About the Conservatorium van Amsterdam:
Students in the Frost School of Music have the opportunity to directly enroll at the largest and most diverse conservatory in the Netherlands, with access to instruction in jazz music performance, theory, and composition. Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) applicants should be strong Performance, Composition, or Theory majors with the motivation and intention to become professional musicians, music scholars, or composers. With students attending CvA from all over the world, the vast majority of courses at the CvA are taught in English.
The CvA’s facility, which includes recital halls, classrooms, and practice rooms, is located in the center of Amsterdam, across the street from the Muziekgebouw, the purpose-built home of contemporary music and jazz in Amsterdam.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
As a key cultural and intellectual center in western Europe, Amsterdam provides an ideal environment for academic study. Amsterdam attracts students from all over the Netherlands and beyond. As the capital city with a population over 790,000 inhabitants Amsterdam is the financial, creative and cultural heart of the Netherlands. It is also home to numerous international companies, institutions and museums. The city boasts beautiful architecture and more than 150 canals, lending Amsterdam its unique and charming historical ambience. Amsterdam is considered easy-going and welcoming to foreigners since and English is the city’s second language. Getting around is easy using the extensive public transport system, or you can explore the city by bike, discovering places no cars, buses or trams can take you.
Room & Board
Conservatorium van Amsterdam does not provide accommodation, but will provide information about student housing options. The global office at CvA will assist if students encounter difficulty. September is typically the peak period for student housing, so students should begin their search very early on and inquire with CvA's global office.
Fall Semester: Early September to late December
Spring Semester: Early January to late April