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This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

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UCAS Conservatoires: international students

UK conservatoires are excellent places for international students to get high quality training in music, dance, drama, or musical theatre.
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Benefits of studying at UK conservatoires

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available in a huge range of subjects – all based around individual tuition and frequent opportunities to perform in bands, orchestras, choirs, operas, dance and musical theatre.

How to apply

You do all your research and applying for courses online through the UCAS website.

Firstly, the way that UK higher education works means there are different rules for UK, EU and international students. We’ll highlight the similarities and differences throughout, but it might be worth checking our guide to UK higher education terms.

  1. Then get started on what to study, when to apply and how to get a place and a visa.
  2. Then find a course, and look out for our advice on how to choose a suitable course and conservatoire.
  3. Then start applying, if possible submitting your application before 3 October (18:00 UK time) for most music courses, or 15 January (18:00 UK time) for other courses. Exceptions can sometimes be made for international applicants though, or for postgraduate courses. Please check conservatoire websites for full details.
  4. Then look at finance and support, if you’ll need to arrange visas and to pay course fees or adjust to life in the UK.
If you have any questions about your application, please contact us.

Introduction to UCAS Conservatoires for international students

These PDFs explain the basics of the UCAS Conservatoires application process.

Tips for international applications

We have specific advice for international students throughout our website.

EU referendum: what it means for you 

If you are an EU national who's applied to study in the UK, you may be concerned about what the recent referendum results mean for you. There are a few things you can do to find out more information about Brexit:

Other statements will be added here when they're available.

11 October 2016: the Government has announced the student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in England in 2017. EU students that begin their studies in 2017 will be eligible for student loan and grants, and will continue to be for the duration of their course. Check the GOV.UK website for further information. 

The Welsh Government has provided an update regarding student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Wales in 2017/18. 

17 October 2016: the Scottish Government has confirmed student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Scotland in 2017/18. 

26 October 2016: the Northern Irish Government has now confirmed the student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Northern Ireland in 2017/18.

30 March 2017: the Scottish Government has also confirmed the student support arrangements for EU learners entering HE in Scotland in 2018/19.

21 April 2017: the Goverment has now confirmed that EU students entering English higher education in 2018/19 will continue to be eligible for financial support.


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