Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey, and an instrumental experience in further developing artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually.
- We recommend that any student who wants to study off-campus internationally do so during their junior year or first semester senior year. However, if a student is looking to partake in an internship program (either domestic or international), then we recommend they participate in that program during their senior year.
- The dance department also sends students on non-credit generating international performance opportunities most summers.
- It is important to meet with your academic advisor regarding courses you plan on taking off-campus and how this fits within your academic plan, particularly credits counting toward your major (and provide appropriate course descriptions).
- IES Paris – French Studies (Paris Marais Dance School)
- IES London Theatre Studies, London, United Kingdom
- Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico
- Liverpool Hope University Exchange
- CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina
All of these programs have one or more courses that will transfer back to your Hope dance major.
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LEAP OF FAITH (PARIS, FRANCE)
Students will experience first hand the historical locations, art, and culture that have been the foundation for significant dance styles and international art and culture. In this course, experiences of practice and performance intersect with historical and cultural experiences while interfacing with ideas about what it means to be a faithful, courageous, creative, resilient global citizen. History, art, faith and global citizenship entwine in this unique French experience.
Instructor: Matthew Farmer
“Studying abroad supplies experiences and lessons that reach far beyond the traditional education experience and classroom. Living, caring and creating within the context of a culture outside one’s norm, students are forced to reflect, inquire and be inspired by both their historic context and the new environment in which they find themselves. A student can vacation in a different country and never truly experience it. You cannot study abroad and leave that experience the same person you were when you entered. There is something transformational about sharing the same oxygen with your fellow human being; it is both humbling and connecting.”
—Matthew Farmer, Department Chair
Dance in Contexts (Liverpool Hope University)
Choreography, Site, Environment (York St. John University)
Contemporary Dance (IES Paris - Paris Marais Dance School)
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