Erasmus+, International and Study Abroad exchanges
If you would like to come to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on an exchange we actively encourage your ambitions. Stepping into new and unexpected experiences is a vital part of growing and developing as an artist.
The Erasmus+ Programme
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a recognised institution within the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, linking us to over 60 other conservatoires and institutions throughout Europe. Erasmus+ exchanges enable our students to study in Europe as part of their course and for students from partner institutions to study with us. The Conservatoire was awarded a European Charter for Higher Education in 2014 meaning that our students can participate in Erasmus+ mobility until 2020. ECHE
Our commitment to Erasmus+ is outlined in our ECHE Policy Document as follows:
The Conservatoire is resolutely international in outlook. International recruitment has grown steadily over the last decade to the point where 23.38% of the student body is from outwith the UK, with around 50 nations being represented. The Conservatoire views its internationalisation strategy as an essential element in the promotion of a rich and diverse student experience. We view our international engagements as being absolutely vital to the promotion of a rich and inclusive cultural mix. Performance is central to the Conservatoire’s student experience and therefore we carefully select our partners on the basis of their ability to offer our students a total professional performance experience in the context of a different national artistic culture. Similarly we would wish to ensure that incoming exchange students will benefit from the extensive and intensive performance opportunities which are integral to all aspects of our curriculum. Institutional profile is much more important than geographical location therefore as a Conservatoire we do not prioritise partnerships on the basis of location. The overriding objective for all our exchange activity is cultural enrichment. We believe and actively promote mobility as a vehicle for the greater understanding of national, European and world culture and also firmly believe that one’s own culture is very often better understood from an international perspective. We firmly believe that exchange programmes also promote an ethos of equality and diversity in our relatively small academic and artistic community. Because art is an international language we take a universal approach to exchanges and encourage all students at all levels and on all programmes to consider the opportunities presented by Erasmus activity. For staff, a particular priority for us is colleague’s exposure to new and different teaching methodologies which they can then apply in their home context.
We would wish to expose increasing numbers of students to different art forms and cultures thereby better equipping them to forge international careers and make international connections which will sustain their UK based career. We see staff mobility as providing vital input into our quality enhancement agenda through helping us benchmark our provision against sister European institutions and also though the infusion of new ideas and new ways of working. Through both student and staff mobility we learn from other world-leading institutions and through that contact the quality of our student experience is enhanced. Self-evidently our outbound students are exposed to Europe’s various languages which of course helps to address the residual issue of the relative insularity of the UK in terms of language development. Although not directly concerned with business the economic impact of culture and the arts is, of course well researched and documented and we believe that the cultural links which our inward and outward bound staff and students make with various professional companies attached to this and partner conservatoires will generate new cultural and economic activity. Our absolute priority with all of our engagements with Erasmus is cultural and academic enrichment. We are grateful for the opportunity to include non-teaching staff in the scheme in future and look forward to the sharing of best practice in terms of governance and institutional management.
We are also linked to several other institutions outside of Europe. International exchanges enable our students to study in North America, Asia or Australasia as part of their course and for students from international partner institutions to study with us.
Study abroad via The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University
Students registered with a select list of US colleges and universities can apply to study at the Royal Conservatoire for a trimester of full academic year via Arcadia University’s Study Abroad programme.
For more information about any of the above-mentioned exchange programmes please contact:
International and Student Experience Team
Academic Administration and Support
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
tel: +44 (0)141 270 8281