The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

International applicants (non-US Citizen or Green Card holders) should submit their completed application 6-8 weeks prior to the desired session start date. Application deadlines are set in order to ensure that accepted international applicants have sufficient time to receive immigration documents and obtain an M-1 Vocational or F-1 Academic student visa prior to the session start date. All full-time programs require a student visa (except in cases where applicant has another valid visa that permits study).

Please note that the following programs require an M-1 Vocational student visa for enrollment at the LA Campus: 12-Week Full-Time, One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory. The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Acting-Method Acting requires an F-1 Academic student visa.

Non-immigrants already in the U.S. on a valid non-immigrant visa status may be eligible to apply for a change of status to the M-1 or F-1 visa while in the U.S., but there are restrictions. Contact the International Student Advisor or an immigration attorney for further details about changing from your current non-immigrant status to the M-1 or F-1 visa.

All international applicants must also submit:
  • English Proficiency Exam
    • TOEFL score of 85 or higher or
    • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or
    • PTE score of 60 or higher
  • Proof of Sufficient funds (Required per Federal Regulations in order to issue your SEVIS I-20)
In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, one of the following may be submitted:
  • IB Diploma in English
  • US High School diploma
  • Transcripts from a US or UK university or college
  • Kaplan English Language Certificate (Proficient)


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