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.
Due to Brexit, it is not yet known whether the UK will participate in the new Erasmus programme due to start in 2021 and end in 2027. However, RCS students can go on Erasmus during academic year 2021/2022.
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 (Autumn Semester) or Terms 2 & 3 (Spring Semester) of the following academic session. Mobility in the first or final year of a student’s programme of study is also prohibited. 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 Erasmus Partner Institution List
The Erasmus grant rates for 2021/2022 are not yet known. The rates for 2020/2021 for student study mobility are:
- €420 per month for group 1 countries and €370 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, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North 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.
Health Insurance for Erasmus Students
You need to make sure that you have appropriate health insurance when you study in Europe. EU nationals should ensure they take their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them. UK nationals should also take their EHIC card with them if it has not expired. If it has expired, you need to apply for a time-limited (to the length of your course) Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). You must apply by post using this form and provide an accompanying letter from the Conservatoire confirming the name and address of the RCS, the address of where you’re studying in the EU, details of the qualification you’re studying for and the dates your course started and is due to finish. You must post the form and letter to:
Overseas Healthcare Services
NHS Business Services Authority
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Please note that GHICs and old UK EHICs do not work in Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. However, the UK and Norway have a reciprocal healthcare agreement in place and so if you’re a student in Norway you can use your UK passport to access healthcare on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.
The RCS permits all outbound Erasmus students to be included on its business travel insurance policy. There is no need to apply for this as your details are automatically passed to the insurer. However, the policy will only cover you from the first day of your course in Europe until the last day of your studies in Europe.
Visas for studying in Europe
The spreadsheet below details the visa requirements for those going to any of the 27 EU member states.
Erasmus+ and International Exchange 2021/2022
Notification of Interest Form
If you are interested in participating in Erasmus in Academic Session 2021/2022 please indicate your interest in participation no later than 10 January 2021,
by completing this form.
Without completion of the above form we cannot consider your application for 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 24 November 2020 and 10 January 2021) and submitted your applications via EASY (between 10 January 2021 and 19 February 2021) 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.
If you attempt to apply to a partner via EASY but they are not listed as an active partner on the system, it may be that the partner institution has not yet set up their active partners for the year. It is done on an annual basis and the partners who have later application deadlines than RCS sometimes set up their system later than the RCS’s internal deadline of 19 February. If this is the case please contact email@example.com
To see the application procedure in more detail please review the following presentation Erasmus Promotional Presentation for 2021/2022
For help with submitting your EASY application go to
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.
In the event that you are asked by an institution to submit a paper application form, in addition to completion of your application via EASY, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that your application is nominated and submitted on time. 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 2021/2022, 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 20/21 was an extra €120 per month for disadvantaged students on study placements. We do not yet know what the rate will be for 2021/2022. 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:
*disadvantaged is a term used by the European Commission.
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 or to a country of which the student is a native speaker of the national language. 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 an optional, free of charge, 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.
University of Performing Arts, Vienna (MDW): University of Performing Arts, Vienna
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
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp: Royal Conservatoire Antwerp
Erasmushogeschool Brussel: 20-21 Application Guidelines, EhB Fact Sheet 20-21 can be found here. Students must make application via EASY in the first instance, additional application instructions will be received once nomination process ends on April 15th 2020.
School of the Arts Ghent: Attached you can find our information sheet for incoming students to the School of Arts Ghent Information 2019-20 Information Form
Deadline for the autumn semester / academic year : 1 May 2020 (all programmes). Students can apply online as from 1 March 2020. The online application procedure can be found here: https://www.schoolofartsgent.be/en/international/incoming-students/application-and-admission-procedures
HAMU – Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague: Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague — HAMU
Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg: Deadline for applications is 5th March 2021. All applications to be made via EASY further information can be found here: 2020-2021 The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Aalborg
Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen: RDAM Copenhagen Application Information 1819
Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences:
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki:
Only one application round for applying to Sibelius Academy, updated information can be found here, please ensure that you complete your Learning Agreement carefully.
Applications for Erasmus mobility are to be made via EASY Platform between 8th January 2020 and 24th February 2020 for full academic year, autumn semester and spring semester stays.
University of the Arts Berlin:
Students can apply to the music programmes, with the exception of Jazz. https://www.udk-berlin.de/en/service/international-office/exchange/student-exchange-programme/studying-abroad/erasmus-mobility-programme/
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar:
To apply to Weimar you should apply via EASY and then print and complete the HfM Weimar application form and email it as a PDF along with the supporting documents and recording/folio (max 20 min performance via unlocked YouTube link) to email@example.com in time for it to be sent to Weimar by 31st March 2021. The Erasmus contact in Weimar is Sandra Domanetzki. Students will find course information and the application form on their website. Erasmus+ student exchange procedure 2021 22
Braunschweig University of Art (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig) (HBK):
Term dates – (Winter Term 1/10 to 31/3) (Summer Term 1/4 – 30/9)
University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest : Additional information can be found on the information sheet, please ensure you submit the Application Form via the AAS office as well as your online application via EASY. Module information can be found here http://szfe.hu/en/incoming-exchange-students/
Conservatorio Verona: http://www.conservatorioverona.it/it/international/
You should apply via EASY and then print your application and email it along with the supporting documents and recording/folio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th May 2020
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: : Erasmus Application Information RIAM
University of Limerick: Fact Sheet 2019-20
Royal Conservatoire The Hague: https://www.koncon.nl/en/international/exchange-incoming-students
University of Bergen: (Traditional Music students only) Further information can be found here Fact Sheet UiB 2020-2021
Music Conservatory of Canary Islands: CSMC (Conservatoire in the Canary Islands)
Royal College of Music Stockholm:
Applications should be submitted via EASY by 21st February 2020, additional practical information can be found here
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
If you are interested in taking part in international exchange in 2021/2022 please complete this Notification of Interest Form by 10 January 2021.
The University of Melbourne – PLEASE NOTE THAT MUSIC STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO INCLUDE A RECORDING WITH THEIR APPLICATION.
Edith Cowan University
Study in Australia website
Visas for studying in Australia
Cape Breton University
RCS student Isla Ratcliff enjoyed her time at CBU and produced a short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM8PLkvh5bs&t=9s
University of Toronto (partnership pending)
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). The CalArts application deadline is February 15th 2021 but please ensure that you complete the CalArts application form and the EASY application by 10 February 2021. Information/Documentation required for the online application process can be found CalArts 2019-2020. Online applications can be made here:
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (BA Acting only)
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.
Useful information on studying in the USA from the Fulbright Commission
Information on US visas for exchange students