Incoming Exchanges

Exchange and study-abroad programmes for External Students to study at the Academy

The Academy has exchange agreements and study-abroad agreements with many conservatoires across the world. These are normally for students on a Bachelor Degree programme in Music who seek an exchange placement aligned with the Academy’s BMus Year 3 or Year 4, but can also be for students studying on a Masters programme. 

We regret, however, that it is not possible to offer exchange or study-abroad placements to study Conducting, Choral Conducting, Musical Theatre, Opera, Repetiteur, or for the Research degree programme (MPhil/PhD).

The deadline for receipt of exchange/study-abroad applications is 1 March for the following academic year.

Length of placement

Exchange and study abroad placements are normally for a full academic year.
Students are encouraged to commence their placements at the beginning of the Academy’s academic year (September). Although we may be able to offer shorter placements, please be aware that attending for only part of our academic year may mean you miss standard assessment dates. This will affect whether you can be awarded credits for your study period, and also whether we can provide an official transcript for your home institution. If we cannot award credits or issue a transcript, we will write a letter confirm your study period and the course modules which you attended during the placement.


The Academy has been awarded an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) under the Erasmus+ scheme, and was a founding member of the Erasmus movement. We are also a member of AEC (Association of European Conservatoires). The Charter is available through the Quick Link on the left of this screen.

Our ERASMUS institution code is UK LONDON023.
Our PIC is 946054581.

Following the June 2016 vote for the UK to leave the EU, Erasmus+ opportunities will still be available for the 2019/20 academic year. The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, remains wholly committed to the programme and its benefits. We hope that the UK can continue to be a member of the programme and that organisations can continue to collaborate as planned.

Exchange conditions

The Academy’s exchanges are normally a reciprocal arrangement. If your application is succesful but our exchange balance means we cannot offer an exchange/Erasmus place, you may instead be offered a Study Abroad studentship.
Your exchange/study-abroad placement must form part of your degree studies at your home institution, and the application must be approved by your Exchange or Study Abroad office, we regret we are unable to accept individual direct applications.

Please begin by asking your own institution’s Exchange Coordinator or Study Abroad officer for further details about applying for a placement at the Academy; they can find additional information by logging into the Members area of and visiting the Academy's section, or by contacting

Placements will require an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement, or [for non-Erasmus+] a Memorandum of Understanding/Study Abroad agreement.

Study Abroad and Exchange students at the Academy are expected to return to their home institution on completion of their placement period here.
If they decide to apply to join one of our degree programmes as a full student, they must do so separately within the normal framework for external candidates via UCAS Conservatoires; deadlines and requirements are available through, and agreement in writing must be provided from their home institution where this would be a transfer from their current studies. All students on exchange programmes will be subject to the Academy’s Regulations. Please note that it is not possible to transfer into Year 4 of our BMus programme.

If English is not your first language, exchange/year-abroad study placements require language skills equivalent to at least IELTS 6.0. 

Learning Agreement

Information about our course credit structures, to assist with compiling the Preliminary Learning Agreement in the application form, is available from the course books on the Academy Handbooks web page. If your placement is in the final year of your degree programme at your home institution, your final assessment (final recital) must be done at your home institution. The Erasmus Learning Agreement document can be completed after a place has been offered, when your preliminary LA details in the application form have been discussed.

Credits for study

Postgraduate: Postgraduate (masters-level) placements normally must be for our full academic year to gain credits. 
Undergraduate: The minimum attendance period to gain credits for undergraduate (bachelor-level) placements is one term (trimester), September to December, or January to April. (For jazz, the term must be September to December.)

Please consult our course books on the Academy Handbooks web page for details about our credit structures. 

Official transcripts are issued after the final Examination Board of the academic year, in July. If your exchange period finishes earlier in the year and you need confirmation of your Academy studies for your home institution, we will be able to write a letter confirming your study period dates and the course modules which you attended during the placement.


The deadline for receipt of exchange/study-abroad applications is 1 March for the following academic year, and we aim to respond with a decision during May.


Your application for exchange or study abroad should include:

Application Form (Word version) including the course level and study year of the proposed placement (for example, BMus Year 3). Please consult our course books on the Academy Handbooks web page when you compile your preliminary learning agreement on page 2 of the application.
Curriculum Vitae
Letter of motivation
Reference letter from your teacher

Academic transcript from your current study programme
Video recording: around 20 minutes of current repertoire, verified as being an authentic recording of your performance. 
(Timpani & Percussion candidates must record every item in the relevant repertoire list on the Percussion audition page. Composition candidates should upload three or four recent scores in PDF format, plus recordings if available). Please also include a spoken recording in English: identify yourself by your name, and then say something about your musical background and the training you have had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying to the Academy.
Your video recording,
verified by your own institution, and your completed application documents should be uploaded to Acceptd, selecting your instrument from the "Exchange" list. Then please ask your exchange or study abroad coordinator to contact to confirm your application. We do not use UCAS Conservatoires for exchange or study abroad applications.

Study Abroad and Exchange placements are only available at Bachelor Degree Year 3 or higher. To help us place you correctly in our own course structures, your current study year and academic programme [for example, Bachelor degree Year 2] must be clear in your application form, also we ask you to state the academic level of your proposed study placement at the Academy.
For example, if you expect to complete your Bachelor studies in the year of your application and progress to a Masters course in the year of your requested placement, please make this clear in your application so we can make the correct assessment.
The institution providing the Masters course must confirm that you hold the place, because the placement must form part of degree studies at your home institution.

Professor Allocation

You are welcome to indicate a preference for studying with a particular professor at the Academy, however the final decision about allocating students to professors is made by your Head of Department at the Academy during the summer vacation. It may not be possible for you to study with the professor you have requested. 


If you do not hold an EU, EEA or Swiss passport, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa and we will probably require a suitable IELTS or PTE Academic language test result, but if your study placement is less than six months in length, you can apply for a Short Term Student visa instead. Please see our guidance about this below:

Short Term Student: Visa Nationals:
Visa nationals must have a visa before travelling, even if coming to the UK for 6 months or less. You must apply for the Short Term Student entry clearance before you leave home. A list of visa national countries can be found in Appendix 2 on this web link

Short Term Student: Non-Visa Nationals:
We strongly advise that you apply for Short Term Student entry clearance (visa) before you leave home, even if you are not on the visa national list. It is possible to get this visa from immigration officials at the airport/port of entry but there are often problems if you request this visa on arrival. Experience shows that students who enter the UK without obtaining previous entry clearance are often given a General Visitor stamp in error, rather than a short-term student stamp even if a student declares that they intend to study, so we strongly advise against entering the UK without entry clearance.

Work is not permitted with the Short Term Student Visa, that ban includes external performances. 

Partner institutions for exchanges

Erasmus student exchange partners have included:

  • Austria
    Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
  • Belgium
    Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels
  • Czech Republic
    Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
  • Denmark
    Royal Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen
  • Finland
    Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • France
    Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse, Paris 
    Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse, Lyon
  • Germany
    Hochschule der Künste, Berlin
    Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin
    Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
    Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
    Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
    Hochschule für Musik Köln
    Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, Leipzig 
    Musikhochschule Lübeck
    Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim

    Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar
  • Netherlands
    Conservatorium van Amsterdam
    Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
    Prins Claus Conservatoire, Hanzehogeschool Groningen
  • Norway
    Norwegian State Academy of Music, Oslo
  • Sweden
    Malmö Academy of Music, University of Lund, Malmö
    Musikhogskolan vid Goteborgs Universitet, Gothenburg
  • Switzerland
    Haute école de musique de Genève
    Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz / Musik-Akademie Basel

Other study abroad partners (normally for whole-year placements only) have included:

  • Australia
    Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane
    Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney
    Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth
  • USA
    Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio
    Eastman School of Music, Rochester
    Indiana School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana
    New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
    Northwestern University, Illinois (full year placements only)
    Peabody Institute, Baltimore
    University of Miami (jazz exchange)

    Study Abroad information PDF

We also have had recent contact with the following institutions through teacher exchange programmes:

  • Austria
    Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität für Musik, Schauspiel ud Tanz, Linz
    University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
  • Finland
    Sibelius Academy University of the Arts, Helsinki
  • France
    Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood (CDML), Paris
  • Germany
    Berlin University of the Arts
    Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig
    Hochschule für Musik, Weimar
    Robert Schumann Hochshule, Düsseldorf
  • Japan
    Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai)
  • Ireland
    Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Italy
    Fausto Torrefranca Conservatory, Vibo Valentina
  • Latvia
    J Vitola Latvijas Muzikas Akademija, Riga
  • Lithuania
    Lithuanian Academy of Music, Vilnius
  • Norway
    Norges Musikkhøskole, Oslo
  • Spain
    Barcelona Liceu Conservatorio
    Canary Island Conservatory, Tenerife
  • Sweden
    Royal College of Music, Stockholm (KMH)
  • Switzerland (Swiss European Mobility Programme)
    University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Lausanne