NSCD welcomes EU, EEA & International Students

Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019

From: Department for Education, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Jo Johnson MP
Published: 21 April 2017
EU students applying for places at NSCD in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support.
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NSCD is proud of the diversity of the students it attracts and over recent years 30% of our total students have joined us from outside the UK.  We have been delighted to welcome students from America, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan & Uruguay and are happy to accept applications from any country.  Many of our teaching staff are also from outside of the UK. The diversity of cultures at the school enhances our creativity and broadens the learning experience on offer.

NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training.  We are part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama which comprises eight specialist schools delivering world-leading teaching and vocational training in the performing arts.

In 2017 we received a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.


“I have had a really good first impression of NSCD. I think it is a good environment and I feel like I can be myself at school. The school is filled with kind and inclusive people who are open and there are very diverse people as well, which makes it more interesting to get to know them.  I have also enjoyed all the classes and seminars we have had and I think the teachers and staff are very good. I have learned a lot and received enough information to feel safe about every aspect of my time at NSCD.”

What do I need to know before I apply?

1. Which is the right course for me?

View our Prospectus

2. What are the entry requirements for students from outside the UK?

All applicants must audition and meet the required academic and English language level for each course. You will need the equivalent qualifications from your country that we request from UK students.

See our EU/EEA & International Entry Requirements page

3. How much are the tuition fees? 

View Fees & Finance information

4. Will I need a visa?

EU, EEA states and Swiss nationals do not need a visa to study in the UK.

All other international students are likely to need a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa; please check here.

If you do need a visa you can find out more about how to apply in our NSCD Tier 4 (General) Visa Information

5. Can I apply for direct 2nd year entry (level 5) on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)?

NSCD does occasionally offer direct entry into the 2nd year/level 5 if applicants have already completed a 1st year/level 4 of an equivalent course at another institution.  Offers would, however, be dependent on places being available in the 2nd year/level 5 .

Applications should be made through the standard application form* followed by attendance at an audition or, for international applicants, submission of a video link audition. Applicants who are then selected for 2nd year/level 5 entry would then be required to provide details of previous/current course specification in order to show they have met the same learning outcomes of the NSCD 1st year/level 4 curriculum.

See the University of Kent website for NSCD BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) course specification.

*When completing your application please ensure that you select the level of study that you will have completed by the end of the current year i.e. if you are currently in the 1st year of an undergraduate degree course select level 4.

6. Can I study as part of an exchange? 

View our current Erasmus information


NSCD is committed to ensuring that you settle in and are supported to fully access your course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

NSCD International Student Welcome and Orientation Days

All new students who are joining us from outside the UK are invited to attend the NSCD International Student Welcome and Orientation Days that are held just prior to the Induction Week at the start of the academic year. These are designed to give you extra time to settle in and learn more about studying in the UK and at NSCD.

A range of Student Services are available to all our students all of which can be arranged easily through one point of contact.


Applicants from both overseas and the UK are required to complete a simple on-line application form, select their chosen audition (venue, type and date), pay the audition fee by PayPal and finally attend an their audition or submit their remote audition.  Full details for each course are available on our APPLY page

Overseas Auditions

NSCD auditions will be held in China, Denmark, Italy, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland (from November 2017- February 2018) in Leeds (December 2017-March 2018) or by video link (remote audition) for applicants from other countries.  Additionally we hold free workshops the day before each audition; please see the details below.

NSCD Overseas Workshops

By booking an overseas audition you will automatically be invited to attend a 1 day workshop which will take place the day before the audition and will be free of charge.

The workshop will include tasks and activities which will be encountered in the audition.

  1. What are we looking for in auditioning potential future dance artists? How do we see and assess this? – Discussion around the criteria and process used for selection.
  2. Improvisation – how do you respond with a sense of play, and enquiry around specific tasks or movement ideas? How can you demonstrate understanding of the task through your responses? How can you ensure that you respond authentically and stay with the concept or proposition presented?
  3. Work with voice – how do you overcome anxiety about using the voice? How can you ensure that you respond to tasks with every physical resource available to you?
  4. Technique sessions – how can you pick-up the ‘important’ aspects of the material? How can you show your individuality and creative flair and performance quality in technique classes?
  5. Solo – what do we look for in the solo? What makes an engaging performer?
  6. Critical thinking – why do we at NSCD believe that critical thinking is important for a dance artist? How can we see your capacity for critical thought in the audition?
  7. Verbal presentation – how can you deal with the pressure of a conversation or discussion in interview?
  8. Group work – why do we at NSCD believe that the ability to relate to others and work in groups important for a professional dancer? How can you work effectively with others?


Need more information?

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050/3013
E: admissions@nscd.ac.uk