Proudly Supporting an
International Student Body
At The Academy, we believe that a strong diversity of cultures enriches the learning environment for all of our students. Fostering a welcoming place to study the craft of acting is important to The Academy as every student becomes part of our family. We come along side and encourage all students in their journey to transform their passion into a lifelong profession. In fact, our program is made up of 30% international students representing more than 40 nations.
Below you will find information that will help international students have confidence in making The Academy their new home.
Additional Requirements for International Students
General admission requirements are the same for all applicants regardless of citizenship, but immigration regulations and financial matters require added procedures for international students. Our Admissions and Financial Aid offices will assist with all issues regarding these policies and procedures.
After the audition, applicants who are admitted to The Academy will be sent visa information along with their acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. Important visa guidelines will also be enclosed and forms which you must complete and return to the Admissions Office.
Form I-20 will be issued only after the applicant has been accepted for enrollment and has met all standards set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and The Department of Homeland Security.
International students without a transcript, please call Admissions for special instructions. Applicants must provide a certified English translation of all transcripts that are in a foreign language. If using a translator in your home country, the translator MUST be government approved. Some companies that provide this service are World Education Services (WES) at wes.org; A2Z Evaluations, LLC at A2Zeval.com; Foreign Credential and Degree (Diploma) Evaluation Services at thedegreepeople.com.
Note: These companies are not affiliated nor endorsed by The Academy.
In addition to the requirements listed for all applicants on the Admissions Requirements page, international students whose native language is other than English must demonstrate sufficient competence with spoken and written English. This is a necessary step to prevent problems with faculty and student verbal communications that might impede a student's learning and development. This proficiency is determined through the application and audition process.
Helping International Students With Financial Aid
Our advisors are dedicated to helping international students make the right decisions to fund their education at The Academy. All international applicants are eligible to apply for Academy scholarships and work-study. We offer a variety of scholarship and assistance opportunities and a choice of payment plans. Additionally, we participate with foreign government aid programs if available.
All prospective students are encouraged to apply for Academy financial aid at the time of their acceptance. Financial aid packages consist of a combination of Academy scholarships and campus employment. All prospective students must submit the required documents by the appropriate deadlines for consideration of financial assistance. These documents will be sent to applicants by the Office of Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Options
Academy Scholarships refer to money that does not need to be repaid. All students who have applied and been accepted by The Academy are considered for scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s audition. Need-based awards are assessed through the financial aid process.
All students must re-apply for scholarships every year. Second Year and Academy Company students apply for scholarships by submitting the application (provided by the school) to The Academy's Scholarship Committee. See Endowed and Annual Scholarships
There are a limited number of on-campus jobs offered by The Academy. Following registration, international students may apply for a variety of Academy departments, such as Admissions, Production, Costumes, and the library, among others.
Alternative loans (private loans) usually carry a higher interest rate than federal loans. Students are advised to consider them only after traditional sources of financial aid have been secured. International students who have a U.S. credit-worthy co-signer will obtain better alternative loan rates and all international students must have a U.S. co-signer.
International students can visit the following links to Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo, which offer Alternative Loans to international students. If you meet the requirements and are approved, you can re-apply for these loans each year you are a student of The Academy.