International Opportunities

Mason Gross School of the Arts provides a series of international opportunities for our students:


The DanceJerusalem program, initiated jointly by the Rothberg International School (RIS) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), combines artistic training in dance skills and technique with academic exposure to Israel's social, historical and cultural environment. DanceJerusalem offers eligible Mason Gross BFA dance majors artistic and technical training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance (including Ohad Naharin's Gaga technique), Choreography, Repertoire and Improvisation. Within the framework of a comprehensive survey course, "Dance in Israel," students create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers. Students also visit and stay at the Vertigo Eco Art Village.

Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe

The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe in London gives serious young artists intensive conservatory training, in the heart of London, under the instruction of the most accomplished theater artists in the UK. Through access to the Globe’s space, master teachers, scholars, and practitioners, this year-long program fulfills the twofold mission of both Shakespeare’s Globe and Rutgers University: to combine the best of conservatory training with a first-rate undergraduate education.

Taipei National University of the Arts

The artistic exchange between the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan has launched with a week-long intensive workshop at Mason Gross involving Taipei faculty and dancers. The artistic exchange between Mason Gross School of the Arts and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan launched with a week-long intensive workshop at Mason Gross involving Taipei faculty and students and BFA dance majors. Assistant Professor Chifang Chao, PhD, an expert in indigenous dance forms of Taipei was assisted by her students Kuan Chen Chen and Kai Chih Zhang in the guest residency, which was facilitated by Julia Ritter, Chair and Associate Professor Jeff Friedman, PhD. The first exchange students are expected to arrive during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

The Laban Dance Centre, part of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is located in Southeast London and has strong connections to the thriving local arts community. Laban is recognized as one of the world’s leading dance training institutions. Mason Gross BFA dance majors in their third year are eligible for study at Laban, and can expect to deepen their understanding of contemporary dance, while enhancing both technical ability and creative skills. State-of-the-art facilities include a 300-seat theater, studio theater, and outdoor theater, 13 purpose-built dance studios and an extensive library and archive. Laban’s links with the professional dance world, the local community and other arts organizations also serve to broaden and deepen study-abroad experiences.

Vienna ConcertoFest

Vienna ConcertoFest offers its participating soloists a rare opportunity to perform classical concerto repertoire in inspiring and historic locations in and around Vienna, Austria. While residing in the magical 15th-century abbey Stift Altenburg (housed with a Borsendorfer concert grand), young artists receive intensive coaching from renowned artists and pedagogues in their selected concerti as well as on other solo and chamber music repertoire. All participants rehearse with the Vienna International Orchestra and prepare their performances prior to appearing in public concerts with them in prestigious venues. All orchestral concerts take place through professionally presented series at such venues as Palais Auserperg (where Mozart and Haydn performed) and Schloss Halbturn (once the summer residence of Marie Theresa, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, and for several centuries a favorite estate of the Emperor's family). Today, Countess of Austria, Philippa zu Koenigsegg, welcomes the festival participants. 

Participants are invited by audition* only.

*All instrumentalists and vocalists enrolled at Rutgers will be eligible to participate and will be offered the first priority to be accepted to the program. 

For more information, contact the festival's co-director, Mason Gross piano professor Min Kwon.