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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: No Requirement Language of Instruction: English
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Free Standing Program Advisor: Lotte Buiting
Academic Focus: Art and Design, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid |

Drexel in England: London Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory building

Program Overview

Spending a term in London as a study abroad student is an unforgettable experience. The city is the #1 destination for study abroad for a reason; it has so much to offer! London is the home to world famous arts, theater, night life, music, literature, architecture, royalty, and a storied history. With the most universities in the world, London is a perfect city for students.

This program is offered to any serious dancer at Drexel University, including dance majors, dance minors, Dance Ensemble members and any advanced dancer or choreographer.  This ten-week program takes place at both FIE (Foundation for International Education, the host of the Drexel in London program) and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, one of the world’s most prestigious centers for choreography and somatic study, as well as home of an international dance intensive.

Participating students will study the choreographic process for the first four weeks of the quarter through intensive individualized study at Trinity Laban, through workshops, open studio time and one on one mentorship with faculty and graduate students. The result of this intensive study will be the beginning of a choreographic work and the development of an artistic statement. During the fifth week of the program student will get to take a host of technique classes at Trinity Laban’s famous dance intensive, attended by dancers from all over Europe.

The final four weeks of the program consist of academic study at FIE including DANC 201: Dance Appreciation, a course in which students will see performances in London’s most well-known venues and write critically about their experiences.


  • 3.0 GPA
  • Dance majors, dance minors, Dance Ensemble members and any advanced dancer or choreographer
  • Pre-Requisites: DANC 180: Improvisation and DANC 240: Dance Composition OR DANC 133: Ensemble choreography. Students not meeting these course criteria may earn the equivalents through independent study project as approved by the program director. Students must also interview for the program, and audition if not already a member of the Drexel Dance Ensemble.


 Course Availability
Session 1 Coursework:
DANC 240: Composition I, or DANC 241 Composition II - 3 cr.
DANC 152: Modern Dance III - 2 cr.
DANC T280: Specialized Dance Technique - 4 cr.
Session 2 Coursework:
DANC 201: Dance Appreciation- 4.5 cr.
FIE elective - 4.5 cr.*

*FIE elective options are:
  • ARTH 300: History of Modern Design
  • CULA T480: Food, Society, & Culture in Britian
  • MKTG 344: Professional Personal Selling
All grades are letter grades and will count towards the GPA at Drexel.


Program Calendar

This is a summer program only.

Program dates:
June 21, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Session 1: June 21, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Session 2: July 27, 2018 - August 26, 2018


Dormitory-style bedrooms and several suites, with shared kitchens on each floor, private bathrooms in most cases, and a common area on the ground floor for lounging around on those rainy London afternoons. There are kitchens on each floor equipped with a microwave, pots, pans, dishes, etc. Students will generally be placed two or three to a room. All residence halls have wifi and 24/7 access to the computer lab. Students studying on other university programs will also be living in this building, providing for a nice mix of interests to your living situation. 


Please review the FIE UK visa guide to determine whether you need a visa, pre-entry clearance, or a Tier 4 visa. American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for this program. Students with other nationalities should confirm with the British Embassy website to confirm visa requirements. Students should not fly through Ireland to get to London, or they can run into significant visa issues.

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Costs
Program Fee 2018: $5,845
Dance - student photo
Included in Program Fee:

  • Housing
  • Local transportation pass (Oyster card)
  • International Student ID card (ISIC)
  • Emergency assistance
  • One excursion to the English countryside, sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts
Not included in Program Fee:
Tuition (will be the same as your normal Drexel tuition), airfare, meals, books, lab fee (for some courses, to offset costs of tickets for the theatre, music performances, etc.)

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

The Dance Program in the Department of Performing Arts is offering three $1000 scholarships for the London Dance Focused Study Abroad. Students given this award will be required to participate in a student panel at all Accepted Students Days for the Dance major in 2018 and 2019. These dates are April 17 and 22, 2018 and April 6 or 7 and April 13 or 14, 2019.  Interested students should email Dr. Miriam Giguere by February 1, 2018 to express their interest.

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

The Emily & Yvonne Selke Memorial Fund was created to help students from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offset the cost of studying abroad. Awards up to $1,000 for a Westphal undergraduate student pursuing an international experience (study or co-op) at Drexel.

More Information

Student Scholarships:
Jewish in London Guide by Dara Engel, Spring 2017
London Budget Guide by Victoria Veres, Spring 2015

All photographs on this program page are by student Gina Quinlan

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019 02/01/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: January 15th is the final application deadline for this program.