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Who We Are

Hillsong College USA offers you a transformational education, discipleship, and leadership training experience. At the heart of Hillsong Church in California you’ll learn about life, leadership, and ministry alongside influential leaders who are changing the world. Within a proven mix of classroom learning, hands-on ministry experience, and a vibrant College community, you will be discipled as a believer + raised as a leader - joining our thousands of graduates around the world who are changing lives through Christ in ministry and the marketplace.

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“There is nothing like the community here” - Omi
“College prepared me for the ministry role I'm stepping into” - Tabor
“God told me: 'That’s why I brought you out here'” - Leo

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Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Hillsong College USA provide student housing?

Yes! Once you are accepted into Hillsong College, you have the ability to apply for student housing and we are able to source local accommodation on your behalf. This is on a first come first serve basis and is not guaranteed. Hillsong College accommodation is shared living, in which you’re able to interact and live with other students. Generally, these properties are houses or apartments within Orange County. Please note that these properties are partially furnished (bed, bedframe and couch). Transportation is not provided, and it is the responsibility of each individual student. Depending on the size of the property, you may live with 4 – 7 other students. Alternatively, you are welcome to source your own local accommodation.

Are Hillsong College USA courses accredited?

Our certificate courses are non-accredited vocational education. Through our Degree program and in contextualization partnership with Kairos University, as a Kairos student, you are awarded an accredited Bachelors's or Associates's degree.

How much does it cost?

Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 

Discipleship Training Program

  • Christian Leadership: $3,305 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $3,685 per semester

Certificate Program

Year 1:

  • Christian Leadership: $3,305 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $3,685 per semester

Year 2: 

  • Christian Leadership: $3,305 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $3,685 per semester

Year 3: 

  • Christian Leadership: $3,305 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $3,305 per semester

Degree Program

Year 1:

  • Christian Leadership: $3,305 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $3,685 per semester

Year 2:

  • Christian Leadership: $5,105 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $5,485 per semester

Year 3: 

  • Christian Leadership: $5,105 per semester
  • Worship Leadership: $5,105 per semester

Accommodation Application Fee: $50

Accommodation Security Deposit: $500

Does Hillsong College USA offer scholarships?

At this time, Hillsong College USA does not provide scholarships or financial aid. Students provide for their fees in various ways – including saving before their course commences, working while they study, being sponsored by their home church or fundraising support within their community. We do offer a payment plan for students interested with a 5% fee added to the total cost. If you are unable to pay full-time semester fees, we encourage you to consider our flexible part-time options.

How many hours per week will I spend studying?

If you are in one of our DTP or Certificate programs, please allow at least 3-4 hours per subject. If you are entering the Kairos Degree program, please allow at least 6-8 hours per subject. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

What student support is available for Hillsong College USA students?

Hillsong College is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of our student body. Right at the start of their journey, we welcome them into our community through orientations, information sessions and opportunities to get to know our Hillsong College team. Throughout their studies, students have access to emotional and practical support through our Pastoral Care Team and can access academic advice and assistance through our learning support system.

General Questions:
What should I expect?

A college experience unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Each week will consist of lectures, tutorials, chapels, and hands on ministry training. Get ready for a college community that is exciting, encouraging, and engaging.

Hillsong College USA provides an intentional schedule that works hand in hand with our local church: Hillsong California. 

Get ready to be raised as a leader, and discipled as a believer in beautiful Southern California.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Our Future Students team are happy to help and answer any questions you might have. 

Please contact collegeUSA@hillsong.com 

You can also call or text us: 

 USA: +1 (949) 880-5038

(MON - FRI | 9am - 5pm PST)

Where in California is Hillsong College USA located?

Hillsong College USA is located in the city of Irvine (17475 Gillette Ave. Irvine, CA. 92614)

Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Irvine consistently ranks as one of the safest places to live in the United States. With its meticulously planned communities, lush green spaces, and top-tier schools, Irvine offers residents a sense of security and peace of mind like no other.

The city's low crime rate is a testament to the dedication of the local law enforcement and the strong community bonds that thrive here. Whether you're strolling through the tree-lined streets, exploring the numerous parks, or enjoying the diverse dining scene, you can feel confident that Irvine's commitment to safety is ever-present.

Safety is at the core of Irvine's identity, making it a perfect place to call home for those seeking not only a beautiful setting but also the peace of mind that comes with living in one of America's safest cities.


Support the mission of Hillsong College USA practically as we continue to expand, take new ground and raise healthy leaders and disciple purpose filled Jesus followers who are dedicated to the cause of the local church. General donations will be allocated at the discretion of Hillsong College and will be utilized to fund various projects, initiatives and needs. College Sponsorship donations will contribute to an overall scholarship fund which will be allocated to students at the discretion of Hillsong College. We are very grateful for your consideration, contribution and commitment to our mission!

Please note: Tax deductibility applies to USA citizens and residents. General College donations will be allocated at the discretion of Hillsong College.