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!’
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.
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.
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 agreements with partner institutions may vary in future years.