Apply to Study Abroad at RWCMD

Apply to Study Abroad at RWCMD

International students can apply to study for one to two terms at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, experiencing the intensive performance and technical arts training provided by the National Conservatoire of Wales.

Students have the option to apply for the autumn term and/or the spring term. Puppetry is available in the summer term only.

  • Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

    To take part in Study Abroad at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama you need to be available to study during one of the College’s terms that offers study abroad options. See your chosen programme page for details.

    Check with your home institution that you are able to take part in the international study abroad programme in the UK and at RWCMD.

    It’s important you meet the English language requirements to study with us. A high level of English proficiency is required to engage in the intensive training on offer. Details can be found on your chosen programme page.

    Study Abroad is a fee-paying option, with fees due to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Please ensure you are able to meet and have the means to pay those fees, and that you are satisfied of the situation with your home institution and the fee position whilst you may be abroad studying.

    Once you have satisfied yourself and your home institution that it’s possible to apply, please email us to confirm that you are able to meet these conditions. Send your email to with the subject line ‘Study Abroad Eligibility Criteria’.

    We will review your response and, providing we are also satisfied, we will send you an application form to apply formally.

  • Step 2: Make an Application

    If you satisfy the eligibility criteria, the next stage of the application process requires some further information from you:

    • the programme/modules you are applying to study.
    • which term you wish to choose (autumn, spring, and summer if available).
    • official verification of your academic qualifications, including modules studied and grades achieved at your home institution (an academic transcript).
    • a reference from your institution/head of course/tutor confirming your eligibility and suitability for the study abroad programme.
    • confirmation from your home institution that attendance on the programme meets its institutional requirements and can be included as part of its degree awarding programmes.
    • the name and contact information for an official study abroad representative at your home institution, so that both [sending and receiving] institutions can verify acceptability of academic credit equivalency and credit transfer back to your home institution. *
    • a personal statement (approximately 250 words) telling us why you want to study at the College and what you hope to get out of your time here, and a brief overview of the experience you have to date that will have helped you prepare.


    * The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama does not award degree credits for study abroad modules attended or achieved during the study abroad programme.

  • Step 3: Auditions and Interviews

    Entry to the programme of study is determined by audition or interview. Auditions will be via recording and interviews will be done online.

    Following audition or interview, we will get back to you with our final decision on whether your application has been successful. We aim to respond as soon as possible.


Application Deadlines

Term Start Date Application Deadline
Autumn 2022 19 September 2022 6 May 2022 *
Spring 2023 9 January 2023 13 October 2022*
Summer 2023 (puppetry only) 24 April 2023 27 January 2023*

* Applicants may be considered after the deadline if spaces remain