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Given the Dance Program's emphasis on developing an awareness of the global nature of our field, study abroad opportunities are seen as a very useful aspect of a student's undergraduate dance experience. Students regularly design programs in which dance study has been incorporated, but they also design programs involving social change. Study abroad programs developed by members of the dance faculty have been available to students in countries such as Ghana, India, Japan, Poland, and Northern Ireland that have incorporated both dance and social change components. Dance components are also present in programs in Spain and Argentina. As with all study abroad programs, credit arrangements are developed in discussions involving the student, Swarthmore faculty, the Swarthmore office for foreign study, and the faculty or program directors at the institution the student proposes to visit. See below for more information about our current study abroad opportunities.
The Dance Program has an ongoing relationship with the International Centre for African Music and Dance and the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana in Legon, a suburb of the capital city, Accra. Students choosing to study in Ghana can anticipate opportunities that include a composite of classroom learning, tutorials, some organized travel, and independent study and travel.
Since dance and music are central to many cultural practices in Ghana the country provides a rich environment for dance students in general. Study in Ghana can be particularly valuable for those dance students with an interest in art, anthropology, black studies, linguistics, music, religion, and theatre. The dance curriculum at the University emphasizes training in traditional dances from a wide variety of ethnic groups and regions of Ghana. Since dance and music go hand-in-hand in Ghanaian traditions, dance students also study drumming and singing. In addition, courses on dance history, music history, as well as on African cultures are often included in a student's program.
Instruction in Twi, the dominant ethnic language in Ghana, is also a regular part of study for foreign students at the University.
Interested students should contact the director of the Dance Program and the Office for Off-Campus Study as early as possible for advising purposes and for updated information.