Dublin Direct Enrollment - National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting Application Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements:
  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Applicants must be a major or minor in Theater Arts/Drama or have EXTENSIVE theater experience
Application Requirements:
  • Online Application
    Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization
    Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.

*Please note: All application materials should be submitted in your MyIESabroad account to IES Abroad Chicago. Do not send application materials to The National Theatre School of Ireland. Any questions regarding this program should be directed to IES Abroad Chicago.

  • Curriculum Vitae listing performance history and special skills.  See guidelines here: GSA CV Guidelines
  • Digital headshot photo
  • Personal Statement detailing reasons for choosing this program, academic achievements, performance history, special skills, and aspirations upon completion of the program.
  • Audition Video - this should include a 30 second introduction of yourself and the two pieces you will perform, followed by two contrasting monologues (each monologue no longer than two minutes). Upload your audition video to YouTube.
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.

Once all of these application materials have been submitted in your MyIESAbroad account, your application will undergo a preliminary review.  Applicants who are successful in the first stage of application will then be required to have a phone interview.

  • Interview - you will be contacted by email to arrange an interview with the Director of the NTSI. You must be prepared to discuss the choices you made in selecting your pieces from your Audition Video. You will also be asked to discuss the role of the arts in general and specifically the role of theater in society as well as how you see your own place in the world.
Passport & Visa Requirements:

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.