Immerse yourself in Shakespeare. Live in London. Experience the West End.
For over 10 years, Tisch London has maintained an exclusive collaboration with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), offering actors an intensive, full-time semester to channel the expressiveness and depth of Shakespeare’s work.
Under the direction of RADA’s Associate Director, Geoff Bullen, develop the skills necessary for the performance of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. You spend three days a week throughout the semester within the prestigious RADA facilities, whose halls have housed such notable alumni as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Mark Rylance, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Phoebe Fox, Gemma Aterton, and Taron Egerton.
The emphasis of this practical program is on learning through the performance of Shakespeare: with work on sonnets, verse scenes, monologues, play projects, and a studio production; as well as classes in Voice, Physical Performance, Speech, Song, Dance, Clown and Armed Combat. The combat training you receive at RADA will provide you with a three-year certification from the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.
In addition to your RADA training, spend two days a week taking classes at the University of London’s Senate House. While on the University of London campus, you have access to a myriad of resources such as lunch-time concerts, free events, the University’s Student Union and computer labs. Housing is mere moments from campus, and London’s incredible culture is at your fingertips.
Your semester abroad consists of your core program course and two additional companion courses, completing a full-time, 16 unit semester.
“I gained the confidence to make bold acting choices and to commit to them. Looking back over my college career, I see my semester in London as the most significant and important time in my training.” — Skyler Gallun
Student Arrival: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (not earlier)
NYU Welcome and Orientation: Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 3, 2017
Tisch Orientation: Friday, September 1, 2017
Classes Begin: Monday, September 4, 2017
Fall Break: Friday, October 27 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
Last Day of Classes: Monday, December 11 or Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (tentative)
Final Presentations: November 30 and December 1, 2017
Student Departure: Friday, December 15, 2017
Student Arrival: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (not earlier)
Spring Break: Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Student Departure: Friday, May 18, 2018
Tisch Drama Majors: Four semesters of studio training or equivalent.
NYU and Visiting students: One year of college or professional training.
Spring 2018: The application for spring 2018 is now closed.
For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.
Application: Acceptance to the program is by audition/interview as well as application review. Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Academic Year 2017-2018 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $26,451
Additional Fees Include:
- Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,261
- Theatre in London Fee: Approximately $500
- NYU Housing: Visit the NYU London website for options and costs
Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.
Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.
Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.
Visit the NYU London website for housing options and descriptions.