Overseas Students - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
 

NSCD welcomes Overseas 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.

NSCD is a Licensed Sponsor for Student visas

From 1 January 2021 there will be a new immigration system in the UK – the Tier 4 visa has been replaced by the Student Visa.  EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Swiss and International nationals will require a visa to study in the UK unless you are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.

NSCD is a Licensed Sponsor for Student visas and will support you through the process if you are offered a place on one of our courses.  View the sections below for further information.  We are also pleased to confirm that for for 2021 entry NSCD will reimburse the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge upon enrolment.  We will also provide free school meal vouchers for 2021-22 to our ‘overseas’ students.

Student Visa Information

I’m an EU, EEA or Swiss national living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and want to apply for another course from 2021

EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Holding this status will mean that you can continue to study in the UK without having to apply for additional immigration permission.

You’ll be given either:

  • settled status
  • pre-settled status

You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for. Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get.

If you are offered a place on one of our courses at NSCD you will be asked to provide confirmation of your settled or pre-settled status in order that you are not required to apply for a Student Visa.

I’m currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa and want to apply for another course from 2021

Current holders of a Tier 4 (General) student visa will need to apply for a Student Visa to start a new course in the UK. This visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa. Your new course will need to lead to a higher level qualification than your last course to show the required progression.

You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

How and when to apply from inside the UK

If you are offered a place on one of our courses at NSCD you will be provided with full details of the documents that you will need to submit to us. NSCD will then provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number to apply for your Student visa.

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

View full Step-by Step details here: NSCD Student Visa Information

I’m an overseas* national applying to study in the UK from 2021 and am not currently studying in the UK (*all countries outside the UK except Ireland)

EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Swiss and International nationals will need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK. This visa has replaced the previous Tier 4 (General) student visa. You must apply for your visa in your home country before you travel.

You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

How and when to apply from outside the UK

If you are offered a place on one of our courses at NSCD you will be provided with full details of the documents that you will need to submit to us. NSCD will then provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number to apply for your Student visa.

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

View full Step-by Step details here: NSCD Student Visa Information

I’m an overseas national. Can I apply for the MA Contemporary Dance Performance Professional Placement Scheme (PPS)?

EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 who have gained pre-settled or settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, can apply for PPS with the potential of being offered a place with any of our participating companies.

Overseas students who will require a Student Visa can apply for PPS but will only be eligible for our Leeds-based participating company Phoenix Dance Theatre. Placements with other participating companies based outside Leeds are unfortunately not open to students who require a visa due to UK Visa and Immigration restrictions.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Places on all our courses are offered after successful application and audition or interview.  All our offers are conditional upon receipt of the relevant Academic and English Language entry requirements for the specific course.

You will need the equivalent Academic qualifications from your country that we request from UK students.  This is likely to be

  • a school leavers certificate if applying for one of our undergraduate courses or
  • an undergraduate degree if applying for one of our postgraduate courses.

At the point of an offer the NSCD admissions team check your qualifications with NARIC (The National Recognition Information Centre) to confirm equivalence.  You do not need to submit this qualification with your application or before your audition but if you are offered a place it will be conditional upon you submitting it by the end of the academic year; usually by June/mid-July at the latest.

English Language Entry Requirements

Places on all our courses are offered after successful application and audition or interview.  All our offers are conditional upon receipt of the relevant Academic and English Language entry requirements for the specific course.

If your first language is not English you will need meet the minimum English language entry requirements in order to enrol on any of our courses. This is set at CEFR level B2 for undergraduate courses and high B2 or C1 for postgraduate courses.

This usually means passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider; IELTS for UKVI, LanguageCert International ESOL SELT or PTE Academic UKVI.

However as NSCD is a Higher Education Provider (HEP) we can assess your level of English through an alternative qualification providing it meets the required level.

To enrol on an undergraduate course your English language qualification must be equivalent to the examples below:

IELTS for UKVI with an overall band of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component skill.

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT with 33 – 38 score per skill.

To enrol on a postgraduate course your English language qualification must be equivalent to the examples below:

IELTS for UKVI with an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill.

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT with 39 – 50 score per skill.

 

Who does not need to prove their knowledge of English?

  • You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or are from one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.
  • You also do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you proved your level of English in a previous visa application.
  • In certain countries English subjects studied at school are comparable to B2 standard, provided these subjects have been taken and successfully passed in the final examinations with the required grades where stated. If you are offered a conditional place, after your audition, qualifications that you have gained, including grades that you believe are comparable to the B2 level should be submitted to the admissions team for them to check with NARIC (The National Recognition Information Centre). You will then be notified whether you are exempt from taking additional English language tests for entry. Equally, if you studied/are studying recognised qualifications in English at an International School, or took a GCSE English as a first or second language, you may be exempt.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL LOANS

Does NSCD participate in the US Federal Loan Programme?

Yes, NSCD participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme

Our Federal School Code is 042829.  Full details will be provided if you are offered a place on one of our courses.

STUDENT SUPPORT

What support is available at NSCD?

If you are offered a place on any of our courses at NSCD the Admissions Team will support your transition to enrolment by guiding you through the Student Visa process and helping you find local accommodation.

Throughout your course our dedicated Student Services Team provide a full range of support which includes Health and Well-being support, Injury support and English Language support.

Further information is available at: Student Life

Have a question?

For any queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
E: admissions@nscd.ac.uk