International Policies

International Students

HB Studio is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. HB Studio will consider applications from individuals, generally with substantial theatre training, who wish to pursue a full course of study, and who meet both Federal and HB Studio requirements.

HB Studio has welcomed international F-1 visa students since 1967. Applicants must possess verbal and written fluency in English and must commit to a full-time program of study, which the Studio defines as a minimum of seven classes per week. Within parameters you may organize your own full-time program drawing from a broad range of Studio classes. Selections from Acting, Speech, Speaking Voice, and Movement classes are required. Upon assessment, F-1 students who are not native English speakers may also be advised to take Acting in English and American Accents in order to ensure adequate language support. They may also be required to supplement their Studio program with outside English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Those international students who prefer a more intensive, prescribed curriculum are encouraged to apply for one of The Hagen Institute’s programs: The Hagen Summer Intensive or the three-term Hagen Core Training Program. Additional requirements, deadlines, and applications are available from the Studio office and posted at HB Studio is unable to assume any liability for refusing admission to an international student whose visa or immigration status does not permit HB Studio to accept them as students in compliance with applicable law and shall have no obligation to refund tuition to any such international student.

Application Fee

Prospective International students pay a non-refundable $25 application fee to be considered for enrollment.

Registration Fee

International visa students pay an annual, non-refundable administrative fee of $150 and international visa students on Optional Practical Training pay a non-refundable fee of $100.

For questions, please contact our International Student Advisors, Lois Carlo and Snezhana Chernova at or 212-675-2370 x38. For questions about The Hagen Institute, please email Jim Boerlin at