Exchanges

As an RNCM student you will have an opportunity to go on an exchange to enrich your studies, grow as a musician, gain an insight into the international music arena and develop a network of professional and personal contacts.

Both programmes are run by the RNCM International Office. To get more information, please contact international@rncm.ac.uk

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport between 2014 and 2020. The programme offers our students funding towards a study exchange, from three up to 12 months, with our European partners. You can check who our current partners are by downloading the Partnership List from the menu on the right hand side.

International Exchanges

This programme offers opportunities with partner conservatoires globally, excluding European Union conservatoires. You can choose your exchange destination from the international partners list. You can check who our current partners are by downloading the Partnership List from the menu on the left hand side.

Outgoing Students

Eligibility:

  • You must be registered at RNCM as a European Union member states citizen. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Turkey and Switzerland also run exchange programmes.
  • Students must successfully complete their previous year of study preceding the exchange period.
  • You must be registered at RNCM and be in, at least, your second year of studies.
  • Third year of a Bachelor of Music (Classical/Jaaz) or
  • Second year of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Pop Music or
  • Second year (1 term) of a two-year Master of Music programme.
  • Fourth year GRNCM (Joint Course)
  • A Bi-lateral agreement must be in place between the RNCM and a host university or conservatoire. You can check who our current partners are by downloading the Partnership List from the menu on the left hand side.
  • The duration of exchange will be between three and 12 months.

Grants

The grant is a contribution towards your costs on exchange. The amount of grant varies from year to year and depends on the host country. An additional monthly supplement is available for students with an annual household income of less than £25,000.

Application Process for Outgoing Students

The application process for students wishing to exchange in 2016/17 is now complete. Eligible RNCM students will receive information regarding exchange opportunities for 2017/18 in October/November 2016.

The application process for ‘outgoing’ exchange students starts during the Autumn term, when all eligible students are invited to attend an Exchange Information Session with the International Office.

Following the Exchange Information Session, we will accept applications from students wishing to apply for an outgoing exchange and you will be asked to supply the following before our initial deadline of 31 January:

  • Application Form
  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • DVD Audition Recordings

You will then be asked to attend an appointment with the International Officer, to review your application and complete a Learning Agreement (a list of the modules that you would like to undertake) for each potential host institution. The final deadline for completed applications will be the 28 February. Applications are then submitted to the potential host institutions. Usually, applicants will have been considered and a decision reached by our partners by the end of May.

Please contact the International Administrator (international@rncm.ac.uk) for more information.

Incoming Students 

Eligibility: 

  • RNCM can host students from any of the institutions on our Partnership List.
  • A Bi-lateral agreement must be in place between RNCM and a host university or conservatoire. You can check who our current partners are by downloading the Partnership List from the menu on the left hand side.
  • The duration of exchange will be between three and 12 months.

Application Process for Incoming Students

The application process for students wishing to exchange in 2016/17 is now complete and we will not be accepting further applications for 2016/17. RNCM will re-open for 2017/18 applications in February 2017.

The application process for ‘incoming’ exchange students starts during our spring term, when we start to accept applications via our online application portal. The portal will open on the 14 February 2016. The deadline for applications will be the 15 March 2016.

The online application portal is now open and can be found here: Incoming Application Form

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Application Form
  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • Transcript of Records
  • Learning Agreement
  • DVD (Video Only) Audition Recordings (or weblinks)

Please contact your International Office or Erasmus Co-ordinator, as any potential exchange must be approved by your institution before you send an application.

Please contact the RNCM’s International Officer, Clair Rigby (international@rncm.ac.uk) for more information.

Staff Mobility

Erasmus exchange opportunities are available to RNCM staff as well as students. As a member of teaching staff at the College you may be eligible for funding to teach at one of our current partner conservatoires that take part in Erasmus. There is a requirement to deliver a minimum of eight hours teaching. Members of staff wishing to undertake a teaching exchange need to inform the RNCM International Office and obtain permission from their Head of School.

If you are interested and would like to receive further information, please contact International Office at international@rncm.ac.uk