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SMTD Study Exchange Programs

Study exchange programs offer SMTD students the opportunity to study at specific international partner schools while enrolling at U-M and paying U-M tuition. All application materials should be submitted in MCompass by the specified application deadline. Students interested in participating in SMTD Study Exchange programs should contact Tom Erickson prior to beginning their application.

International Study Exchange Programs are available at these partner institutions:

Language Prerequisites:

Completion of at least three semesters (four preferred) of university-level French is required prior to the beginning of the exchange semester/year.

Terms of Study:

It is recommended that students begin their studies at the beginning of the academic year (typically around mid September). A full academic year at Paris Conservatoire typically lasts from mid September until early July and includes several long holiday breaks. Exact dates of exchange will be determined as part of the application process, but the most common periods of study are as follows:

Autumn: mid September to late December
Spring: early January to early April
Full Academic Year: mid September to early April

Application Dates and Deadlines:

All applications are due in MCompass by March 1 for the following academic year.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 1.

Required Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (in French or English)
  • Letter of Motivation: cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to study at the Paris Conservatoire and with which instructor (in French or English)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or another artistic personality
  • Transcript of records (students may download their UM unofficial transcript in Student Center on Wolverine Access)
  • Learning Agreement
  • Students applying to Musicology: Musicology applicants should include a detailed description of past research and a proposed study project while at the Paris Conservatoire
  • Students applying to Composition: Composition applicants should include a portfolio of compositions. A recording of personal compositions may also be submitted.
  • Students applying to Instrumental/Vocal Performance: Performance applicants should should include a 20 to 30 minute recording (preferably a video), containing pieces in different styles, and an attestation certifying its authenticity (a memo from applicant’s private instructor on UM letterhead). The recording is mandatory even if the student has already had a live audition with their preferred instructor form the Conservatoire
  • Students applying to Jazz: Jazz applicants should include a 15 to 20 minute recording of the following: 1. one standard where the student plays the melody and takes a solo on the changes – with a rhythm section or group; 2. one composition by the student or, in case she/he does not compose, an arrangement of a tune of the student’s choice that could indicate the student’s aesthetic direction – with a rhythm section or group; 3. a free solo improvisation.
  • Students applying to Dance: Dance applicants should include a video of the following: one solo piece from the contemporary repertoire or an excerpt of a creation and one piece composed by the student (danced solo or in a group).
  • Students applying to Sound Engineering: Sound Engineering applicants should include three personal audio or audio-visual productions by the student.

Language Prerequisites:

Completion of at least three semesters (four preferred) of university-level German is required prior to the beginning of the exchange semester/year.

Terms of Study:

Winter: begins early October
Summer: begins early April

Application Dates and Deadlines:

Applications are due in MCompass by November 1 for the following Summer term. Applicants will be notified of decisions by February 1.

Applications are due in MCompass by March 1 for the following Winter term. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 1.

Required Application Materials:

  • Nomination letter from the International Office of applicant’s home institution (to be provided by Tom Erickson)
  • Letter of Recommendation from major instructor
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation: cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to study at Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg
  • Learning Agreement
  • Student Application Form
  • Photo of Applicant
  • CD recording: Should include three pieces in different styles, total time ca. 15 minutes of music.

Language Prerequisites:

Completion of at least three semesters (four preferred) of university-level German is required prior to the beginning of the exchange semester/year.

Terms of Study:

Winter: early October to early February
Summer: early April to late July

Application Dates and Deadlines:

All applications are due in MCompass by January 15 for the following academic year.

Required Application Materials:

  • Letter of Recommendation from major instructor
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Learning Agreement/Workplan to include: programs of study, instruction, research, observation, other projects; work plan should also include applicant’s background interests, training, language capabilities
  • Student Application Form
  • Audio CD or DVD and an attestation certifying its authenticity (a memo from the applicant’s private instructor on UM letterhead).

Language Prerequisites:

Finnish proficiency is not required, but language instruction is available. Availability of English course offerings vary from year to year.

Terms of Study:

Autumn: late Aug to late December
Spring: early January through the end of May
Full Academic Year: late Aug through the end of May

Application Dates and Deadlines:

All applications are due in MCompass by March 1 for the following academic year.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 1

Required Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation: cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to study at Sibelius Academy
  • Transcript of records (students may download their UM unofficial transcript in Student Center on Wolverine Access)
  • Learning Agreement
  • Video Recording – A video recording of the applicants playing or singing is required.  The applicant may choose the works freely, a good number is 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles. Total length of the recording should not be longer than 20 minutes. The video will need to be uploaded to the host institution’s application system— video files should not exceed 100MB. Videos may also be submitted as links to Vimeo, SoundCloud, Youtube, or Dropbox
  • Students applying to Composition: Composition applicants must submit the score of one or two work(s) showing both technical and compositional skills.
  • Students applying to Music Technology: Music technology applicants should include a portfolio of previous works with their application.

Cost
SMTD students participating in a Study Exchange pay full-time tuition to U-M in lieu of foreign tuition and may continue to receive most SMTD merit-based scholarships and UM need-based financial aid. Students will pay all living expenses incurred during the exchange – including travel to and from the host country, housing, food, books, medical insurance and care, passport and visa fees.

Health Insurance Requirements
You must have U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance and show proof of health insurance before being allowed to attend classes. In addition, students at Conservatoire de Paris are required to pay the Conservatoire’s mandatory Comprehensive and Health Fees.

Housing
The host institution may assist in finding information about housing in dormitories, apartments or private homes, but actual booking of housing is the responsibility of the student.

Immigration Papers
The coordinator at your destination school will assist with necessary Visa paperwork. It is the student’s responsibility to provide any required documentation or pay required fees related to the Visa application. Students must apply in person at the nearest consulate/embassy location for the program host country. Please allow up to three months for Visa processing.

Non-US Citizens and International Degree Students
Any applicant who is not a U.S. citizen should contact the consulate of the program host country to determine if a student visa or other paperwork is necessary. This process, which in some cases can take several months to complete, should be started as soon as possible. Most international degree students are welcome to apply.  Those who grew up in, and are culturally familiar with the host country, however, are not eligible for admission to that program.

 

The SMTD international education opportunities allow students to enroll at an institution abroad for a semester, a summer, or an academic year, with the possibility of earning academic and/or performance credits toward an SMTD degree program. Any non-freshman undergraduate or graduate level SMTD student in good academic standing (3.0 minimum GPA) who wishes to pursue relevant studies offered by another institution, and desires an outstanding opportunity for cultural immersion and intensive language study is encouraged to apply.

Preparing to Study Abroad
Before applying for any study abroad program, students should consult with the studio instructor/advisor and an SMTD Academic Advisor to determine if an international education program fits educational and professional goals and will not interfere with recital plans or ensemble obligations. For those pursuing a dual degree, it is necessary to consult with both SMTD and the advisor in the other unit to ensure degree requirements will remain on track.

The studio instructor/advisor can help determine the best time to go abroad, as well as help identify coursework and potential performance teachers (for performance majors).

For those completing a study abroad program for academic credit, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain an evaluation/transcript documenting coursework completed, including grades received, from the host institution or program. Upon completion of study, follow-up with an SMTD Academic Advisor to ensure credits are added to the U-M academic record.

Students must have a passport valid through six months after the end of intended study abroad. For more information on obtaining or renewing a passport, see the State Department’s website.

U-M Resources for Study Abroad
M-Compass is the University of Michigan’s hub for study abroad programs. You may search and apply for programs through the website. Many programs are administered by the U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS).

Predeparture Checklist (Global Michigan)

Travel Abroad Health Insurance

Visa Requirements (U-M International Center)

Study Abroad Information from the U-M International Center

SMTD Programs

U-M Programs

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