Study Abroad and Conservatory Exchange

The Conservatory Exchange Program expands opportunities for Eastman students by creating student exchanges with leading European conservatories. A semester or year abroad offers the chance to improve language skills, appreciate a different culture, find a unique educational experience, learn about national performing styles, complete important research, and/or seek career opportunities.

Our current conservatory exchange partners are:

  • Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, France
  • Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, Germany
  • Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Royal College of Music, London, England
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England
  • Staatlich Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany
  • Sibelius Akatemia – Helsinki, Finland
  • Univertität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Eastman students participating in an exchange pay tuition and receive financial aid through the Eastman School, and receive tuition-free study at a cooperating European conservatory. Living and travel expenses and other costs or fees are borne by the student.

Undergraduate students who may be interested in a year or semester abroad are urged to plan their course schedule several semesters into the future in order to fit study abroad into their curriculum. Ideally, students will study abroad during their junior year, or during the second year of the master’s degree. Master’s or doctoral students may use the exchange year to extend their degree studies by a semester or a year.

Eastman will be implementing an online application system for the Conservatory Exchange Program during the fall 2015 semester. Information materials, application form, and recommendation forms will all be coordinated through this system and all forms must be submitted online by December 1, 2015. Questions about the application process can be directed to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs or AcademicAffairs@esm.rochester.edu.

Eastman students also have the option of participating in programs offered by the University of Rochester’s Study Abroad Office, although these programs are not always directly relevant to a musical education. IES (the Institute for the International Education of Students, www.iesabroad.org) offers music-based study programs in London, Milan, Paris, and Vienna. The Milan program in particular offers instruction at several conservatories, including the Accademia Musical G. Marziale, the Civica Scuola di Musica, and the Conservatorio G. Verdi.

IES also offers opportunities for non-musical study in additional locations. Application to IES programs is made directly to IES (an independent organization) or the University of Rochester’s Study Abroad office, with support from Eastman in securing the best possible teacher.