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London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
Program Description:
Program Description:

Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • There is no set application deadline for LAMDA, but they advise you to apply early, as places are limited.
  • Princeton deadline: April 30, 2020

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts 

This program is designed for students to take classes in acting, voice, movement,  physical theatre, singing and historical dance. As part of the training, students attend West End productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, and travel to Stratford upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company. This program is open only to students who have demonstrated a serious commitment to acting and are pursuing a certificate in theater or dance.

The Setting

LAMDA is located in West London, in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Only 15 minutes from Central London by public transport, the borough borders the River Thames, offering riverside walks, parks, cycle routes and water sports centres (including rowing and sailing clubs) on LAMDA’s doorstep. Local arts venues, including the Lyric Theatre and the Eventim Apollo, host some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary theatre, live acts, bands and comedians, while world-renowned landmarks the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, among many others, are a short bus ride away. Excellent Tube and bus links mean that our students have quick and easy access to the heart of London, and with five airports servicing the city (and Heathrow Airport just a Tube ride away from LAMDA), other major European cities are on our doorstep.


Semester Programme Classical Acting

The course content is based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean or English Comedy of Manners playwrights. Students undertake a minimum of 30 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal.

Classes in acting, voice, movement, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, singing and historical dance form a core part of the overall course content. Students have the opportunity to apply their developing skills in scene study workshops. In the autumn, scene study and workshop performances centre on Shakespeare’s late plays and comedies, and on Jacobean tragedy. Students joining the spring semester cover Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, and English Comedies of Manners. All performances are closed to the public.

As part of the training, students attend West End productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, and travel to Stratford upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Semester students are welcomed into the LAMDA community and are invited to take part in events like Dance Night, the annual Carol Concert, Poetry Night and other students’ union activities, while enjoying life in London.

This course is an exhilarating introduction to vocational actor training in the UK.

For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Admission is by application, not audition. 

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester typically runs from September to December
  • Spring semester typically runs from January to April

LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and at an additional cost, to semester course students. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Find out more information on Housing.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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