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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Rouen, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Spring
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Language Requirements:
Level of Study:
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Sponsoring College:
College of the Arts
Program Primary Subject:
Performing Arts
Program Description:
USF Dance in Paris Semester Program
January 10 - May 8, 2017

Program Overview

The USF Dance in Paris Semester is an expansion of the curricular and cultural enrichment opportunities that have already been established through the month-long USF Dance in Paris Program, which celebrated its 8th year in the summer of 2015.   The DPSP is an opportunity for dance majors/minors to expand their historical, cultural and performance-based knowledge through exposure to the rich tradition of dance in the French capital over the course of one semester.  The goal of the USF DPSP is to facilitate the edification of the student global artist/scholar through the lens of dance in the city of Paris, and by extension, French society.  The USF DPSP a rigorous and rich course of study that aligns perfectly with the high standards of the American BFA/BA Dance curriculum. Students can take courses in dance technique (modern, ballet, yoga and world dance), choreography, dance history and an intensive French language/culture course.  Classes are taught by a world-class faculty from across the academic and professional spectrum.  This is a one-of-a-kind program for dedicated upperclassmen dance majors/minors, integrating a global perspective tailored to the curricular, creative and technical needs of today’s college-age dancers.

The DPSP is the recipient of the Partnerships for Innovation and Collaboration on Study Abroad, a grant program organized by the Embassy of France, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This grant aims to increase study abroad in American institutions of higher education, and to identify American colleges and universities that are willing and able to leverage institutional commitment to the goals of the initiative.


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Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region, is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is considered one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and is considered one of the world's major global cities. The City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions, breathtaking architecture, and popular parks.

Students will also take trips to Berlin, Germany; 
Rouen, France; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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How to Apply

Students must be pre-approved by Program Director Michael Foley before starting the Education Abroad application. To get started: School of Theatre and Dance.

Pre-approved students can start the Education Abroad application by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page. 
  • The application can be started, saved, and completed over time. 
  • You must submit the Course Approval Form to in order to complete your online application.
  • Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted. 

Non-USF Students: Before applying to the program, you must first apply to USF. Please visit our page How to Apply for step-by-step instructions.

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Academic Program and Course Information


Course Offerings:
  • French language and culture
  • Dance History
  • Modern Dance
  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • World Dance
  • Yoga
  • Improvisation

Credit Type

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Course Approval Form

In order to complete your online application, the following form must be filled out and submitted to Please carefully read both pages 1 and 2 of the form for instructions.

2017 Course Approval Form
CAF Paris Dance Semester 201701

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Michael Foley has been involved in the world of professional dance for almost 20 years and is considered a master teacher and choreographer in his field.

He began dancing under the tutelage of Marcy Plavin at Bates College where he received his BA in English and Spanish. During Mr. Foley's 10 years based in New York City following his undergraduate studies, he performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Roberta Garrison, Joy Kellman, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang, Ben Munisteri and Eun Me Ahn.

Mr. Foley has taught workshops and master classes at universities, academic institutions and private studios throughout the United States, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Panama and Cuba. He has served on the faculties of New World School of the Arts in Miami, The Amsterdam Dance Center, The Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland, Balettakademien in Stockholm and Bates College, where he was a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1996. He has served on the summer faculties of The Florida Dance Festival and The New York Dance Intensive on numerous occasions. Mr. Foley was also a faculty member at DanceSpace Center in New York City for 10 years as well as an instructor at Steps, Peridance and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has been co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer's Workshop since 1996, which has been attracting pre-professional dancers from around the world for over ten years. Mr. Foley has also taught at the prestigious National Ballet School of Cuba, and assisted Shonach Mirk-Robles at the Paris Opera Ballet School for the remounting of Maurice Bejart's "Variations Don Giovanni", which premiered at the Paris Opera in April, 2006.

Mr. Foley has received choreographic commissions from Harvard University, Texas Woman's University, University of Florida, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Texas, New World School of the Arts, d9 Dance Collective in Seattle, Moving Current in Tampa, Steeledance in New York City, Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis, Eisenhower Dance Company in Detroit, Shade/Lacy Duets in Texas, Jus de la Vie Dance Company in Sweden, DoubleTrouble in Paris, Delfos Danza in Mexio, Momentum Danza in Panama and DanzAbierta in Havana, Cuba, among many others. His work has been performed at many well-respected venues for dance around the world, including Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, The Dance Place in Washington, DC, The Rieman Center for the Performing Arts at Harvard University, Teatro Mella in Havana, Theatre Balettakedemien in Stockholm and The Beckett Centre at Trinity College in Dublin.

In 1994 he formed his own company, "Michael Foley Dance," touring the United States and Europe. Called "exuberant" and "hypnotic" by The New York Times, the Company received funding for new work and outreach programs from Miami Dance Futures, Harvard University, Florida State University/Sarasota, The River Towns Arts Council, The Hastings Creative Arts Council, Raritan Valley Community College, Abizaid Arts, Inc. and Evolving Arts, Inc. in New York City. The Company was based in Ireland from 2000 - 2002 as part of a multi-year collaboration with County Kildare's "Fluxusdance," receiving support from The Irish Arts Council and The Kildare County Arts Council, and has toured several times throughout Ireland.

Mr. Foley received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2002 where he performed in the works of several of the 20th century's major choreographers, including Mark Morris, Alwin Nikolais, Hanya Holm, Stephen Petronio, Michio Ito, Dore Hoyer and Bill Evans.

Mr. Foley is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida where he teaches modern dance technique, choreography, dance history, and directs a yearly study abroad program for American dancers in Paris.

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Program Costs 


2017 Program Cost: TBA


  • Tuition for 13 credits
  • Housing, including breakfast and dinner Monday - Friday
  • Paris Metro passes
  • Performances and excursions
  • Class materials
  • 24/7 support via International Assistance Line
  • International medical and evacuation insurance

Not Included:

  • International airfare 
  • Some meals
  • Optional traveler insurance
Payment Schedule:
  • Upon Commitment - $500 deposit is due within 5 business days after charges are posted to your account
  • 90 days before departure - 25% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
  • 60 days before departure - 75% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
  • 30 days before departure - 100% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due 
  • Tuition  is due at the time on-campus tuition is normally due for the term. Please see the Registrar's Calendar

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

Students who have been accepted and are committed to the program are liable for the following post-commitment cancellation fees. Please read the Financial Terms and Conditions in your application for more details.
  • $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
  • $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
  • 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is intended for serious dance majors who are working at a high technical and choreographic level. The USF Dance in Paris Program partners with Barnard College/Columbia University (Colleen Thomas-Young and Virginia Commonwealth University (Scott Putman, so students from these institutions should contact their faculty representatives about this applying to this program.  Non-partner university students are invited to inquire/apply to the USF Dance in Paris Semester Program, however there is a cap to the number of students who can attend this program, so space is limited. Students from institutions outside of USF should contact the Program Director for updates on space availability.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Air travel is not included in the program fee. 

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Medical Insurance

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Travel Documentation

U.S. citizens going to France on this program need a passport valid for 3 months beyond the last planned date of travel (Last Updated: July 2016). For more information, see the Department of State website for France.

A visa is required to travel on this program. Applicants will be given further information on how to obtain the visa.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about special passport validity and visa requirements.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

There are currently no required vaccinations for travelers to Paris, however you are encouraged to speak with your regular physician about your program and any risks it may involve. Those with health concerns or special requirements should discuss this with the Education Abroad Office and Program Director.

Country Information

US Department of State, country-specific information:

Preparing for your trip:

The Paris Police Prefecture publishes a pamphlet entitled "Paris in Complete Safety" that provides practical advice and useful telephone numbers for visitors.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.


USF degree-seeking students who are Pell Grant recipients AND meet at least two of the following criteria, are STRONGLY encouraged to go to the Office Of National Scholarships to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship.

- Ehtnic minority
- Disability
- 1st Generation College Student


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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Program Director:
Michael Foley
School of Theater and Dance
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., TAR 230
Tampa, FL 33620-5550
E-Mail: or

Education Abroad Office:
Gateway Office
MSC 3301 (open for walk-in inquiries!) 

This program is currently not accepting applications.