Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the Institute offer memberships?

A: We do not offer memberships to our Institute. All prospective students must apply and be formally accepted to our Institute in order to attend any of our program offerings. We accept applications for all program offerings throughout the academic year on a rolling basis. We review all applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. All 12 Week, One Year Conservatory, and Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) programs commence every September (Fall), January (Winter), April (Spring), and June (Summer).

Q: Where should I send my application?

A: The New York and West Hollywood institutes process and admit their own student body separately. For West Hollywood, all applications are submitted ONLINE. Applicants should submit their application to the Institute location that they are interested in attending.

Q: What is the admissions process? Is there an audition?

A: The first step is always to apply. Once you submit the application online, the Institute will contact you to schedule an interview via phone or Skype as the final step of the application process. Once interviewed, you will be notified via email of an admission decision within a couple of weeks.

All applicants regardless of experience will be considered and no audition is required. The Institute believes an interview is more telling of an applicant’s potential as a student.

Q: What are the class sizes?

Most classes are 12-14 students; however can range from 10-18.

Q: I just completed High School/Lyceum, but I am not 18 years of age yet. Can I still apply to the adult programs?

A: Yes. If you have already completed high school, you may apply for and enroll in an adult program. If you are applying for the Two-Year Conservatory, you must turn 18 within the first session of study to be eligible for enrollment.

Q: What is the BFA program? Can I apply to it through your Institute?

A: The BFA program is a New York University program that runs in conjunction with the Strasberg Institute as part of their BFA curriculum. If you are interested in this program, you must apply to New York University directly, and be formally admitted by the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. All tuition and fees for the BFA program are to be paid to NYU. Applicants cannot apply to the BFA program through The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Please note that The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is not a college or university, and does not confer degrees.

Q: What is your acceptance policy?

The Institute does not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of national origin, ethnic background, race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.

Q: What is your reapplication policy?

A: Acceptance to the Institute is valid for one year from the issue date. Students unable to attend the session for which they applied should notify the Admissions Office. After the one-year period has expired, students who wish to attend must reapply and pay the non-refundable application fee.

Q: Do you permit audits?

A: Yes. Audits are highly encouraged for prospective students. Most Method Acting I classes are available for a free audit and can be scheduled by contacting frontdeskwh@strasberg.com

Q: Do you offer financial aid?

At this time, we do not work with any lenders for student loans. If you need financial assistance, please contact your bank for a private loan. If you do not have a bank account, your parents or legal guardians may request a private loan from their bank on your behalf.

Q: Do you offer scholarships?

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood awards partial scholarships only. Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship after 6 months of study at the Institute as scholarships are both need and merit-based.

Q: Do you provide student housing?

A: No, all students are responsible for securing their own housing. The Institute does have a Facebook group for accepted students that provides information on where to look for housing and an opportunity to find a roommate.

Q: How much does it cost to live in Los Angeles/West Hollywood?

A: We estimate living expenses at $2,000 a month; however you can easily spend more or possibly less depending on your style of living. Click here average costs.

Q: Is there a difference between the New York School and the Los Angeles School?

A: LSTFI is one school with two campuses. Although our educational mission is the same in New York and Los Angeles, our admissions procedures are handled separately on each campus. Click to apply for the West Hollywood campus. Click for New York Campus Admissions.

Q: Are my credits transferrable to a degree program?

A: The transferability of credits you earn at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Q: Is the Institute accredited?

A: Yes. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, New York & West Hollywood, is fully accredited with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), an association of approximately 135 schools of theatre, primarily at the collegiate level. It is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines with links to the New York State Board of Regents.

Q: Am I allowed to audition while studying?

A: Yes. We encourage students to gain experience; however it should not conflict with classes. There are no excused absences.

Q: Does the Institute provide me with casting opportunities?

A: We receive many casting notices that are either posted in the Institute or emailed.

Q: Will the Institute help me find an agent?

A: The Institute’s primary focus is on the training; however the Institute has an in-house Talent Manager as a faculty member.

Q: What kind of performance opportunities are there?

A: All first semester students are required to perform a Mid-Term Performance. All Two-Year Conservatory students are required to have a Culminating Performance. Additionally there is a Scene Night with feedback from David Strasberg each session available to all students.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS Q&A

Q: Is the TOEFL exam required for all program offerings?

A: An iBT TOEFL score of 85 or higher is required for all programs 12-Weeks or longer for all applicants whose first/primary language is not English. The TOEFL is not required for short-term Intensive workshops; however, as all instruction is in English (except for the Spanish Intensive), strong English proficiency is highly encouraged.

In lieu of the TOEFL, applicants may submit one of the following:

  • IB diploma in English
  • Degree from US university
  • “C” or better in English 101 or higher from a US university

[TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753 | West Hollywood campus: 3615]

Q: Do I have to submit official academic transcripts and bank records in English?

A: Unoffocial transcripts may be submitted; however any documents not issued in English must be accompanied by an official English language translation.

Q: I’m an international student, is the M-1 Visa required for all programs in West Hollywood?

A: Enrollment in the 12-Week Full-Time Program, One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory require an M-1 Vocational student visa. Enrollment in a 2-Week Intensive program does not qualify for an M-1 student visa as it is not full-time and does not count as credit for Conservatory completion. If you currently hold another visa status, that status may also permit part or full-time study. Please contact admissionsla@strasberg.com for specific questions.

Q: Why is there an application deadline for international students?

A: Application deadlines are set so that accepted students have sufficient time obtain their M-1 vocational student visa from their local US Consulate or Embassy. The Institute only issues the SEVIS Form I-20 needed for M-1 visa appointment after an applicant is accepted to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and tuition and fees for at least 12-Weeks have been received.

Q: I’ve paid my tuition fee. How long will it take for my Form I-20 to be processed and received?

A: Your I-20 will be issued and shipped within 3 business days of receipt of tuition and fees and shipping through eShipGlobal.

Q: Will I be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

A: OPT is available upon program completion. M-1 Vocational students earn 1 month of OPT for every 4 consecutive months of study.

MILITARY VETERAN APPLICANTS Q&A

Q: Does the Institute accept the GI Bill?

A: The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is approved for the Non-College Degree Professional Acting Program under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The One-Year Conservatory and Two-Year Conservatory are approved for benefit use.

Q: Does the Institute participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

A: No, as a private Non-Degree College, the Institute is ineligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Q: Will the VA cover all tuition and fees?

A: If you are entitled to 100% benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA will cover all tuition and fees (except for the application fee). If enrolled in the Two-Year Conservatory, students may need to take a term off to avoid exceeding the yearly tuition cap. For current rates and caps, please visit the GI Bill website.

Q: What about the Monthly Housing Allowance?

A: For current rates, visit the GI Bill Comparison site.

Q: Do I need to submit transcripts from previous training?

A: Yes, applicants who will use VA benefits must submit transcripts (unofficial are accepted) from ALL previous training. This is a VA requirement. Submit this form with your application.