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Dance degrees abroad

Dance programs allow students to study their passion and hone their craft. It’s a great course for students looking to break into the field of performing arts.

Most dance programs are designed to improve your technique and performance. They’ll also encourage you to get creative with teaching and choreography and help you understand the science and theory behind movement. You’ll explore a range of dance styles and consider how they’ve been influenced by historical and cultural forces.

Dance is a global art form and most countries and cultures have their own traditions. By studying abroad, you’ll adopt elements of style and technique and become a more versatile, creative, and original dancer and choreographer. You’ll meet international professionals, explore the world, and make lifelong friends.

Dance program structure

You can gain your dance education at both universities and specialist performing arts schools. Dance students will have a choice of various programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A certificate of higher education is a one or two year course that will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of dance studies. The next level up is a two-year diploma of higher education where you’ll broaden your knowledge and research skills.

At the bachelor’s level, you can elect to study either a BA or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) over three or four years. A BFA will require you to invest more hours and credit points into dance-specific modules compared to a regular BA.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you might consider undertaking either a research-focused MA, or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), which is centered more around teaching. An MFA is the highest practical degree offered in dance. There are options to study a PhD in dance over four to seven years, but these are research projects with no practical element.

Most undergraduate dance programs are taught predominantly through practical classes, but you’ll also have some lectures, workshops, and seminars. Assessment will take the form of practical exams and portfolios, essays, presentations, and reports.

Core and elective dance modules vary widely between institutions, but here are some common areas of study:

  • Dance technique
  • Dance performance
  • Dance management
  • Principles of dance teaching and practice
  • Fundamentals of choreography
  • Dance in the community
  • Dance history
  • Cultural trends in dance

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Dance study abroad programs

Dance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in dance

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    Modern Dance - BFA University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,857 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Dance - BA Gonzaga University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    48,989 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 48,990 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Dance - BFA Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Dance - BA Cleveland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,764 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,765 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Dance - BA American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,542 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,542 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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Associate in dance

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    Dance - AA Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,048 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August
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    Dance - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Dance - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,949 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Dance - AA Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,303 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Dance - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,499 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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Certificate in dance

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    Dance - Cert College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Pathway in dance

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    Dance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Dance graduate programs

Master's in dance

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    Dance Movement Therapy - MDMT University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Dance - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Dance - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,620 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,620 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Dance - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,032 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
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    Irish Dance Studies - MA University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,274 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,510 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in dance

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    Dance – Performance - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,024 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Dance Studies - PGDipDanceSt University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future dance careers

A dance degree is a stepping stone that will help you make your mark in the field of performing arts. Your knowledge of dance genres, history, and choreography will be invaluable if you choose to pursue any of the following careers:

  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance teacher
  • Community arts worker
  • Theater director
  • Actor
  • Talent agent
  • Dance movement psychotherapist

The field of performing arts is famously competitive. It’s a good idea to join your university’s dance society and undertake work experience with companies so that you’ll be a stand-out applicant.