LA ACCEPTED STUDENTS
WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!
Congratulations on being accepted into The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles. We continually seek the unique and motivated student who will benefit from Lee Strasberg’s unequaled Method. The program will focus on your individual growth and development, preparing you for this business you have chosen.
Below you will find information on how to access and set-up your student portal (Campus Cafe) as well as information about registering for classes and preparing for the start of your journey at Strasberg.
Need to defer your enrollment? Please complete the Deferred Enrollment Application
Winter 2024 New Student Welcome Day & Orientation January 5
Fall 2023: September 25-December 15
Winter 2024: January 8-March 29
View Full Academic Calendar Fall 2023-Spring 2025
Winter 2024 Registration will open* as follows for LA:
Continuing/Re-registering Students: November 18th 12AM
New Students:November 27th @ 12AM Pacific
*Dates subject to change. See below for registration details
Class Registration Basics
The 12-Week class schedule is generally published approximately 6 weeks prior to the session start. Current/returning students are given priority registration and new student class registration generally opens 2-4 weeks prior to the session start and remains open through the first day of the term.
Registration is completed directly in Campus Cafe based on the registration opening windows posted above and per the New Student Registration Guide.
Part-Time study consists of 8 hours of study per week* (2 MAT100 classes with 2 different teachers on different days)
* Additional classes can be added at a-la-carte rates (2hr- $875 or 4hr-$1400)
Full-Time study consists of 22 hours of study per week (2 MAT100 classes with 2 different teachers on different days, VMV105: Voice 1, VMV100: Movement 1, 1 of: (MAT130: Acting for TV/Film I or, MAT110: Improv I or MAT120: Scene Study), 1 HSC Class and 2 additional 2hr electives) 12-Week/First Term Curriculum Guide | Sample Schedules
Class transfers can be completed in Campus Cafe through the end of week 2 of the term.
Waitlists– If a class is full, you can request to be added to the waiting list.
You should enroll in another class in the meantime, as you are not guaranteed a spot from the waitlist.
The system organizes the waitlist order based on time (order that the request was submitted). If someone drops the class, and a spot opens up, then the next person on the waiting list will be added. You’ll be notified via email if a spot becomes available and you’re moved from the waitlist.
Please email us with any questions or concerns.
Getting Started in Campus Cafe
Campus Cafe is your online student portal. Class registration, payments, attendance, etc. can all be completed and tracked in this account.
If your application was submitted in Campus Cafe, you’ve already received your login credentials. Login credentials are as follows:
Username = first name.last name
PW = student ID #
See detailed tuition information for all programs here
12-Week & Conservatory students: Pay $500 deposit (inclusive of non-refundable fees) in Campus Cafe in Application Status section(Information/Payment) to confirm enrollment and update Status from Accepted to Deposited.
Choose a Payment Plan. Payment plan details (including amounts due and due dates) will be sent by the Bookkeeper ([email protected]). See the Payment Plan Due Dates Chart for more details.
AOS Degree students: Pay $2500 deposit (inclusive of non-refundable fees) in Campus Cafe in Application Status section(Information/Payment) to confirm enrollment and update Status from Accepted to Deposited no later than August 1.
Choose a Payment Plan. Payment plan details (including amounts due and due dates) will be sent by the Bookkeeper no later than 30 days before the program start.
2-Week Intensive students: Pay $800 deposit (inclusive of non-refundable fees in Campus Cafe in Application Status section) to confirm enrollment and update Status from Accepted to Deposited to secure registration spot. Balance Due prior the program start.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles strongly recommends students and employees stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the health practice proven most effective in preventing severe illness and death. LSTFI encourages students/employees to stay informed regarding COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness, safety, types and current recommendations based on age, health and vaccination history.
Effective November 1, 2023, LSTFI will not require students and employees to submit proof of vaccination status to gain access to campus facilities and activities. However, a COVID-19 vaccination requirement may be instituted in the future, should immunization against COVID-19 be required by state or local public health departments, and/or vaccination becomes necessary to prevent transmission within the LSTFI community. Please see our Reopening Script for full details and protocols.
2-Week Intensive Students
DEPOSIT: A $800 tuition deposit (inclusive of non-refundable fees) is required to confirm your registration (payable in Campus Cafe) Once your deposit is paid, your spot is secured for the Intensive specified in your acceptance letter
CLASS SCHEDULE: The Intensive always starts on either Monday or Tuesday. The schedule will be emailed to all enrolled participants 2 weeks before the start and can also be found here once published. The 2-Week Intensive is a set schedule. No need to enroll in classes online. You will be automatically enrolled.
BALANCE: The balance must be paid in Campus Cafe prior to the first class
Questions? Need to defer your start? Email: [email protected]
Steps to receiving the I-20 Certificate
- Submit International Student Info Sheet
- Submit supporting financial documentation to cover tuition and living costs ($2000 per month). Submit the Affidavit of Support if you have a financial sponsor (funds are not in your name) to [email protected]
- Non-degree students: Pay $500 deposit (inclusive of $250 non-refundable Registration fee in Campus Cafe in Application Status section). The billing statement does not update with all the charges until you’ve registered for classes; however you can input the payment amount, and the amount paid will credit to your account.
Choose a Payment Plan using this form
*AOS degree students: Pay non-refundable $2500 tuition deposit in Campus Cafe in Application Status section prior to issuance
Tuition is refundable if your visa is denied or you withdraw before attending classes. The registration fee is non-refundable
- I-20s will be sent electronically.
- Pay the $350 SEVIS I-901 fee and follow the instructions in your I-20 packet to schedule your M-1 or F-1 visa appointment.
TRANSFERRING: If you are currently in the US on an F-1 visa then you may be eligible to transfer your SEVIS record to us (if joining the AOS degree program). Please be sure to pay close attention to the rules for transferring and deadlines so that you don’t fall out of status. Request a transfer of your record from your current school to Strasberg LA School Code: LOS214F00919000
Please note that you may not transfer a M-1 SEVIS record to an F-1 school or F-1 SEVIS record to M-1. You must obtain a new SEVIS record and student visa.
Veterans must submit in Campus Cafe:
- Current Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits (Check benefit status here)
- Transcripts from ALL previous study (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
- This includes all training after high school (college, university, vocational school)
- The VA Certifying Official will certify your enrollment to the VA after you’ve registered for classes.
If you’re entitled to 100% benefits, the VA will remit full tuition payment directly to the Institute. No out-of-pocket payment due.
If you are not entitled to 100% benefits, please pay the tuition deposit and then choose a payment plan. A 10% tuition discount will apply to the remaining balance.
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation for each 12-Week term will take place the Friday before the term starts at 12:30PM* and includes Staff introductions, expectations, Institute expectations and opportunities. Orientation for the 2-Week Intensives takes place before the first class.
See the Orientation Resource Folder here
New Student Welcome Day (for Fall and Spring term enrollments) will take place the Thursday before the term begins 3-5PM* and includes snacks, Q&A, facility tour & Method introduction.
*Times subject to change. Please refer to emails sent from Admin for exact time and details.
Moving to LA
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute does not offer housing; however, there is a private Discord group for accepted students to post and search for roommates. We highly recommend sharing an apartment with another student(s) to help reduce costs. Rent can range from $1500-$5500 for Studio-3 Bedroom apartments. We recommend finding housing in the West Hollywood or Hollywood area to make commuting to the Institute easier. Find out more about the Cost of Living and check out apartments for rent on websites like Trulia, apartments.com and Padmapper.
HomestayMatch is also an option for those who are looking an affordable housing option and want the experience of living with an American family.
For those without a car, or just trying to reduce the carbon footprint, there are plenty of public transportation options. The Los Angeles campus is conveniently located just west of the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Fairfax Ave where 4 major Metro bus lines stop (4, 704, 217, and 218). Additionally, the City of West Hollywood offers free or low fare public transportation through CityLine as well as bike sharing. Additionally, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are available.
Driving in LA
If you’re going to have a car in LA, there are a couple of major things that you have to prepare for: heavy traffic and parking signs. From 7AM-10AM and 4-7PM, traffic is at its heaviest. Always allow extra time to get where you’re going and use a navigation such as Google Maps and/or Waze. Once you get to your destination, parking is the next obstacle to tackle. Los Angeles has a lot of parking restrictions from street cleaning, to permit-only parking, to event parking and meters, the key is to always read the parking signs.