International Applicants

Audition and application details for EU, EEA and International students


Rambert School has a world-leading reputation, but is still an intimate school with up to 50 students accepted onto the FD/BA Degree course each year.  Applications are received from all over the world and the current student body is made up of students originating from seventeen different countries with more than 45% of students from outside the UK. The diversity of the many cultures at the School enhances creativity and broadens the overall learning experience.

You can watch a short film as some of our International students talk about their STUDENT EXPERIENCE.

The central objective of the FD/BA programme is to develop and enhance the students’ ability to perform in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at a professional level. Therefore, irrespective of academic qualifications or prior learning experience, entry is subject to audition.

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in the profession. You are encouraged to disclose any impairment or condition (for example, dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that we can endeavour to meet your needs at audition and during the course.

Applicants must have turned 16 years by 1st September in the year of entry.

EU, EEA, Swiss and International students are required to achieve at least a Level B1 in one of the English testing systems recognised by the UKVI. The certificate gained should be a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Guidance on Applying for UK Visa Approved language Tests

There are no other academic requirements for entry to the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Course course.  Entry is via a two stage audition process.

Rambert School will only be visiting Japan to hold in person international auditions for 2022 entry. All other international applicants are invited to our two-stage audition process.

Entry to the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Dance is through a two-stage audition process.

All applicants complete and submit the application form and pay the £40 application fee.
The school is also able to offer a limited number of application fee waivers to ensure that financial barriers do not limit the ability of talented students in applying.
Please contact Head of Admissions at Judy Bowden to make a request for an application fee waiver.

For entry in September 2022 all stage 1 auditions will be via a digital submission. Once the application has been processed a link will be shared to enable the digital audition to be submitted.

We hope that Stage 2 auditions will go-ahead face to face at school on Saturday 2 April and Monday 4 April 2022 but International students will be invited to attend a virtual second stage audition,  if they are not able to attend in person.

Deadline to receive overseas applications is 1 April 2022. The closing date for overseas first stage digital auditions is 5 April 2022.

We will consider all applications and digital auditions on their individual merit and may ask selected applicants to submit a solo by video and attend an online interview in lieu of being able to attend our Stage 2 audition process.  Please note if you are unable to attend Stage 2 audition in person, this will not have a negative impact on your application outcome, we intend to either invite you to attend audition via zoom or will request a solo and arrange a 1:1 interview.

Rambert School holds a Student sponsor license and is registered with UK Visas and Immigration.

All EU/EEA/Swiss students are required to apply for a visa to study in the UK unless you have Settled or Pre-settled status. Student need to complete an application, pay an application fee (£348 for students), and have a current passport or other valid travel document. You will be able to apply for a Student visa up to six months before you course starts.  

Most people will be able to complete their application, including identity verification, using a smartphone app. If you cant access the smartphone app or you don’t have a biometric passport, you may need to go to a Visa Centre in your country. You will need to pay a fee called Immigration Health Surcharge. This give you access to the UK’s National Health Service. Students receive a 25% discount on the usual cost of this surcharge.  

If you require assistance or would like further information about the visa application process, please contact our Head of Admissions Judy Bowden

Please note to be eligible for a Student visa, you will need to score 70 points. Points are non-tradeable which means you will need to meet all the requirements. There are 3 point types that need to be met (study, financial & English language). Please see the government guidance for full information.

Please note: EU/EEA & Swiss citizens are required to reach the B1 level standard of English for the Foundation Degree (Year 1 and 2) B2 Level for BA (Hons) Top-up in Year 3 in order to obtain a Student visa to study in the the UK.  Where 2 or more components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of a test are examined and awarded together, for example a combined exam and certificate for reading and writing skills, you must show that you achieved the required scores in all the relevant components during a single sitting of that examination, unless you were exempt from sitting a component on the basis of a disability. 

Students are required to prove their level of English before the School can raise a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), which is required for your visa application. Students who do not hold a valid English Language certificate (they are valid for 2 years) should enrol on to a Home Office approved programme at their earliest convenience: Guidance on Applying for UK Visa Approved language Tests

The certificate gained should accompany your Student visa application. 

Useful Links

UK Visas and Immigration

UK Council for International Student Affairs

UK Home Office website


If you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you should not apply for a visa under the points-based immigration system. You should instead apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Applications are free and the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Rambert School holds a Student sponsor license and is registered with UK Visas and Immigration.

All International students need to apply for the Student visa.

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is required for a Student visa application. Students whom are successful at second stage audition will be assigned a CAS number upon acceptance of their offer of a place at the school and receipt of their deposit.

Students are required to reach the B1 level standard of English for Foundation Degree  and B2 Level for BA (Hons) Top up in order to obtain a Student visa and enter the UK. Students below this level should enrol on to a Home Office approved programme at their earliest convenience: Guidance on applying for UK Visa approved English language tests. The certificate gained should be a SELT (Secure English Language Test).

Please read information regarding Student Route Responsibilities.

Useful Links

UK Visas and Immigration

UK Council for International Student Affairs

UK Home Office website


Tuition Fees for EU, EEA Swiss and International students

For entry in 2021, tuition fees for EU, EEA, Swiss and International students applying for the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Dance are set at £18,800 per year.  The tuition fee is subject to increase in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Government and this will be clearly communicated to applicants when they are offered a place, if not before.

If necessary, government loans, scholarships or sponsorship can be sought from your country of origin.

Update for EU students starting in the 2021/22 academic year and beyond
On 23 June 2020, England’s Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP, confirmed the following: “I am today confirming the eligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members, who wish to commence courses in England in the Academic Year starting in August 2021. Following our decision to leave the EU, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition fees you may incur additional costs while studying on the course. Tuition fees do not include personal materials, such as practice clothes/kit and books. Estimated costs for clothes, shoes, kit and books is £600. This is an approximate price for the minimum requirements. A typical student at Rambert School will go through multiple pairs of ballet shoes and pointe shoes per year. Books on the reading list are useful to have but the library is very well stocked with what you need and there is a budget for research books per year.

Financial support

Sadly we are not able to offer full scholarships to our School, but we are actively seeking funds from trusts and foundations to enable us to offer some financial support to students from overseas countries. This financial support would be awarded on an individual needs basis and could be applied for once a student has received an offer of a place at the school and offered by way of a partial fee waiver.

The school aims to also offer in year bursary support to students in financial need. The School’s internal bursaries are awarded in response to formal applications submitted by students on an annual basis and have particular regard to an individual’s personal income and outgoings.

If you require any further information about Fees and Finance please contact Judy Bowden, Head of Admissions, Registry and Student Support.


When a student is offered a place at the School, details are provided on the options available and support is given to help students connect with each other and find accommodation together.  Rambert School does not offer its own accommodation, but helps students find accommodation near the School before they arrive. Most students choose to live close to the School in the areas of St Margarets and Twickenham, either in shared rented houses or living with a host family.

You can read more about accommodation options here: Accommodation Rambert School

English Language Support

Students who do not have English as a first language are able to access support via our specialist ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutor who provides weekly group sessions.  Non-native English speakers are encouraged to attend these classes.

Academic support

Our Subject Tutors and Personal Tutors provide support on all aspects of the training, both practical and academic. All students are given support as part of their academic studies to gain confidence in researching, note taking, writing and referencing essays, as well as thinking about learning styles and ways of organising study time. Academic support is delivered via regular study skills sessions, and also available via scheduled tutorials with the Head of Studies or other staff on the critical studies pathway. We use an online learning environment (Teams) to enable students to access course materials, video content and other learning resources at their own leisure.

Dedicated Student Support Team

Head of Student Support, Judy Bowden,  is available to students throughout their journey with Rambert School. Students are encouraged to ask to for support with any aspect of their lives, whether these be practical or pastoral. We have links with professional bodies including counsellors & nutritionists.

The health and wellbeing of our School community is of paramount importance and we will follow all guidance to ensure this. We continue to be inspired and proud of the resilience our students show as we navigate these difficult and unprecedented times.

Our staff continue to work remotely to deliver training online and support our students through this difficult time. The timetable has been adapted with daily ballet and contemporary dance technique classes, and a range of improvisation workshops, Gaga classes and critical studies lectures and seminars.

COVID-19 has been and continues to be a huge challenge for our students. With the generous support of many individuals and Trust & Foundations, we have been able to provide urgent cash bursaries to support students with fees, accommodation, flights home and even laptops, to ensure all can continue their training.

You can read more about the steps we are taking to respond to these challenges in our COVID-19 Update.

Access the Latest Guidance from the UK Government: Coronavirus COVID-19

Please visit our dedicated Japanese page for more information relating to the process for students making applications from Japan.

Japanese Students.


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