English Language Requirements

All classes at Nan Tien Institute (NTI) are taught in English. In addition to the entry requirements for each of our courses, all students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in the English language, either through their previous studies or through a test of English language proficiency, to qualify for admission.


If English is not your first language, you may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency with your application.


UPDATE: English Testing From Home

NTI would like to reassure all prospective students requiring proof of English language proficiency, that they are still able to apply for our courses, whilst English language test centres remain closed during the global COVID-19 pandemic.


Prospective students requiring proof of English proficiency can now undertake the home-based test offered by TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language). During this time, NTI is recognising the result of this test as equivalent to the traditional testing format, as this home-based test is conducted in the same format and at the same high-standard as the ‘normal’ face-to-face test.


The test is available anywhere in the world, with the exception of mainland China and Iran.Please see the TOEFL website for more information, or to register for the official test.


Applicants from mainland China

Starting 30 May 2020, a testing solution is available for applicants from mainland China. The results of this test (TOEFL ITP Plus for China) will be accepted by NTI as sufficient proof of English language proficiency until the traditional language test centres will reopen. 

Please visit the TOEFL ITP Plus for China website for more information, requirements, test dates and to register for the test.


Minimum requirements 

For students who seek to enrol directly from non-English speaking countries, the minimum level of English proficiency is an overall score of 6.5 with no sub score less than 6.0 in the IELTS academic test. The applicant’s IELTS certificate must be no more than two years old.


Other proprietary test scores which fulfil the English language entry requirement are:

  • CAE overall 58 + no less than Borderline in each skill

  • TOEFL paper-based score 577 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)

  • TOEFL internet-based score 79 overall (minimum 21 writing, 18 speaking, 13 reading, 13 listening)

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58-64 inclusive and no communicative skill below 50.

International students with an overall IELTS score of 6.0 may be admitted if they enrol and attend EAP (English for Academic Purposes) language support classes assigned to them.


Please note:

The Australian Government has specified separate English language requirements for overseas students of some countries applying for student visas. Please refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for information on Student visa English language requirements.


On completion of our Health and Social Wellbeing or Mental Health courses, those wishing to register as a health professional in Australia will also need to satisfy the AHPRA English language requirements.