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 local universities 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.


Kampala, Uganda

Program Dates:

January 2019 (Dates TBA)

Application Deadlines:

Applications will be open starting August 1, 2018.

  • Priority Deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Regular Deadline: Tuesday, October 16, 2018*

*Admissions rolling thereafter as space remains available

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • 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.


Students register for a total of 3 points and take the following course:

  • MPADE-GE.2520 Section 095 (Class #5262) - Community Building through Teaching, Creating, Performing: Dance Education in Uganda (3 Points)
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts

Draft 2017 syllabus 


Deborah Damast, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance Education, Artistic Adviser for Dance Education program, Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers.


2019 Graduate Tuition: $1,726 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 2019 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2019.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2019 Housing and Activity Fees: TBA

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Spring 2018 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.

Students 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: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and StudentUniverse.com for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs. 

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

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 medication, 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

Admitted Student Resources: click here