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Summer Study Abroad Application


Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.

Application Deadlines   

Applications for Summer 2015 Study Abroad programs are now closed.

  • Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop and Florence Commedia dell’Arte: Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)
    Early applications are highly encouraged due to the Audition requirement.
    If you intend to apply to both Drama programs, please submit all required application materials for each program.
  • All other programs: Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Other important dates can be found on the 2014-2015 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis; however, programs may fill before the deadline so students are encouraged to apply early. Your online application and additional documents must be submitted and complete in order to be considered for admission. Final status notification is sent via email. Applicants will be notified no later than mid-March.

The application process is as follows:
  • Step 1 - Review Requirements and Eligibility: Determine your eligibility.
  • Step 2 - Submit Online Application: Submit your online application and supporting documents.
  • Step 3 - Receive Evaluation and/or Invitation: Check email for application evaluation and if qualified, invitation for interview(s) and/or audition(s).
  • Step 4 - Await Notification: Check email for final admissions decision.
  • Step 5 - Confirm Participation: Confirm your intention to enroll by the confirmation deadline.


  • Applicants must meet prerequisite coursework or prerequisite equivalent.
  • Applicants can be matriculated NYU, graduate, visiting and non-degree students.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Applicants must have a valid passport.
  • Accepted students must reside in NYU assigned housing.


  • Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following items:
  • Online Application.
  • Personal statement.
  • Creative résumé.
  • Passport.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic results (non-native English speaking applicants).
  • Official university transcript(s).
  • Additional Documents - program specific.
  • $75 non-refundable application fee (non-NYU applicants only).
Review details for each of the items below. 

  • Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be specific to the program you are applying to. For Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop and Florence Commedia dell'Arte, please see the essay prompts below. For all other programs, please prepare one essay comprised of Part A and Part B below.  The entire essay should total 500-1500 words. Type or copy and paste your statement under the "Personal Statement" section within the online application.
  • Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop
    • Your personal statement should address why you would like to attend the ITW Amsterdam Program. (500 words)
      • Please include the following details in your essay:
        • Drama studios you have attended (Primary and Additional Professional Training)
        • All Tisch Drama students:
          • What year did you enter the Department of Drama?
          • What semester do you anticipate graduating?
  • Florence Commedia dell'Arte
    • Your personal statement should address why you would like to attend the Commedia dell'Arte Florence Program. (500 words)
      • Please include the following details in your essay:
        • List of favorite literature (not plays)
        • Favorite visual artists
        • Favorite Ted Talk/YouTube
  • Prague 35mm Filmmaking
    • On the first line of your essay, please indicate your preference for Director or Cinematographer, or if you are open to both.

All Other Programs:
  • Part A
Please explain your motivation for pursuing the program you've applied to. If you have selected a second or third choice program, please also explain your motivation for pursing each of those programs.
  • Part B
Choose 1 of the 4 following quotations to respond to in essay form. If you have applied previously, please do not choose the same statement.

1) "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

2) "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

3) "Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard

4) "Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." - Terry Pratchett

  • Creative Résumé

Your creative résumé should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities and relevant employment. Your résumé should also include: Your full name, contact information, and any extra curricular activities or work in your community. Also include additional information such as awards, clubs, and activities.
  • Passport

  • 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.
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program you are applying to.
  • The passport must contain at least two adjacent blank pages.

If your passport does not meet the above requirements, or you do not have a passport you must:
    • upload a copy of your old passport
    • apply for a new passport (or additional pages).
    • upload a copy of the passport payment receipt. 
    • upload a fully legible copy of your photo and biographical information page of new passport upon receipt.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic Results

In the Documents section of the online application, non-native English speaking applicants are required to upload copies of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic) results, which have been issued within the past two years.

Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If you are a current NYU student;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the language of instruction is English for at least three years AND you submit SAT, ACT, AP, or IB testing; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.
We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but our most competitive applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) and 7.5 or above on the IELTS. Information about the TOEFL may be secured by visiting the TOEFL website and information on the IELTS is available on the IELTS website
  • Transcripts

  • NYU Students: In the Documents section of the online application, upload a copy of your unofficial transcript from Albert. You can find information regarding how to access your unofficial transcript here.
  • Non-NYU Students: We must receive your official transcripts, sent from your school by the application deadline, via one of the following methods:
  • Mail: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and sent directly from your school to: 
    • Tisch Office of Special Programs
      New York University
      721 Broadway, Rm 1248
      New York NY  10003
  • Email: Emailed transcripts must come from your school's email address or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.
  • 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.
  • Additional Documents - Program Specific

Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop
  • In the Documents section of the online application, upload the following:
    • Non-NYU students: a recommendation letter from a theatre professional is highly recommended.

Commedia dell'Arte in Florence
  • In the Documents section of the online application, upload the following:
    • A head shot or photograph.
      Please use the following specifications: JPG file 72 dpi (typically between 600x480 pixels and 1000x800 pixels). File size should be less than 1MB


Enrollment in Tisch Study Abroad is limited.  Applicants will first be considered for their first choice program; if space is available after first choice applicants have been accepted, second and third choice applicants will be considered.  Acceptance is based on:
  • your academic record;
  • satisfaction of the prerequisites, including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement;
  • personal statement; 
  • interview;
  • audition;
  • readiness for living and studying abroad; and
  • how well your interests match the training we offer.
  • Interviews

Our office reserves the right to interview all applicants as necessary.
  • Auditions

Applicants to the Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop and Florence Commedia dell'Arte program must attend on-campus auditions/interviews. Video conference auditions can be arranged for those who are not in the New York City area. For detailed audition information:

Amsterdam International Theatre Workshop Auditions

Florence Commedia dell'Arte Auditions



  • If accepted, you will be required to confirm you participation via the confirmation form. 
    • Confirmation forms must be received by the confirmation deadline found on the 2014-2015 Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.  
    • You should confirm as soon as possible, as space is limited. If the program reaches capacity before we receive your confirmation, you will be placed on a waitlist.
    • Non-NYU students must also submit a non-refundable and non-transferable $1,500.00 deposit.
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.