Studying Abroad at Laban, England
We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Laban for your fall semester or year abroad. Laban, located in vibrant and eclectic London, is one of the world's leading conservatories for dance and we're sure you're going to love studying there!
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
1. Open the pdf of course options.
2. If you need course descriptions, please contact your program advisor.
What courses am I eligible to take?
Full-time training in contemporary dance technique, classical ballet and choreography is taken under the tutelage of eminent and accomplished dance artists and teachers. Students study technique at the level appropriate to their background and training. The courses are designed to enable students to acquire technical, creative, and artistic skills in theatre dance. The opportunity to work with faculty who are artists in their own right, and also with visiting artists, enables students to maintain a view of the professional dance world while training.
Performing is an integral part of training throughout the program; students participate in informal performances of their work, as well as in repertory created for them. They stage major performances of their own choreographic works in Laban's theatre. In this way, students are encouraged to develop expertise in the staging of dance and aspects of dance production, especially stage management, lighting, costume, and sound.
What if I need to take a required course?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
For additional information on credits, please consult the information below:
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
Fall term only students: The IFSA-Butler arranged housing where fall term only students will most likely live is located in the Edwardian style headquarters of our London office at 21 Pembridge Gardens. It is in the Bayswater area of London, just west of Kensington Gardens. Notting Hill Gate is the nearest tube station. The residence consists of triple-, double-, and single-room accommodation. As a Laban student, you will probably be granted a single room due to your rigorous schedule.
All beds are twins. Blankets, pillows, and a bed cover are all provided. Students must bring their own sheets, pillowcases and towels. Rooms are furnished with a desk and chair, light, bed, wardrobe, and shelves. Each room is furnished with a sink. Showers and toilets are coed and located on four floors of the facility. Phones are for outgoing calls only. In case of an emergency, students can be contacted via the IFSA-Butler London office phone during office hours or by the staff member on call outside of office hours.
There is a communal lounge area with TV. There are no laundry facilities, but the resident advisors will suggest to students where the nearest laundry facility is.
The commute to Laban is quite long, roughly 1.5 hours by tube and rail. Staff will advise students on the best route to take.
Full year students: Full year students will likely live in the McMillan Student Village. This is a privately run Hall of Residence located within easy walking distance of Trinity Laban and close to tube, train and bus links. All rooms are ensuite and offer digital TV and broadband internet access. Security features include a 24 hour manned reception.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Meals are self-catered and students share a kitchen. Refrigerators, ovens, microwave, utensils, and cookware are provided.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
Living and Studying Abroad in London, England
Dates & Fees
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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.
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Payment Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
FormsTo apply to the Laban program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to Laban must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Laban for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the Laban program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England.
Assistant Director for Health and Wellness Emily Koehler assists with the application process for London bound students and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emily can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258. Emily has been with the Institute for Study Abroad since 2002. After her own semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, Emily was inspired to work with students to make their study abroad dreams come true. Emily also holds a Masters degree in Counseling and is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Myers Briggs Counselor. In her role as Assistant Director for Health and Wellness, she works closely with students with special needs during the predeparture phase, and collaborates with our resident offices during emergencies once students are overseas.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.