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.”
1. Which is the right course for me?
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?
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 these year groups.
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.
When and where are the auditions? What does the audition involve? What information do I need to prepare for my application? How do I apply and book my audition? When will I find out if I have been offered a place? What will I need to know if I’m offered a place?
……the answers to these questions, for each course, are available on our APPLY page
NSCD occupies an architecturally unique site incorporating a Grade II listed former Synagogue; a sympathetic mixture of old and new, at the heart of which is Riley Theatre.
Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) was founded in 1985 as the first conservatoire dance school within the public sector.
NSCD’s Student Services department is a one stop shop for all students, and aims to be students’ first point of call for all enquiries. These enquiries may range from timetabling, accommodation, safeguarding and attendance.