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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 student visas 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 Total Cost of Qualification
  Master of Arts 11 (including 1 double-unit subject) $1,600.00 $19,200.00
  Graduate Diploma 8 $1,600.00 $12,800.00
  Graduate Certificate 4 $1,600.00 $6,400.00


  • All prices listed in Australian Dollars (AUD)
  • Costs are subject to change annually. Enquire at NTI to find out about future costs.
  • Costs are for tuition only. They do not cover accommodation, meals or incidentals associated with your studies at NTI.
Approved International Agent List


Nan Tien Institute (NTI) 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
  • submit an international application



Australian Centre

  • Daniela Faber
  • australiancentre.com.br
  • +61 2 9267 5811
  • Suite 1604, Level 16/ 447 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
  • dani@australiancentre.com 


 A&A International Education



 Bridge Blue PTY LTD


Globancy Pty Ltd 

 Good Day Oz Education


Information Planet Pty Ltd

Prudential Migration and Education Consultancy (PMEC) 

  • Terry Chou
  • pmec.com.au
  • +61 2 92122792
  • Suite 106, Level 1, Manning Building, 451 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, AUSTRALIA
  • terry@pmec.com.au


Stellar Education Australia Pty Ltd


Superstudent Headquarters Pty

NewEdge Consultancy Pty Ltd
  • Ravinder Etikala
  • newedgecs.com
  • 0422 129 910
  • unit 4, level 8, 99 York street
  • info@newedgecs.com


Study Bird


Sydney Harbour Education Centre (SHEC)

BMW Educational Consultancy



A&A International Education


Globancy Pty Ltd

Prudential Migration and Education Consultancy (PMEC) 

  • Terry Chou
  • pmec.com.au
  • +61 2 92122792
  • Suite 106, Level 1, Manning Building, 451 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, AUSTRALIA
  • terry@pmec.com.au



Information Planet Pty Ltd

  • contactus@informationplanet.com.au
  • + 61 2 9283 6161   Sydney City, NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • + 61 2 9977 0499   Sydney, Manly, NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • + 61 8 9221 8022   Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA
  • + 61 7 3003 1134   Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRALIA
  • + 61 3 9939 9400   Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • informationplanet.com.au/



Arora Foreign Education Consultancy Pvt Ltd.

  • Quinci Seghal
  • offer@gmail.com
  • 04842832091
  • MG Road, Emakulan, Cochin, Kerala, 682035. India
  • www.afecindia.in

Smart Study

  • www.smartstudy.co
  • +91 161 5072345
  • SCO-24, Smart Study Tower
  • Model Town Extension, Near New Krishna,
  • Mandir, Ludhiana. Punjab.
  • applicatoins.smartstudy@gmail.com



DEOW Australia Pty Ltd



Stellar Education Australia Pty Ltd


 Stellar Education Australia Pty Ltd


Euro American Educare



Byron International Group Ltd.

  • Jingwu (Jim)
  • https://www.uniagents.com/en/consultants/byron-international-group-ltd.htm
  • +64 9 368 1588
  • 3F 220 Queen Street, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
  • agents@uniagents.com


Globancy Pty Ltd



LAE Latino American Education

Australian Centre

  • Daniela Faber
  • australiancentre.com.br
  • +61 2 9267 5811
  • Suite 1604, Level 16/ 447 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
  • dani@australiancentre.com 



  • Guilherme Macedo
  • link2world.com.br
  • + 55 11 4437-4066
  • Alm. Tamandaré, 264 - Centro, Santo André - SP, 09040-040, Brazil
  • guilherme@link2world.com.br

Academia de Intercambio

Integrity Migration Solutions 20

Globancy Pty Ltd

  • Miguel Mudbidri
  • www.globancy.com
  • +61 2 8095 0535 / +61450956151
  • Suite 14, Level 15, 327 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000, AUSTRALIA
  • miguel@globancy.com

Vital Intercâmbios 





Franklin International Education Group 



Stellar Education Australia Pty Ltd



Information Planet Pty Ltd


AussieOzzy Pty Ltd

  • www.aussieozzy.com
  • Suite 19, Aosee Plaza, Festac 3rd Gate, Alakija,
  • Festac Town Lagos
  • +234 809 457 4711
  • charles@aussieozzy.com



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.


An accessible 'Road to an Enlightened Education'

NTI is easily accessible by car, bus and train. A bus stop is located near the Campus gates, and a train station is a comfortable 10-minute walk away. The campus is also conveniently located on major road and transport links and offers extensive free on-site parking.


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 
Email: skyaccom@tpg.com.au 
Website: www.skyaccommodation.com.au


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 
Email: managerwollongong@sovereigninns.com.au 
Website: www.sovereigninns.com.au


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 
Email: info@downtownmotel.com.au 
Website: www.downtownmotel.com.au/


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
Email: info@flindersmotel.com
Website: www.flindersbudgetmotel.com.au/


Elsinor Motor Lodge provides quality three and a half star accommodation located in Dapto, Wollongong. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4261 3366
Website: www.norrismotels.com.au/elsinor/


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 take an Entry Placement Test on enrolment and attend language support classes assigned to them in their first semester. Their study load will be adjusted in this semester to allow them to complete Language Support studies.

Note that 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.