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Summer Study Abroad Application


***IMPORTANT: ALL APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2014 ARE CLOSED. Applications for Summer 2015 programs will open November 15, 2014. The information below will be updated nearer the opening of the application.***

Acceptance to Tisch Summer Study Abroad is based on your academic record; a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, satisfaction of prerequisites, recommendations, personal statement (if applicable), film treatments (if applicable), readiness for living and studying abroad and how well your interests match the training we offer. Enrollment is limited. Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.

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  • Tisch Summer Study Abroad Programs are open to a variety of students, including matriculated NYU, graduate, visiting, and nondegree students, or others who meet the prerequisite coursework.
  • Admission to each program is competitive and based on academic record, creative ability, satisfaction of prerequisites, recommendations, personal statement (if applicable), interests, and readiness for living and studying abroad.
  • Students must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA). 
  • Students must have a valid passport.
  • Accepted students must reside in NYU-assigned housing.

Application Deadline

  • Monday, March 3, 2014 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday, March 21, 2014 5pm EST*
    *Deadlines have been extended for all programs EXCEPT Amsterdam and Commedia.
Your application must be submitted online AND your transcript received in our office by the posted deadline. If we are missing any part of the application, we cannot consider you for admission.

Notification Deadline

Applications are processed on a rolling basis; however, programs may fill before the deadline so students are encouraged to apply early. Final status notification is sent via email. Applicants will be notified no later than mid-April.

Application Requirements

Apply using the online application system. You will complete and submit the application, résumé, and if applicable, provide writing samples and film treatments.

  1. Online application form
  2. Creative résumé
  3. Personal Statement (See below)
  4. Passport (See below)
  5. $75 non-refundable application fee payable online (Not required for current NYU students)
  6. Official copy of university transcript(s). Original official school transcripts must be submitted to our office and should include final grades for the 2012-2013 academic year. NYU students may submit unofficial Albert transcripts; these may be directly uploaded to your application or brought to our office.


Recommendations are not required for applying to Tisch Summer Study Abroad.

Personal Statement

Type or copy and paste under "Personal Statement" within the online application.

Choose 1 of the 3 following quotations to respond to in essay form. Your statement must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1500 words.
  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


Upload a clear, fully legible copy of your valid passport in the “Required Documents” tab under "Document Management" as “Additional Information” in the online application. You do not need to submit a copy of the entire passport; only the pages with your photo and biographical information. The passport must be valid no earlier than 6 months past the end of the program you are applying to. The passport must have at least two adjacent blank pages.

If you have more than one passport, please submit both.


We reserve the option to interview or audition students. Our office will contact you to arrange an interview or audition if necessary.

    Amsterdam applicants

    The program is open to students with prior acting training or experience. Acceptance to the program is by audition/interview only. Auditions for non-NYU students will take place in the spring. Exact dates to be announced. All students applying to this program must first contact Katrina Denney in the Drama Department at (212) 998-1847 or Click here for Amsterdam audition dates and details.

    Florence applicants

    The Commedia Dell'Arte program in Florence is suggested for students with some prior acting experience but is open to students with-out prior training. Acceptance to the program is by audition/interview only. All auditions take place in New York City, but Skype auditions can be arranged. You must go to this website for complete Florence audition instructions.

    How to Apply

    Tisch Special Programs uses an online application for all programs. Please remember that our primary method of communication is email.

    When creating your online application account, please provide one active email address that you check regularly. We will be sending time sensitive information that is vital to the application process.

    NYU regulations require that NYU student MUST use their NYU email address.

    Please note that you will be considered for second and/or third choice programs on a space available basis. All applicants will first be considered for their first choice program; if space is available after first choice applicants have been considered, second and third choice applicants will be considered.

    To access the application, APPLY NOW!

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