Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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Study Abroad

Optional Year Abroad (for BA Music, BA Music with Enterprise, MArts, BArts Music and Music Psychology)

During your second year you’ll be able to apply to transfer to our Music (International) programme. This allows you to extend your degree by a year and spend your third year studying at one of our many partner universities worldwide. A new option is the Horizon study abroad year, which provides the opportunity to focus on language learning and intercultural understanding at one of a few specific Horizon destinations.

It’s a great opportunity to enhance your CV and gain a new perspective on your studies, as well as deepening your cultural awareness through more varied experience. In addition to being a highlight of your degree, it can give you real confidence in a competitive job market.

You can study in Europe (Paris or Turku, Finland) or North America, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand on a MArts or BA international year.

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BMus Music Performance (compulsory Year Abroad)

If you progress successfully, you’ll spend the third year of this degree studying in a conservatoire/music college environment at one of our partner institutions outside the UK.

It’s a great opportunity to develop your performance skills, explore another culture and develop personal skills that will stay with you for life. It will also be a great asset on your CV, whether or not you choose to pursue a performance career after graduation.

Language classes are available during your first two years to prepare you to study in a non-English speaking country, though you may study in English if you prefer. We have a range of exchange programmes with conservatoires and music colleges in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and other worldwide destinations.

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Current exchange destinations available for BMus students (please note you have to apply and be accepted to these institutions):

Czech Republic

Janácek Academyof Music and Performing Arts


Conservatoire Strasbourg

Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Dijon


Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt-am-Main

Hochschule für Musik Köln

Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar


Conservatorio di Musica “Evaristo Felice Dall’abaco”

The Netherlands

ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten Enschede


Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León (COSCYL)

United States of America

The University of North Texas College of Music

The Department of Music at the University of Illinois

Please note: we don’t yet know what effect ‘Brexit’ will have on our European study abroad programmes, but our Vice-Chancellor is firmly in support of continuing our links with Europe.  You can read his statement in full here.

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