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Singaporean students

Singaporean cellist in Britten Theatre
The Royal College of Music, RCM London is one of the world’s greatest conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the globe for a range of international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

Founded in 1882 by the future King Edward VII, the RCM is regularly visited by our current President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

The RCM provides a huge number of performance opportunities for its students. We hold more than 500 events a year in our magnificent performance spaces and in venues across London, including orchestral concerts, opera, chamber music and music by our very own composers.

You will receive teaching from RCM professors who represent the best international talent and are committed to helping you through your studies, and you will be encouraged to develop as an artist by exploring the research behind music in practice. The RCM is the perfect place to do this as we were named the London conservatoire with the highest percentage of world-leading research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The RCM has trained some of the most important figures in British and international music life. Situated opposite the Royal Albert Hall, our building and location are the envy of the world. We also seek to push the boundaries of music as leaders in digital innovation. The RCM’s exceptional facilities, teaching staff and state-of-the-art technology will help you to become the future of music.

Thanks to a collaboration with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), students in Singapore who have completed their NAFA diploma have the opportunity to take a further two-year course that mirrors the later years of the RCM's BMus degree. This special programme provides an opportunity to spend time abroad, studying at the Royal College Music in London, and to graduate with an interntaionally recognised degree acredited by the RCM.

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Student support

Here at the Royal College of Music we consider our international community to be our greatest asset. Around half of our 800 students come from outside the UK, and we currently have students from more than 60 different countries studying here. Our professors come from across the globe as well, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise. This helps to make the RCM a friendly, exciting and diverse hub of music-making and a truly international community.

We understand that moving to a new country can feel like a big step, and we will do everything we can to help make you feel at home. Our Registry and Student Services staff provide advice and support for international students across a range of practical subjects including visas and immigration, financial advice or just finding out how to make the most of your time here.

Your fellow students will also help you to settle in. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know each other through RCM activities such as social events run by the RCM Students’ Union (SU) and welcome events at our hall of residence. The SU includes every student enrolled at the RCM. It represents all students and works closely with Student Services to ensure the wellbeing of students.

Our graduates all around the world tell us how fondly they remember their time at the RCM. We believe that you won’t find a more welcoming and inspiring place to study anywhere in the world.

Our location

London is one of the most international cities on earth, with communities from every corner of the world. Studying at the Royal College of Music in one of the world’s leading cultural capitals will offer you amazing opportunities.

Our students perform in venues across the city, including concert halls, churches, museums and galleries. There are performances in venues including St James’s Piccadilly, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the Royal Academy of Art, the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall.

In addition to the major London orchestras which present exciting programmes every year, the finest international musicians, conductors and ensembles regularly perform in beautiful concert halls across the city. London also offers world-class theatre, dance and art, unmissable historical attractions and world-famous museums and art galleries, many of which are free to visit.

Accommodation 

The Royal College of Music, RCM London’s new hall of residence, Prince Consort Village, opened in spring 2016 and provides high-quality accommodation, including 177 studio apartments, 170 en-suite rooms and 63 standard rooms.

Prince Consort Village is fully equipped and specially designed for RCM students, with acoustically treated bedrooms allowing you to practise at home. Services include: 23 dedicated practice rooms available 24/7, a film room, open mic space, high speed Wi-Fi, laundry, reception, gym, bicycle storage and indoor and outdoor communal spaces.

Career support

By coming to the Royal College of Music you become part of a continually unfolding story of success. For more than 130 years our students have gone on to international stardom, so at the RCM you can enjoy treading in the footsteps of the world’s leading composers, conductors, singers and instrumentalists.

At the RCM you can create a course to suit your individual professional aspirations. As you progress, you will be able to shape your degree to suit your preferences.

The Royal College of Music helps you to prepare for a successful career in the profession of your choice, with advice, support and access to a range of job opportunities. At the RCM you can deepen your knowledge, extend your skills and build networks of contacts – all of which will enhance your employability.

How to apply

Thinking about applying

Choosing the right place to study is important. Your teachers, your course and the working environment all have a profound impact on your development as a musician.

We accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications for admission. Different courses at the RCM have different entry requirements. While most courses use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, some use other methods.

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To find out the entry requirements and application procedure for the course you are interested in, please refer to our course listings where you will find these details explained separately for each course.

Preparing for auditions

For most of our courses, every candidate who applies by the application deadline will be offered an audition. Some study options have an initial pre-screening process or portfolio submission. In these cases shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition or an interview. 

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The Royal College of Music holds auditions in London, Asia and the USA. Auditions for all courses and all principal studies can be undertaken in London. Auditions for most courses and principal studies can also be undertaken in Asia and the USA. Find out more here.

Attending an audition is a big step on your route to becoming an RCM student. You will want to be as prepared as possible, musically, technically and in terms of knowing what to expect on the day. Please be aware that you cannot take a teacher or translator into your audition room with you, so be prepared to speak in English.

Audition requirements are set by each faculty. Further information can be found by following the links below.

Brass audition requirements

Composition audition requirements

Conducting audition requirements (postgraduate level only)

Historical Performance audition requirements

Keyboard audition requirements

Percussion audition requirements

Strings audition requirements

Vocal audition requirements

Woodwind audition requirements

After your audition

We aim to inform candidates of the outcome of their audition as soon as we can. We will provide successful applicants with additional information and resources to help them prepare for their life at the Royal College of Music.

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English language requirements

All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their level of English language ability meets the Royal College of Music’s minimum requirements in order for their application to be accepted.

If you require a visa to study at the RCM, you must meet the English language requirements before the RCM is permitted to sponsor your visa application.

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Contact the Royal College of Music

If you have any questions please feel to contact us. Details for the most relevant departments are listed below, but you can also refer to our main contact page.

International team

International student enquiries

international@rcm.ac.uk

Admissions team

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk

Student Services team

Enquiries about student support at the RCM

studentservices@rcm.ac.uk

Nathan Cho

RCMSU President

su.president@rcm.ac.uk