For all fields of study, the application form with the required documents and recordings must be completed digitally by the deadline applicable to the relevant field of study. Click here for the deadlines.


You can. You must then complete the application form for both instruments and take a practical entrance exam.


The lessons at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam are taught in Dutch or English. Therefore every student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam must have a passive as well as an active knowledge of the Dutch or English language. Students who cannot speak and understand English (or Dutch), cannot be admitted to the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Students from outside the European Union need to obtain a language certificate. More information

No, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam does not offer any part-time studies.


For Classical, Jazz & Pop programmes, it is compulsory to send in a recording. Check your main subject (Main subjects Classical, main subjects Jazz) for the specific admission requirements.

Different admission requirements apply for Music & Education. You can find those here.



The admission requirements for the preparatory programme are the same as the admission requirements for the bachelor's programme. The requirements can be found under your main subject (Main subjects Classical, main subjects Jazz). The assessment takes into account your desire to do the preliminary course.


On this page you can see if you have to take a theory test.

Classical candidates will be assigned a tutor (correpetitor). On the day of your entrance exam, you will have the opportunity to go through your pieces with him/her.

For jazz candidates, a trio (piano, bass and drums) will be present on the day of the entrance exam. You will be given 20 to 30 minutes to rehearse before your entrance exam.

Pop candidates should bring their own band or accompany themselves.

However, candidates for the Young Pop Academy can opt for accompaniment from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.


As soon as the results are announced, you will be notified by e-mail. The date of announcement varies per main subject.


As soon as the results are known, you will be notified by e-mail. The announcement date varies for every main subject. Immediately after the practical exam, you will be notified of your result, which may be: rejected or admissible. (See next question for more information).

Admissible means that you have passed your practical exam and that the admissions committee considers you admissible to study at the CvA. Your definite admission depends on the amount of places available for your principal subject and, if applicable, the result of the theory test. The management decides how many new students can be admitted per principal subject and which students will definitively be admitted. The results will be sent in writing.


As soon as the decision of the management is known, you will be informed by e-mail. The date of notification varies per main subject.

Waiting lists occur when more students are admitted to a principal subject than there are study places available. It is therefore not possible to say in advance which main subjects will have waiting lists.


Yes, but only if you notify us one week before your exam at the latest. 

In principle you will be placed with the teacher of your preference unless there is no place available. In that case you will be placed with a different teacher.


Candidates who have not yet reached the required level for admission to the bachelor's degree programme, but are capable of achieving this level within one or two years. Or candidates that already have reached the required level, but are still in secondary education.



No. During individual lessons Dutch or English is spoken and the majority of theory lessons is also taught in English.


Please see Tuition fees. If you have any questions regarding the (payment of your) tuition fee, please contact the Enrolment Office of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Jodenbreestraat 3, telephone: 020 527 7734, email: csa@ahk.nl.


The fee for contract study may vary per individual and depends on the number of subjects you take. For information please contact Mr. Will Jansen, will.jansen@ahk.nl (for classical music), or Mr. Bram Strijbis, bram.strijbis@ahk.nl (for jazz).

Your schedule will be presented on the first day of the new academic year. During the summer holidays you will receive information from the Service Bureau of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Make sure we have your correct address!

In principle you are expected to be available five days a week to attend lessons.


Though there are some students who combine the Conservatory study with another study, combining two fulltime studies is generally very difficult. You will encounter various problems, such as lessons and lectures taking place at the same time, and the amount of time both studies will take. A fulltime study, like the Conservatory study, requires a time investment of forty hours a week. Obviously your choice of second study also matters; if you want to combine your Conservatory study with Musicology, you might be exempted from a number of subjects. In short: combining two studies is not to be recommended.


Yes. The lessons of the preliminary training do not take more than four or five hours a week and are generally scheduled at the end of the day. For classical preliminary students the possibility exists to take lessons on Saturdays.


No. For more information on student housing please click here.


No, that is not possible. All CvA study programmes start in September.