The New Zealand School of Dance welcomes international students

In recent years students from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Brazil, Taiwan, French Polynesia and New Zealand have trained at the School. Most have gone on to successful international careers.

Students from New Zealand, Australia, Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau are classified as domestic students for the purposes of study in New Zealand. 

Support for International Students

The School has support systems in place to assist international students. A pastoral care manager provides advice to help students adjust to full-time training and life in New Zealand.

The New Zealand School of Dance has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. The code is published in a number of different languages and is available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  

English Language

All classes at the New Zealand School of Dance are taught in English. Students need to understand conversational English, and may be required to study the language while at the School. Students must undertake an English language course before arriving at the School if their level of English is lower than B1 of the CEFR

Annual Fee for International Students

The estimated fee for full-time tuition at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2019 is

Year 1 Students: NZ$19,573

Year 2 Students: NZ$19,573

Year 3 Students: NZ$19,198

These fees do not include course-related costs. Uniform costs are additional and will be advised. All students must also pay a Student Services Levy each year.

Payments must be made in New Zealand dollars, and include all bank fees/charges, both in the country of origin and New Zealand.

Tuition fees must be paid in full at or before the beginning of Term One. The school reserves the right to only admit fee paying students to classes. Tuition fees must be paid before a student visa can be applied for.

Students from New Zealand, Australia, Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau are classified as domestic students for the purposes of study in New Zealand and will pay the fee for domestic students.  

Fee Protection

The School is required by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to provide protection of student fees. The School meets this requirement through the services of the Public Trust.  

Student Loans and Allowances

International students are not eligible to access any New Zealand government-funded loans or allowances to help cover their study costs.  

International students must arrange a student visa and insurance before arriving in New Zealand

Student Visa

International students must have a visa to study in New Zealand.

Students accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance full-time course are eligible for a New Zealand Student Visa.

When the School receives the Response to Offer of Place form and relevant payments and the annual tuition fee has been lodged with the Public Trust, we will send information for the student visa application including:

  • A Letter of Acceptance
  • Receipts
  • Verification of accommodation arrangements

For full details on visa applications, employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements visit the Immigration New Zealand website or email the NZSD Pastoral Care Manager.


Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. Students who receive medical treatment during their visit may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.


The New Zealand School of Dance is required to ensure that each international student has appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their planned study period at the School.

The NZSD Pastoral Care Manager will arrange insurance for international students with Uni-Care from the date of travel to New Zealand.