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What Does It Mean to Be an International Student at AMDA?

May 06, 2022 - Educational Advice

Theatre unites us. No matter where you come from, performance art and storytelling have the ability to transcend cultural divides. For those who aspire to join the ranks of the performance industry outside of the United States, AMDA is regarded as one of the best colleges for international students in the USA. 


AMDA’s commitment to diversity is what helps set us apart. Driven by a shared devotion to the arts, students from around the world who harbor an unbridled passion for theatre have historically turned to AMDA to pursue their professional training. Just like the stories we bring to life every day, the community at AMDA is unique – current students and alumni represent more than 70 countries worldwide. 


As an international student, your experience at AMDA will be nothing less than transformative. Learning directly from our prestigious faculty members – all of whom possess previous professional experience in the industry – you can hone your skills as a performer or develop the technical expertise you need to work behind the scenes. 


Are you interested in applying to AMDA as an international student? We understand you may have questions about the application process and what to expect with your education. 


We explore some of the most common questions and answers from AMDA international students in greater detail below. 


What does an international student mean?


At AMDA, we classify international students as individuals who will require an F-1 nonimmigrant visa classification to pursue educational opportunities within the United States. Any legal and permanent residents of the United States or U.S. territories – as well as other naturalized citizens – are not classified as international students. 


Does AMDA provide any international student orientation?


Our virtual International Engagement Events are specifically designed to provide critical insight on how international students from your region of the world can apply and attend AMDA. This is an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from AMDA faculty regarding our audition process and other international student news. It’s free to attend – be sure to sign-up if you’re interested in applying!


In addition to our virtual IEE series, there are a variety of ways we help international students adjust to their new life in the United States while they pursue their education. Both our NY and LA campuses have a designated International Student Advisor (ISA).


Each campus has a dedicated International Student Advisor (ISA)/Designated School Official (DSO). During international student orientation, the ISA/DSO will explain immigration regulations and your reporting responsibilities as an F-1 student. Your ISA maintains office hours to address your questions and concerns, as well as assist in the day-to-day lifestyle changes you may face as a student in a new culture. Your advisor can explain processes and etiquette in the U.S. educational system and direct you to other campus representatives that can appropriately advise and/or assist you.


Are scholarships available for international students at AMDA?


Yes! International students are eligible for scholarship opportunities within AMDA. Following your audition, you’ll be considered for a possible talent-based scholarship. In addition, AMDA also offers International Student grants and Need Based Scholarships. 




Visit our International Students page to explore more common questions and answers and find more information on International Students Services available at AMDA. 


What Are International Students Saying About AMDA?


Students from all over the world are raving about their experiences at AMDA. Whether you’re pursuing professional training at our New York or Los Angeles campus, you’ll be immersed in educational opportunities focused on the performing arts.  


For more information on international admission requirements, visit our International Students page.