London has been the leading center for theatre of the English-speaking world for centuries. Today, London’s West End Theatre District is comparable to New York’s Broadway and, like New York’s Off-Broadway; London’s has a robust “fringe” theatre community offering experimental productions. However, theatre in London is far more affordable, making it more accommodating to students of the profession.
This program is housed and classes are held at the Theatre Academy London (TAL) in the heart of the United Kingdom’s capital city, home of the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of Big Ben, the Tower of London, and the Eye. The TAL Study Centre is housed in a row of seventeenth-century townhouses in London’s historic Bloomsbury neighborhood, a very short walk from the West End Theatre District. This historic setting has been fitted with modern conveniences.
Life at the TAL Study Center has a community atmosphere. Students and staff get to know each other while sharing in the experience of living in the cultural center of one of the greatest cities in the world. The TAL Study Centre is housed in a row of seventeenth-century townhouses in London’s historic Bloomsbury neighborhood, a very short walk from the West End Theatre District.
TAL offers a wide range of conservatory-style courses, from Acting to Playwriting; from Stage Combat to Directing; from Movement to Shakespeare. It also offers analytical courses in Theatre History and Criticism that make full use of the London setting to explore the history and development of drama.
Students are required to take Introduction to London Theatre, in which students attend performances, discuss plays, explore theoretical background, study historical context, and analyze criticism with guest speakers from the London theatre community. Students also chose additional courses from TAL’s list of core theatre courses and from a selection of General Education courses that vary from semester to semester.
For TAL students, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Faculty use the city of London as a textbook, incorporating fieldtrips into their classes. Regular events include attending performances at West End theatres, the National Theatre, the Globe, and “fringe” productions in Haringey. Daytrips outside of London include Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, the university towns of Cambridge and Oxford, and Stonehenge. Each semester the program organizes a three-day trip to Paris which includes visits to the Musee de Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the London FSU Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Junior class standing or higher at time of study
- 2.5 Cumulative GPA
You will live in either a dormitory or a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Homestays can also be arranged on this program.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Spring budget sheet. This budget sheet includes information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/11/2018||04/26/2018|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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