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Outgoing exchanges

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

Most European exchanges (part of the ERASMUS programme) are for a period of three months (September to December), while American, Japanese and Australian exchanges are up to a 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 LLP 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.

Click on the links below to view a list of leading European, American, Japanese and Australian music conservatoires who offer exchanges.

USA exchanges

Eastman School of Music (Rochester)

Manhattan School of Music (New York)

New England Conservatory (Boston) - not available 2016/17

Australian exchanges

Japanese exchanges

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!”