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Dance and Drum in Burkina Faso

Program Highlights


Summer 2012: July 14 - August 5, 2012


OSU Sponsored


Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso

Partner Institution

Napam Beogo Arts Centre and Hotel

Application Deadline

Non-Refundable $300 Deposit: April 20, 2012
Remaining Program Fee: May 21, 2012
Term: 1124


Good academic standing

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $TBA (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Leslie Callihan (.23)

Resident Directors

Professor Esther Baker-Tarpaga

Professor Olivier Tarpaga


In the past 20 years throughout the west, central, south, north and east of Africa contemporary dance has been taking root, expanding and diversifying movement and choreographic work. This 3-week program allows students to work with dance and choreography teachers of different stylistic and cultural backgrounds in an exchange of movement, dance, and traditions. Students will train with established African contemporary choreographers and musicians allowing an immersion into an intercultural collaboration with a context far removed from the American studio. Excursions to regional safari parks, a Batik making workshop, and other cultural site visits are also included in the program.


Burkina Faso is a small country in west Africa, bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. It has hunter-gatherer settlements dating back to around 5000 BC, and though colonized by the French and the British, today Burkina's Voltaic and Mande people maintain rich cultural, linguistic, and culinary traditions. The program is based in the country's capital city, Ouagadougou. Also known as Ouaga, the city has many parks, museums, and art and film festivals.

Courses and Credits

There will be no Ohio State credit offered through this program. Please contact the Resident Directors for additional details.


Students will be housed at the Napam Beogo Arts Centre and Hotel, in private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Participants will have access to WiFi and the conference room facilities. The centre is walled and gated and sits within a safe middle class neighborhood surrounded by family homes. A 24/7 security guard and cook are based on the premises.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBA program fee. The program fee includes TBA. It does not cover TBA.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $TBA per student; this cost is subsidized by the Office of International Affairs in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change). If you withdraw from the program, please be advised you may be responsible for paying up to $TBA.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Dance and Drum in Burkina Faso: go.osu.edu/DanceDrumBurkinaFaso

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.