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Study abroad in Cardiff

With our study abroad programmes, you can immerse yourself in our vibrant conservatoire environment, make new friends from all over the world and broaden your skills whilst enhancing your résumé.

A number of study options

If you are studying for a full degree programme in an international institution, our study abroad programmes offer you the opportunity to study in the relevant department here at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

You can follow an intensive pathway for one or two terms (13 or 26 weeks) – or sometimes for a full year.

The College also has reciprocal exchange partnerships with a range of institutions through Erasmus + (third party country) and also via the unique Welsh Government Taith scheme, that supports outgoing and incoming student and staff mobility. If you are studying at one of the College’s partner institutions and you would like to apply for a study period at the RWCMD, please email for further information and instructions. You can see a list of our current partner institutions below.

Why study with us?

  • Our thriving, multicultural institution welcomes 800 students from more than 40 countries. You’ll train side-by-side with other instrumentalists, actors, singers, composers and performance designers and will work with them on projects throughout the year.
  • Collaboration forms a huge part of what we do, allowing you to immerse yourself in new experiences with a broad range of disciplines and skills from across the college. Our unique student-led company REPCo, encourages students to work together to be bold, imaginative and entrepreneurial.
  • Our industry partnerships provide real-world, enhanced learning experiences with leading arts organisations and professional musicians, also offering you opportunities to build your future professional networks.
  • RWCMD is a vibrant arts centre staging 500 performances a year (many of which are free) which are a combination of world-leading artists and student work, often side by side. Regular major events at RWCMD include BBC Young Musician of the Year, and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and standalone events such as the World Harp Congress in July 2022.
  • The College is the first UK conservatoire to achieve a gold standard level of quality assurance across Music, Drama and Under 18s in the recent international MusiQuE, Music Quality Enhancement review. Reviewers were particularly impressed with the College's approach to the individual student experience, multidisciplinary collaboration, and overall ambition, citing RWCMD as a shining example of best practice across European conservatoires, and reflecting the College's exceptional people and unique community.
  • As the world’s only Steinway-exclusive conservatoire the College now has a world-leading fleet of pianos, and every acoustic piano at the College is a Steinway.
  • We fundamentally believe in the power of music to transform and enrich society, developing skills in teaching, coaching and co-creating projects to create musicians of the future who will make an impact as performers, teachers and enablers within the broader community. Fundamental questions - ‘How can we shape the industry of the future’, ‘How can we use art to make a difference’ - help us to produce musicians who are truly relevant to a 21st Century world.
  • You’ll practice, study and perform in a beautiful, inspiring setting, bordering Bute Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city. We have a chamber music hall with extraordinary acoustics, a glass-lined foyer and performance space, the Richard Burton Theatre, as well as state-of-the-art studios and rehearsal spaces.
  • Our campus is right in the centre of Cardiff, the UK’s first Music City, and the thriving, compact capital of Wales, which is only two hours by train to central London.
  • Cardiff was named as the most cost-effective city in the UK for students, according to the NatWest Student Living Index 2022.

What people say about us

'A powerhouse of innovation and collaboration across the performing arts.'
The Telegraph (UK leading national newspaper)

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