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International Students – NYC Campus


International Student Enrollment at LSTFI New York City

We welcome international students and have hosted students from over 140 different countries. We will guide and assist you throughout the application process and during your studies.

ADMISSIONS: The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students with the addition of proof of English proficiency. We require a high level of English proficiency. If you are from a country where the official language is not English, then in your application you will submit evidence of English language proficiency such as a test score (TOEFL, Pearsons, IELTS or other test), a transcript from a school where the language of instruction was English, or other evidence. Admissions Requirements

HOW EARLY TO APPLY: We have rolling admissions for all programs and accept applications up to one year prior to the desired program start date. We continue to accept appliations up to the program start date, space permitting. Programs do fill up, so it’s advisable to apply early- 2 to 6 months prior to start date.. For students who will need to apply for a visa and enter the US, you need to allow extra time depending on the visa wait time in your country. You may find information on the website of the US Consulate in your country. As well, the US State Department provides estimated visa wait times on this site: VISA APPOINTMENT WAIT TIMES

TUITION: International students pay an additional $100 administrative fee per term, all other fees are the same as domestic students. Tuition and Start Dates

Duration of stay in the US on F-1 visa: On the F-1 student visa you may enter the US up ot 30 days prior to the session start date. You may stay in the US thoughout your studies and for up to 60 days (called the “grace period”) after your program ends.

Obtaining the F-1 Student Visa (Non U.S Citizens only)

Steps to receiving the I-20 Certificate and applying for an F-1 visa.

TRANSFERRING  FROM AN F-1 SCHOOL: If you are currently in the US on an F-1 visa then you may transfer your SEVIS record to us (This applies to our online programs only for F-1 students presently in the US) .  Please be sure to pay close attention the rules for transferring and deadlines so that you don’t fall out of status. 

We will provide any needed  advising throughout the process of obtaining your I-20, applying for the visa and maintaining your F-1 status while you are in the US.  


There are no work opportunities while you study.  We do not offer on-campus employment. You must have the funds to support yourself in the US without needing to work. 

One Year and Two Year Conservatory students are eligible for  up to 12 months of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of studies. OPT provides work authorization  to engage in work that is directly related to the program of studies only.   

Your stay in the US is automatically extended if you are approved for OPT .

Spring 2021: April 5-June 253/3/21 Update

The Lee Strasberg Institute announces that Spring 2021 term classes will begin with fully online instruction, per State & Local guidance. Los Angeles will offer limited in-person/hybrid classes for Spring once permitted.

Click here for Spring schedule in New York City. | Click here for the Spring schedule 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 for at least 2 weeks (25% capacity). Los Angeles remains in purple.