Student Support

We understand that it is not easy to study in isolation. The good news is that we have created a student support structure which serves the needs of our students. It is important for students to know what is expected from them, and also what services they can expect from SATS.

Before you enrol you are welcome to contact our efficient Enrolments’ Officer, Sharon Eagle, who will assist you with any questions you may have about our courses, Recognition of Prior Learning, fees, etc. She will also be the first to see your application form when you enrol. Call her on 011 234-4440 Email her at

To ensure that every student at SATS has the counselling support from an appropriately qualified person, we provide the services of a counsellor, Bev van Rensburg, who is available to discuss any personal issues you may be experiencing.Contact her at or phone her on 011 234-4440.

We offer a limited number of bursaries for those who simply cannot afford to study. A special bursary fund exists for students from the Eastern Cape. To apply please email

Our Help Desk is open from 07h00 – 16h00 during the week. Dial 011 022-4440 to discuss your future learning options and seek advice from Grace Sikhosana, a trained and very experienced administrator. Her email address is:


Our research shows that students who have mentor support in place generally work through their studies faster and attest to a more meaningful and successful learning experience. The SATS staff can regularly contact students, motivating and encouraging them to persevere with their studies, but it is the local, personal friend or pastor who will fulfil the role of personal support.
Erika Kelbrick, who also looks after Student Liaison, heads up this programme. Contact her at

We have come to realise that many of the skills for effective pastoral ministry are best nurtured through involvement in local church life and personal life experience. We therefore encourage our students to identify a suitable person to support them in their learning endeavour.

Requirements of a mentor
Mentors play a unique role in that they can provide insights and advice as objective outsiders. They have the ability to support, challenge and inspire students by providing the necessary perspective. The student mentor commits to:

  • A deliberate, conscious and voluntary relationship.
  • A regular and personal meeting with the student.
  • Supporting, guiding and spiritually nurturing a student.

Your spouse, fiancé, friend or relative has decided to study at the South African Theological Seminary and you may be wondering how this will affect your lives. The Friends and Family page explains how things might change and how you can help your SATS student to be successful.


Our library contains an impressive collection of books, journals and e-books. In addition, we have nearly 200,000 books in our online library. You are welcome to browse the wide range of outstanding titles to assist you in your research, via our online catalogue. For postgraduate students who cannot access our physical holdings in person, the librarian, Tawanda, will assist you by sending you digital copies of your requested research extracts. You will also be able to access all the theological journals online.
Search the Library Catalogue
Contact Tawanda at

Due to the fact that some theological textbooks are difficult to find and extremely expensive, the South African Theological Seminary provides Readers, free of charge for your convenience,  in almost all undergraduate programmes except the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling. These Readers include selected extracts from the recommended books, as well as a selection of other relevant documents which we are sure will assist you as you complete each assignment. They are excellent resources and further teaching aids for pastors to continue to refer to long after their studies have been completed. So that we do not infringe any copyright laws, we have signed a contract with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the terms of which enable us to include these extracts in the Readers. You may purchase and use text books, in addition to the Readers, if you prefer to do so

As internet connectivity and bandwidth speed continues to improve worldwide, we are able to support you through our comprehensive website (, through MySats (see MySats) to which we are regularly adding additional functionality, and through software which enables us to have live, interactive seminars with groups of students all over the world. Depending on bandwidth availability, you can be part of a video/audio conference, during which you can interact with your tutor and with your fellow students! If you are unable to participate at the advertised time, the full session will be recorded and you will be able to download it from our server. Instead of using Skype, which is sometimes very unstable, our software is extremely stable and the voice and video quality is excellent. We are very excited about the possibilities, which we know will help us to further improve our levels of service delivery and give you an improved learning experience.