Spend a semester or year training at the best university dance program in all of England. Classes are offered in a variety of styles by renowned dancers from all over the world. You can choose to have a full course load of dance intensive classes, or courses in dance studies and theory are also offered. You can also choose courses from the university's offerings in other disciplines. You will stay in a single room in an on-campus house and will have the chance to meet students from all over the world.
For more specific information about arrival and a typical day on this program, as well as the course listing for the upcoming session, please see the “University” tab.
-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.
-GPA/Student Status: This program is for students who have finished Freshman year with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. If you are not a student, or have a lower GPA, please contact us to see if we can make an exception.
-Language: If English is not your native language, you may be asked to complete an international English language exam before acceptance.
-Experience: This program is meant for dancers with at least one year of dance experience. Some courses require an audition for admittance.
-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for dance and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.
-Application Deadline: Mid-May 2017 (exact date TBA)
-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:
-Official university application / enrollment form
-One academic reference letter
-Your official academic transcript
-An audition video (footage of you performing at least six contemporary dance sequences showing: floor work, traveling and use of space, turning, balances, and jumps)
-Your availability for a 30 minute Skype interview
We will contact you within two weeks of your Skype interview with an acceptance decision
London is filled with some of the world’s most diverse and celebrated dance groups, and offers more performing opportunities than can be imagined. Artistic inspiration is just around the corner and you’ll find ample opportunities for traditional, cultural, modern, and student dance troupes to showcase their work just beyond your doorstep. London provides abundant opportunities for challenge and excitement, and is a thriving metropolis that boasts world-class museums, restaurants, and shopping. With vibrant performances and arts groups throughout the city, it is truly a cosmopolitan culture and one that rewards exploration. Spend your semester strolling London’s majestic streets, visiting international icons such as Westminster Abbey, and becoming immersed in the uniquely British way of life.
Although London has a reputation as a rainy city, it actually receives less annual precipitation than Rome, Toulouse, Naples and Sydney! Summers are warm and occasionally hot. Winters are generally cool and damp with little variation in the temperature. Most of the rain happens during the winter. The average temperatures in the summer are 75F during the day and 60F at night. In the winter it is 47F during the day and 41F at night.
Spend the semester immersed in the life of a British student by living in student villages right on campus. You will have your own room in a six to eight bedroom house that you share with other British and international students. Student apartments have a spacious common area as well as a full kitchen. Take advantage of this small group setting to build friendships and community while you study abroad. Classroom buildings, the student center, and restaurants are all nearby. Enjoy the independence of living on your own while still creating lasting relationships with other students.
Fall term 2017: September 13, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Applicaton Deadline: May 1, 2017
Arrival day: September 13, 2017
Orientation: September 14 -16, 2017
Classes start: September 25, 2017
Classes finish: December 15, 2017
Consultation week: October 23 -26, 2017
Term ends: December 15, 2017
*Program Cost: $16,500
-Hop On / Hop Off bus ticket to get acquainted with London
-Tickets to a variety of dance performances in London
-Housing in single room
-Regular excursions and cultural activities
-Check-ins with professional, friendly on-site PAA staff
-24 hour emergency support
-Travel medical and accident insurance
-Post program support and access to alum network
-$200 application deposit due upon submitting application
-Full program payment due 45 days before program start date (minus $200 application deposit and any financial aid you will be receiving). Please note that regardless of your financial aid package, we require at least $1,000 of your program payment to be paid by 45 days before your program start date.
*Please note: Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner companies.
Add to your dance skill set and gain international experience while you spend a semester focusing on your development as a performer. From ballet and modern to hip-hop and beyond, you’ll be able to pick the dance courses that are right for you at London’s best university dance program, Roehampton University. Train under distinguished professors and feel the benefit of small classes where you are immersed with local Londoners, as well as other international dancers. Roehampton University is located 20 minutes from London’s bustling downtown and is a close-knit community filled with historically picturesque buildings. Thanks to the unparalleled international student support and the friendly, lively campus, you will feel at home the minute you step off the plane.
For a list of current courses please download the PDF below. Courses for Fall 2017 will be added at the end of February.
ARRIVAL AND TYPICAL DAY
You will book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on September 14th, 2016. A PAA Roehampton representative will be waiting at a pre-arranged meeting point, and you will be directed to a bus that will take you to campus.
Upon arrival on campus you will be given your room key and taken to your housing by Roehampton staff. Your first afternoon will be a chance to unpack, settle in, meet other students, and join a Roehampton welcome dinner. The following day, Roehampton will lead several on-site orientation activities so that you will be prepared for your experience in London and can begin to get to know other students. The next day you will finalize your registration and class enrollment. PAA’s Site Director Anna will also meet you to show you our office and take you out for a Welcome Meal and an additional orientation. This orientation will include important information about the city, an overview of British culture, information about the performing arts scene in London, food, transportation, and other need-to-knows. During this time Anna will also answer any questions you have and will provide you with a Hop-on / Hop-off bus pass so you can explore London on your own, as well as tickets to dance shows in London throughout the semester. The following day, you will join additional university orientation activities, such as a “Photo Frenzy Day”, which is an epic photo scavenger hunt that will take you into central London for a chance to win a prize!
The following few days will include additional pre-class activities, and classes will begin shortly thereafter. For the rest of the program, you will be living on campus going to class and exploring the city on your own as a student in London. We will provide excursions and cultural activities throughout your semester, including the previously mentioned tickets to a variety of performances.
Download PDF Dance Semester in London1