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International Students

Our close-knit community includes students from more than 40 countries. With a constant flow of visiting artists and teachers from all over the world, diversity and cultural exchange is hard-wired into the experience of all students here. 

A vibrant and welcoming place to study

We’ll welcome you into our community, and help you to start your career and influence the world of music, theatre, television, film, theatre and related professions.

With fewer than 1,000 students, you can expect a high level of individual attention. Our small class sizes and one-to-one teaching with some of the world's most inspirational artists will provide you with a bespoke education that is best suited to your needs.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that your English language ability meets our minimum requirements.

Please refer to our English language requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.


We offer a range of scholarships to support you financially while you study.

Once you have been offered a place, you will be sent an application form and invited to apply for a scholarship. 

Our admissions office will send out the scholarship application form directly to you, with details of any relevant deadlines. 

All scholarships are awarded for the duration of study, unless otherwise stated, and are subject to satisfactory progression and engagement with the course.

'A shining example of best practice across European Conservatoires.'
Independent quality review, MusiQuE
'I found Cardiff to be incredibly welcoming and the Welsh people are the friendliest!'
Joey MadaffariInternational MA Arts Management graduate


You are guaranteed an ensuite bedroom in a shared flat at the halls of residence, a fully managed and secure site, just ten minutes’ walk from the College. 

Each flat has a high-quality kitchen and living areas and comes with free high-speed internet and wifi access. 

You will have your own bedroom and bathroom. Initiatives like the Find-a-Friend scheme helps students to be placed in flats alongside people they will get on well with. 

We also put you in contact with other students before you leave home so you will know a few people before you even get on the plane.

Please visit our accommodation pages for the latest information and housing fees

How to apply

International students follow the same application process as UK applicants

Entry to the programme of study is determined by audition or interview. Some auditions and interviews may be held virtually.

'The main reason I chose to study at RWCMD is because it provides lots of opportunities to take part in productions in the College before we get into the industry. Practising and progressing with the help and support of RWCMD instructors has not only improved my professional skills, but also makes me feel more confident about facing the working world.

I also really like Cardiff, it is such a warm and kind city. Life here is not too fast or too stressful, and I find it a very inspirational place.'
Jessica JiInternational student, MA Design for Performance

Foundation courses - Scenic Arts, Scenic Construction & Technical Production

Please note that International graduates of Foundation Degrees are not at present (*) eligible for the United Kingdom’s Graduate Route visa (post-study employment). Graduates of Foundation Degrees are eligible to proceed to a further year of study for a BA (Hons) degree and may subsequently apply for the Graduate Route Visa (*)

(*) subject to UK Government immigration policies

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