In an age of globalisation, gaining knowledge and experience in other countries during your studies is an essential aspect of your education in terms of ultimately improving your prospects on the labour market. There are various ways in which students at the Royal Conservatoire can gain this international experience. An important element is the various exchange programmes and scholarships that are available. One example is Erasmus+, a European exchange programme for students (and staff members) established by a network of institutes of higher education in music in 27 countries. The programme enables students at the Royal Conservatoire to spend a period at another of the participating institutes with a European scholarship. Students do not pay any additional tuition fees at the host institute and Dutch students retain their student grant in addition to the scholarship. In addition, credits earned abroad are also recognised in the Netherlands. Students can also study abroad via the Royal Conservatoire’s international ConNext network.

Erasmus+ exchange programme
Students can participate in Erasmus+, a European exchange programme of institutes of higher education in music from 27 countries. In other words, you have a wide range of options.. The programme allows you to study or do an internship at any of the participating institutes for between three and twelve months. The length of the study period varies from one institute to another.

What are the advantages?

  • you secure a place at one of the participating music institutes without having to pay additional tuition fees;
  • the period of study abroad is recognised as an integral part of your course in the Netherlands; 
  • you receive an Erasmus scholarship to help pay the additional costs of studying abroad, such as travel costs and a higher cost of living in the host country;
  • you receive help in registering and securing a place at the host institute;
  • in many cases the host institute will also help you to find accommodation.

ConNext 
The Royal Conservatoire is a member of ConNext, an international network of eight conservatories:

  • The Royal Conservatoire, the Hague
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
  • Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
  • Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
  • Schulich School of Music
  • McGill University, Montreal
  • Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore
  • The Orpheus Institute, Ghent

The aim of the network is to promote exchanges, development of expertise and curriculum development. Students can also participate in exchange programmes within this network. The ConNext consortium operates on the basis of the ‘ConNext Charter’, which sets out 10 basic principles that are endorsed by all the participating institutes.

Where and how can you register?
Students of the Royal Conservatoire who wish to apply for an Erasmus scholarship to take part of their course abroad can visit the International Office, where the Erasmus coordinator will be able to help them.

Scholarships and funds
In addition to European exchange programmes, there are also various national scholarships and funds available to help you study or conduct research abroad.
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The VSBfonds offers scholarships for students who have completed their course and wish to continue studying or to conduct research in another country.
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Education Service Centre / International Office

For questions please contact Eugène Eijken or Suong Thach.