Global Affairs

Uganda: Dance Education

Learning how to teach, create, and perform dance – and to build community – through the lens of another culture. You’ll collaborate with professional dancers, educators, and students from the Royal Ballet Academy and Makerere University in Kampala. Take classes in traditional Ugandan dance, East African drumming, and teaching methodology, and then implement lesson plans with children from local orphanages and other community-based organizations.

Location:

Kampala, Uganda

Program Dates:

January 2 - 18, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Round 2: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related course work
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Childhood Education
  • Dance Education and Performance
  • Educational Theatre
  • International and Global Education
  • Music Therapy

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.

Course(s):

Students register for the Spring 2017 course listed below for 3 points. Students should consult with their aademic advisor for approval.

MPADE-GE.2520 Section 095 (Class # 5257) - Community Building through Teaching, Creating, Performing: Dance Education in Uganda (3 Points)

Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts

Draft 2017 Syllabus and Itinerary

Faculty:

Deborah Damast, BFA, MA

Master teacher of Dance Education, Artistic Advisor for Dance Education program, Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers.

Tuition:

2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2017 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2017.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing and Activity fees will be similar to those of 2016.

2016 Housing Fees: $800

2016 Activity Fees: $600

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Spring 2017 billing schedule. 

Flights: International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and StudentUniverse.com for student rates.

Accommodations:

Students stay in shared-occupancy hotel accommodations. 

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: A valid visa to enter Uganda is required. To apply, you must have: a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining until it expires, 2 fully completed application forms (which can be found at the Ugandan Embassy website), 2 passport-type photos, an International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever, a copy of round-trip airline tickets (or itinerary/letter of confirmation from your travel agent) and a $50 money order for single-entry visitor visa fee (you may purchase a money order from any US Post Office).

For more information please visit the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda. When applying for a visa, make sure to apply for the Tourist Visa – not a student visa. (Student visas are a designation for those going abroad for a university semester program.) You should obtain your visa in advance of your departure. To be on the safe side, please submit your application at least 1-2 months before departure. Please be aware that it takes approximately 2 days to receive your visa once you have applied. To download a visa application form, click here

Vaccinations: In order to enter Uganda, visitors are required to show evidence of yellow fever vaccination for this mosquito-borne disease endemic to the tropical belt. Students should visit a health-care provider to determine the medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases. Make a visit at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and, if necessary,  to start taking medicine to prevent any illness. The NYU Health Center recommends vaccinations specifically for: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio Booster, Tetanus (make sure your shot is up-to-date), and Malaria.

In order to best protect yourself from contracting Malaria, it is most important to take anti-malaria medications and to use a strong insect DEET-based repellent. Malerone is a popular anti-malaria medications, and must be taken for 2 days before traveling to Uganda. Some individuals have difficulty with Malarone, so be sure to discuss this medication with your doctor prior to usage. We also recommend that you travel with nets and anti-mosquito sprays, and to wear clothing that covers your entire body at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most abundant. On a separate note, it is important to know that Uganda is referred to as a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For more information about any and all of the above details, please visit the NYU Student Health Center to get more information.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: January temperatures in Uganda are hot, average from 64° to 84°F, although it is cooler in the mountains. It is also the dry season.

Helpful links: BBC Weather