Admission Policy

Reference Code: SPL0006 Classification: Student Services
Approved Date
19 May 2023
Date Effective
19 May 2023
Review Date
19 May 2026
Approved By
Academic Board




Entry to an award course, non-award study or cross-institutional study at NTI.


Australian Qualifications Framework.

Conditional Offer

An offer which is made subject to one or more conditions being met, as specified in the Letter of Offer.

Confirmation of Enrolment

An electronic document which is issued by NTI to admitted overseas students and which must accompany their application for a student visa.

Cross-Institutional Study

Study undertaken by a student formally enrolled at another tertiary institution through enrolment in a subject at NTI.


The result of a request made by an applicant who has met the conditions for entry to NTI to postpone the commencement of study to a later intake.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language requirements for students to be admitted to a course at NTI.


A temporary cancellation of a student’s enrolment at NTI where academic progress or conduct have been deemed unsatisfactory, after which the student does not have automatic right of re-admission but has to formally re-apply.

Non-Award Study

Study undertaken that does not lead to the award of an NTI degree.

Packaged Offer

A packaged offer is an offer of two or more courses undertaken sequentially and typically contingent on successful completion of the earlier course(s) to a specified standard before undertaking a second or subsequent course.


An option available to prospective students that will enable them to meet the admission requirements for their chosen course.


A temporary cancellation of a student’s enrolment at NTI, after which the student has an automatic right to resume their studies.



This policy applies to all candidates for admission into an award, course or subject offered by Nan Tien Institute (NTI). It includes:

a) general provisions and admission principles;

b) general admission requirements;

c) academic requirements;

d) English language requirements;

e) applications for admission;

f) admission process;

g) packaged offers;

h) deferment;

i) admission to non-award and cross-institutional study;

j) refusal of admission and right of appeal;

k) conflict of interest; and

l) record keeping.

Policy Statement

NTI is committed to the principles of fairness and equity. Admission into NTI is determined on the basis of academic merit or the capacity for higher education study. NTI undertakes to assess all candidates’ applications through policies and procedures that are fair and equitable.

Systems and Procedures


  1. Candidates for the award of an NTI degree must be admitted to NTI before commencing study for that degree.
  2. NTI admits applicants based on merit and makes offers of a place to applicants assessed as having a reasonable prospect of succeeding in their chosen course.
  3. NTI admission criteria are determined by the NTI’s Academic Board and require applicants to achieve the specified minimum academic and English proficiency levels.
  4. NTI admission processes and admission requirements are transparent, applied fairly and consistently and are clearly communicated to prospective applicants.
  5. Course admission requirements for international students will be equivalent to the minimum requirements for domestic students.


6. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must satisfy:
    a) the minimum academic requirements for the selected course, including any course prerequisites;
    b) the minimum English language proficiency requirements for the selected course.
7. To be admitted to a course, an applicant must lodge an application for admission by the specified closing date, with specified supporting documentation.
8. Eligibility for admission, or submission of an application for admission, does not guarantee selection into a course.
9. NTI reserves the right to vary the arrangements for any course or subject for reasons including, but not limited to:
    a) legislative or regulatory requirements;
    b) commitment to ensure courses can be completed within a reasonable timeframe;
    c) natural disaster or pandemic.
10. With reasonable notice, changes or variations to arrangements for courses and subjects may include:
    a) imposing limitations on admission to any course and on enrolments in any subject;
    b) changing the content, assessment and method of delivery of any course or subject;
    c) varying tuition fees for any course or subject, or
    d) withdrawing a course or subject or changing its availability



  1. Following the Education Committees endorsement, the Academic Board approves course admission requirements for a maximum period of five (5) years. Course admission requirements include minimum academic requirements and minimum English language requirements.
  2. Some courses may have additional admission requirements, including but not limited to, prerequisite study or assessment of suitability via portfolio or interview.
  3. Admission requirements for each course are published on NTI’s website and in the NTI Student Handbook.
  4. Admission requirements for each course are reviewed at least every five (5) years. Any variations to admission standards must be endorsed by the Education Committee and approved by the Academic Board.



  1. Applicants for admission will generally be required to have completed a Bachelor degree (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7), a higher level qualification, or an equivalent overseas tertiary qualifications. Variations to this requirement are at the discretion of NTI’s Dean of Studies.
  2. NTI has absolute discretion to determine whether an overseas qualification submitted for admission is equivalent to the required admission standard.
  3. Applicants who have completed a lower level qualification and substantial relevant professional experience, or a combination of formal and informal learning including substantial relevant professional experience, as specified for the course, may be considered for admission by the Head of Program on a case-by-case basis.



  1. All subjects and courses at NTI are offered in English and NTI’s standard English language proficiency requirement is set at an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 (or equivalent).
  2. All applicants for admission to an NTI award course, whether domestic or international, must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirement for admission.
  3. Domestic students whose qualifications presented as the basis for admission were not studied in English will be asked to provide evidence of English language proficiency with their application form.
  4. English language requirements for each course are recommended by the Education Committee and approved by the Academic Board. They are formally reviewed every five (5) years and any variations outside the five-year review cycle must be endorsed by the Education Committee and approved by the Academic Board. Further information about the English language requirements for admission is provided in the Admission Procedures.



  1. All applications for admission into a course or a subject at NTI must be lodged directly to NTI using NTI’s online application system. NTI will not accept or assess applications for admission received in any other way. Further details about lodging applications for admission are outlined in the Admission Procedures.
  2. Where false documentation is identified on the application, the applicant will not be admitted. Where a student is found to have been admitted on the basis of false documentation, the student will be immediately suspended from NTI. The student may appeal the facts of the matter under the provisions of NTI’s Student Grievance Policy.



24. As specified in NTI’s Delegations Policy, only Heads of Program and the Dean of Studies (in the relevant Head of Program’s absence) may make offer of admission into NTI courses.
25. All applicants will receive a formal notification of the outcome of their application for admission in the form of:
    a) an unconditional offer (Letter of Offer); or
    b) a conditional offer (Letter of Offer); or
    c) a packaged offer (Letter of Offer); or
    d) no offer (Application Outcome Letter).
26. Where NTI attaches conditions to an offer of admission, the conditions will be clearly identified in the Letter of Offer

27. NTI may make a packaged offer to an applicant, which is an offer of admission to two (2) or more courses.
28. If an applicant wishes to accept an offer of admission, they will do so in accordance with the process specified in the Letter of Offer.
29. NTI reserves the right to set expiry dates on offers.




  1. An applicant, who has received a Letter of Offer, may request to defer the commencement of their studies for up to twelve (12) months.
  2. Deferred entry is not transferable from one course to another, and applicants who do not take up the deferred offer within twelve (12) months will be required to submit a new application for admission.
  3. An applicant taking up their deferred offer will be admitted to the current curriculum of their course, provided that the course has not been discontinued, in which case the applicant will be offered admission to a comparable course, where available. Students on international student visa can only defer their studies because of compassionate or compelling circumstances. Circumstances considered to be compassionate or compelling are detailed in the Admission Procedures.
  4. Students on international student visa must state the reason and provide supporting documentation for deferring their studies, as NTI is obliged to report this information to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).



  1. If a student withdraws from a course or fails to enrol or re-enrol in subjects in the specified enrolment period, an application to resume their studies in the course will be treated as a new application for admission.



  1. NTI may withdraw an offer of admission where the offer is made on the basis of incomplete, inaccurate, fraudulent or misleading information provided by the applicant.
  2. NTI reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission made in error.



  1. Individuals may apply to NTI to study one or more subjects on a non-award basis.
  2. Any applicant who has been excluded from NTI will not be permitted to undertake non-award study during the period of exclusion.
  3. Where an applicant does not satisfy the selection criteria for a course, the Head of Program may recommend that they be admitted to study a single subject on a non-award basis.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a non-award subject may be used as a basis for determining eligibility for admission into a course but does not guarantee admission into that course.



Applicants from other higher education institutions who wish to undertake an NTI subject as part of their award course may apply to NTI to study cross-institutionally.


  1. NTI may refuse admission to an applicant, who otherwise meets the admission requirements for the selected course, on the following grounds:
    a) the applicant has previously been suspended or excluded from NTI or any other tertiary institution for academic reasons, including but not limited to academic misconduct or unsatisfactory academic progress;
    b) the applicant has outstanding fees owing to NTI;
    c) the applicant fails to meet the genuine temporary entrant requirements specified for international students;
    d) where evidence from the applicant’s history, as determined by the Head of Program in consultation with the Dean of Studies, makes them unsuitable to study the course for which they have applied on academic or non-academic grounds;
    e) the quota of available places for a course has been reached;
    f) the applicant fails to meet any of the standards or criteria as outlined within this policy.



  1. NTI staff responsible for making decisions and issuing Letters of Offer must not participate in any decisions affecting applicants where a potential or actual conflict of interest arises due to a close personal relationship with the applicant.



  1. An applicant refused admission has the right of appeal against the decision on the following grounds:
    a) the applicant satisfies all NTI admission requirements;
    b) the application for admission was lodged on time, in the correct manner, with all relevant documentation included to enable the application to be assessed;
    c) the applicant was not admitted due to incorrect application of the principles outlined in this policy; and
    d) the applicant believes NTI has not taken account of all relevant circumstances in arriving at a decision to refuse admission.
    Further information on the lodgement of an appeal and how it will be reviewed and determined is set out in the Admission Procedures.


44. NTI will maintain appropriate records of the basis of admission of applicants so that:
     a) the effectiveness of admission criteria can be evaluated; and
     b) the performance of student cohorts by admissions pathways can be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

Legislation & Regulation

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act 2011

Higher Education Support Act 2003

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000

National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018)

Code of Practice and Guidelines for Australian Universities on the ‘Provision of Education to International Students’ 2005


Admissions / Student Services Office

(02) 4258 0740 

Student Services and Academic Support Manager

(02) 4258 0741



Version Date Approved Date Effective Approved By Amendment
1 21 Jun 2011 21 Jun 2011 Academic Board
2 27 Mar 2015 27 Mar 2015 Academic Board
3 07 Apr 2015 07 Apr 2015 Board of Directors
4 24 Sep 2020 24 Sep 2020 Academic Board
5 19 May 2023 19 May 2023 Academic Board