Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Study abroad

All of our courses give you the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. As part of our BMus Music Performance course, if you progress successfully, you will complete a compulsory year abroad where you will spend the third year of your degree studying in a conservatoire/music college environment at one of our partner institutions outside the UK.

For BA, BSc and MArts students, the University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia, or you might consider the Horizon Year Abroad which enables you to study in countries such as Japan or China.

Studying abroad is a great way to boost your confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to University after this experience, you’ll have a new perspective on life for your final year, and it will certainly be an advantage in planning for employment or further study.

If you want to study in a country that teaches in another language, our Language Centre can provide you with additional learning opportunities before you go.

You will also have opportunity to attend subsidised short programmes, usually over the summer, in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Short programmes, usually taken through summer schools, are a great chance to experience study and life in another country without taking a full year out. Find out more about short programmes.

Visit the Study abroad website to find out more

BMus destinations:

BMus students can apply to study in Europe or elsewhere worldwide, at a conservatoire, music college, or school of music at a university. (Due to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, we are not listing specific European destinations at present.)


BA/JH/MArts/BSc destinations:

Any of the worldwide destinations listed on the Study Abroad web pages are available to MArts/BA/JH/BSc students, provided they have suitable modules available.  You may also apply for the Horizon Year Abroad, which would enable you to study in English at a University in China, Japan, etc. (you need not study music on the Horizon Year Abroad).  See the Study Abroad website for further details.


Study Abroad is competitive, and students must gain minimum grades in order to apply for this opportunity.

Polly Horton, BMus Music (Performance)

I spent my third year studying at the University of North Texas. This was fascinating and an immense boost to my self-confidence. Truly an opportunity of a lifetime!


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