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Outgoing exchanges

Sydney Opera House, Australia
Exchanges are an excellent opportunity for Royal College of Music students to broaden their horizons by getting to know another city, its language and its culture. They also provide an opportunity to study with a new teacher and to develop new contacts that can help advance your future career as a musician. 

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.

Most outgoing exchanges are for a period of one term during the Autumn term, although there is an option for BMus students to undertake exchanges in the USA or Australia for a full year.


The Erasmus+ programme is a scheme funded by the European Commission to encourage greater collaboration and mobility between educational institutions. 2020 was the final year of Erasmus+, with a new Erasmus programme launching in 2021. It has been confirmed that UK institutions will not be eligible to participate in the new Erasmus programme. The UK Government has announced a replacement exchange programme, the Turing scheme. The RCM is currently awaiting further information on the new scheme.

We are currently in the process of renewing/renegotiating our exchange agreements with our European partner institutions. Therefore, please note that information on European partner institutions for exchanges in 2021/22 and beyond is subject to change. Current RCM students planning an exchange in the 2021/22 should consult the latest advice on Learn.RCM.

Partner institutions

The list below shows the RCM’s current partner institutions for student exchanges. We are currently in the process of renewing our agreements with our European partners, so this list may be subject to change for exchanges commencing in 2021 and beyond. 

The availability of some exchange destinations in 2021/22 may also be affected by international travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, Germany

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, Kyoto

South Korean exchanges

Korea National University of Arts, Seoul

Please note that agreements with partner institutions may vary in future years.