Learning Abroad in Theatre Arts

Learning Abroad in Theatre Arts

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 Theatre program before beginning your study abroad research.

Choose your study abroad experience wisely

Theatre BFA Students

All BFA students spend the fall semester of their junior year abroad in London. Experiences have included intensive work with the Globe Theatre, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and many highly qualified London based professional artists.

Theatre BA Students

BA 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 Theatre 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.

Work on your Theatre 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

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once You Have Selected a Program

While You Are Abroad

After You Return

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students


Asia and Oceania


University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Program type: University Study
  • Acting and Performance classes are available
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program Type: University Study
  • Theatre courses in Scriptwriting, Directing, Physical Theatre, Collaborative Production, and many more
  • Wellington is the political and cultural capital of New Zealand and offers a multitude of cafés, galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, sporting events, and festivals
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year



Study Abroad in Dublin

  • Program Type: Study Center
  • Courses in Playwriting, Storytelling, Irish Literature & Film, and Performance are approved for Theatre requirements
  • This program includes guest lectures and visits with local theatre companies, playwrights, and actors
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester

United Kingdom

Queen Mary University of London

  • Program Type: University Study
  • The School of English & Drama offers a wide variety of courses that could work for a Theatre major
  • Located in the heart of London
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Fall Drama semester with the option to intern with a local theatre
  • UEA is located in the historic city of Norwich, less than two hours from London
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

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.

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.