University of South Florida

School of Theatre & Dance

College of the Arts

Application Process and Program Fees, Paris Semester Program

The USF Dance in Paris SEMESTER Program will not be offered in the spring semester 2024.  The University of South Florida is moving toward a new budgeting model that changes how financing to support programs like this one occurs.  We hope to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind experience again in Spring 2025.   

Please contact program director, Michael Foley (, with any questions. 

Requirements and Application Process

This a rigorous course of study in dance technique, choreography, theory and application, so students should already be well-engaged in a reputable and rigorous course of study (pursuing either a BFA or BA in Dance degree) prior to their application.

Students should provide detailed information in the initial Application to give the selection committee the strongest possible indication of your candidacy. A letter of recommendation will be mandatory for all candidates applying to the program. Priority will be given to students who have at least three semesters of a college/university dance degree experience, along with a demonstration of high technical rigor (students should be taking a minimum of three ballet and three contemporary classes per week three semesters prior to application), academic (high GPA in the Dance major) and creative (at least one semester of college-level choreography/composition) strength.

Students may also be required to interview remotely with the Program’s director, Michael Foley.

How to Apply

Students wishing to apply to the USF/DPSP must go through a multi-leveled application process toward final acceptance in the program.

1. Students must first fill out the inquiry application, providing details on their academic, technical and choreographic experience, as well as their motivation for attending the program. An accompanying letter of recommendation will be mandatory for all candidates applying to the program, although it does not have to be submitted with the inquiry application. Priority will be given to students in their junior year, along with a demonstration of high academic/ technical/creative strength.  Students will be notified of their acceptance to the USF Paris Semester Program on a rolling basis, but all applicants will hear from the program director regardless.

2. Once students are accepted into the program, they will be allowed to move on to the second part of the application process through USF Education Abroad. The USF Education Abroad application allows students to begin the formal registration process for the Semester Program, as well as providing non-USF students with a USF e-mail account and payment schedule.

Please be aware of the following dates:

  • Please be aware of the following dates:

    October 1, 2022: Applications for the Dance in Paris Semester Program will be accepted up until this date, but students are encouraged to apply early. (DEADLINE EXTENDED!!)

  • October 1st: All students will be notified of the committee’s decision, although students who exceed the criteria and submit applications early may be contacted earlier.  Students who are accepted into the Program, will receive notification followed by instructions on how to apply to USF as non-degree seeking student, and then you will be directed to the USF Education Abroad website for the final application. Current USF students who are accepted into the Program will be sent directly to the USF Education Abroad website. 

  • For non-USF students who are accepted into the program, there is an October 10th deadline to apply to USF as a non-degree seeking student. There is a $30 application fee attached to that particular application.

  • The deadline for all approved students to register through USF’s Education Abroad website where USF will approve completed applications is October 16th. Students will receive notification of next steps by October 17th

  • October 25th: All students will need to commit to the Semester Program.

Dance in Paris Semester Program Fees

Students will enroll in the USF/DPSP through USF/Education Abroad’s traditional study abroad enrollment procedures once they are accepted into the program through the initial application process (see Application). USF/Education Abroad will handle all program registration, course selection, enrollment, and payments.

Included in the program’s costs/fees/tuition:

  • All academic instruction, including all tuition credits
  • Accommodation - Students will be housed in a fully-accessible/equipped student residence in a safe neighborhood in Paris. Each student will have their own fully equipped studio-room complete with bathroom (shower, toilet, etc.), as well as efficiency kitchen (refrigerator, hot plate, microwave and sink).  The residence also supplies bedding and kitchen supplies.
  • Admission for all cultural and performance events - Program students will see over 25 performances during the semester and have access to all of Paris’s major museums.
  • Semester-long metro pass with access to all transportation within the Paris/Île de France metro area.
  • Choreographic excursions to Amsterdam, Berlin and Lyon, which covers student transportation, lodging, breakfast and lunch.
  • Airport transfers from Paris airports to/from dorms at the beginning and end of the semester.
  • Comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientations

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport fee and mandatory visa for a stay in France of longer than 90 days
  • Meals and any personal expenses (about $1500 - $2000 for the semester)
  • Foldable/portable yoga mat

USF provides study abroad program participants with insurance coverage for sickness, accident, hospitalization and emergency medical evacuation. This coverage is extended to program participants for the dates of the program. Those who plan to travel independently, in advance of or after the program, must arrange their own insurance coverage.

The Program costs and tuition for the USF/DPSP are currently being calculated but ESTIMATED at $15,000 for in-state Florida residents, and $19,500 for non-Florida residents as there is a higher per-credit tuition cost for out-of-state students. 

Information about financial aid and scholarships will be available through USF Education Abroad, but students should also contact their home institution’s Financial Aid office to see what funds can be applied to this particular Program. The earlier students start this process, the easier it is to identify and apply the financial help required to fund their study abroad experience.