Learning Abroad in Dance

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.

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Dance program before beginning your study abroad research.

Choose your study abroad experience wisely

Dance students are encouraged to study abroad at any time during their undergraduate years, however students should consider how the timing of a study abroad experience will impact course sequencing and graduation planning for Dance specific coursework. Early planning allows for greater flexibility in program choice and leaves open the possibility of additional learning abroad opportunities. Advance planning with the undergraduate adviser will facilitate a study abroad experience that fulfills major elective requirements.

In addition to general factors in program selection, keep in mind the following suggestions specifically from the Dance Program:

Work on your Dance Major

Though each course is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, consider the following recommendations before starting your research:

Learning abroad courses receive tentative pre-approval from the undergraduate adviser prior to leaving for your learning abroad experience. Upon your return, you must submit to the undergraduate adviser a detailed syllabus and, if available, class materials from the learning abroad course for final approval toward your major.

Consider timing and length

Seek cultural immersion

Pay special attention to program type

Format and teaching approach are every bit as important as location and length. Consider your learning style, your educational and personal goals, and department advice.

Field Study programs

Learn through doing. Programs built around internships, service-learning, field research, interview projects, etc., may work especially well for experiential learners.

University Study programs

Become a temporary foreign student at a host university. Seek locations offering religious studies methodologies, theoretical perspectives, or courses different from ours.

Study Abroad Centers

Take classroom courses tailor-made for non-native students. Many such centers also offer opportunities to engage in field study and/or to take courses at a local university.

Be aware that these categories overlap. For example, a study abroad center may offer internships and/or the option of taking some regular university courses as well.

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once You Have Selected a Program

While You Are Abroad

After You Return 

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students


Africa and the Middle East


University of Ghana (available through CIEE Ghana)

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center and University Study
  • Students can complement CIEE Study Center courses with classes at the Department of Dance Studies at the University of Ghana in Lagon.
  • African Dance, Dance Forms of Ghana, and various technique, composition and performance courses available. 
  • Fall or spring semester

Explore many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.



Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA) (available through IES)

  • Program type: Study Center and University Study 
  • IUNA offers courses in ballet, jazz, tango, flamenco, hip hop, modern, folk, and dance theory. 
  • Courses taught at varying degrees of Spanish language proficiency.
  • Fall or spring semester  

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania


University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • 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 

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.


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 

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Additional Options to Consider

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
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.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!
Freshman Seminars
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.