Join Students From Around the World
in Learning the Craft of Acting
From Working Actors in New York City!

Do you live outside of the United States, and want to act in movies and on television? If you’re serious, and looking to study abroad, apply today for acceptance into The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

If accepted, you’ll:

  • Learn to Act from Experienced Professionals – Your instructors are all actors from stage, film and television who have worked in the industry for years, and they take great joy from passing their knowledge on to the next generation.

  • Train and Perform in Front of a Camera – Our program focuses on teaching you to work on-camera on single and multi-camera sets, and our on-campus studios give you the practical experience you need to improve and excel.

  • Enjoy Your Studies Abroad from Our Manhattan Dorms – Our student housing is located in New York’s East Village. Theaters, art galleries and amazing restaurants are all within easy walking distance.

  • Meet Casting Directors and Agents – Every student that makes it through our 2-year program gets to meet, learn from and perform in front of talent agents and casting directors.

New York Conservatory instructors represent decades of practical experience, and are here to teach you the skills and confidence you need to land your early acting jobs, and to keep booking new ones.

Not only will we give you the tools to succeed, but you’ll also have the chance to network with the people who can help you start your career the right way. So what are you waiting for?

Apply to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts right now, or keep scrolling down to hear from some of our past international students about how easy it was to enroll, and how our expert staff made their transition into the United States a comfortable one.

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Admissions advisors are available to help complete the F1 visa process and closely steward international students through the process of applying and completing all necessary paperwork.

International students are permitted to submit self-recorded audition video of the two monologues for admission consideration in lieu of in-person or Skype auditions. To submit a video, upload to YouTube and send the URL link to admissions@nycda.edu with your name and the program you are applying for in the subject line.

The supportive environment at the school and residence dorms help each student settle into life in New York City. The Conservatory pairs each international student with an American student mentor to help acclimate to U.S. and New York City culture.

Evening courses in accent reduction are available on demand.

Our international students speak:

In addition to the items listed on the Film & Television Performance Program application page, international students will need to provide:

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing one of the following:

  • Scores from the TOEFL or its equivalent (IELTS, Cambridge, etc.) Minimum TOEFL scores required of any one test:
  1. iBT (internet-based): Reading – 15, Listening – 22, Speaking – 26, Writing – 17
  2. PBT (paper-based): Reading – 50, Listening – 56, Structure (writing) – 55, TSE Speaking score – 45
  3. CBT (computer-based): Reading – 17, Listening – 22, Structure (writing) – 22, TSE Speaking score – 45
  • Transcript with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above showing that you studied one academic year at a secondary or post-secondary institution where all course work was taught in English.
  • Under certain circumstances, the successful completion of an admission interview designed to evaluate English language skills will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.

Application for Form I-20

The Conservatory is approved by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program to issue form I-20.

International students must meet all criteria for admission and provide proof that they have sufficient funds to complete the program.

Once you have been accepted to The Conservatory and provided the Form I-20 application along with the supporting financial documentation, we will process the I-20 and send it you. You must then apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship. (NOTE: Citizens of Canada, Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1(a) generally do not need a visa.) In addition to the application materials, international students must provide proof that they hold valid passports.

Form I-20 Application Spring 2018

Proof of F1 Student Visa Issued By The U.S. Department of State

Upon receipt of the Form I-20 from the Conservatory, you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa by completing the DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application and scheduling your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.  Students who enroll at the Conservatory will show their passport with F1 student visa to an international student advisor.  A copy of the F1 student visa is retained in the student file.