Student Visa and Enrollment
Please read below for valuable info on student visa policy.
Choosing to study in another country is a daunting process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Tuition: Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles is presently approved for the enrollment of full-time international students on the M-1 Visa by the United States Department of Homeland Security. For international students who require a student visa, the Studio issues the Form I-20 (M-1 Visa)—a two-year visa followed by up to 6 months of practical training. In addition to the normal registration requirements, an international student must be fluent in English, submit proof of sufficient income to cover tuition and living expenses for one year, provide a valid passport, and submit a non-refundable application fee of $160 dollars.
As an International Student, you will receive an M-1 visa valid for one year.
Your visa will be extended for the second year upon passing an audition. Extension will require an additional fee of $290 (Paid to the Department of Homeland Security)
M-1 Students are required to be enrolled Full Time.
Students must be enrolled full time for 12 consecutive terms in order to maintain their M-1 status.
You may not take a term off, unless it is for medical leave.
All embassy and SEVIS fees are the responsibility of the individual student.
All international students without their own bank account shall be represented by a financial guarantor. Said guarantor is responsible for all monies and will be notified should any problems arise, including but not limited to monies, behavior, withdrawal, dismissal, and visa status. At the end of your program you can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to six months. Once approved you are able to work in the US. Our office will help you with the application. There will be additional fees ($670) paid to the government for processing.
The cost of the two-year program is $35,900 ($18,500 for the first year, $17,400 for the second year). Tuition may be paid by the term. Each term’s tuition is due no later than one week before the first day of classes. Tuition will be paid either by bank wire, cash, credit card, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to Stella Adler. These are the only acceptable forms of payment. Tuition costs include all visa processing fees incurred by Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles. Students will be responsible for additional fees owed directly to the Department of Homeland Security.
The estimated finances for one year including tuition and living expenses are $30,500.
Please note: International students may not work while in the United States.
How to Apply
To apply for full time studies you will need to complete and online application and provide the following info:
- A copy of your passport (this must be clear and legible).
- A bank statement with proof of $30,500, from whoever will be supporting you while you are in the states. This includes tuition ($18,500) and the government minimum required for living expenses ($12,000) for one year.
- A $160 application fee (this also covers the fed-ex required to send you any important immigration documents).
- Copy of high school diploma or equivalent
- One Letter of Recommendation.
- Toefl Score*
- Personal essay
Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted to arrange a skype interview.
Once accepted to our program, we will issue you an I-20 form which you take to the American Embassy in your country to apply for your Student Visa.
Re-application procedures: Any student who previously applied and elected not to register or was denied admission, and/or any student who withdrew or was dismissed must re-apply as per normal admission requirements.
*Students from non-English speaking countries must submit an TOEFL score of 95 or higher (please use school code 7721). If you are fluent in English and do not have the TOEFL test, you may opt to pass an interview instead of submitting a test score.
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