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 2 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.

Student services

  • International students have access to all of NIDA's in-house student services including counselling, bursaries, room bookings, lockers etc.
  • 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.

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 written offer from NIDA.
  • 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.

2020 International Fee Schedules

2019 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.

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