International Students

If you are an international student wanting to apply to Excel, please follow the steps below:

Step 1.  Student makes contact

Step 2.  Book Audition

An audition time is booked if you are in New Zealand, otherwise you will need to prepare a video audition.
Please read our video audition requirements here.

Step 3.  Audition process

Email a link to your video to An audition panel assesses whether a place will be offered to you based on your performance ability and English language proficiency.

There are a number of requirements for a video audition that will help us make a fair assessment of your abilities. 

Video audition requirements are as follows:

  • For your chosen major subject, you will need to perform two pieces of contrasting styles that are each approximately two minutes in length.

  • If you chose a minor subject (e.g. music, drama, dance etc) – you will also need to perform one piece for around two minutes.

  • Interview process: Please talk to us about yourself for a least two minutes in English and tell us what experience you’ve had and any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.  You can include in your video audition any performance footage you may have done. If this footage is of you performing with a number of people, please be sure to identify which person is you.

We ask that your video audition does not exceed 15 minutes.

Please enclose with your video audition a recent photograph and if not done so already a completed audition form.

The minimum age for entry is 18. In the audition, we are looking for evidence of previous experience or training and that the applicant has sufficient skill and talent to cope with the demands of the course. All applicants are notified by mail or e-mail of their acceptance or otherwise into the course.

If you require any additional information, please email us at or call +64 9 827 7327.

Step 4.  Offer of Place

If successful in your audition we will send you an official letter offering you a place in the school.
This letter contains the following information:

  • The name of the course and the minimum time required for completing it

  • Proof that the course and the course provider meet New Zealand’s requirements for international students

  • The amount of the fee for the complete course

  • Whether you have to pay course fees and whether the fees are domestic or foreign fees

  • Whether you are studying full time or part time

  • That the course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

This letter is on letterhead and can be used later to apply for a Student Visa.

Along with this “Offer of Place” you are sent the information pack and the enrolment form.

The Information pack contains information about:

  • Support services

  • Grievance procedures

  • Withdrawal procedures

  • Details of the student fee protection and refunds policy

  • Arrangements for recognition of prior learning

  • Credit transfer processes

Step 5.  Acceptance of Place

You then need to confirm that you want to accept the offer of a place at the school.
This can be by email to

Step 6  Fee Payment

Once you accept your place you must pay the fees. You cannot be enrolled until you have a valid student visa and the New Zealand government requires that fees are paid in advance before a visa can be issued.

Once you have made the fees payment, an official payment letter will be sent to you. This letter will assist with applying for a Student Visa/Permit.

Step 7.  Applying for Student Visa/Permit

As the course is longer than 3 months you must apply for a Student Visa. These forms can be downloaded from the New Zealand Immigration website (look for the Student visa/Permit Application Forms

Step 8.  Complete Enrolment Process

You can complete the enrolment form and send this to Excel which will proceed to begin the enrolment process.  We will complete the process when the Visa/Permit is sighted in the passport.

You should proceed to obtain appropriate medical and travel insurance for your journey to New Zealand and must also organise your own accommodation.

Step 9. On the first day of school, please bring:

Your passport to verify that you have received your student visa.

  • Your parent/next of kin information if it has not already been supplied on your enrolment form.