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.
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.
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.
Academic Enrichment Grants (USG)
Special Petition Process
In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued or already in place for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition. The petition must be submitted one month before the application deadline. The Study Abroad Health & Safety Committee will review the petition. For further information, and to obtain the petition form, please contact Mike Rainaldi
at the Office of International Affairs.
All students will be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs and the Resident Directors. These sessions will offer important information on travel, health, academic expectations, history, and culture. The dates and locations of orientation meetings will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.