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: Applicants MUST send their complete application to the Institute location that they are interested in attending. The New York and West Hollywood institutes process and admit their own student body separately. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his/her application package is sent to the correct campus. We highly recommend using a traceable courier method.

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

Every applicant must submit a complete online application on or before the application deadline for the specific program offering. The form is to be filled out completely and must indicate to which program you are interested in applying. All applicants regardless of experience will be considered, and no audition is required. However, an admissions interview is held as part of the admissions process. Please be advised that applying to the Institute does not guarantee admission. All admissions decisions are made at the sole discretion of the Institute administration. Once we receive an application, applicants are contacted via email to set up an admissions interview, either by telephone or via Skype. Applicants will be notified via email the admissions decision.

Q: What are the class sizes?

Class sizes range on average from approximately 10-18 students.

Q: Is the TOEFL Exam required for all program offerings at the New York campus?

Proof of English language proficiency is required for all program offerings. Students may submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or its equivalent  results, issued within the past two (2) years, for admissions consideration. The TOEFL is the most commonly used and accepted method for proving English proficiency. A TOEFL score of 85 (internet-based) is required for acceptance. Students with at least one year of study at an English-speaking institute may submit transcripts from that institution in lieu of TOEFL scores. [TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753 | West Hollywood campus: 3615].

Q: I just completed high school/lyceum, but I am not 18 years of age yet. Can I still apply to your adult programs?

All applicants wishing to apply to Strasberg’s adult programs MUST be at least 18 years of age. Applicants under the age of 18 should send email inquiries to Young Actors at Lee Strasberg, at

Q: I am an international applicant from a non-English speaking country. Do I have to submit official academic transcripts and bank records in English?

Yes. You may submit official academic transcripts and bank records in their original language, but they must be accompanied by an official English language translation, duly notarized, in order for those documents to be valid for admissions consideration. For official academic transcript translations, please consult NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or consult the education office of the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your country of permanent residence for official document translation services.

Q: Is the F-1 visa for international students required for all programs in New York?

International student applicants will be required to obtain a student visa for all Lee Strasberg program offering, except for our Fall, Winter and Spring 4 Week Intensive programs. Please submit your complete application package to the New York campus on or before the admissions deadline posted on our website. International applicants (except Canadian citizens) must make sure to follow these application deadlines. It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply by the set deadline. Certain other dependent non-immigrant visas also permit full-time study. If you are on a dependent visa and are unsure if it qualifies you to study,  please contact our Office of Admissions.

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

Application deadlines are set so that accepted students will have time to go to their local US Consulate or Embassy for their F-1 study visa application appointment. The I-20 Form needed for the Embassy appointment to apply for the F-1 study visa is issued only when candidates are formally accepted and admitted to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and only after their tuition and fees payment has been received.

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

All students will be issued their Form I-20 and other important documentation for their F-1 visa application appointment within 7-10 business days after receipt of tuition and fees payment. The New York campus does not conduct rush processing of documents. All students will receive a tracking number to track their package. Package consignment timelines vary from city to city, but most packages arrive within 3-5 business days.

Q: Can I apply for OPT at the Institute?

Yes. International students who complete 18 months of consecutive full-time study in excellent standing with our Institute will be eligible to apply for full-time Post Completion OPT.

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

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 and Film Institute. Please note that The Lee Strasberg Theatre and 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?

Acceptance to the Institute is valid for one year from the issue date. Students unable to attend the session for which they applied should immediately 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: How do I make tuition and fees payments?

Payments may be made payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute by money order, certified bank check, and personal check drawn on U.S. banks ONLY. For payment of the required non-refundable application fee, please consult below the methods of payment that the Strasberg Institute accepts. If you wish to pay by credit card, please use the Credit Card Authorization Form and include it with your application and required supplemental documentation. This form can be downloaded here.

Q: Does the Institute accept Veterans?

Yes. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is grateful for our Veterans’ support, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. We are approved for the Non-College Degree Professional Acting Program under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For information regarding how to use your benefits for study, please contact the Veterans Affairs Department at New York campus is currently authorized by VA to accept applications for the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) only. Please make sure to submit a Certificate of Eligibility with your application package.

Q: Do you conduct workshops?

The New York campus offers customized group workshops in Method Acting and other disciplines.  Student groups interested in arranging a workshop should complete the information form.

Q: What will I receive when I complete the Conservatory program?

Students who complete the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) in excellent standing receive a Certificate of Merit upon successful completion of this program. Students will be deemed in excellent standing with the Institute at the sole discretion of the Institute’s administration. Successful completion of the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) will be deemed as such at the sole discretion of the administration. Students who complete the One Year Conservatory receive a letter of completion from the Institute.

Q: Can I get college credit for my studies at Strasberg?

Yes, all Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) students are eligible to receive up to 60 credits towards an institution of higher education. Any higher education institution, such as a college or university, may accept the course work that students complete in the Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) as credit towards their curriculum, however, this is at the sole discretion of that specific higher education institution, and not that of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

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?

Yes. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute awards scholarships and work-study positions through a discretionary fund aimed primarily at US inner-city and underprivileged applicants. Scholarship awards are extremely competitive, and they are weighted to the benefit of students already studying at the Institute. New international student applicants (non-matriculated at either Strasberg Institute) may apply for the Eleonora Duse Scholarship, which is awarded once per year. All other new student applicants (non-matriculated at either Strasberg Institute) may apply for the Johnny Depp Scholarship, which is awarded once per year. Please write to for any inquiries you may have.

Q: Do you provide student housing?

No. All Strasberg students are responsible for securing their own housing arrangements.

Q: How much does it cost to live in New York City?

This website gives a good indication of the cost of living.

Q: What about help finding a roommate?

For reasons of privacy, we cannot give out students’ contact information. Should you be accepted to our Institute, you will be allowed to send us an announcement that we can post on our information wall, where students will be able to contact you directly via email or phone. You may also reach out to other students via The Lee Strasberg Student Group on Facebook.

Q: Is the Institute on social media?

Become a fan of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York on Facebook! You may keep in contact with past, current, future, and prospective Strasberg New York students through our official New York page. Important information and announcements are regularly posted to this page. Besides our website, Facebook is an excellent tool for keeping yourself informed of all that is Strasberg New York. Please note that you must become a fan. Friend requests will not be accepted. Please visit our website at to become a Facebook fan, or to follow us on Twitter and YouTube!

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

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. For New York Admissions, click here: How to Apply. The New York school is an academic institution. If you complete the Two Year Certificate Program in New York, you will have up to 60 credits that can be applied to another post-secondary academic institution. For West Hollywood Admissions, click here: How to Apply. The LA campus is a vocational school and does not currently offer transferable credits.

Q: I am student at the Institute. Can I book rehearsal space at LSTFI?

  • Rehearsal space is available for current students only.
  • Space is available Monday through Friday only, for a maximum of one hour.
  • Students using dance rooms MUST remove their shoes.
  • To reserve space: Send an email to spaces@strasberg anytime during the day prior to the date you are requesting space. You will receive an email after 8:30 pm informing you if the space has been assigned to you.
  • Space for Monday will be assigned on Friday evenings.