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.
‘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!’
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.
We currently offer outgoing exchanges with the following institutions:
Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Germany
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
Musikhogskolan i Malmö, Sweden
Norges Musikhogskole Oslo, Norway
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdam, Germany
Academy of Performing Arts Prague, Czech Republic
Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, The Netherlands
Eastman School of Music, Rochester
Manhattan School of Music, New York
Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane
Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney
South Korean exchanges
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.