The Conservatorium van Amsterdam has more than 100 bilateral contracts with partner institutions across the world. In the framework of these collaborations, such as the Erasmus+ programme, the CvA is organising exchanges enabling CvA students to study abroad for one semester and students of our partner universities to spend one semester at the CvA. Our partners include amongst others the following institutions: 


  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris 
  • Conservatoire national supérieure de musique et de danse de Lyon
  • Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
  • Department of Music, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim 
  • Siena Jazz University 
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin
  • Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
  • Royal College of Music, London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
  • Hochschule für Musik, Cologne
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna
  • Universität "Mozarteum", Salzburg
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz
  • Popakademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Mannheim
  • Instituto Politecnico do Porto (ESMAE), Porto
  • Academy of Music, University of Zagreb 
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

For a more comprehensive overview please click here

Outside Europe

  • Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Frost School of Music, University of Miami
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • School of Jazz, The New School New York
  • Manhattan School of Music, New York

Incoming Exchange students

Admission is based on available study places for the chosen programme and the level of the student’s audition recording. Exchange students are expected to have an adequate level of English proficiency. They are, however, not required to submit proof of their language proficiency. 

The CvA aims to accept the same number of students as go abroad, but exceptions may be made for very talented exchange candidates.

Application process
Step 1: Get approval from your home institution
Students are advised to first contact the exchange coordinator/International Office at their home institution to get approval for the exchange. 

Step 2: Prepare your application documents
Students need to prepare the following documents

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Audition recordings of approximately 20 minutes (and scores for composers) submitted via YouTube, SoundCloud or Vimeo. Students have free choice regarding the pieces they would like to include.
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • Transcript of records (optional)

The Erasmus code of the Amsterdam University of the Arts/Conservatorium van Amsterdam is NL AMSTERD07.

Step 3: Submit your application
The CvA uses the EASY platform  to manage all exchange applications. Students first need to create an account, complete the application form and submit the necessary documents.

In the EASY platform students will also be able to create a preliminary study plan. More information regarding the study plan and relevant courses is available in the EASY platform.

Accepted exchange students will meet with our study advisors at the beginning of the exchange to discuss and finalise their study programme.

Academic year 2023-2024:

  • Call for applications opens: 1 February 2023
  • Call for applications closes: 1 March 2023 (for Autumn semester & Spring semester 2023/24)

Outcomes of the application
Students will be informed in the course of April/May about the outcomes of their application (depending on the programme they applied for).

Outgoing Exchange Students

CvA students can study abroad for one semester at one of our partner institutions - depending upon placement options and completion of the required subjects at the CvA. Information regarding the application procedure and deadlines can be found on MyAHK (under 'Studying Abroad') or by contacting the International Relations Officer.


Ruth Graf-Fleet International Relations Officer