridays

Life Skills / Field Work

 

Life Skills / Field Work

Life Skills / Field Work

 

CALENDAR 2018

Click here for the 2018 Calendar

Things to note are holiday times, overseas mission trip, when you need to be at College, and exam dates/times.

STUDY OPTIONS OF THE BRIDGE PROGRAMME

1.THE DIPLOMA OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES WITH THE SMBC BRIDGE CERTIFICATE IN BIBLE AND MISSIONS

The Diploma of Christian Studies is an awesome award as it will get you deeper into the Old and New Testament, along with cross-cultural mission subjects. You’ll read the Bible in new ways, you’ll find yourself more confident in handling the Bible, but most of all you’ll grow in your love of God, his plans and his people. Students enrolling in the diploma level study are committing themselves to complete the diploma course. During The Bridge year, you’ll study six of the seven subjects required do this.(32 credit points-cps.)

The six subjects are Old Testament x 2; New Testament x 2 and Missions x 2 (28 credit points). Six of these subjects may be credited towards a Bachelor of Theology if a 'credit' or higher pass is achieved.

The additional one subject you need to complete the diploma course is from the field of Christian Thought (Church History,Theology or Ethics -  worth 4 credit points). This additional subject can be completed concurrently at SMBC during your Bridge year. We also offer the ‘Ethics and Contemporary Issues’ unit through 'Intensive mode' in January following the Bridge year. Additional subjects can be completed at SMBC or any affiliated Australian College of Theology institution in the following year.

The prerequisite for the Diploma of Christian Studies is satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) in an Australian school system. However, if you haven’t done Year 12 (or equivalent), mature aged entry (20 and above) will be favourably considered. Additionally, if your first language is not English, you may need to satisfy minimum language requirements. Note, too, that we want all Bridge students to demonstrate participation in the life of the program - which may stretch some people, but we think, (from VAST experience!) you’ll be hugely enriched by it!  

If, after completing the Bridge program, you would like to go deeper in your theological study, it is possible to return for a second year and graduate with the Diploma of Theology or a combined Diploma of Theology/Diploma of Ministry.

The Diploma of Theology is a well-rounded exploration into the Bible, missions, Christian thinking and ministry. You’ll find yourself more confident and better prepared to understand and use the Bible, and in leading Bible studies, running youth groups and children’s ministry programs. But most importantly, our prayer is that you’ll know and love God more as he transforms you into the likeness of his Son, Jesus.

The Diploma of Theology requires you to complete five additional subjects after your Bridge year in the areas of church history, theology and biblical studies.

FEE-HELP is available for Australian citizens wanting to complete their Diploma.

 2. THE SMBC BRIDGE CERTIFICATE IN BIBLE AND MISSIONS

The SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions is made up of a number of subjects in Old Testament, New Testament and missions, plus all the other life skills and the overseas cross-cultural mission trip. If you enrol in the certificate, you will do assessments and reading tasks, and also need to demonstrate participation in the life of The Bridge program. FEE-HELP is not available for this award.

 3.THE BRIDGE CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION (AUDIT)

The (SMBC) Bridge Certificate of Participation (also called ‘audit’) allows you to participate in the program without the pressure of exams or assessments. In other words, it is the same content as SMBC’s Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions, minus the assessments! FEE-HELP is not available for this award.

 

SMBC AND THE AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY

The Australian College of Theology (ACT) is authorised as a Higher Education Provider by Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Sydney Missionary and Bible College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT). The ACT is not a ‘college’ as such which offers lectures. The ACT is best understood as an accrediting body that provides SMBC with the necessary minimum subject matter and content required to be taught and examined for any particular ACT program, for example, the Diploma of Christian Studies, the Diploma of Theology and the Bachelor of Theology. For further information about the Australian College of Theology, please see the ACT website at http://www.actheology.edu.au

CRICOS Code for NSW

The ACT is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. The CRICOS Code is 02650E.

The Australian College Of Theology can be contacted at:Level 10, 257 Clarence Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 2 9262 7890
Facsimile: +61 2 9262 7290
Email: info@actheology.edu.au
Website: www.actheology.edu.au

Growth

 

 

 

FAQ

 

Who is The Bridge for?

The Bridge is an interdenominational gap year programme for Christians, 18-21, who love Jesus, want to learn more about God’s word, and have a heart for his mission. You may have just finished Year 12 or you may want a gap year during your uni or tafe course.

When and where are the information sessions?

The Bridge 2018 Info Sessions 

Applications are now open for The Bridge 2018!

Join us for our next info sessions on:

Saturday evening 7 October 2017 at 7.00pm -  Albion Park Anglican Church at 253 Tongarra Road, Albion Park 2527. Supper served!

Saturday morning 4 November 2017 at 9.30am - 43 Badminton Road, Croydon - the Croydon campus. Brunch served! (Please note: The venue for our info sessions are not at the campus where The Bridge is held, we''ll be at our other SMBC Croydon campus)

Alternatively, if these dates don't suit you, or you live further away or overseas, please just call or email Andrew Koulyras, The Bridge Coordinator at: thebridge@smbc.edu.au or by phone: 02 9747 4780.

What’s the difference between The Bridge and other Christian gap years?
That’s a question that we can’t answer! The reason is, we don’t want to misrepresent another gap year/college given we haven’t been involved or attended their programs. Our recommendation is that you check out all the great gap years personally through talking with the leaders, visiting the campus (where possible) or through their websites.

How many days a week is The Bridge on?

The Bridge is a one year programme, over two semesters. It runs three days a week at the SMBC Roberts-Dale campus in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Croydon Park.

There are also a couple of team building overnight events during the year - contact us for details!

In addition, there will be some voluntary activities that will happen outside the program that we encourage participants to be involved in. These include KYCK (April) and Reachout (September). Opportunities will also be provided for experience in homeless and special needs ministries.

Will I have time in the week to work part-time?

Yes! The Bridge is a three day per week experience which involves some study. It’s possible to work part-time (we recommend Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays)  or you may be able to undertake ministry within your local church, for example, Friday evening youth groups or other such ministry opportunities.

If you choose to do the Diploma of Theology, extra time for assessments and exams will be required. It’s estimated that you’ll need to allow approximately six hours of preparation per week for the Diploma course.

Will we have lectures with non-Bridge SMBC students?

The lecturers are from SMBC, however, The Bridge programme is run separately to SMBC students.

Is The Bridge just for adventurous outgoing people?

No! The Bridge is for anyone, 18 to 21, wanting a worthwhile year out! It doesn’t matter if you are extroverted, introverted or anything in between!

Are there different study options for The Bridge?

Yes. All students participate in the same Bridge program. However, you can choose to study your Bible and Missions Certificate subjects in three different ways:

1. Along with a Diploma of Christian Studies;

2. Along with a Diploma of Theology;

3. With the SMBC Certificate in Bible and Missions.

At the completion of The Bridge year, you will graduate with either The (SMBC) Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions or The (SMBC) Bridge Certificate of Participation.  In addition, Diploma of Christian Studies Students will have finished six of the eight subjects required to complete their award; and Diploma of Theology students will have finished six of the twelve subjects required to complete their award.

Can you tell me more about The Diplomas?

1. The Diploma of Christian Studies (32 credit points)

The Diploma of Christian Studies is an awesome award as it will get you deeper into the Old and New Testament, along with cross-cultural mission subjects. You’ll read the Bible in new ways, you’ll find yourself more confident in handling the Bible, but most of all you’ll grow in your love of God, his plans and his people. During The Bridge year, you’ll study six of the seven subjects required to complete your Diploma of Christian Studies. The six subjects you'll study during the Bridge year are Old Testament x2; New Testament x2 and Missions x2, which total 28 credit points.

The additional one subject (4 credit points) you need to complete the diploma course is from the field of Christian Thought (that is, ethics, church history or theology). This can be completed at SMBC (concurrently during your Bridge year), or by completing an Ethics subject that SMBC runs in mid-January the following year. Alternatively, you could also complete your subject with any affiliated Australian College of Theology college around Australia. Additionally, six of these subjects may be credited towards a Bachelor of Theology if a 'credit' or higher pass is achieved.There is no maximum time limit in which to complete your Diploma of Christian Studies, however, we strongly recommend completion in the following year. The prerequisite for the Diploma of Christian Studies is satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) in an Australian school system. However, if you haven’t done year 12 (or equivalent), mature aged entry (20 and above) will be favourably considered. Additionally, if your first language is not English, you may need to satisfy minimum language requirements.

Of note too, we want all Bridge students to demonstrate participation in the life of the program, which may stretch some people, but we think, (from VAST experience!) you’ll be hugely enriched by it! FEE-HELP is available for Australian citizens wanting to complete a Diploma of Christian Studies.

2. The Diploma of Theology (48 credit points)

The Diploma of Theology is a well-rounded exploration into the Bible, missions, Christian thinking and ministry. You’ll find yourself more confident and well prepared to understand and use the Bible, and in leading Bible studies, running youth groups and children’s ministry programs. But most importantly, our prayer is that you’ll know and love God more as he transforms you into the likeness of his Son, Jesus. During The Bridge year, like the Diploma of Christian Studies, you’ll study six subjects (28 credit points) of the 48 credit points required to complete your Diploma of Theology (exactly the same units as the Diploma of Christian Studies: Old Testament x2; New Testament x2 and Missions x2 ). If you choose to graduate with the Diploma of Theology, that requires you to complete five additional subjects after your Bridge year; but we reckon you’ll love it! We recommend you study those five remaining units in the following year at SMBC, or through any of the other Australian College of Theology affiliated colleges (in different cities around Australia) that provide diploma level units. Additionally, these six subjects may be credited towards a Bachelor of Theology if a 'credit' or higher pass is achieved. There is no maximum time limit in which to complete the Diploma of Theology, however, we strongly recommend completion in the year following The Bridge. The prerequisite for the Diploma of Theology is satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) in an Australian school system. However, if you haven’t completed Year 12 (or equivalent) mature aged entry (20 and above) will be favourably considered. Additionally, if your first language is not English, you may need to satisfy minimum language requirements.

Of note, too: we want all Bridge students to demonstrate participation in the life of the program, which may stretch some people; but we think, (from VAST experience!) you’ll be hugely enriched by it! FEE-HELP is available for Australian citizens wanting to complete a Diploma of Theology.

What about The SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions?

The SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions is made up of a number of subjects in Old Testament, New Testament and missions, plus all the other life skills and the overseas cross-cultural mission trip. If you enrol in the certificate, you will do assessments and reading tasks, and also need to demonstrate participation in the life of The Bridge program. FEE-HELP is not available for this award.

What award will I get if I just attend without doing assessments?

The SMBC Bridge Certificate of Participation. The (SMBC) Bridge Certificate of Participation (also called ‘audit’) allows you to participate in the program without the pressure of exams or assessments. In other words, it is the same content as SMBC’s Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions, minus the assessments! FEE-HELP is not available for this award.

How do I complete my Diploma once I have finished The Bridge gap year?

After studying six subjects in your first (Bridge) year, you can complete the one remaining subject of your Diploma of Christian Studies (or five remaining subjects for the Diploma of Theology) at SMBC in the following year, or study concurrently with the Bridge program  or spread them over a longer period of time.  If you’re from interstate or from a regional area and don’t expect to be in Sydney the following year, you can finish your course through any college affiliated with the Australian College of Theology which offers diploma level subjects.   

Can I get credit for any of The Bridge units (subjects) toward my uni degree?

If you choose to study a Diploma, it may be possible to get limited credit toward your university degree as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). This is dependent on your results, the university, and the university course you will/are enrolled in. We recommend you chat with your university.

Do I really have to attend The Bridge lectures if I have other stuff on?

Yes! The Bridge is a programme that requires full attendance unless you’re sick or have compassionate reasons. You'll need to plan part-time work and other activities around your Bridge programme.

Do I need to have a car and/ or driver’s licence to participate in The Bridge?

No. For those with a car, there is plenty of onsite parking (and bike racks) available on campus. For those who do have their licence, provisional ‘P’ plate or above, you’ll need a car to participate in the Defensive Driver Training day. And…if you don’t drive, other activities will be planned for you. Talk to us if you’re on your ‘L’‘s.

There are several public transport options to The Bridge Campus in Croydon Park (see link).

Who are the lecturers for The Bridge?

The Bridge lecturers are from SMBC, or they will be visiting lecturers who are specialists in their field.

Do I need to change churches?

No! Unless you’re moving to Sydney for the programme and if so, we can suggest churches for you.

Will I have a mentor during the programme?

We would like all participants to meet once a fortnight (for about an hour) with a more mature Christian (men with men and women with women) . Ideally, this is someone from your church. We can provide your mentor with guidelines to help make the most of these times. If it's difficult for you to find a mentor, we can help! The purpose of a mentor is to pray with you, read the Bible with you, hear about what you're learning and help to guide your spiritual growth.

Will I need a passport?

Yes! You need a passport that is valid until at least February 2019 if you're joining us in 2018; and valid until February 2020 if you're joining us in 2019.You’ll be heading over, as a team, to South East Asia as part of your program.

What is cross-cultural ministry (briefly)?

The old saying that ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is true: the more someone is like us, the easier we find it to relate to them. But God wants us to communicate his word and demonstrate his love to people from all cultural backgrounds. To do this cross-cultural ministry well, we need to understand the difference culture makes and learn how to adjust the way we talk, move, eat, love, laugh and listen so that the truth about God can be clear.

Why is cross-cultural ministry important?

Everywhere we look around our city, our country and the world, we see people from different nations, language groups, cultures and sub-cultures. These differences don’t just affect the way we dress and what we eat, they also shape the way we talk, the things we value, the way we relate to people and even the way we think. God has called us to share his love and his word with all people everywhere. To do this well we need to understand the difference culture makes and develop the skills needed to relate to people who aren’t like us.

What is the significance of studying at an 'interdenominational' College?

Studying the Bible in an interdenominational context helps to protect us against developing a narrow viewpoint. It helps us to avoid making assumptions that any particular denomination is the sole trustworthy custodian of genuine biblical or Christian truth. As our staff and students mix and share their lives in community, we learn from one another as we learn from the scriptures. We thrive as we read and study God’s biblical revelation on its own terms, without undue pressure to follow a particular denominational viewpoint. Staff and students represent many denominations. Your denominational loyalty will be warmly respected.

Denominations do have their place and make great contributions. Our primary unity as Christians, however, is not denominational, but because we have been made one in and by Jesus Christ. Saving faith is the gift of God, as his Spirit applies the redeeming work of his Son. 

When will the overseas mission trip happen?

The overseas mission trip takes place during the mid-year holiday period. An information night will be held for students, parents and carers. Students will be required to have a valid passport. The mission trip forms one of your study units – ask us more about it!

Where are we going to on the mission trip?

We will be travelling to a country in the South-East Asia region. SMBC works closely with many mission organisations and have been conducting short term mission trips as part of student training for decades. Overseas, The Bridge mission team will be getting alongside well established, long term missionaries on the ground. Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions about this aspect of the programme.

What will The Bridge cost* in 2018?

 Here are the 2018 costs .

  • $4,400 using FEE-HELP for the Diploma of Christian Studies or Diploma of Theology with the SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions.
  • $16,300 for the Diploma of Christian Studies or Diploma of Theology with the SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions (not using FEE-HELP).
  • $11,000 for The SMBC Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions
  • $10,000 for The SMBC Bridge Certificate of Participation (Audit)

Please speak with us if you may require some financial assistance to join the Bridge in 2018

If you're an overseas student applying for the Diploma of Christian Studies or Diploma of Theology, please note that your costs are different to those listed above. Please contact us for further details.

* Note: Costs include tuition,the mid-year mission trip (airfares,accommodation and standard travel insurance) and most activities irrespective of which Bridge level you study. With the mission trip, you will need to supply your own passport/cost of passport/vaccinations,spending money, etc- see below for other items not included. We recommend you contact us regarding what is and isn't included. Please also refer to the government study assist website for full FEE-HELP details.- see under FEE-HELP below.

It is important to note though, that The Bridge is a richly transforming, highly cost effective, Christian gap year. The Bridge team are keen that you prayerfully consider your gap year rather than rush your decision. To that end, there won't be any disadvantage in applying throughout the year. We aim to make costs as low as possible for you. We strongly encourage you to save as much as you can too and perhaps even fundraise for your trip to South East Asia.

I've heard once you are offered a place in The Bridge Program, I need to pay a deposit. Is that correct?

Yes, you will need to pay a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. However, this deposit is deducted from your program costs for the year. The next payment installment of $1,700 take place during Orientation.

Is lunch included Wednesday, Thursday and Friday?

Yes! And morning tea too! Complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are available throughout the day.

What costs aren’t included?

Costs to consider are getting to and from college, passport/visa, accommodation, transport to off-campus activities; stationery, photocopying and text books.

Am I entitled to concession fares on public transport?

If you are enrolled in the Diploma of Christian Studies or Diploma of Theology course you are entitled to a concession card. For more information, please visit NSW Transport here

Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists students to pay their tuition fee and is available to all Australian citizens. It is available to students who are enrolled in the Diploma of Christian Studies or the Diploma of Theology course, and who intend to complete it. There is a loan fee of 25 percent applied to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. For more information visit Study Assist

Am I eligible for Youth Allowance?

If you are enrolled in the Diploma, you may be eligible for Youth Allowance and can apply at Centrelink. Youth allowance is income and assets tested. For further details contact Centrelink on 132 490 or Human Services

What is The Bridge programme payment policy? 

Click here to view and print the 2018 Payment Policy

What is The Bridge programme Changing/Withdrawal my Enrolment policy?

Click here to view and print 2017 The Bridge Changing/Withdrawal Enrolment Policy

When can I apply for The Bridge?

Now! Applications are open for 2018. See the 'Apply' section on this site.

(Please note, we understand some of you might still be 17 years of age when you first apply for the programme- that's perfectly okay so long as a parent or guardian provides consent and you are turning 18 in the year of the programme)

Do I have to wait until I'm 18 to apply?

No! We understand some of you might still be 17 years of age when you first apply for The Bridge - that's perfectly okay just so long as a parent or guardian provides consent and you are turning 18 in the year of the program.

When do applications close?

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure there's a place for you! However, applications for 2018 close just before Orientation in early February. It's worth noting that we do need to meet and chat with you, check your references, and finalise other paperwork so the earlier you apply, the better!

We recommend you indicate your interest in the programme by emailing Andrew Koulyras at:  thebridge@smbc.edu.au . That way we can give you a call to chat further about the programme or questions you might have.

Can I apply for The Bridge if I haven’t got the HSC or equivalent?

Yes. The Bridge is available to eligible students who left school before completing the HSC. Applicants just need to demonstrate a willingness to participate fully in all aspects of The Bridge programme. During your interview, we’ll help guide you into what level of study to undertake.

What happens in the interview?

An application interview (and getting references) sounds very formal, but it isn’t! We just want to get to know you better, hear about your love for Jesus and make sure The Bridge is the best direction for you. The interview will take about 20 minutes (and we’ll show you around the campus too if you live in Sydney/greater Sydney).

Can I still do The Bridge if I live outside of Sydney?

Yes! We welcome students from regional areas and interstate. You’ll need to chat with us via skype, over the phone, or visit us for an interview. You'll need to provide your own accommodation, but we can recommend some options for you.

Can overseas students apply?

Yes, however, please contact The Bridge Coordinator for application requirements, costs and forms.

Is campus accommodation available?

Accommodation on campus is not available for participants in The Bridge programme. However, if you’re looking for accommodation, we suggest the following options for you to explore:

Arundel House in Glebe provides student accommodation for women who are 18-21.

Flo Harris Lodge in Lewisham caters for men and women. 

The St Barnabas Terraces in Glebe also provides student accommodation for men and women aged 18-21. To arrange a tour of The Terraces please contact the Supervisor 02 9692 8798.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact local churches in the inner west area of Sydney, that is, those close to Croydon Park.



 

How do I get to the SMBC Roberts-Dale campus?

SMBC Roberts-Dale Campus is located at 140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park and is easily accessible by car as well as public transport. Croydon railway station is about a 15 minute walk to the campus, and Burwood railway station is about a 25 minute walk to the campus.

Click here for the NSW Transport info link

Can I ride my bike to the Roberts-Dale campus?

Yes! There is bike storage and showers are available.

We’d love to chat with you. Call us (02) 9747 4780, email: thebridge@smbc.edu.au or drop in to SMBC, at 43 Badminton Road, Croydon.

 

 

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Apply

APPLY NOW TO JOIN THE BRIDGE!

First thing to do is to complete The Bridge Application Form (see link below) and send it to us at The Bridge (SMBC) PO BOX 83, Croydon, NSW, 2132, NSW. Alternatively email it to us at: thebridge@smbc.edu.au .

2018 Application Form

(Please note, we understand some of you might still be 17 years of age when you first apply for The Bridge - that's perfectly okay just so long as a parent or guardian provides consent and you are turning 18 in the year of the programme)

(Note: you need to be an Australian citizen to apply for FEE-HELP).

If you're an overseas student, please contact us for application and study cost details.

Next, we’ll contact your referees and arrange a suitable time for you to come in for an interview, meet the team and check out the campus. If you live outside Sydney, we can chat over the phone and/ or skype your interview. The interview chat also provides you with another great opportunity to ask us questions! (Parents/guardians are welcome to come along too - it’s up to you!)

Lastly, we’ll send you a letter to let you know the outcome of the interview process and provide you with The Bridge Community Code of Conduct. At this point you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place.However, please note this deposit is taken from you overall programme cost.

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact

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(02) 9747 4780

The Bridge Administration Centre, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon, NSW 2132

Postal Address - PO Box 83, Croydon, NSW 2132 (for Bridge applications)

Roberts-Dale Campus where The Bridge takes place: 140 Croydon Ave, Croydon Park, NSW 2133

fax: (02) 9747 5053

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