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Outgoing Exchanges

The RCM has a large number of student exchange opportunities with leading EuropeanAmerican, Japanese and Australian music conservatories and universities. These provide an opportunity to study at another international music institution as part of your RCM studies.

The RCM is a member of the ERASMUS programme, a European Union initiative that promotes exchange of knowledge and learning throughout Europe. As a member, the RCM receives funding in order to offer financial support to those students who choose to go on a European exchange while they are registered at the RCM.

Most European (ERASMUS) exchanges are for a period of three months (September to December), while American and Australian exchanges can be for one term or a full year.

Students undertaking Erasmus exchanges receive monthly grants to help with the extra costs incurred, with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.

Student exchanges are an excellent opportunity for you to get to know another city and its culture, to learn or develop a new language, and to benefit from the new perspectives offered by a different teacher. They also provide an opportunity to develop new networks and contacts that can help advance your future career as a musician. Many past RCM students who have been on exchange have gone on to work abroad as a result.

European Exchanges

Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Germany)

Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussels (Belgium)

Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Hochschule fur Musik Köln (Germany)

Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag (The Netherlands)

Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland)

Musikhochschule Karlsruhe (Germany)

Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance de Lyon(France)

Musikhogskolan i Malmö (Sweden)

Norges Musikhogskole Oslo (Norway)

Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris(France)

Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (Potsdam, Germany)

Academy of Performing Arts Prague (Czech Republic)

Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria)

Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm (Sweden)

Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart(Germany)

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen (Germany)

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna (Austria)

USA Exchanges

Eastman School of Music (Rochester)

Manhattan School of Music (New York)

Australian Exchanges

Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane)

Sydney Conservatorium (Sydney)

Japanese Exchanges

Kyoto City University of Arts


What RCM Students Have to Say

'My teacher, a member of the New York Philharmonic trumpet section, was really encouraging and inspiring…'

'I can strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining a wide variety of experience.'

'I got to know a new city and make new friends. Also changing teachers and learning different views and techniques gave me a different perspective to my playing….everyone should try it!'

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