International Students

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) welcomes students from all over the world. NTI is one of a relatively small number of institutions offering postgraduate studies grounded in Buddhist wisdom and values.


Our students are empowered with an education that is mobile, crosses geographic precincts and cultural, digital and educational borders, and has numerous transferable and adaptable applications.


NTI prides itself on being a truly international organisation that provides international students with a safe, nurturing, and culturally understanding environment that encourages excellence.


We provide an extensive support service to students coming from overseas. From advice on enrolment to accommodation arrangements and ongoing support services, NTI ensures that international students have a smooth transition to life in Australia, and a safe, stimulating and unique environment in which to complete their studies.

Fees for International Students
Qualification Number of subjects to be completed Subject cost 2020 Total Cost of Qualification 2020 Subject cost 2021 Total Cost of Qualification 2021
Master of Arts 12 (11 if ABS950 Research Project taken) $2,200 $26,400# $2,400 $28,800#
Graduate Diploma 8 $2,200 $17,600# $2,400 $19,200
Graduate Certificate 4 $2,200 $8,800# $2,400 $9,600
Master of Arts 12 (11 if HSW950 Research Project taken) $2,400 $28,800# $2,700 $32,400
Graduate Diploma 8 $2,400 $19,200 $2,700 $21,600
Graduate Certificate 4 $2,400 $9,600# $2,400 $10,800
Graduate Certificate $2,000  $8,000# $2,400 $9,600
Master 12  $2,400  $28,800# $2,700 $32,400
Graduate Diploma 8 $2,400 $19,200# $2,700 $21,600
Graduate Certificate 4 $2,400 $9,600# $2,700 $10,800
Please note:
  • # Indicative fee assuming a full time load and all electives are chosen within the Award program. Costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.

  • All prices listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).

  • A one-off enrolment fee of $100 applies, payable once you have been accepted into a course.

  • Costs are subject to change annually. Enquire to find out about future costs.

  • Costs are for tuition only. They do not cover accommodation, meals or incidentals associated with your studies at Nan Tien Institute.

Preparing Your Application


When you are ready to apply, please have the following supporting documentation ready. You can upload these documents at Step 5 of your online application:

  • Passport

  • Academic transcripts/testamurs from previous tertiary study

  • Completed GTE form

  • Current resume/CV

  • Proof of change of name (if applicable)

  • Evidence of English language proficiency (please see English Language Requirements tab below)

  • Evidence of financial capacity (please see Financial Requirements tab below)


Do you have any questions about applying? Contact one of our friendly enrolment advisors:

Phone: 1300 323 261
Phone/SMS: 0402 551 223
Email: or contact us via our contact page.


English Language Requirements

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 subscore 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.

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 Home Affairs 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.


Approved International Agent List

Nan Tien Institute works closely with approved agents to offer advice about studying in Australia.

International education agents can:

  • help you to understand your course options with Nan Tien Institute

  • give advice about studying in another country

  • help you submit your application

To view a current list of our approved agents please follow this link.


Cost of Living/Accommodation – Wollongong & Sydney


Living Costs - Australian Rankings

The ranking of major university cities from cheapest city to most expensive is: (1) Hobart (2) Wollongong (3) Adelaide (4) Gold Coast (5) Brisbane (6) Canberra (7) Perth (8) Melbourne (9) Darwin (10) Sydney.

Cost of living city index

The table below shows an index of living costs by city, calculated using a budget method.

The base-case budget is for a student who lives in Perth and spends $560 per week, including $200 on rent. This index was calculated using the latest data available on 30 April 2015.


*Referenced from Student Cities Australia


Living on campus for the duration of intensive lecture programs - e.g. the 5 day face-to-face subject component - is highly recommended. Students who have stayed on-campus during their studies say it adds significantly to their experience and learning.

Escape from the world for a short time and enhance your learning by immersing yourself - without any distractions - in Buddhist culture.

On-site students have the added benefit of being able to participate in a number of after-hours activities including Buddhist Drum and Bell Ceremonies; walking, outdoor and traditional meditation; Tai Chi; chanting; and Tea Ch'an.


On-Campus accommodation

Pilgrim Lodge's unique 3.5-star accommodation is located on the grounds of Nan Tien Temple - the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The Lodge overlooks the peaceful Temple, beautiful lotus pond, award-winning gardens, and out to the magnificent Illawarra escarpment.

Classrooms, lecture theatres, library and other NTI facilities are just a five-minute walk away. On-site facilities include social and study spaces, meeting rooms, wireless internet, dining halls and a coffee shop/tea house.

Special student accommodation rates are available.

Visit the Pilgrim Lodge Website for more information.


Off-Campus accommodation

The Institute has listed the following alternative accommodation as a reference for students, however, does not provide any endorsement for these accommodation services, nor takes any financial or other exchange from these establishments for the listing on this website. 

Students will need to make their own investigations as to the facilities and suitability of these accommodation venues provide. The Institute does not accept any liability for any loss or damage that you might suffer due to any unsatisfactory accommodation arrangements made by you. Nor will the Institute pay you for any loss or damage suffered.  

The arrangements made by you are entirely at your own risk. Please take care when making those arrangements.

Located in Parkinson Street, Wollongong. Sky Accommodation is a short walk from the Central Business District and close to shops and public transport. Dormitory rooms, single rooms and studio apartments are available. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4228 9320 


Located on the Princes Highway in Figtree. The Sovereign Inn is a short walk to Westfield Shopping Centre or Unanderra Train Station. Suitable accommodation for a single person or a family of 6. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4271 1122 


The Downtown Motel is located in the heart of Wollongong CBD and is a short walk to the Entertainment Centre, Beach, Golf Course, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Shops. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4229 8344 


Flinders Motel is a newly renovated, 64 room motel located in the heart of Wollongong.  Flinders has onsite parking available, a guest laundry, BBQ area and an onsite restaurant. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4226 6566


Elsinor Motor Lodge provides quality three and a half star accommodation located in Dapto, Wollongong. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4261 3366