The Royal College of Music is pleased to welcome exchange students from institutions overseas and to offer the opportunity for RCM students to study abroad.
The music profession is a truly global industry. Taking part in an exchange programme is a fantastic way of practicing your art on an international level while enjoying the adventure of travel. Exchanges allow you to develop your work in new environments, to live and work in new parts of the world, to benefit from the fresh perspective of a new teacher, to learn new languages and, perhaps most importantly, to make professional connections overseas early in your career.
We have a large number of exchanges available with leading European, American, Japanese and Australian music conservatories and universities. These exchanges provide an excellent opportunity to study abroad at other revered institutions as part of your RCM studies.
Many students who take advantage of such opportunties make connections that enable them to work overseas when they graduate from the RCM, often launching international careers.
The RCM is currently a member of the Erasmus+ programme, a European Union initiative that promotes exchange of knowledge and learning throughout Europe. As a member, we receive funding to support students who choose to go on a European exchange while they are registered at the RCM. The RCM has signed agreements with its European partners until 2020, when the current EU budget plan ends, and in principle RCM students should continue to benefit from the Erasmus+ programme until this date. The UK's future participation in the successor programme to Erasmus+ will depend on the outcome of the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
Every year the RCM welcomes students on our exchange programmes from partner institutions across the globe. Our exchanges provide a fantastic opportunity for students in other countries to experience life in London, one of the world’s great centres of music-making. Incoming exchange students have full access to the RCM’s world-class professors, facilities and performance opportunities during their stay, and many students forge professional contacts and friendships that can last a lifetime.
European exchanges take place in the framework of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, and an Erasmus mobility grant will normally be available through your home institution to help with the costs of studying abroad. The RCM also has a number of international exchanges with institutions in the USA, Australia and Japan.