Dean College is located in Franklin, Massachusetts – just 50 minutes outside the metropolitan city of Boston - making it easy to enjoy big city life while maintaining the quintessential US college experience. Overseas students are attracted to Dean College because of its strong academic reputation, and rich 150-year history. Class sizes do not exceed 40 students and the small student to faculty ratio ensures individualised attention from professors, and a more interactive, personal learning experience.

Dean College also offers both four-year Bachelor’s degrees and two-year Associate degrees, giving students flexibility and options when it comes to their academic careers.

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Join The International Student Body At Dean College

More than 10% of the student population at Dean College is made up of international students, with representation from over 20 countries from around the world. The school’s International Student Orientation helps students assimilate and prepare for life in the US and at college. During the orientation period, students are offered informative presentations and fun excursions. The school helps students set up bank accounts and aids them in navigating immigration procedures, amongst many other things.

Overseas students are attracted to Dean College because of its strong academic reputation, and rich 150-year history.

Regional And National Acknowledgment

The mission of Dean College is centered around the pursuit of providing students the right circumstances so they can achieve academic and personal success. With its strong-knit community, innovative teaching practices and engaging classes, Dean College has earned positive recognition year after year. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dean College 22nd in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the North category and 15th in its Best Value Schools category. Dean College also received national recognition in 2017-18 as a College of Distinction based on its many academic and social accomplishments.


Earn Class Credits While Learning English

As English is often times not every student’s first language, many international students are required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at university to help them improve their English language skills. Many universities offer these classes in the form of remedial, non-credit classes at an added cost. Dean College, however, has established the International Student FOCUS Program, where overseas students receive English language instruction and support in classes that earn them college credits that go towards achieving their degree.

Through this program, the basics of ESL – writing, listening, and speaking – are incorporated into special college courses created for international students. The program also includes an introduction to American culture and optional private tutoring. FOCUS consists of three levels, and students are placed in the appropriate section as per their TOEFL/IELTS test scores. FOCUS students are considered full-time students at Dean College and are expected to graduate within the normal timeframe.


Dance, Music, Theatre: Hone Your Talent At Dean  

Dance students study in the world-renowned Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance; preparing graduates for a successful professional future in performance, choreography, teaching, studio management and more. Students attain a highly regarded degree that prepares them to succeed on and off-stage. The Bachelor’s Degree program focuses dance studies, studio management and teaching, while the Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree focuses on performance and choreography.

Students experience conservatory-level training in ballet, modern dance, tap, and jazz along with classes in dance history, dance composition, Laban Movement Analysis, anatomy, kinesiology, and pedagogy. Through concerts and showcases, Dean puts the focus on performance-based teaching. The college has ranked in the top 30 schools nationally at the prestigious American College Dance Association and students of Dean’s dance program have performed at famed venues such as the Kennedy Center, Joyce Theater, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater.

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Dean College’s Theatre Program is one of only a few Bachelor of Arts programs in the country that offers concentrations in Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Studies. Students with an Acting Concentration study the fundamentals of the great acting teachers of modern history, voice production, and dynamic movement. Musical Theatre students focus on acting, dance, and voice with a focus on acting technique, dance training, and vocal pedagogy. Technical Theatre students focus on costume and make-up design, lighting, stage management, and set design/construction. Theatre Studies students receive broad training in all aspects of the field with an emphasis on dramaturgy, playwriting, theatre management, and theatre pedagogy.


Travel, Explore, And Learn  

Dean College encourages students to step beyond the school’s boundaries and travel the world to enhance their learning experiences. The school’s Study Away Program is flexible to meet the interests of all students. If students are looking for short-term travel opportunities, they can enroll in classes such as History of Theater, International Business, or the History of Culture of France that include 7-10 day travel excursions.

Longer term domestic study away opportunities are provided through The Washington Center and The Disney College Program. The Washington Center, located in Washington, D.C., offers a 15-credit internship program in a broad spectrum of areas from the Arts to Global Studies. The Disney College Program consists of various business-related courses and a 12-credit internship at one of the US-based Disney entertainment parks. Students can also opt to Study abroad for one semester or a year at Regent’s University London or other affiliated partners in Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.  

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