NIDA offers international students access to its undergraduate courses through the NIDA Study Abroad Program. Study Abroad is a fee-based option for international university students studying a related course to join NIDA’s full-time courses for one to two semesters. On the program, Study Abroad students are given the opportunity to develop existing knowledge or gain new skills, and, subject to the agreement of their home institution, to transfer credits towards their studies at home.
Study Abroad students do not receive a NIDA award but their home institution may grant credit towards the degree in which students are enrolled at the home institution. NIDA does not award credit points for subjects successfully completed in the course attended. For the purposes of securing credit, NIDA will assist students to establish equivalences between their study at NIDA and the requirements of their home course.
It is important that students applying for one semester are aware that subjects are usually taught over the whole year and not within a single semester.
NIDA provides the Study Abroad student with a letter recording their results for the semester/s studied at NIDA. The Study Abroad student’s home university must determine how to credit this in the context of the course being studied at the home institution.
HOW TO APPLY
Select the course you would like to join
Information on the undergraduate courses currently available to Study Abroad applicants is available on the following links:
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting)
Please note that there are only places available on the first year of the Acting Stream of the Acting course.
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Design)
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production)
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Properties)
Please note there are only places available on the first and second year of the non-Acting courses.
Complete the application form
Download the application form, print and complete with your personal details and study preferences. Your application needs to be accompanied by your academic transcript. If you are applying for the Acting course, you also need to provide a show reel and, if you are applying for another course, you need to provide a portfolio of your work. The portfolio can be provided electronically. You will also need to supply a letter from your home institution approving your enrolment as a Study Abroad student at NIDA.
Study Abroad Application Form PDF
The application process
If you are applying for the Acting course you will need to provide a show reel with your application which will be assessed, along with your academic background, by the Head of Acting and senior staff on the Acting course. Read the instructions carefully on the information sheet.
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) – Show Reel Information PDF
If you are applying for a course, other than Acting, you need to provide access to view a portfolio of your work. You will also be required to participate in an interview with the relevant Head of Department. Unless you are already in Sydney, the interview can take place through Skype or similar. For more information on how to prepare for your interview please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is a requirement of NIDA that international students have a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. NIDA prefers that students have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 for courses other than Acting and 8.0 IELTS for the Acting course.
Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available at www.ielts.org.
The earlier you can apply the better. Due to administrative and student visa processing the latest date you can apply would be eight weeks before the semester starts.
Please allow up to two weeks for the assessment process to take place. The Heads of Department and senior staff will assess your academic background, show reel or project work and may contact you for a brief interview. You will then be notified if your application has been successful or not. If your application is successful and if there are places available on the course you have selected, you will receive a letter of offer of a place on the course for the semester/s you have applied for.
Once you have accepted your place on the course you will be sent a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) which you will need for your Student Visa application. You will also receive information on how to prepare for your course, timetables and equipment/clothing/reading lists.
It is important that you are aware of your financial obligations and visa requirements, please read the Information for International Students.
If you are applying from a country classified as Assessment Levels 2 – 4 on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Student Visa Program you will need considerably more time for visa processing, in some cases this could take up to six months.
SEMESTER DATES AND TUITION FEES
Tuition fees are payable to NIDA and must be paid in full prior to commencing the course for Study Abroad students enrolling for one semester. Study Abroad students enrolling for a full year must pay their tuition fees before the start of each semester.
|Semester 1, 2013 |
| || AUD$15,490 |
|(Terms 1 and 2) || |
|29 January to 28 June || |
| || || |
|Semester 2, 2013 |
| AUD$11,265 |
|(Terms 3 and 4) || |
|15 July to 1 November || |
Tuition fees are paid by electronic funds transfer to NIDA. Credit card payment is not accepted.
NIDA Study Abroad Program - Tuition Fees and Refund Conditions PDF
NIDA does not provide accommodation for students however the following information will help you consider some options available to you.
UNSW on-campus housing
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and NIDA, while being separate institutes, enjoy a close relationship and students of both have access to each other’s services and facilities.
UNSW is located directly across from NIDA on Anzac Parade, Kensington and has a number of on-campus residential colleges and self-catered apartments that Study Abroad students can apply for by going directly to their websites:
Fully catered colleges:
New College Village
Seeking rental accommodation independently
Rental accommodation in the immediate vicinity of NIDA is not usually easy to find at short notice, can be expensive and Sydney landlords usually require a minimum six month lease to be signed. It is also in high demand so it is advisable to start searching at least two or three weeks before you start the course. You should also consider that not all accommodation is furnished and you may need to buy furniture.
Students tend to look for accommodation in suburbs near NIDA such as Randwick, Kensington, Kingsford, Coogee and Maroubra or, slightly further away, in Newtown, Surry Hills or Paddington, because of proximity and transport services. Students at NIDA often have to stay late during production and projects times so it is important that transport is available. Some useful websites that would list rental agents and/or rental accommodation are:
Seeking share housing
Many students at NIDA find share accommodation in houses and apartments in the surrounding areas. The advantage to share renting is that all costs, rent, electricity, gas etc are shared, reducing the overall cost of living. Share rentals are often advertised on the rental websites given above, but NIDA students also post notices to the student web pages when they are seeking someone to share their accommodation. Study Abroad students will be able to access these pages as soon as they have accepted their offer of place at NIDA.
For any queries regarding the NIDA Study Abroad program contact us on email@example.com.
Useful links on the NIDA Website include: