The RCM has a large number of student exchange opportunities with leading European, American, Japanese and Australian music conservatories and universities. These provide an opportunity to study at another international music institution as part of your RCM studies.
The RCM is a member of the ERASMUS programme, a European Union initiative that promotes exchange of knowledge and learning throughout Europe. As a member, the RCM receives funding in order to offer financial support to those students who choose to go on a European exchange while they are registered at the RCM.
Most European (ERASMUS) exchanges are for a period of three months (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.
Student exchanges are an excellent opportunity for you to get to know another city and its culture, to learn or develop a new language, and to benefit from the new perspectives offered by a different teacher. They also provide an opportunity to develop new networks and contacts that can help advance your future career as a musician. Many past RCM students who have been on exchange have gone on to work abroad as a result.
Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Germany)
Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussels (Belgium)
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)
Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm (Sweden)
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Eastman School of Music (Rochester)
Manhattan School of Music (New York)
Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane)
Sydney Conservatorium (Sydney)
What RCM Students Have to Say
'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!'