Exchanges are increasingly popular among current Academy students, and provide you with an excellent opportunity to broaden your musical horizons and gain musical contacts outside the UK.
We offer our students the chance to study abroad as part of their undergraduate studies. We have two types of exchanges:
- exchanges run by the European Union under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which we can confirm is continuing for the 2020/2021 academic year
- exchanges which are individual arrangements with institutions in North America, Australia and Japan; or with institutions in Europe that are not members of the Erasmus scheme.
How to apply
Application forms and guidance notes, which include a summary of our current exchange partner institutions, are available in the Registry fileshare area of the AIR intranet - or Blackboard, search for Exchange.
Tuition fees for outgoing Academy BMus students
If you are going abroad for part of a year, you will pay your normal full tuition fees to the Academy for that year.
However, if you are a UK/EU undergraduate, you will only pay around 15% of the full fee (that will currently be £1,385) if:
- you are going abroad for a full year, under the Erasmus+ scheme or on a study year abroad outside the Erasmus+ scheme, as a part of your undergraduate degree programme, and
- you pay home (UK/EU) tuition fees and are eligible for student support from the UK government (a tuition fee loan).
Tuition fee loans are available to eligible students to cover these fees, and you may also be eligible for UK government maintenance grants and loans, based on the standard eligibility criteria. Details of the different kinds of funding provided by Student Finance England for outgoing exchange and study abroad students can be found in this study abroad fact sheet.
The reduced fees do not apply if you are an undergraduate student who pays international fees or are not eligible for a Student Finance tuition fee loan, or if you are a postgraduate student.