Coming on Exchange

Students enrolled in partner institutions in Europe and the United States can apply for temporary study exchanges. The majority of these exchanges are arranged through the European Erasmus + program, thanks to bilateral agreements between the Conservatoire and over 50 partner institutions in Europe. For the students coming from the non-European partner institutions, application process, content of studies and academic recognition are based on the same rules as for the Erasmus+ students. However, the exchange is expected to be reciprocal.

During their studies at the Paris Conservatoire foreign exchange students benefit from the same rights and rules as regular students. They remain enrolled in the home institution.

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".

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

International Credit Mobility Program

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 :

Coming on exchange/ Selection and admissions

Students wishing to take advantage of the exchange programs should first contact the International Student Exchange Coordinator in their home institution for information on internal deadlines and selection procedures.
The application must be submitted through the EASY platform prior March the 15th of the year before the exchange. Only the applications approved by the coordinator of the sending institution will be taken into consideration. The Application Form will be filled in directly on-line. The Learning Agreement can be filled in from the EASY platform or uploaded as a PdF file. The Learning Agreement must be validated by the relevant responsible pedagogical person at the sending institution. In the case of singers, please indicate the voice-range.

Following documents must be uploaded in PdF to the part « Documents »:

  • Cover letter in English or in French explaining why the student wants to study at the Paris Conservatoire and with which teacher (it can be filled in directly on the EASY platform)
  • Recommendation letter from a teacher or another artistic personality
  • CV or Biography in French or in English
  • Transcript of Records
  • For musicology students, a detailed description of the past research and the proposed study project while at the Paris Conservatoire
  • For composers : a portfolio of compositions

Audio or video recordings must be uploaded to the part « Medias ».
Here are the requirements for the recording:

For instrumental and vocal performers: a 20' to 30' recording (preferably a video), containing pieces in different styles, and an attestation certifying its authenticity. The recording is mandatory even if the student has made a live audition with the Conservatoire’s teacher of his choice
For jazz students: the length of the recording should be 15 to 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 she/he 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 video which should include: one 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 sound engineers: three personal audio or audio-visual productions of the student
For composers: a recording of personal compositions can be aided  to the part « Media »
For filling in your learning agreement, please use The Paris Conservatoire Curricula Guide and ECTS Guide. Exchange students can choose subjects flexibly. For example, if you are a Master level student, you’ll not find chamber music in the table relevant to this level. However, if chamber music is required for your curricula at the home institution, you can put it in the table “A” of the Learning Agreement and we are going to do our best to offer you a place in this class.

Lists of the optional and complementary disciplines are being updated every year in June. Here are lists of the current year:

Duration and Admission

The duration of stay can be of 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).
The final admission decision is made prior to end of June. It is based on recommendations from the principal professor, the department head 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 student (through the EASY platform) and to the international coordinator at the applicant’s school. Successful applicants will then receive a signed copy of the learning agreement as well as additional practical information by e-mail. An acceptance letter will be sent by regular post.

French language proficiency

The recommended level of French language proficiency is B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The B2 level is required for musicology and sound engineering students. Weekly French classes are offered to the incoming exchange students.

Content of studies and academic recognition

The content of the study program is described in the Learning Agreement, which must be approved by the student, the sending institution and Paris Conservatoire prior to the start of the exchange. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is used for the academic recognition. The “Student Guide” containing the detailed description of the curricula in each pedagogical department can be downloaded here Guide de l’élève
The recognition of studies abroad is handled by the home institution. It is based on the transcript of records provided to the student by the receiving institution at the end of the stay. The Grading System of each partner institution is described in the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement.

Selection and admissions

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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