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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.

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

Most European Erasmus exchanges are for a period of three months from 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.

Partner institutions

We currently offer outgoing exchanges with the following institutions:

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 this list of student mobility destinations is correct for the 2019/20 academic year. Agreements with partner institutions may vary in future years.