English Language Requirements

All classes at Nan Tien Institute 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.


Australian residents whose qualifications presented as the basis for admissions were not studied in English may be asked to provide evidence of English proficiency with their application.


Minimum requirements

For students who seek to enrol directly from non-English speaking countries, the minimum level of English proficiency is a band 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 IELTS score of 6.0 may be admitted if they enrol and attend EAP (English for Academic Purposes) language support classes assigned to them in their first semester. 


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.