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At LIPA we welcome students from around the world. We have a long history of students from the USA studying with us and today students from the USA typically account for one in four of our international students. Here, you will find all you need to know about applying to us as well as hearing from some of our students and graduates.

Meet us in the USA

You can meet us at the following events:

Baltimore National College Fair Location: The Baltimore Convention Center Date: 26 September 2023 More information
LiNK (for graduate school courses only) Location: Virtual Date: TBC More Information
URTA’s (For MA Acting only) Location: Philadelphia, PA Date: 19-21 January 2024 More Information
Unified Auditions (for Acting, Musical Theatre and Actor Musicianship) Location: New York City, NY Date: 27-29 January 2024 More Information
Unified Auditions (for Acting, Musical Theatre and Actor Musicianship) Location: Chicago, IL Date: 5-7 February 2024 More Information
Unified Interviews (for Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre & Production Technology) Location: Chicago, IL Date: 6 February 2024 More information
South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Location: Mobile, AB Date: 13-17 March 2024 More Information
United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference (USITT) Location: Seattle, WA Date: 20-23 March 2024 More Information
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

We audition/interview all candidates before offering places – either in person or online – and this is an important aspect of our selection process. Your qualifications are taken into consideration, before we invite you to audition/interview. 

For entry to an undergraduate course, we typically require you to have completed your High School Graduation Diploma. We typically do not require standardised test scores such as SAT/ACT or AP. You do not need to have completed high school at the point of applying to us, but your offer will be conditional on completing and passing the final year. 

For entry to a postgraduate course, we typically require you to have completed an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1) or to have significant practical experience such as professional work.

How to apply

You can apply directly to us through our online portal and there is no fee or application deadline. Alternatively, you may choose to apply via UCAS for entry to undergraduate courses only. If you apply via UCAS, we may also require you to submit an additional form before your application can be assessed. Note the equal consideration late January UCAS deadline does not apply to international applicants. 

When you apply via our online portal, you will be asked to list your most recent qualifications and test scores. For example, if your most recent qualification is your High School Diploma, you should select “USA – High School Graduation Diploma/GPA (unweighted)” from the dropdown menu. You will then be asked if you have completed the qualification and if so, to provide the completion date. If you have already completed your qualification you should upload a photograph/scan of your certificate/transcript to the portal. You can continue to add qualifications by clicking the “Add Qualification” button.

Once your application is submitted, we may reach out to request further information prior to inviting you to audition/interview. 

Auditions/interviews may take place either in person or virtually and you will receive full guidelines to follow attached to your invitation. 

The International Team are on hand to guide you through the application and audition process and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Email:

Fees & Funding

Fees & Funding

Most of our students from the USA access funding through either The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Sallie Mae. More information on US. Federal Financial Aid can be viewed here.

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    "It is a great feeling to be surrounded by so many talented performing artists that are so passionate about their work."

    Grant - Weston, FL, USA (Graduated 2022)

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    "Liverpool a great place to take risks. There is a lot more room for new ideas and new promoters here than there might be in London or Manchester."

    Abby Meysenberg - Director, Bed and Breakfast Live Music, BA (Hons) Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events (Graduated 2020)

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    "I chose LIPA specifically for its student focused agenda. The faculty, staff, and facilities are designed to make you the priority."

    Joseph - Lafayette, CA, USA, MA Acting (Company) (Graduated 2022)

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    "It’s so wonderful getting to meet and work with people from all over the world."

    Haiven - Traverse City, MI, USA (Current Student)

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    "LIPA gives you the freedom to discover new things about yourself and style and niche as a maker. The masterclasses are second to none and are rich in knowledge and methods that you take with you for years to come. "

    Lisa Howaniec - (Graduated 2021)

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