Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

London Dramatic Academy, Fordham University

About the Program


For questions about this program, feel free to contact 

Sajana Blank, Assistant Director
Fordham University International and Study Abroad Programs

Robin Joseph, Senior Executive Secretary
Fordham University International and Study Abroad Programs


Program Description

The London Dramatic Academy is a long established program in theatre that offers a lively and intense introduction to the principles of British acting. It is practical rather than theoretical, and both stimulating and demanding of all those who take part in it-students and instructors alike. The wide range of experienced tutors drawn largely from within the profession ensures that LDA is not limited in its outlook or theories. Rather, it is an ongoing developmental process encouraging participants to learn from the past and, through their participation, create exciting theatre for the future. The LDA aims to stimulate your mind and body to increase the range of your craft. Founded more than three decades ago by a group of instructors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), the LDA offers American acting students some of the same intensive professional training as their British counterparts at RADA. Many of the Academy’s drama tutors are associated with RADA, and the curriculum continues to provide the finest conservatory training for undergraduate students. Students who have been through this rigorous training have gone on to perform Shakespeare and modern material on the professional stage and in film and television. Classes are held in studios at Fordham's London Centre, located in the Kensington area of central London—a short walk from the V&A Museum, the Museum of Natural History as well as Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Visit the London Dramatic Academy website for additional information.


The program provides instruction each day between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Classes are small (usually 8–10 students) and are based on in-class exercises, scene study, and workshops. Classes are supplemented by individual tutorials. Students may begin in fall or in spring. Students who begin in Fall can opt for a second semester.

The curriculum includes courses in British Theatre Acting, British Theatre Now and Then, Movement and Stage Combat, and Voice Training for Actors. Every week, each student works one-on-one with an Alexander Technique specialist, in order to practice this method for achieving balance and helping the actor relax, concentrate, and maintain focus within a role. Master classes connect students with some of Britain’s most exciting actors, writers, directors, and producers through informal and intimate discussions. Weekly theatre visits are also integral to the LDA, which brings students to see classics and contemporary works in a variety of traditions followed by a discussion of each and, whenever possible, a meeting with the artists involved.

Students earn 16 credits for successful completion of the one-semester program. Students who remain on for the academic year continue the fall curriculum at an advanced level and with more personalized instruction, and earn 16 credits for the successful completion of the second semester. Full-year students rehearse and perform a public workshop, which is the culmination of their training at the end of the year.


LDA students are housed in student flats in a residential area in Zone 1 (Central London), within easy commute to classes at the London Centre. Students live in furnished flats in groups of 4–6 with self-catering facilities (fully equipped, open-plan kitchens including microwaves) and a shared lounge. Laundry facilities are available on site (include washing machines and dryers). The apartments are modern with a light and airy feel, with views over the private courtyard.

Student apartments are located in popular Clerkenwell (pronounced /kla:kenwel/), in an area of Central London in the Borough of Islington (EC1). The neighborhood boasts a great selection of restaurants, bars and gastropubs. A number of famous sights and attractions are within easy reach, including the Barbican Centre, Sadler’s Wells theatre, the Museum of London, the British Museum, the Charles Dickens Museum, and for shopping, it is easy to get to Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden. It is an excellent base for exploring Central London.


Spring: Early January-Mid April
Fall: Early September-Mid December

Program Costs

Fees include: tuition, registration and instructional costs for up to 16 credit hours; official transcript for credit transfer; housing in London; pre-departure information and materials; supplemental travel insurance; full-time academic and administrative support services through our London Centre; course theatre tickets; LDA excursions to the opera, symphony and various social and cultural activities. Group transfer from London Heathrow airport on a date and time yet to be determined is also included in the comprehensive fee.

2018/2019 Anticipated Program Costs: 

      • Tuition: $16,700 - $20,000
      • Program Fee: $650.00 - $1,000
      • Housing: $6,500 - $7,000

Overall anticipated costs are subject to change.

Aid Transfer

Loyola Scholarships and Grants (Semester/Year Only), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP).

For programs with reduced tuition, including The Vietnam Center and many Jesuit University Partners, Loyola Aid will be prorated to cover the same percentage of the program tuition as it covers for Loyola tuition.

For more details or information about how your financial aid package may need to be re-packaged for study abroad, please contact the Office for Student Financial Assistance at abroadfinaid@luc.edu, 773-508-7704 or visit the Student Services HUB at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.