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International Exchanges

Erasmus+ exchange students

Here you will find all the steps to take if you wish to come and study at the Lyon CNSMD for an Erasmus+ exchange.


An Erasmus+ exchange can last between 3 and 12 months without interruption. Please note that one student can undertake several study period abroad with the Erasmus+ programme under the condition that the total amount of time spent abroad does not exceed 12 months per academic cycle.

In order to facilitate the integration of students, but also for them to best benefit from the courses delivered at the host university, we advise students to apply for at least one semester and preferably starting at the beginning of the academic year.


All the documents are issued by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and can be downloaded on the AEC website.

List of required documents

NB: all the documents should be sent by email to Marie-Annick CHAMP 

  • the application form duly filled in
  • the learning agreement duly filled in
  • a cover letter and a curriculum vitae written in the language of the institution and teacher they will be addressed to.

For performers: a certified recording of about 20 minutes which demonstrates the musical qualities of the student. Please note that a specific programme is sometimes requested by the teacher at the partner institution.

For composers: the score of one of their compositions, preferably accompanied by a recording of a performance.

For dancers: a video recording of a personal composition or an excerpt from the repertoire lasting about three minutes.

For students of theoretical subjects and musical culture: a detailed presentation of their research project

In all cases, a letter of recommendation from a main subject teacher can be an asset.


Applications must be sent to the Lyon CNSMD before the 31st of March of the academic year preceding the exchange. Applications will only be considered if they are sent by the international coordinator of the student’s home institution, not by the student himself. Once it is decided which student will have the opportunity to come for an Erasmus+ exchange at the Lyon CNSMD, an email will be sent to each candidate.


The Lyon CNSMD uses the European ‘ECTS’ credit transfer system which allows the full recognition of student’s study abroad period within the frame of a Higher Education diploma. This system contributes to the mobility of students and gives them the opportunity to enrich their curriculum.

In accordance to the Bologna Charter, 30 ECTS credits are attached to the workload of a full time semester at the Lyon CNSMD for each Erasmus+ student.

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