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Study dance abroad

An in-depth guide to studying dance as an international student.

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
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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    Dance Management - BSc Oklahoma City University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,276 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,276 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Ballet - 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
    August, May, January
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    Dance, Emphasis in Dance Education - BA University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,928 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English Literature and Dance - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,294 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    August, January
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Associate in dance

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    Dance - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Dance - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January
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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
    14,993 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Dance graduate programs

Master's in dance

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    Choreography by Independent Research - MSc (Research) University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,078 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Dance - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,670 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Dance - MFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Dance - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,510 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in dance

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    Dance - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,601 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Dance, Theatre and Music - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,188 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in dance

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    Contemporary Dance Performance - PGDip University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,188 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Dance – Performance - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,177 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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.