How long can I study for?
Inbound students propose the length of study for the exchange on their application. However, the minimum duration of study is for one term (September to December). Alternatively, you can choose to come to Glasgow for two terms – January to June – or for the full academic year – September to June. RCS students can select to go abroad for one or two terms, but not for the full academic year.
What can I study?
The Learning Agreement form outlines your module choices and its content must be agreed upon before departure. You, your host institution coordinator and your Head of Programme at the Conservatoire should all agree to your proposed study plan. Any changes made on arrival at your host institution should be exceptional.
A normal full undergraduate course load at the Royal Conservatoire is 120 SCQF credits per year, which equates to 60 ECTS credits. The only exception to this is for students on BMus (Hons) Joint Principal Study whose course load equates to 140 credits (70 ECTS)per year. If you’re on exchange in term 1 you should aim to achieve a minimum of 20 ECTS and if you’re away in terms 2 and 3 you should aim for a minimum of 40 ECTS.
You can, if you wish to, choose subjects which are unavailable at RCS.
You should outline your module choices as fully as possible on your Learning Agreement. All your modules choices must be agreed by you, your home institution and by your Head of Programme at the Royal Conservatoire. To help you complete your application and Learning Agreement please refer to the Erasmus, International Exchange and Study Abroad Course Catalogue 2020-2021
Our academic programmes run for the full academic year (September June). Students attend the same classes and take the same examinations as RCS students studying towards their degree. All exchange students are expected to have a good level of English in order to follow modules and complete assessments. Students applying to the Conservatoire for BMus and MMus should have a minimum level of CEFR B2. Students applying for all other programmes of study should have a minimum level of CEFR C1.
How much does it cost to come to Glasgow?
Erasmus and International Exchange students do not pay any tuition fees to the RCS, as they continue to pay tuition fees to and are registered at their home institution. Study Abroad students pay for their tuition at the Royal Conservatoire via The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
In Glasgow, the cost of living for a student is between £12000 and £13500 per annum. If you are an Arcadia Study Abroad student your accommodation will be organised for you by Arcadia. Erasmus and International Exchange students who are in Glasgow for a full academic year can apply to stay in Base Glasgow. Those students who are visiting for less than a year will need to find alternative accommodation.
I have missed the application deadline can I still apply?
No. If you miss this deadline to apply for an exchange at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland then you cannot apply late. Please note that we only accept applications from students at our Erasmus+ or International Exchange partner institutions.
What is it like being an exchange student in Glasgow?
Through our exchange programmes, you will gain a new perspective of your subject by experiencing how it is taught in a different country. The following are all comments from previous Erasmus and International Exchange students at the Conservatoire.
“Everybody was very helpful and friendly. I didn’t have any problem at all integrating with local students. The support services were really effective. I always had the help for everything I needed.” Erasmus student in 2011/12
“I have enjoyed my stay a lot and feel I have gained new insights on my line of study and work in the future. This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along many times and I am very pleased with my choice. I have a third language to work in now and that has enhanced my possibilities of work in the future.” Erasmus student in 2011/12
Can I participate in Erasmus+ if I have a disability?
Erasmus+ pays particular attention to guidance, reception, physical accessibility, pedagogical and technical support services, and, especially, financing the extra costs for students and staff whose physical, mental or health-related conditions are such that their participation in Erasmus+ would not be possible without extra financial support. This is to ensure that you can take full advantage of an Erasmus+ mobility experience.
The Conservatoire, by signing the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), commits to ensuring equal access and opportunities to participants from all backgrounds. Therefore, students and staff with physical, mental or health-related conditions can benefit from the support services that the receiving institution offers to its local students and staff.
For your access needs during your mobility, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for students with physical, mental or health-related conditions in addition to the regular Erasmus+ study grant. In preparation of your Erasmus+ mobility, you should indicate your needs and foreseen extra costs linked to your physical, mental or health-related conditions, in order to apply for the Erasmus+ special needs support grant.
What are your access needs?
Areas that could be eligible for support linked to your Erasmus+ mobility, according to individual needs, include but are not limited to: adapted accommodation, travel assistance, medical attendance, supportive equipment, the adaption of learning material, an accompanying person, etc.