Laura Schiff

Globe Theater in London

RADA: Tisch School of the Arts

Language of Instruction: English
United Kingdom
Term: Spring, Fall

A study abroad program through NYU Tisch with the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, studying Shakespeare performance 

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Please note that this program is not currently being reviewed for spring 2021. Please explore the list of spring 2021 programs that UGE is currently reviewing with campus partners and overseas institutions. You should also actively consider back-up options at Columbia. If you are looking for options for fall 2021 or after, applications for this program will be open for those terms later in the fall semester.


The Shakespeare in Performance study abroad program is a collaboration of NYU Tisch and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The program offers you the ability develop skills for the performance of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. You take courses in acting performance, Shakespeare studies, and British arts history and culture. The program is intended for majors in drama and theater arts. You will take part in cultural excursions and theater visits. You have a few housing options, all student apartments throughout London.


NYU Tisch maintains an exclusive collaboration with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Famed RADA alumni include Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman, among others. The emphasis of this program is on learning through the performance of Shakespeare. You will spend part of your time at RADA, and part at the University of London’s Senate House. You take a core course on Performance in Shakespeare, in addition to electives. Electives courses include courses on Shakespeare studies and British arts history and culture. Individual course descriptions and point values are available on the program website.


You have a few housing options, all student apartments throughout London. You will live with other NYU London students, and perhaps some international students at other universities.

Many of the courses include cultural activities and excursions. This includes attending performances, museum visits and lectures from guest artists.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.


To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. This program is selective and includes an audition process. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

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Arts and Architecture, Humanities
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
United Kingdom
Spring, Fall

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