International Relations

The international dimension constitutes a key strategic orientation for the Conservatoire.

Extensive partnerships and participation in key professional networks involve hundreds of conservatoires, universities, dance companies, musical ensembles and orchestras, major cultural institutions throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Encounters with renowned international artists, short and long-term student and teacher exchanges, professional performance opportunities, and a broad range of joint bilateral and multilateral projects allow students to experience different audiences, artistic approaches and traditions. Individual and ensemble performances, internships and research, mediation and pedagogy all participate in this integrated approach.  The international vantage point and experience often contributes significantly to young musicians’ and dancers’ knowledge and personal development.


Above and beyond its European activities through the Erasmus program, the Conservatoire’s reach is broadly international – as can be witnessed by the large number of foreign students, exchanges of teachers and professors, and the organisation of musical and choreographic performances across the world. The Bologna process has reinforced international exchanges with our partner institutions : thanks to the ECTS credit point system, students can validate part of their studies abroad.

Short and long term exchanges, internships, professional opportunities and professional networks all participate in the multi-layered approach offered by the international division.

Europe, with over 40 partner institutions in 20 countries – constitutes a partner of choice. Thanks to European Erasmus funding, students and professors alike participate in exchanges, intensive programmes, and research platforms.

European projects offer the opportunity to meet major artists of our time, from baroque music to the contemporary, and to realize tours under professional conditions.

The best piano trios and string quartets work with leading European chamber musicians and experience in-depth study of the two Viennese schools in music at the European Chamber Music Academy, of which the Conservatoire is a member. In the same vein, orchestral study is reinforced through the participation of students in the Ossiach European Orchestral Academy, tutored by members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

The Conservatoire’s Graduate Orchestra’s rich collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia offers unique cross-fertilization between the British and French orchestral traditions.

Artist researchers integrated in the broader collaborative community meet through the annual European encounters instituted by EPARM, the Association of European Conservatoire’s dedicated research arm.

Professional training is also a time when artists weave their own professional networks, whilst being nourished by a host of differing traditions : the European Jazz Master established with four partner institutions allows each participant the opportunity to create their own artistic project whilst training in three of the partner schools.

Composers have opportunities to deepen their knowledge of other styles and to encounter new audiences : current examples include London and Glasgow, thanks to the Diaphonique Fund. Milan through Suona Francese in 2013, and Karlsruhe and Geneva in 2013-2014…

Beyond Europe, North America and the emerging countries, Brazil, Russia and China, provide splendid opportunities in the areas of interpretation, creation, pedagogy, mediation and research.

Teachers in training are leading innovative projects in disadvantaged districts of Sao Paulo.

Finally, these important international professional networks provide unique forums for dialogue and exchange.

The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, of which the Conservatoire is vice-president, includes 280 higher music education institutions and constitutes the single most important network in its field. Data base, think tank and forum for exchanges, the Association offers platforms in various specialisms, thematic working groups and annual meetings.

The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentations Centres includes 2000 members in 45 countries throughout the world.

The International Association of Schools of Jazz includes 80 members in 40 countries throughout the world, and allows professional musicians, both students and professors, the opportunity to meet and perform together during annual encounters.

The Audio Engineering Society ( includes engineers, researchers, acousticians, professionals, pedagogues, and students.

World-renowned Artists and Pedagogues

Each year the Conservatoire invites 30 major artists from all over the world teach master-classes.

Amongst recent invitees : Menahem Pressler, Hatto Beyerle, Dmitri Bashkirov, Salvatore Accardo, Christoph Eschenbach, Hakan Hardenberger…

In addition, the European Erasmus Programme facilitates the exchanges of professors with our partner institutions, allowing us to host first-rate artist-pedagogues.

International Students - International Exchange

Foreign students wishing to undertake a complete study programme at the Conservatoire should refer to the appropriate programme and department.

Students wishing to take advantage of the international exchange programs (Erasmus and International exchange) will find information on admission procedures here.



The Conservatoire’s Dance Division seeks to offer its students opportunities to discover new traditions, audiences, to open the doors to international careers, and to promote the Conservatoire’s approach to interpretation and choreography world-wide.

Professional Experiences, Targeted Partnerships

Tours and residencies, master-classes and new works by major choreographers lie at the heart of international activities in dance. The classical and contemporary Junior Ballets are  veritable professional companies, and are frequently showcased in professional conditions.

Strategic partnerships have been established with leading dance schools in Europe (London Contemporary School of Dance - The Place, the Palucca Schule Dresde, the Institut del Teatre à Barcelone, The Ciulionis National School), in the United States (the Juilliard School, New York), in Russia (Vaganova School in St Pétersbourg) and in Korea (K’Arts – Korean National Arts University in Seoul). 

The Place, London School of Contemporary Dance, will be the featured guest in 2013.

A Dance Career on the International Stage

Conservatoire dancers are very present on the international stage :  Conservatoire alumni are employed in ballet companies in Berlin, Bucarest, Prague, Copenhagen, Oslo and in Scotland, and with Emio Greco, Alvin Ailey, Nederlands Dans Theater, Amsterdam School for Choreography, and Israel’s Hofesch Schechter dance troupe.

International Students - International Exchange

Foreign students wishing to undertake a complete study programme at the Conservatoire should refer to the appropriate programme and department.

Students wishing to take advantage of the international exchange programs (Erasmus and International exchange) will find information on admission procedures here.

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