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.
My name is Pianpian Li, I finished my three years bachelor education at NSCD in 2016. When I was applying to schools, Northern caught my eye with its freedom, diversity and honesty. The school is in the North of England and the local students are very open and welcoming. Together with the students coming from all over Europe, I was able to settle into the environment without any difficulties. The course is practical and covers many areas, focusing on your personal development with plenty of opportunities and platforms for you to perform your ideas. Leeds is a beautiful city with a rich history but is also a dynamic and fresh place to be thanks to a number of universities. During my three years of study, I went on a journey of self-discovery, learning to think independently and find my own unique style. Since graduation, I have continued to explore my interest in dance theatre, improvisation and physical theatre. Studying at NSCD changed the way I see the world, I became more positive and learnt to live in the moment.
Important information before you make your application and book an audition
– 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
– How much are the tuition fees?
– 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 further information here: NSCD Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information (pdf).
NSCD’s Access course is recognised nationally for preparing dance artists to undertake further in-depth professional training.
This course is specifically designed for the education and training of professional contemporary dance artists, performers, choreographers and artist facilitators.
This one-year, full-time programme offers dancers a safe and inspiring space to grow as an artist, rigorously challenge their physical skill and build an understanding of the professional working environment.
1. 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.
2. Can I study as part of an exchange?
View our current Erasmus information
3. What support is available for EU, EEA & International students at NSCD?
NSCD is committed to ensuring that you settle in and are supported to fully access your course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
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.
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.