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London Dramatic Academy

London, England

London, England

Program sponsor: Fordham University

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The LDA Conservatory Acting program is for study abroad students who wish to train as actors in London. The training is based on the curriculum and practices of the great British Classical training academies. The program has had a connection with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for many years and continues to benefit from contact with young graduates and shared faculty. Prospective candidates will be accepted by audition and recommendations. Being a theatre major is beneficial but not a requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early action deadlines.

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Program Requirements


Declared Theater major beneficial, but not a requirement.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete a Fordham University, London Dramatic Academy application by the program's (early action and final) deadlines. Complete an in-person or recorded audition.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Shared rooms in apartment style flats shared with other students from U.S. institutions.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $36,645

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Fordham housing & program fees: $8,050
  • Meals: $2,500
  • Airfare: $850
  • Local transportation: $800
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • GeoBlue: $180

Total: $13,980

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Fordham University website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Fordham University program at the London Dramatic Academy (LDA), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the the LDA program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to Fordham to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your Fordham tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Fordham Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from Fordham University for your program fee, which includes your housing abroad. It is your responsibility to pay Fordham directly by their deadline. If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your Fordham invoice.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to Fordham.

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