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International Students

Welcome to the National Design Academy

NDA is delighted to welcome international students onto our interior design courses, which provide a unique opportunity to study online for an accredited British Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree without having to travel to the UK

All NDA courses are taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study.

All NDA Diploma and Degree courses are fully accredited British qualifications.

NDA is a not for profit organisation offering the lowest fees and scholarships to all our International students.

Choose your own start date and study around work and family commitments at a time and pace that suits you.

The only British design school with a guaranteed progression route from Diploma to Master’s degree.

Professional Diplomas, Bachelor’s Degrees, BA (Hons) Final Year Top-ups and Master’s (MA) Degree.

Providing interior design qualifications for over 35 years with Alumni of 35,000+ students in over 100 Countries.

Truly Flexible Study

You can gain the full range of qualifications offered by the National Design Academy by studying Interior Design Courses online without the need for a visa, at a fraction of the cost of studying full time at university in the UK. NDA courses are the only truly flexible online interior design courses available.

Choose your own start date and study at any time that suits you from anywhere in the world. Contact your Personal Tutor as often as you wish at no extra cost by email, telephone and Skype. At NDA we treat every student as an individual with your own study plan to suit your lifestyle.

Studying with NDA

No Previous Qualifications?

Without previous qualifications you can start with one of our three Diploma courses: Professional Interior Design, Professional Garden Design or Professional Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making. Start your own design business, tackle your own projects more professionally or move to the next level with a guaranteed place on one of our online degrees.

Guaranteed Progression

If you would like to go on to study for a degree online you can progress onto a BA (Hons) and then even a Master’s Degree (MA) and pay lower fees with an NDA Progression Scholarship.

Direct Entry onto an NDA Bachelor's, Final year Top-up or Master’s Degree

Direct entry or transfer onto any of our online degree courses is welcome at any level from students who have studied at another institution. International students are welcome.

Dubai In-Studio Courses

We welcome all international students to our Dubai Studios in Knowledge Park, where we provide the following In-Studio courses;

There are limited spaces available, so don’t miss out!

Get In Touch

The NDA Dubai studio is ideally situated at Dubai Knowledge Park. All our In-Studio Diploma courses take place here. 

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your study options further, one of our tutor team will be happy to welcome you in-studio.

Recognised Qualifications

NDA Diplomas are accredited by AIM Qualifications and Degrees are awarded by our academic partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

International Students will receive the same certificate issued to students studying at the University, certificates do not refer to Online Study.

The UK has a well-deserved global reputation for providing high quality and reputable higher education. There are 157 institutions in the UK that are permitted to award degrees. All these institutions have degree awarding powers recognised by the UK authorities (UK and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies).

TVET License (UAE)

The NDA has a vocational education license to teach in the UAE.

In order to teach professional courses in the UAE the institute must have a Vocational Education License (TVET License). Please check with KHDA before you start any professional qualification that the institute has a TVET license.

In order to work legally in the UAE and in many parts of the world you must have a level 3 qualification which is the equivalent of an A-Level.

You must also have a level 3 Diploma to go onto study a Bachelor’s Degree at level 4, 5 and 6.


Diploma Students

You do not require English Language qualifications to study a Diploma just a good standard of written English. Successful Diploma students will be accepted onto an NDA Bachelor’s Degree without IELTS.

Degree Students

Degree courses are taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study. If English is not your first language an IELTS average 6.5 or TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent is usually required. However, all students are considered on an individual basis and their individual ability with written English is taken into account.

International Payments

When enroling onto an NDA course, International (Non UK) Student fee payments are processed through our Dubai Office. Fees can be paid in full or by monthly instalments.

When opting to pay in full via Bank Transfer you will be provided with the correct account name, address, details and a unique Payment Reference.

Bank Details

National Design Academy
Dubai UAE
Mashreq Bank
DIC Branch
IBAN: AE650330000019101275942
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