Erasmus+ exchanges

We encourage all students to spend time studying abroad 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 homecountry has challenged me to be more open-minded, independent, tolerant and self-aware”

Robyn Stapleton, BA (Hons) Scottish Music (Erasmus exchangestudent atthe University of Limerick 2011/12)

If youare 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 2019/2020the 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 Experiencedstudents 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+ exchangeto one of our European partners, you should first check withthe International and Student Experience team (Sarah Ward and Pauline McCluskey) see if there is an opportunity to do soin your subject area. Alternatively, you can check the list of international partners.

If yourchosen institution is one of our partners and is accepting Erasmus applicationsfor 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 2020-21) for EASY Application
  • 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+ forpart of a year(either term one or terms two & three). Students in the School of Music must make an appointment withtheir Head of Department to discuss and get approvalto apply forErasmus+. 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: Steve Halfyard
  • ForMasters students in the School of Music: Simon van der Walt
  • ForBMusTraditional Music students: Josh Dickson

Students in the School of Drama, Dance Production andFilmshould 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 21st February2020for exchanges in academic year 2020/2021. 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 teamwill contact you with the outcome of your application and provide you with any relevant documentation as soon as possible.Our Europeanpartnerinstitutions typically make their offers beforethe end of the academic year in June. Please note that all applicationsand 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.

Data Protection

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has published a number of documents to support good data protection practice and to comply with current Data Protection law. They can be viewed at: