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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College
Other Eligibility Requirements: See Program Description Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BLD LogoBritish Drama Academy (BADA): London Theatre Program

The British American Drama Academy was founded in 1983 to enable students from across the world to study classical theatre with leading actors and directors of the British and American theatre. Students take acting classes, master classes, and workshops with leading artists from the British stage, complemented by individual tutorials with teachers. 
For additional information, visit the program website and BADA website.
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London is one of the most exciting and dynamic places in the world to be a student - a city at the cutting-edge of developments in every field. With more than 8.5 million inhabitants and an incredible concentration of history and creativity throughout the city, you can find yourself among a sea of both British and worldwide cultures. For study purposes, London offers special advantages, including major libraries, museums and art galleries, the headquarters of learned societies, and research institutes in medicine, law and the humanities.

Did you know…?

BADA is home for many famous alumni including Orlando Bloom, David Schwimmer, Paul Rudd, and Paul Giamatti. 



The London Theatre Program at the British Drama Academy is for junior and senior College students majoring in Theatre Arts.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of sufficient theatre classes by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure. 

Other Requirements: Prior acting experience required. Application process requires audition.

Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.


Language of Instruction



A full course load on the London Theatre Program consists of a prescribed set of classes per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Faculty selected from Britain's foremost drama schools teach technical classes in Voice, Movement, and Stage-Fighting, among other courses. This intense conservatory training is accompanied by classes in theatre history and theatre criticism, tickets to some of the best productions the season has to offer, and the experience of performing in a professional theatre.
Students spending a full year will take more advanced courses and have the opportunity to perform in two productions during the spring.
An academic calendar, full course list, and course descriptions can be found on the program website.
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Sarah Lawrence College administers the program and will provide Penn Abroad with your transcript upon completion of the program. Your grades will be posted to your Penn transcript.  

Special Features

BLD Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by BADA’s London Theatre Program prior to the start of each semester. More information on the London Theatre Program’s orientation activities will be distributed upon acceptance

Books & Plays

Books are provided for all acting classes. BADA has its own library, from which students may borrow books. The library has computers for writing papers and Internet access during office hours.

Group Excursions

Attendance at performances is an integral part of the program. Master classes and talks with guest artists from the theatre world are arranged around London throughout each semester.

Other excursions and activities are organized by the Cornell Brown Penn UK Centre.


BLD CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Each semester, students are allocated secure and modern accommodations in one of two locations in the heart of London, both with excellent transport links for getting to BADA and exploring the city. Both locations have weekly professional housekeeping service, wireless internet access, and secure entry systems. All accommodations have central heating and come with a private kitchen fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, washing machine, and microwave oven, spacious living area furnished with sofas, flat screen TV, and telephone for incoming calls, a private safe for valuable items, and wireless internet access.   

Information regarding accommodation can be found on the program website and in the program’s semester handbook. 

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in London, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.