How To Apply

The Strasberg experience may begin at any time. The Institute provides the freedom and flexibility for students to enroll in classes starting in any of four sessions year round.

Applying to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Completing the application and submitting your supporting materials is the first step for admissions consideration to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Please follow the list below in order to ensure a completed application.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants under 18 can apply to our Young Actors program.

NOTE: You may either apply online or mail in a hard copy of your application to:

You may either submit your application by mail or email.
Email scanned documents (pdf and jpg files only)  to APPLY@STRASBERG.EDU
Mail your application to
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
Attn: Admissions
115 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
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1. Completed application form

a. General Application Form

Download The General Application Form

b. Two Year Conservatory (Certificate Program) Application Form

Download The TYCP Application form

2. A $75 non-refundable Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $75 non-refundable application fee payable to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute by money order or certified check (US bank), credit card, and personal check (US bank only).

Payment Options

3. One Identification Photo

This photo is used for identification purposes only (passport size preferred).

4. Personal Statement

Applicants must submit an essay describing his/her goals in the field of acting and why he/she wishes to study at the institute. (Between 125 and 250 words. Two Year Conservatory applicants must write 750-1000 words)

5. A Résumé/CV

Applicants must submit a typed resume/CV of any prior training and/or experience. If you do not have any prior training or experience in acting, please include previous employment and education history, regardless of field. Experience is not mandatory for application.

6. Two Letters of Reference

Reference letters may be from a previous/current employer, co-workers, artistic professionals, teachers or academic advisors. One can be a personal reference (not family members or significant others), but at least one must be professional. Both letters must be typed in English, signed, dated, and contain contact information. Professional letters must be issued on letterhead.

7. Verification of Previous Studies

The minimum educational requirement for ALL programs (1 Year, 2 Year, 12 Weeks, Intensives) is high school (secondary school) completion. Applicants must submit a high school transcript/copy of high school diploma and/or college/university transcripts. All submitted documentation must be in English or accompanied by an official, notarized English translation if issued in another language.


Copy of your passport information page (the page with your name and photo)

Download the Instructions for Affidavit


8. Proof of Health Insurance (recommended)

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute also recommends applicants submit a photocopy of his or her Health Insurance card/document. If you do not have student health insurance, health insurance through your family, government or through your employer, we very strongly advise that you obtain health insurance should you be admitted to The Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Additional Requirements for Non U.S Citizens

1. Proof of Sufficient Funds

Non-U.S. Citizens MUST provide documentation describing the source of the sufficient funds you will have available to cover for tuition and living expenses (calculated US $2,000 per month) while you are a student at the Institute. (If the financial statement is in a name other than your own, the person whose name appears on the account must submit an affidavit of support and bank account information). Original bank letters, bank statements, and affidavits of support must be accompanied by an official English translation and include the USD equivalent of available funds issued by the bank or financial center.

Download The Instructions for AffidavitDownload The Affidavit Form


Copy of your passport information page (the page with your name and photo) 

A high level of English language proficiency is required. Students applying from countries where English is not the primary language must submit evidence of  proficiency. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • TOEFL test minimum score of 85 (internet based)
  • Pearson PTE minimum score of 59
  • Proof of completion of a significant period of study at a secondary or post-secondary school where the language of instruction was English
  • Other language test equivalent to TOEFL score of 85 may also be considered.


Please send a photocopy or scan of the information page of your passport (page with your name and DOB)

Additional Requirements for Applicants Using Veteran’s Benefits

1. Transcripts from ALL previous study

Applicants using Veteran’s Benefits (Ch. 33 Post 9-11 Benefits or other VA Benefits) must submit transcripts from ALL previous study for review. Please complete the attached form listing all previous study to ensure the Institute receives all transcripts.

Download The Prior Training List

2. Certificate of Eligibility

Please include a copy of your COE (award letter) and DD-214

The Admissions Interview

Once we’ve received your completed application, we will schedule an interview with the applicant via email. The interview is not an audition, but rather an opportunity for the Admissions staff to speak directly with the applicant about the program and the applicant’s interests. Please be punctual or your interview will be rescheduled. Interviews are conducted in person or via skype.

The Admissions Decision

The Admissions committee will decide whether to accept or decline the applicant. The applicant will be informed of such decision via email only. If you have been declined admission, you may re-apply for admissions consideration after one year from the date of your initial admissions request.


Accepted students will be emailed their Acceptance letter, acceptable methods to remit tuition and fees payment, as well as important instructions and guidelines for the next steps to take for enrollment and registration.

Obtaining a Student Visa (Non U.S Citizens only)

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and 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 an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility  for Nonimmigrant Student  Status which is required to apply for the F-1 student visa.


Full time programs include: Two Year Conservatory, One Year Conservatory, 12 Week Program (22 hours per week), Mid-Summer Intensive and Late Summer Intensive (28 hours per week).

If you will be in the US on another type of visa that allows study then you do not need an I-20 Certificate and do not need to provide financial documentation.  Please provide evidence of this visa with your application.   Note, full-time study is not permitted on a tourist (B-1/B-2) visa.  You may not attend any of our fulltime programs while in the US on a tourist visa.


Steps to receiving the I-20 Certificate

  1. First you must be fully admitted to a full time program after submitting a complete application package and being interviewed.
  2. You must have submitted the Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documentation to cover tuition and living costs ($2000 per month)
  3. You will then pay tuition. For a one or two year program you pay one semester or the full tuition.  For the 12 Week or Intensives you must pay tuition in full.  Tuition is refundable if your visa is denied or you withdraw before attending classes. The Administrative fee ($250 for International Students) is non-refundable.
  4. We will create your I-20 Certificate in the SEVIS system and will email you the information needed (SEVIS # and school code) to make a visa interview appointment for the F-1 visa at a US Consulate.
  5. We will email you a link where you will pay the Federal Express or UPS shipping fee and then send the original I-20 Certificate to you.
  6. You will sign your I-20 Certificate and bring to your visa interview.
  7. You will pay the $200 SEVIS I-901 fee before your visa interview, as well as the fee for the visa application.


TRANSFERING: If you are currently in the US on an F-1 visa then you may transfer your SEVIS record to 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 be here to advise you throughout the process of obtaining your I-20, applying for the visa and maintaining your F-1 status while you are in the US.

This US Government website has information on the rules for studying in the US:



Note, there are no work opportunities while you study at LSTFI.  You must have the funds to support yourself in the US without resorting to work.

The One Year and Two Year Conservatory students are eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of studies to work in jobs related to the program of studies only.

I-20 Application