EU, EEA & International - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

NSCD welcomes EU, EEA & International Students

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 from over 25 different countries.  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.

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Before you apply

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 (school) level for each course. You will need the equivalent qualifications from your country that we request from UK students.  Please email if you would like us to check that your qualifications will meet the entry requirements.


All applicants must audition and meet the required English language level for each course. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to have a B2 Level in an approved English language examination:

Cert HE & Undergraduate candidates must have an average 6.0 in IELTs test, minimum 5.5 in all components to enrol on the programme.

Postgraduate candidates must have an average 6.5 in IELTs test, minimum 6.0 in all components to enrol on the programme.

Alternatively, other English language qualifications at the same level may be accepted or, in some countries, the English studied at school is at the required level. Please email if you would like us to check that your qualification will meet the entry requirements.

You do not need to submit these with your application or before your audition but if you are offered a place it will be conditional upon you submitting your academic and English language (if required) qualifications by the end of the academic year (usually July).

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

Frequently asked questions

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.

Need more information?

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050/3013