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International Students – LA Campus

LOS ANGELES CAMPUS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INFORMATION

We warmly welcome international students to the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute into our full time programs (22 hours or more per week. We will advise you and provide supportive services regarding both US immigration rules and regulations and navigating the ins and outs of living in the US.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. International students who are admitted to one of our full time programs (22 hours or more per week) and have provided the required financial documents will be issued a SEVIS form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, which is required to apply for the F-1 or M-1 student visa.

For more information about attending the Los Angeles Campus, contact [email protected].


LSTFI International Student Application

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.

Additional Requirements for International Students:

English Proficiency Requirements

Proof of Sufficient Financial Funds


Student Visa Information (F-1 vs M-1)

Steps to Receiving the I-20 Certificate

Work Opportunities and OPT


Find more information about coming to the United States as an International student on Study in the States!

Please note that the Institute is not permitted per Federal regulations to issue an Initial I-20 for classes that are online only. New initial I-20s can be issued for in-person or hybrid classes only. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Institute does not anticipate offering in-person classes again until Spring 2021 due to local & State restrictions.

Winter 202111/1 Update: Online

The Lee Strasberg Institute announces that Winter 2021 term classes will begin with fully online instruction, per State & Local guidance.

Click here for Winter online classes in New York City. | Click here for Winter online classes for Los Angeles.

The Institute is also offering new short-term online only classes. See Online Acting

Please note that the State of California color-coded reopening system does not permit any in-person instruction until the County is at least in the red tier (25% capacity). Los Angeles remains in purple.