Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Dance

University of Minnesota Dance focuses on contemporary dance in a global context and aims to create citizens of a global society, aware of the power and implications of artistic choices.

Academic Planning Recommendations

If you're looking to dance with a study abroad experience, be sure to examine dance specific requirements carefully alongside the general program guidelines. Will you need an audition video, dance resume, or letter of recommendation from a dance instructor? Does the program require placement for movement classes? Are guest students allowed to participate in performance opportunities or upper-level creative courses?

If you are considering a program that is not dance-focused, are there opportunities in the community to continue with movement training or other artistic activities and engagement?

Best Time to Go Abroad

  • Consider the University of Minnesota Dance graduation requirements and course sequencing when planning your study abroad experience, especially composition courses and performance requirements.
  • BFA Dance students, in particular, need to consider semester timing, length of program, and special course approvals to stay on track for a four-year graduation plan. BA students also need to plan early to adjust their four-year plan.
  • Some Dance students find Winter break, May session, and Summer session study abroad opportunities a great alternative to academic year or semester-long programs.

Liberal Education Requirements

Search the U-Credit Abroad Search. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.

Major and Minor Requirements

  • The Dance major requires primarily upper-division coursework to fulfill elective requirements for graduation.
  • Some required courses for the major are offered only once a year, and many courses are offered in a specific sequence with prerequisites.
  • Dance faculty advisers will require advance time to advise students and confirm decisions regarding possible substitution courses for fulfilling requirements.

Who will advise me and help me with course approvals?

Learning Abroad Center advisers can help you find program and course information to help you prepare for your study abroad academic planning discussion with your academic adviser. Once you have narrowed down your program options, meet with your academic adviser to use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students


Asia and Oceania


University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Dance courses offered through a partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Arts.
  • Courses include body mobilizing / balancing, acrobatics / tumbling, career planning, performance technology, dance industry, and dance festival participation.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year


United Kingdom

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in central London, Laban boasts a strong international reputation in choreographic and technique teaching.
  • Facilities include 13 fully-equipped dance studios, and a dance, health and Pilates body-conditioning facility.
  • Fall semester or academic year

Additional Options to Consider

LAC Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over winter break or May session.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester-long program.