Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
Erasmus+ for RCS Students
RCS students have the opportunity to apply to study at one of the Conservatoire’s many partner institutions as part of their programme of study. Commonly known as ‘mobility’, students are permitted to study in Europe in either term 1 or terms 2 and 3. Mobility in the first or final year of a student’s programme of study is prohibited, with the exception of students on Master of Music who are allowed to study in Europe in terms 2 and 3 of year one. Students study for credit and are expected to take, and pass, a pre-specified number of modules which form part of the student’s overall degree programme.
For an overview of the Erasmus+ programme please see: Erasmus+ Learning Together brochure 2016 and https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/advice-for-participants
Students must apply to study at one of our partner institutions. Applications to institutions that are not partnered with the Conservatoire are not permitted. Please see our current Partner Institution List
The Erasmus grant rates for 18/19 for student study mobility have been confirmed as:
- €350 per month for group 1 countries and €300 per month for group 2 and 3 countries with an additional €120 per month for disadvantaged students*
Group 1 countries are:
|Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway|
Group 2 countries are:
|Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal|
Group 3 countries are:
|Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey|
*disadvantaged students are those from the UK who come from a family with an overall household income of £25,000 or less. Those from outside the UK can also be considered as disadvantaged students if they can provide proof (in English) that they would be entitled to low-income family support should they have chosen to remain in their home country in order to study.
The Conservatoire now offers a one-off grant of €500 to care experienced students who participate in Erasmus study mobility.
Erasmus+ and International Exchange 2019/2020
If you are interested in participating in either an Erasmus+ or International Exchange in Academic Session 2019/2020 please complete the attached form.
Without completion of the above form we cannot consider any subsequent application for Erasmus study mobility.
How to apply for Erasmus
Most of our Erasmus partner institutions will be part of the EASY application system. You should apply via this system regardless of whether your chosen institution is a member or not. https://aec.dreamapply.com/
Once you have submitted your list of chosen partners (you must do so between 26th November 2018 and 14th December 2018) and submitted your applications via EASY (between 15th December 2018 and 28th February 2019) you will be informed if the institution you’d like to study at is not a member of EASY. You will then be emailed with instructions of what you must do next. The institution you’d like to study at may invite you to additionally apply via their own online form or via a paper form to be sent by email.
To see the application procedure in more detail please review the following presentation Erasmus+ Promotional Presentation for Academic Year 19-20
Many of our partner institutions have issued detailed guidance on how to apply to their institution. This will be located in the country section below.
Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event that you are asked by an institution you’d like to study at to submit a paper application form you may use the form below:
In the event that you’re asked to submit a paper learning agreement by email, or you’d prefer to upload the paper version to EASY instead of using the electronic version please use the form below:
For 2019/2020, it is anticipated that a supplementary grant will be available for those students from a disadvantaged background who are undertaking a work or study placement. The Disadvantaged Background supplementary grant in 18/19 was an extra €120 per month for disadvantaged students on study placements. We do not yet know what the rate will be for 2019/2020. Eligible students are defined as disadvantaged by the relevant authorities and are eligible for grants and loans. For example, in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, these are students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less. For students from outside the UK, decisions on entitlement to this grant are made on the same principles as the £25,000 threshold stated above. That is, if the student is entitled to receive extra payments based on national or regional criteria for disadvantage, and can provide evidence of this. However, it is ultimately at the discretion of the Conservatoire how it uses the payment for disadvantaged students. Please see the Conservatoire’s policy below:
All students who participate in Erasmus+ are required to take a language assessment at the start and end of their mobility period with the exception of those students going to Ireland. It is free and the results have no impact on the student’s programme of study at the Conservatoire. Students will automatically receive an email asking them to take the assessments. They will also receive an invite to take a free, high-quality online language course.
If you’re wondering whether Erasmus+ would be a good fit for you take a look at the following case studies:
Information sent to RCS from partner institutions about the programmes of study they offer will be uploaded regularly below. It is for information only and applications should NOT be sent directly by students to partner institutions.
MDW offers German classes for ECTS credits. Please see the information at German Classes at MDW (University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna)
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – Information Sheet 18.19
Erasmushogeschool Brussel Erasmus application information 1819 Application guidelines Incoming Erasmus for study 2018-2019
School of the Arts Ghent
Attached you can find our information sheet for incoming student next academic year 2019-20. Please provide this information to students wishing to apply for an exchange at our institution.
Our application procedure can be found on : https://www.schoolofartsgent.be/en/international/incoming-students/application-and-admission-procedures
Please note our new deadline for the autumn semester / academic year : 1 May 2019 (all programmes)
Students can apply online as from 1 March 2019.
Please send also the link to our study programmes to applicants from your institution: https://www.hogent.be/studiefiches/?ectsaction=ects:main&acadjaar=2018-19&taal=2
Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg
Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen
CNSMD de Lyon. Information on the application process can be found here.
University of the Arts Berlin. Students can apply to the music programmes. Some CPP students may be interested in the BA Dance, Choreography and Contexts course offered by HZT (the dance center that offers the course). HZT has its own partners who have priority so RCS students should apply for the summer semester (mid April to mid July).
Study plan for Music UDK Berlin This information should be included in your Study Plan on EASY and in your Erasmus learning agreement
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar
To apply to Weimar you should apply via EASY before 28th February 2019 and then print and complete the HfM Weimar application form and email it as a PDF along with the supporting documents and recording/folio to email@example.com in time for it to be sent to Weimar by 31st March 2019.
Students will find information about the courses and the application form on their website at:
The Erasmus contact in Weimar is Signe Pribbernow
Lyon CNSMD – applications for Erasmus mobility are to be made via EASY Platform between 08.01.2018 and 24.02.2018 for full academic year, autumn semester and spring semester stays.
University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest
http://szfe.hu/en/incoming-exchange-students/ This link contains module information
You should apply via EASY before 28th February 2019 and then print your application and email it along with the supporting documents and recording/folio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th May 2019
Places are very limited for Voice classes
Documents required: Erasmus application form or traineeship proposal, Transcript, introducing letter, 15-minute performance (youtube link is preferable). For composers: a portfolio containing a selection of recent works.
Lessons are mainly in Italian language, especially the theory subjects. The specialization course of Music therapy welcomes incoming students, but would-be traineeship will be available only for students with advanced Italian language knowledge.
Royal Irish Academy of Music
University of Limerick
Royal Conservatoire The Hague
University of Bergen (Traditional Music students only)
Paperwork for OUTBOUND RCS Erasmus Students
Erasmus+ for Students from Partner Institutions
Erasmus+ for RCS Staff
If you’re employed by the Conservatoire and you’re interested in applying to teach or train in Europe please complete the appropriate form below:
In order to apply you should have an informal invitation to teach (from a partner institution) or to train (from any organisation in the EU) but you don’t necessarily have to have confirmed your exact mobility dates. This can be done after your application has been approved by the Director or Academic Registrar. The minimum duration for a teaching or training mobility is two days. Please direct any questions to email@example.com
International Exchange for Students
The Conservatoire has several international exchange partners outside of Europe. The application procedure is exactly the same as for Erasmus+. Please see above
The University of Melbourne
Edith Cowan University
Study in Australia website
Visas for studying in Australia
Cape Breton University
Useful information on living in Canada
Getting a visa for studying in Canada
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Information on visas for Hong Kong although guidance will be given to students by Pauline Chan from HKAPA
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore
- CalArts — Valencia, California (BMus and BA PTM/PAD only). Application deadline is February 15th 2019. Information/Documentation required for the online application process can be found CalArts 2019-2020. Online applications can be made here: Please ensure that you complete the CalArts application form and the EASY application by 15th February 2019.
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (BA Acting only)
- Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (BMus and MMus only) Their semester dates are available at Semester Dates
Course Catalogue The application link is: application.cim.edu/apply. Applicants should choose “International Exchange Student Application.” Everything needed sent in will be done through the application including recordings, letters of recommendation, and a current transcript.
- University of the Arts, Philadelphia (BA Filmmaking)
Useful information on studying in the USA from the Fulbright Commission
Information on US visas for exchange students
Campus France, the French National Agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services and international mobility, has simplified and updated its course catalogue. Please see website details with students who are interested in studying in France as their site contains lots of useful information with over 450 courses listed, as well as advice on finances, living and studying in Franc