Dance is an international art form. The dance departments of the Academy of Theatre and Dance have built up an international reputation and have students of many nationalities. The dance faculty is part of several Erasmus networks with dance schools in Europe. 

The internationalisation coordinators at the ATD are María Inés Villasmil for the dance courses and Tom Willems for the theatre courses.  If you’d like to know more, please contact:
See also: International Desk

There are exchange programmes with the following institutions

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New York
  • Purchase College, New York
  • Hungarian Dance Academy, Budapest
  • The National BalletSchool, Toronto
  • Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London
  • Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse, Paris and Lyon
  • Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin
  • College of the Royal Academy of Dancing, London
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York

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The official language for most study programmes of the theatre faculty is Dutch. To gain admission to these study programmes as exchange student, it is important that the applicant can understand and speak the Dutch language to a certain degree. The only exception to this rule is the Mime study programme where English is also spoken. 

Duration of exchange
The duration of the exchange period is determined in consultation with the artistic director. It depends on the year of intake and choice of subjects. 


'I believe that coming half way around the world to study reinforced my passion for dance. I was inspired, terrified, confused and successful every single day that I was there.'
Allison Kimmel, exchange student at Academy of Theatre and Dance

'Being at the Alvin Ailey School has thought me a lot. I’ve become more mature 'dancer than I was before. I learned that as a dancer you’ll have to be on point every single day and every single class to better yourself.'
Clement Mensah, exchange student at Alvin Ailey School