Fall/Spring Study Abroad Application Requirements

Please read the following admissions information before starting your online application. You can find important dates on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How do I apply?

  • Step 1 - Requirements and Eligibility
  • Step 2 - Online Application
  • Step 3 - Verification
  • Step 4 - Notification
  • Step 5 - Confirmation


  • You must have completed freshman year of study (two full semesters) and be 18 or older prior to the beginning of the term abroad.
  • If you are a visiting student, you must currently be registered full-time in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • You must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Incomplete (I) grades on your transcript must be resolved before an admissions decision can be made.
  • You must not be on academic or disciplinary probation, nor currently on medical leave of absence.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • If accepted, you must live in NYU-assigned housing.

*Please note that our programs do not provide work visas. 


You must submit the following items:

  • Online application form (remember to use your name exactly as it appears on your passport in your application and supporting documents)
  • Personal statement
  • Creative résumé
  • Passport
  • English language proficiency test results (non-native English-speaking applicants)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Official university transcript(s)
  • Additional documents - program specific


Type or copy and paste your statement in the Personal Statement section within the online application. The personal statement prompt consists of Part A and Part B which should be answered separately.


Your complete personal statement should total 500-1500 words. You may not re-submit the same statement from another Tisch Special Programs application.


Part A - Please explain your motivation for pursuing the program you're applying to. If you have selected a second or third choice program, please also explain your motivation for pursuing each of those programs.


Part B - What foreign-produced artwork (a film, TV show, play, photograph, etc.) have you found influential in your craft? How has it informed your worldview? We leave it to you to define what constitutes "foreign-produced".


In the Documents section of the online application, upload your creative résumé. Your creative résumé should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities, and relevant employment. Your résumé should also include:

  • Your full name and contact information

  • Any extra-curricular activities or work in your community

  • Additional information such as awards, hobbies, and interests


In the Documents section of the online application, upload a clear, fully legible copy of your photo and biographical information page from your passport.

  • If you have more than one passport, upload both.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program you are applying to.
  • Your passport should contain at least two adjacent blank pages.

Further information and application requirements may be found here.


Please note: if you are applying to a Study Abroad program in Havana, you must upload a valid passport at the time of your application. The passport must meet all of the above-listed parameters. There are no exceptions.


In the Documents section of the online application, non-native English speaking applicants are required to upload copies of one of the following English language proficiency examinations:


Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If your native language is English.

  • You already completed (at the time of application submission) at least 3 or more consecutive, full academic years at a school/university where the primary language of instruction was English.

  • If you are currently matriculated in a full-time NYU degree program.
Exams should be completed before the application deadline, and results cannot be more than 2 years old. While we will consider scores received after the application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for those scores to arrive before making an admissions decision.

We don’t have minimum score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive: 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic, 70 and above on the PTE Academic, or 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale.


Within the online application, please enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders. One recommendation must be from a college/university representative and the second can be from another academic representative, a community group leader, a mentor, or a coach, etc. Ideally both recommendations should be from people who are familiar with your interest in the performing or media arts. Recommendations from friends or family members will not be accepted.


Register your recommenders early! You should allow your recommenders 1-2 weeks to complete the recommendations. Recommendations must be received by the application deadline.


Once you submit the recommenders' information, they are emailed instructions on how to submit their online recommendations. If your recommenders have trouble completing their online recommendations please have them contact our office. You will be emailed confirmation that the recommendation has been received.


NYU Students: In the Documents section of the online application, upload a copy of your unofficial transcript from Albert. Don’t know how to access your unofficial transcript on Albert? Find out how to access your transcript here!


Non-NYU Students: We must receive your official transcripts sent from your college/university by the application deadline, via one of the following methods:


  • Email: This is our preferred delivery method.
    • Emailed transcripts must come from a school representative or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.
    • Our email address is tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu.


  • Mail*: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and issued directly from your school to:
    • New York University
      Tisch Office of Special Programs Admissions
      721 Broadway, Rm 1248
      New York, NY 10003

*Please note we cannot accept mailed transcripts at this time.

Need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale? Try CollegeBoard’s GPA Calculator.


Non-US/Non-English transcripts: Please note that you are required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. If the institution you attend does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, you must obtain a certified English translation. Following these steps will ensure the validity of your transcript:

  • Secure an official transcript from your institution in a sealed envelope.

  • Submit your unopened official transcript to the translator.

  • Ask the translator to prepare an official English translation.

  • Ask the translator to provide you with one sealed envelope containing both your original transcript and its English translation. The back of the envelope must contain the translator's signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents.


Berlin Acting Applicants

In the Documents section of the online application, upload the following:

  • Your headshot. Please use the following specifications: JPG with dimensions of 600x800 pixels. File size should be less than 1MB.

Not sure how to resize your image? We recommend Pixlr: after uploading your headshot in Pixlr, click "Image" at the top of your screen, then "Image Size."

London Screenwriting Applicants

In addition to their Personal Statement, applicants are required to submit a 1-page outline of the screenplay they intend to write. The outline should describe key characters in the film, and as much of the story as the writer has developed at the time of the application.

Prague 35mm Applicants

In the Document section of your online application, upload a Production Script based on the following specifications:

Watch the three films selected by Tisch Special Programs and write the shot list/shooting script for one of the three films. 

RADA Acting Applicants

In the Documents section of the online application, upload the following:

  • Two (2) monologues (full text) with scene synopses. Please upload them separately using the categories "Synopsis and Monologue 1" and "Synopsis and Monologue 2". The monologues should be Elizabethan and/or Jacobean and no more than 2 minutes in length each.

  • Your headshot. Please use the following specifications: JPG with dimensions of 600x800 pixels. File size should be less than 1MB. 

    Not sure how to resize your image? We recommend Pixlr: after uploading your headshot in Pixlr, click "Image" at the top of your screen, then "Image Size."


Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow emails from tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu to be viewed.  

Enrollment in Tisch Study Abroad is limited and competitive. Initially, you will only be considered for your first choice program. If you are not accepted into your first choice program, you will then be considered for your second or third choice program on a space-available basis.

Only submitted and complete applications will be evaluated.

Acceptance is based on:

  • Your academic record
  • Satisfaction of the prerequisites, including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Interview (if applicable) 
  • Audition (if applicable)
  • Preparedness for living and studying abroad
  • How well your interests match the training we offer


If you meet the program requirements, you will be considered for an interview. The interview is an important component in the assessement of your application. We urge you to come well prepared to your interview. Students are contacted via email to schedule an in-person or Skype interview.

Interviews will take place according to the schedule found on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.


Final status notifications will be sent on the dates listed on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

Notifications are communicated only by email, and only to the primary email address given in the application.


If accepted, you will be required to confirm your participation via the online confirmation form.  

  • Confirmation forms must be received by the confirmation deadline found in your acceptance email.  
  • Non-NYU students: A non-refundable and non-transferable $1,500 deposit is required with confirmation. 

It is important that you review and understand the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy prior to submitting your confirmation form.  Details can be found on the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy page.

If you are having difficulty with the online application, please contact us at (212) 998-1512.