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. 

Please ensure that you keep abreast of New Zealand border restrictions and information via Immigration New Zealand.

Support for International Students

The School has support systems in place to assist international students. A student support 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 Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 published by the Minister of Education. The code is available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  

New Zealand School of Dance – Self-Review of Code of Practice

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 2022 is

Year 1-3 Students: NZ$25,500.00 – fees are expected to increase by approximately 2% in 2023.

  • 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. Fees must be paid in full before a student visa can be applied for.
  • Payments must be made in New Zealand dollars, and include all bank fees/charges, both in the country of origin and New Zealand.
  • Please familiarise yourself with our fee refund policy available here.
  • Uniform costs are additional for all students and will be advised.
  • All students pay a Student Services Levy each year.
  • All fees and costs include GST

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 accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance full-time course are are required to apply 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 any other requirements visit the Immigration New Zealand website or email the NZSD Administration Manager.


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

Therefore the New Zealand School of Dance will ensure that each international student has appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their planned study period at the School. Health and medical costs are paid up front to the Healthcare provider, and can be claimed from Uni-Care according to their policy.

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