International Students

Nan Tien Institute 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 Total Cost of Qualification
Master of Arts
(Applied Buddhist Studies or Health and Social Wellbeing)
12 $2,000 $24,000
Graduate Diploma
(Applied Buddhist Studies or Health and Social Wellbeing)
8 $2,000 $16,000
Graduate Certificate
(Applied Buddhist Studies or Health and Social Wellbeing)
4 $2,000 $8,000
Graduate Certificate
(Humanistic Buddhism)
 $1,600  $6,400
Graduate Certificate
(Mental Health)
 $2,250  $9,000
Applied Buddhist Studies      
Master of Arts 12 $2,200 $26,400#
Graduate Diploma 8 $2,200 $17,600#
Graduate Certificate 4 $2,200 $8,800#
Health and Social Wellbeing      
Master of Arts 12 $2,400 $28,800#
Graduate Diploma 8 $2,400 $19,200#
Graduate Certificate 4 $2,400 $9,600#
Humanistic Buddhism      
Graduate Certificate  $2,000  $8,000#
Mental Health      
Graduate Certificate  $2,400  $9,600#

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 NTI.

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
  • submit an international application





Telephone:         +61 2 9286 3799 / +61 9286 3788

Address:              Level 5, HSBC Centre, 580 George Street, Sydney 2000, NSW


ACIC also has offices in the People’s Republic of China and in Taiwan (Republic of China)

BMW Educational Consultancy


Telephone:          +61 (0)2 8094 1406, 9007 7995

Address:               Suite 3, Level 1, 49-51 York street,
Sydney 2000, NSW


BMW also has offices in Nepal (Kathmandu, Surkhet, Chitwan, Khurkhure) and Melbourne

ABK Consultancy


Address:               Suite 33, Level 3, 110 Sussex Street, NSW 2000

Telephone:         +61 (0)2-9262-1434


ABK also has an office in Nepal (Kathmandu)

Oasis Education


Address:               Suite 304, Level 3, 276 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone:          +61 (0)2 8386 5350


Oasis Education also has offices in Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitwan and Itahari) and India (Trivandrum, Kerala)

Unique Education


Address:              Suite 209, 4 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia 2137

Phone:                 +61 (0)2-8970 2398


Unique Education also has offices in Bhutan (Thimpu) and India (Mumbai)



Samden Kuendup (SK) Education Consultancy


Address:              NPPF (Pension) Office Buliding,1st Floor, Chang Lam 3, 11001 Thimphu, Bhutan

Telephone:         +975 77 44 55 44 / 77 21 33 00


SEE ALSO:  Unique Education (under “Australia” (above))



ACIC  - ACIC China Service Centre, Ao Ji Chuang Zhan Jiao Yu Zi Xun (Beijing) You Xian Gong Si


Address:               Room 912, Floor 9, Hongyu Building, No.7, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, China

Telephone:         (8610) 8283 8055


ACIC also has offices in Sydney



Arora Foreign Education Consultancy Pvt Ltd.


Address :              No. 4 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Ernakulam, Cochin, Kerala, 682035, India

Telephone           +91-981-4811134


Smart Study 


Address:               Smart Study Tower SCO- 24, Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, 141002 Punjab

Telephone:          +91-84375-12345, 84373-12345


Smart Study also has offices in Nawanshahr, Khanna, Bathinda, and Jalandhar

SEE ALSO:            Oasis Education (under “Australia”)

Unique Education (under “Australia”)





Address:               Putalisadak (Way to Dillibazar), Kathmandu, Nepal.

P.O. Box No. 8975, EPC 5342

Telephone:          +977 (01) 4420178/4421293


BMW also has offices in Surkhet, Chitwan, Khurkhure; and in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne)

Western Educational Services


Location 1:          Dillibazar, Kathmandu

Telephone:          +977-1-442-8831


Location 2:          KMC-26, Gongabu Chowk

Telephone:          +977-1-4360473


SEE ALSO:            Oasis Education (under “Australia”)




Address:               6F-1/17 Hwai Ning Street, Taipei 100, Taiwan

Telephone:         (886 2) 2370 2669


ACIC also has a branch in Sydney (see under “Australia”)


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 


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


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 assigned to them in their first semester. Their study load will be adjusted in this semester to allow them to complete Language Support studies.

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.