Coming on Exchange

Erasmus Charter

The Conservatoire has been awarded the "Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020". This enables the Conservatoire to continue the development of student and teachers exchanges, student traineeships as well as administrative and teaching staff mobility within the network of partner schools in European countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme. To read the Conservatoire's "Erasmus Policy Statement".

Coming on exchange

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

Students enrolled in partner institutions in Europe and the United States can apply for study exchanges of three to 9,5 months : these may begin at any time, however it is recommended that they take place at the start of the school year. The majority of these exchanges are arranged through the European Erasmus + programme, thanks to bilateral agreements between the Conservatoire and over 50 partner institutions.

Students wishing to take advantage of these programs should first contact the international student exchange coordinator in their home institution  for information concerning selection procedures and submission of applications.

Here's what Luise Volkmann, Saxophone Jazz Bachelor student from Hochschule für Musik de Leipzig in Germany, has to say :

In 2015/2016 the Paris Conservatoire was awarded the Erasmus+ "International Credits Mobility" program’s funding for the student exchange projects between France and USA. All eligible inbound and outbound students got financial help for their international mobility.

Here's what Haerim Lee, the PhD violin student from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, has to say :

Duration and period

Exchanges can last from three months to a full academic year.

Starting the exchange at the beginning of the academic year facilitates and often speeds up the integration process and is particularly recommended. Otherwise, it is recommended that students begin following a holiday period (cf. Academic Calendar).

Selection and admissions

Information on the application process may be obtained from Erasmus coordinators in partner institutions.

A student application package consists of:

Standard Erasmus+ Application form;
Standard Learning Agreement (in the case of singers, please indicate the voice-range);
Cover letter in English or in French explaining why the student wants to study
at the Paris Conservatoire and with which teacher;
Recommendation letter from a teacher or another artistic personality
In addition, candidates should provide:

  • For instrumental and vocal performers, a 20' to 30' recording (preferably a video) containing pieces in different styles, and, for instrumental players only an attestation certifying its authenticity (required even if the student has made a live audition with the teacher of his choice);
  • For composers, a portfolio of compositions;
  • For musicologists, a detailed description of past research and  the proposed study project while at the Paris Conservatoire .
  • For jazz students, the length of the recording should be 15 - 20 minutes and include : 1. one standard where the student plays the melody and takes a solo on the changes - with a rhythm section or group ; 2. one composition  by  the student or, in case he/she does not compose, an arrangement of a tune of the student’s choice that could indicate the student’s aesthetic direction - with a rhythm section or group ; 3. a free solo improvisation.
  •  For dancers, a DVD recording needs to be submitted, and will be decisive for acceptance. The DVD should include : 1 solo piece from the contemporary repertoire or an excerpt of a creation and one piece composed by the student (danced solo or in a group).  

For filling in your learning agreement, please use The Paris Conservatoire Curricula Guide and ECTS Guide.

The final admission decision is made based on recommendations from the principal professor as well as the international coordinator, taking into consideration the number of places available. Once a decision has been made, it is sent to the international coordinator at the applicant’s school. Successful applicants will then receive an acceptance letter by post, as well as additional practical information.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 15 for admission in the following academic year. Only applications submitted by international coordinators from partner institutions will be taken into consideration.

EUJAM : European Jazz Master

An innovative jazz Master’s course is provided with four partner institutions : Conservatorium van AmsterdamJazz Institute BerlinRhythmic Conservatory  in Copenhagen and the Music Faculty at the  Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Students must apply to enter one of the partner institutions; upon acceptance, their choices of partner study institutions will be validated.

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