Performing Arts Abroad Training & Intensive programs give you the chance to train in your discipline. These opportunities are similar to our study abroad options, but are usually for a much shorter time period and do not always include an academic transcript as an option because most of these programs are hosted by studios, academies, and theaters instead of universities.

The focus of PAA Training & Intensive programs is improving your abilities as a performing artist, and in many cases, learning new styles and genres in their original cultural context.

Our Training & Intensives Programs

Acting for Film in Florence

Train in film acting with working industry professionals from New York City and Europe, with the breathtaking city of Florence as your backdrop.

Acting for Film in Paris

Train in film acting with working industry professionals from New York City, Paris and beyond, with the breathtaking city of Paris as your backdrop.

Dance Training in Ghana

Let the rhythms of Ghana move you as you train in West African dance at a center focused on cross-cultural collaboration.

Filmmaking in Florence

Train in filmmaking with working industry professionals and write, direct, shoot, and edit your own films with the breathtaking city of Florence as your backdrop!

Filmmaking in Paris

Write, direct, shoot, and edit your own films in the city where cinema was born.

Music Training in Ghana

Feel the rhythm of Ghana as you train in drumming, singing, xylophone, and other percussion with West African masters.

Musical Theatre Training in London for Teens

Live in a 16th century Hogwarts-style boarding school castle while training in musical theatre on London’s West End with some of the most accomplished dancers, singers, actors, directors, and stage combat instructors in the world.

Summer Dance and Cultural Immersion in Ghana

Travel Ghana with a group of Africa enthusiasts and performing artists while receiving state of the art dance training from some of Ghana’s most accomplished dancers and musicians.

Summer Music and Cultural Immersion in Ghana

Discover the rhythm of Ghana through intensive music training and a journey around the country to rainforests, national parks, ancient cities, transatlantic slave trade castles, beaches, and markets.

“During these three weeks, I learned more about music than I had in three years of University. The experience was not just one of great significance and growth, but one that I cannot wait to repeat!”

“It was incredibly refreshing to learn how another culture experiences music. With the opportunity to learn Irish Traditional Music, I was able to enjoy music free from any competitive atmosphere. I felt free to try new instruments and I felt welcomed by musicians of all levels. Experiencing music from a different cultural context brought new life into my approach towards music. Music became a means of therapy rather than a means to gain a competitive edge. This was just the kind of trip I needed to bring life into my own approach towards composition and performance.”

“I felt that this camp was definitely more bang for my buck because our schedules were so packed. It definitely helped me learn more about the culture as we were exposed other areas such as dance and learning the language and going to sessions. Plus the weekend excursion was amazing!”

“You work with some of the biggest names in Irish music, sitting across from and learning from people who are international music stars. The living and social situations are supportive, fun, relaxed, and great for building new long lasting friendships.”

“I loved the RADA short summer course! I know more about acting and theatre than before the program started and I’ve met some amazing people whom I’ve created friendships with! Not only did I get to learn from teachers at one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world, but I also got the chance to explore a city with an incredible history, immerse myself in its culture, and gain a new piece of global perspective. This was a great experience that I’m glad and grateful to have had and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I thoroughly enjoyed myself the whole time. A dream come true and quite inspiring, really.”

I loved this program. I learned more than I possibly imagined I could in two weeks. The training was exceptional. The teachers were extremely commuted to us and friendly. Our location was great and the group was awesome. The schedule was perfect, as it was demanding while giving us time to have fun in London. The shows we saw were strong. Just overall an awesome experience that I’ll never forget.

“My time in London was absolutely incredible. I learned so much that I wouldn’t have been able to learn back home or anywhere else. Besides doing what I love and working with professionals I also got to share my passion with the wonderful people I met through the program. Not only from the U.S, but Germany, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, and Hong Kong. Being able to have experienced so much in three short weeks was amazing and I encourage anyone interested to do it.”

From the blog


I Came From Away... And Wanted To Stay!

Nastja Galič recently took a break from her Psychology studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia to experience the excitement of training in musical theatre in London’s West End! “I am serious this time!” I told myself. “I. Am.…


Home Away From Home in Ghana

Tiana Moorer took a break from her studies of mathematics and chemistry at Berea College to embark on a summer adventure in Ghana, learning traditional dances and gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) as part of PAA’s Dance Training in Ghana program. Being…


Dreams Come True at Shakespeare's Globe

Theatre major Samantha French recently spent two weeks in London with PAA’s Summer Acting Intensive at Shakespeare’s Globe program. As a theatre major, I was used to sitting in several classes and learning about theatres and cultures from all around…


Jumping Off A Musical Cliff

Cello Performance graduate student Rebekah Thompson spent two weeks exploring beyond the musical boundaries of her classical training during PAA’s Irish World Academy Summer Music Intensive. This June I attended an outdoor festival in Nelsonville, Ohio to hear folk bands…

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