Incoming Students 31.01.23

Studying in the UK: From France to Salford

Dance student Lila Abdel-Kaber

Lila Abdel-Kaber

BA (Hons) Dance student

I’m a student with a passion for dance and live performance and joined the second year of the BA (Hons) Dance course at the University of Salford in September 2018. 

After receiving a choreographic diploma in contemporary dance from the Conservatoire of Clermont-Ferrand in France, and being a student in Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Université Clermont-Auvergne, studying at the University of Salford was the best way to put my skills into practice. This academic year allowed me to experience a very different teaching and learning approach. 

I really enjoyed studying here because as a dance student, I had the chance to experiment, create and share my artistic vision with other students and with my teachers. The teaching methods and the pedagogical vision of the University helped me to be more confident and independent: I improved many skills thanks to this support.

Dance student performing on stage

The relationship between teachers and students is totally different in France. I am not scared to speak about my weaknesses anymore, which helps me to develop my artistic projects. I also received feedback throughout the year to help me understand and improve my creative choices and prepare me for assessments. Studying at the University of Salford is based on a positive pedagogical approach, which is important for me since I’m also interested in helping others. 

I immersed myself in the English-speaking culture to strengthen my linguistic skills. Discovering a different language and a new culture enriches my drive to co-create projects at an international scale. I had the chance to discover many artistic universes during workshops organised by the University and I travelled a lot to London to take professional classes as well as go to auditions. I met so many interesting people during my dance training (Matrafisc Dance Company; Coalesce Dance Company; Ludus Dance; Company Chameleon). I was also living in an international accommodation which allowed me to meet and make friends with Spanish, Italian, English and German people. 

I work very hard so I can carry on dancing. My aim was to stay in England for one more year to finish my Bachelor degree, and the grades and feedback I received this year highlight my determination to follow my passion.

I then had the lucky offer of joining the BA (Hons) Dance programme for a third year at the University of Salford, and the opportunity to graduate in dance and gain another degree.

I’m really happy because I want to continue my dance career abroad; I absolutely recommend this experience. Having the opportunity to go abroad has been the best way to practice a different language, get to know different cultures and become independent.