Our Study Abroad Programme is for overseas students who want to spend a part of their studies at London Contemporary Dance School. You do have to be enrolled in a dance programme equivalent to undergraduate level at your home university.

This programme allows you to immerse yourself in life at LCDS as a student. It broadens your perspective and exposes you to dance practices from various cultural backgrounds. You will also be based at The Place, in the center of London, United Kingdom.

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Why this Study Abroad Programme?

What will I learn?

We offer highly intensive dance education with studio-based classes and contextual studies that directly relate to the experience of performing, making, researching and understanding dance.

You will learn from leading dance practitioners, be exposed to creative and authentic dance practices, choreograph, perform and be fully immersed in the life as a dance student at a leading dance university in the United Kingdom.

The programme offers you the unique LCDS experience, giving you the chance to learn dance practices such as; Flying Low,Passing Through, Gaga and Contact Improvisation, along with more traditional dance styles like Cunningham Based Technique and Ballet.

All classes are housed in our Central London location, The Place. Sitting in the heart of London, you will be stone throws away from over 230 professional theatres and over 250 art institutions. You are also a five-minute walk away from the Eurostar, with Paris and Brussels only taking two hours to get to, the European dance scene will be at your fingertips.

Studying in London does not have to break the bank either. There are plenty of free experiences for you to enjoy, such as London’s iconic landmarks Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. Or wandering through exhibitions and museums like the Tate Modern, The Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery. We also have beautiful parks like Hampstead Heath, where you can swim in the natural ponds, Hyde Park and Victoria Park. Not to mention the bustling markets like Camden Market and Borough Market.

You can also discover the nightlife of London with sunny rooftop bars, top clubs in the West End and trendy nights in Shoreditch.

What does a term include?

Term one | September 2022 to December 2022

  • Practical dance classes every day such as; contemporary styles like flying low, release and Cunningham, ballet, Gaga, Hip-Hop
  • Introduction to dance filmmaking or screendance
  • Critical studies and analysis to better understand the dance practices you are learning
  • Develop your understanding of dance pedagogy through workshop and lesson planning
  • Develop your own practice
  • Opportunity to join student led groups and performance platforms

Term two | January 2023 to March 2023

  • Practical dance classes every day such as contemporary styles like flying low, release and Cunningham, ballet, Gaga, Hip-Hop
  • Creative and performance-based projects where you will work alongside a choreographer
  • Critical studies and analysis to better understand the dance practices you are learning
  • Develop your understanding of dance pedagogy through workshop and lesson planning
  • Develop your own practice
  • Opportunity to join student led groups and performance platforms

Fees and Dates

£8,400 (one term)

Term one | 19 September 2022 to December 2022

£19,850 (Whole academic year)

There is no visa requirements for the Study Abroad Programme.

The study aboard programme requires a payment of 10% of the programme fee as a deposit to confirm your place. Please note that the LCDS Common Core Deposit Policy does not cover this deposit.

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form by clicking the button below. Please email the following requirements to Baptiste Bourgougnon:

  • Transcripts of Records to date
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Link(s) to video recording showcasing your own choreography work or dance skills

If you are currently enrolled in a dance programme equivalent to undergraduate level at their home institution, they will also need to provide:

  • Confirmation of your home institution approving your application to LCDS Study Abroad Programme

Student Life

During your studies with us, you will become a part of our community at LCDS, and more importantly you will be able to immerse yourself in various student activities and clubs, such as the student-led Idea in Action initiative; a platform for students' own creative work.

A dancer wearing a long sleeved beige top is lifting another dancer upside down, holding onto them by their waist. The other dancer is wearing black trousers and a dark grey t-shirt. They twist their body and hold the other person's waist with their right arm, whilst bending their left arm above their head and pointing their legs diagonally upwards.
Alex Love and Fi MacBride in work by 2 Faced Dance Company led by Tasmin Fitzgerald Credit: Camilla Greenwell 2022

We have the opportunity to work with a lot of different practices. We have academic approaches to dance and creative classes. LCDS is also in London which gives us a lot of professional, cultural and networking opportunities.

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There are no textbooks you can just read and follow because dance is so versatile...you really have to find what you want to do and what you are interested in.

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“For me, something that was quite amazing to discover was the tube system. The system is amazing, trains come really fast and you can get anywhere in the span of 45 minutes with the touch of an Oyster Card!”

"What’s exciting about the UK? Definitely the diversity of people in London. Is something that I have been enjoying. There is so much good food from all around the world. You are constantly hearing people speak different languages. And LCDS is also really international, so it’s a great chance to get to know about other cultures and learn new languages”

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