International students

NIDA welcomes applications from international students for enrolment in the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts courses.

International applicants are required to attend an audition or interview in Australia, although for non-Acting courses a video interview option may be available.

Auditions and interviews are held in November and early December each year. Check the course pages from July for more information on application requirements, and the dates and locations of auditions and interviews.

For information on the grounds on which a student's enrolment may be deferred, suspended or cancelled, please refer to NIDA Student Policies.

For more information contact NIDA.

Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) requirements

The GTE requirement is used by the Australian Government to ensure the student visa program is accessed by students who genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily for study purposes.

In addition to the audition/applications interview process before a formal offer can be made all short listed international applicants for NIDA courses are required:

  1. Complete a Financial Declaration form.
  2. Provide financial documents to prove financial support, and
  3. Take part in an interview  to complete their Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE)  check.

Short listed international applicants will be contacted about a conditional offer and we will work with them to set up a suitable interview time.

GTE Interviews will be conducted by a member of NIDA’s  student engagement staff member.

Student services

International students have access to all of NIDA’s student services.

NIDA complies with the requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. The Australian Government provides a description of the ESOS framework.

Health and wellbeing

NIDA actively promotes the health and wellbeing of our students through information sessions and workshops on a broad range of health topics from mindfulness to fitness and injury prevention. There is a dedicated counsellor on site one day a well. All students also have access to Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UNSW Sydney Monday–Friday and phone/online emergency counselling 24/7 through Benestar.

Enrolled Students’ Scholarships

Every year, scholarships are available to assist enrolled students with living expenses and/or tuition fees.

Scholarships are paid to students on a fortnightly basis from the census date and paid only during the NIDA teaching year. They are awarded for one year or multiple years depending on the terms of the Scholarship.

Details of the application process are provided to students at the start of the NIDA academic year. View the full list of Enrolled Students’ Scholarships.

Accommodation options

Through NIDA’s relationship with UNSW Sydney, NIDA students can apply for accommodation at the various on-campus residential communities. NIDA students often share accommodation in the are close to campus. At the start of the year, information is made available to students regarding those offering shared accommodation and those wanting to share with others.

English proficiency

  • It is a requirement of NIDA that international students have a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. NIDA requires that students have an English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 or 8.0 IELTS, depending on the course. Information on IELTS and testing centres in your country is available on the IELTS website.
  • International applicants for courses other than Acting are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency at their interview.
  • Short-listed international applicants for the Acting course are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency by the end of the first week of December in order to be considered further in the selection process.
  • This requirement may be waived for applicants that have completed their high school studies in English.

Student visa

Student visa application fees

The amount charged for the student visa application is dependant on which visa you are applying for. Please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs for visa information.

Applying for a student visa

A student visa application can be made once you have received a formal written offer from NIDA.

A formal written offer will only be made to applicants who have been successful in both their course interview/audition and their Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) interview.

For information on how to apply for a student visa go to the Study Australia website.

You may be required to undergo medical examinations and a chest x-ray as part of your student visa application.

It is expected that all students will be available to start on the first day of the NIDA year, with the first week for new students being Welcome Week. If there is a valid reason, such as a visa issue, commencing students can seek permission to miss some or all of the first week. Commencing students must be available to start classes at NIDA on the first day of the second week of the NIDA year, otherwise they will not be permitted to start the course in that year and will have to reapply for entry in the following year.

Health cover

  • You must have acceptable health insurance cover for the period of your intended stay in Australia. You will be required to provide evidence that you have paid Overseas Student Health Cover for the term of your study before you are permitted to commence your course at NIDA. This is also a condition of your visa.
  • To meet this requirement, you should pay for overseas student health cover (OSHC) for yourself and any family members who will live with you in Australia. The OSHC provides medical and hospital insurance.
  • For information of the OSHC (including details of OSHC providers) please refer to the Study in Australia website.
  • Students studying in Australia must satisfy the health requirements specified in the migration regulations.


Before applying for a course at NIDA, you should consider your financial responsibilities as a full time international student in Australia. You will have to prove your financial capacity to cover tuition fees, travel and living costs and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

The courses have high contact hours, a minimum of 40 hours per week, leaving little time to undertake any outside work whilst studying.

Tuition fees

The Australian Government requires all international students to pay full fees to cover tuition in Australia. International students must pay their annual tuition fees by the due date on the invoice.

2023 International Fee Schedules

2022 International Fee Schedules 

Please also refer to NIDA's International Students Fee Policy including refunds.

Cost of living

  • International students must also ensure they have the financial resources to cover the cost of living while in Australia, as international students are not eligible for Australian government student financial assistance.
  • International full fee paying students are not eligible for public transport concession, unless they are receiving an Australian Government scholarship.
  • International students accepted into NIDA are responsible for all arrangements concerning entry into and residence in Australia. This includes visas and health insurance. Please go to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information.
  • We estimate that you need approximately AUD$20,000 to cover living expenses in Sydney for each year of study.
  • In addition, we recommend that you have at least AUD$2000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of books, rental bond, and furniture.
  • These figures do not include large household items (such as a refrigerator) or a car. We recommend that you use public transport, as owning a car can be expensive and there is very limited parking near NIDA.
  • International students are required to demonstrate and/or declare to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that they have genuine access to sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa. For more details see the Study in Australia website.

Document submission guidelines

Below is a brief description of documents required by every international applicant, these are required for NIDA to assess your application and if you are successful to make you a formal offer.

All documents must be in English or include certified English translations.

Additional documentation specific to your case may be required beyond the below, and we will contact you in the event these are required.

As part of your application you will need to supply the following:

1.            Visa/passport: All applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport. International applicants already onshore should also provide a copy of their currently visa. If you are applying as a PR, please provide a copy of your passport so that your residency can be verified. If your PR has not been approved, you will be considered as an international student and must apply as an international applicant.

2.            Proof of English: All international applicants must meet NIDAs English language requirements when submitting an application.  Please note that NIDA does not accept TOEFL myBest scores.

3.            Official academic transcripts: Applicants need to provide a scanned or electronic copy of transcripts for all tertiary degrees completed or attempted, including current degrees. Transcripts need to include both grade and unit for each course. All pages of one transcript, including the original language copy, should be provided in one document.

4.            Grading systems: These are an official document from your school/college/university with an explanation of what specific scores/grades mean at their university/Institution. These must be provided for each university you have attended.

If you are made an offer you will need to provide the following:

As an international applicant to NIDA, if you are made an offer you must demonstrate that you can financially support yourself for the duration of your studies.  You must complete the GTE/Financial Declaration Form and, if required, submit evidence of your capacity to fund all living costs, fees and other associated costs. For required fund amounts, please visit Fees.

You will need to provide:

  • Bank statements from last 6 months, showing funds available for a minimum of 3 years for a Bachelor program or 15 months for a Master’s program.
  • If the bank account is held under a different name, the account holder must declare that the funds will be used for your degree fees and costs
  • Proof of completion: These are certificates of completion for prior degrees. If you are currently studying, the testamur for this degree can be submitted later, once available. Your application can be provisionally assessed without these. All pages of one testamur, including the original language copy, should be provided in one document.

Please note: Documents will be verified at a later date. You must be prepared to present your original documents to NIDA for inspection prior to enrolment if requested, so you will need to bring your original documents with you. Additionally, NIDA may verify your documents with your home institution. If your documents can’t be verified, you may be required to bring the originals to NIDA for verification.

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