Erasmus+ Exchange

We encourage all students to spend time studying abroad in Europe as part of their degree programme.

“It opened my eyes to a new way of living and attitude. It changed my outlook on music and helped me to view it in a global, holistic context. It gave me an opportunity to learn a new language, meet many different students from around the world and experience different ways of learning. Living away from my home country has challenged me to be more open-minded, independent, tolerant and self-aware”

Robyn Stapleton, BA (Hons) Scottish Music (Erasmus exchange student at the University of Limerick 2011/12)

If you are interested in applying for an Erasmus+ or International Exchange, you should attempt to attend one of the promotional presentations held each autumn. Details are emailed directly to students. You should also read the Erasmus and Exchanges page on the student portal.


Conservatoire students who are offered a place on Erasmus+ at a partner institution will receive funding. In academic year 2020/2021 the rates are as follows:

  • High cost of living countries – Group 1, £420 per month (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom)
  • Lower cost of living countries – Groups 2 and 3,  £370 per month (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, North Macedonia)

Additional funding is also available to those students from disadvantaged backgrounds (Widening Participation). The Disadvantaged Background supplementary grant is an extra £120 per month for disadvantaged students on study placements. To be eligible for this payment UK students need to be able to prove that they have a household income of £25,000 or less. Students from outside the UK should email for further details.

Care Experienced students are entitled to receive a one-off grant of £500 if they participate in Erasmus study mobility. This is in addition to the funding outlined above.

Application process

If you are interested in going on an Erasmus+ exchange to one of our European partners, you should first check with the International and Student Experience team (Sarah Ward and Pauline McCluskey) via see if there is an opportunity to do so in your subject area. Alternatively, you can check the list of international partners.

If your chosen institution is one of our partners and is accepting Erasmus applications for the forthcoming academic year, please complete/collect the following documents:

  • Application via the Association of European Conservatoire’s DreamApply online admission system (EASY)
  • Learning Agreement Erasmus_+_learning agreement_form (outbound 2021-2022)
  • Copies of a transcript of records from previous years’ study (available via your student contract)
  • E-recording or portfolio (normally 2 or 3 contrasting pieces for music students, maximum 15 minutes duration)
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Reference

Please note that the Conservatoire no longer permits full-year outbound Erasmus+ exchanges and you will only be able to participate in Erasmus+ for part of a year (either term one or terms two & three). Students in the School of Music must make an appointment with their Head of Department to discuss and get approval to apply for Erasmus+. They should then meet with their Head of Programme to discuss and complete the Erasmus+Learning Agreement.

  • For BEd (Hons) Music students: John Gormley
  • For BMus (Hons) students: Sam Ellis
  • For Masters students in the School of Music: Simon van der Walt
  • For BMus Traditional Music students: Josh Dickson

Students in the School of Drama, Dance Production and Film should discuss their exchange with their Programme Leader, who should also assist in completing the Learning Agreement and providing signatures.

Once you and the relevant staff members have signed your documentation, you should submit all documents to Pauline McCluskey, Administrator (International and Student Experience) in person or via by Friday 19 February 2021 for exchanges in academic year 2021/2022.  Your application and documents will then be forwarded to your chosen institution(s) for their consideration. You can apply to up to three partner institutions in any given application cycle. Please be aware that you may also need to go through an additional online application process if your prospective host institution requires you to do so.

The Royal ConservatoireInternational and Student Experience team will contact you with the outcome of your application and provide you with any relevant documentation as soon as possible. Our European partner institutions typically make their offers before the end of the academic year in June. Please note that all applications and correspondence will be through the International and Student Experience team, therefore please check your email account regularly.

Please let the International and Student Experience team know immediately if any of your personal or contact details change.

International Exchange

If you would prefer to spend a term studying beyond Europe’s borders, then International Exchange may suit you.  Please go to to view the list of partners you can apply to go to.  You select one international exchange partner, and up to three Erasmus partners as part of the application process. If you are interested in applying for an International Exchange, you should attempt to attend one of the promotional presentations held each autumn. Details are emailed directly to students. You should also read the Erasmus and Exchanges page on the student portal.


There is no RCS funding available in support of international exchange.

Application Process

The application is the same as for Erasmus+ apart from the learning agreement requirement.  You should complete an International Exchange Learning Agreement instead of an Erasmus+ one.   International Exchange Student Application Form OUTGOING STUDENT 2021-2022Please see above for details.

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