The Royal Academy of Music has 650 students from over 50 countries and is considered to be one of Britain’s most renowned conservatories. It was founded in 1822, and in 1999 it became the first conservatory to be admitted as a full member of the University of London. Academy musicians study for University of London degrees in varied programs such as instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theater and opera.
The facilities at the Academy are first–rate, with a state-of-the-art recital hall and a new performance center containing 11 practice studios that are fully sound-proofed and equipped with brand-new pianos. The museum is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of musical instruments and artifacts.
In addition to a busy schedule of lessons, classes and master classes, students will be enriched by the Academy's comprehensive calendar of concerts, operas, musical theatre shows and other events, in which they work regularly with leading practitioners.
London is widely acknowledged to be the musical capital of the world. The Academy is right in the heart of the city, within easy reach of many famous venues. London has five resident symphony orchestras, all of which perform regularly during term-time, as well as two major opera houses. The Academy has particularly strong links with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Sinfonietta. London is a recognized center for experimental jazz, and Academy students perform regularly at the famous 606 Club.
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.
Room and Board:
The Academy has access to a wide range of accommodation, including halls of residence in the University of London. The canteen on campus serves healthy and value-for-money meals, including vegetarian options, during the school day.
3.0 GPA and junior standing
Full Year: Early September to late-June
Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December