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International Students

At Drama Studio London we welcome applications from all International Students. As a part of The University of West London, we are registered with the UK Visas and Immigration we have a UK Visas and Immigration Student Sponsor Licence and will be able to provide you with a CAS provided you meet our criteria so you can apply for a student visa. 

If English is not your first language you will be required to sit an SELT. You must have reached level IELTS 6.5/CEFR B2 or above for the degree course and MFA or IELTS 5/CEFR B1 or above for our PGDip/MA course. Your English must be strong enough for you to speak, read, write, listen and comprehend without the need for any class to slow down for you.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. 

More information about studying here as an international student can be found at http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

UWL is registered as a higher education provider with the Office for Students (OfS).

You can submit digital audition clips to qualify for your first round audition, If successful you would normally required to travel to be seen in person for your recall audition. However, we will adapt our policy on a case by case basis. We will continually review our policy in line with current government guidelines in regards to Covid-19. 


  • 2 minutes talking to the camera. Just be yourself and make sure the shot is of head and shoulders. Talk about yourself, your motivations, your likes and your acting experience etc.
  • 2 minutes some full body video shots with movement (dance or physical theatre). Upon application you will be sent 3 pictures and 3 pieces of music to choose from. You should use one of these six as inspiration for your movement piece. We are looking for some variation and some connection with a story or an emotion but it need not be a 'dance' unless you are comfortable with that. 
  • 2 minutes acting a modern speech post 1956.
  • 2 minutes acting a classical speech pre 1640


You can upload your audition clips to Vimeo, YouTube, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar and share with admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

The Recall Audition consists of:

  • short introductions 
  • performance of your two speeches (contemporary and classical) with feedback and direction from the panel
  • an informal conversation about you and your aspirations
  • the opportunity for you to ask questions about DSL and the course

Please note: The choice of speeches for round 2 must be the same as for round 1 unless you have specifically been requested in writing by DSL to prepare alternatives.

The direction you receive is not a judgement on your performance. The aim is to see how you respond to direction and how you can transform a performance to offer alternative interpretation. You may have done an excellent first interpretation and now we want to see what else you can offer.

We aim to provide you with a decision following your interview within 14 days.


  • Submit your application online.
    Applications for our BA (Hons) in Professional Acting must be made via UCAS. You will then be sent a link to register with Drama Studio London - you should mention in the 'any other information' field that you would like an international audition.
    Applications for our 1 Year PGDip/MA Course and MFA should be made directly through our website. You should mention in the 'any other information' field that you would like an international audition
  • Upon receiveof your application, you will recieve an email with audition requirements and a deadline for submission (usually 2 weeks after you have submitted your application). 
  • Email admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk after submitting your application with links to your digital audition clips which count for your first round audition. You must make sure that you follow the guidelines for digital audition clips and submit all relevant material. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 
  • We will contact you when the audition clips have been reviewed and, if successful, we will contact you to book a recall audition either on-site or online. 
  • After your recall audition, we will notify you of the outcome once the results have been released. This will be in accordance with the admissions process of whichever course you are applying for. Please check the guidelines on the relevant course page.

For more information email admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Visa Requirements

Applicants resident in European Economic Area (EEA):

  • If you hold a settled or presettled status or UK or Irish citizenship you won't need a visa to study with us.
  • If you do not hold either of the above you will need to have a student visa to enter the country. For more information please see below.

International students need a student visa to enter the country. Once you accept your place and supply us with your passport details we will raise a CAS number (confirmation of acceptance to study) which you will need to submit a VISA application to your local UK embassy.

Click here to read important information about the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge

In most cases students will be required to apply for their VISA from their home country. You cannot apply for a VISA if you are already in the UK. There are only a few specific categories of VISA that are transferable from within the UK. You must contact UK Visas & Immigration or your local embassy to find out more.

Students studying on a student visa who are nationals from non-majority English speaking countries must pass a SELT (Secure English Language Test) at CEFR (Common European Framework) B2 / IELTS 6.5 or above for the degree course or CEFR B1/IELTS 5 or above for the PGDip/MA course. The only exemption to needing a SELT is if you have previously completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree, taught in a majority English speaking country.  Any English Language tests taken from 6 April 2015 must be on the approved SELT list (see link below). You can take IELTS or Trinity tests for many reasons at different centres but only those IELTS and Trinity tests specified for immigration use and taken at an approved centre can be used as part of an application for immigration purposes.

You should take care when booking your test to ensure that the test that you book is the one approved for SELT:
• for IELTS, ensure that you choose ‘IELTS for UKVI’ rather than ‘IELTS’;
• for Trinity, ensure that you choose ‘Secure English Language Tests for UKVI’.

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or are from one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

You also do not need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following applies:

  • you’re a national of Canada
  • you’re applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA
  • you proved your level of English in a previous visa application

Click here for SELT providers  

Top Tips

As part of your preparations for your studying in the UK this year, Border Force wants to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as quickly and smoothly as possible.

When you arrive at passport control, you should expect Border Force officers to ask you simple questions about your studies or your stay in the UK.

Additionally when you arrive at the UK border control, please make sure you:

1. Have your passport ready and remove it from any cover.

2. Have completed a landing card (if a non-EEA National).

3. Have your university Certificate of Acceptance Studies (CAS) number. 

Please make sure you visit GOV.UK before you travel.

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