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Before the mobility

Here are the instructions for Lyon CNSMD students wishing to take part in an Erasmus+ exchange.

Students wishing to undertake a study period abroad should contact the International Relations Office during the first semester of the academic year preceding the exchange.

Nota Bene: Please note that the Institutional Erasmus+ coordinator is the only person who is allowed to send applications to institutional partners.

In order to prepare their applications, students should consult the websites of the institutions they are interested in and should contact the teachers there either directly or via their main subject teacher at the Lyon CNSMD.

As a starting point, it is also advisable to check out the forms that have to be filled in later.

Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers and the International Relations Office staff for advice to help you to build your project!


In order to facilitate the application process, the International Relations Office created an online questionnaire to gather all the information and documents requested from each student wishing to apply for a study period abroad. Recordings should also be sent under digital version.

Should you wish to apply for a study period abroad, please contact the International Relations Office in order to provide your email address. You will then receive a link to access the online questionnaire.


The submission of application now goes through an online plateform:

List of documents (digital version) to submit via the online plateform:

Applications must contain the following documents:
- a correctly completed application form
- a correctly completed learning agreement
- a letter of motivation and a Curriculum Vitæ in a language appropriate to the conservatory and the teacher who will receive them

Depending on the student’s main discipline, the following documents will be asked:

- 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.

Submission of application

If the student is applying to more than one destination, separate complete applications must be submitted for each destination requested. Each candidate will be invited for an individual meeting with the Erasmus+ coordinator to complete their applications.

Some partner institutions require that students submit their application online via the internal system of the institution: Vienna, Brussels, The Hague, Manchester, Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, Bern, etc.

Nota Bene: for the following partner institutions, applications have to be sent in advance.

  • 30th January = Basel
  • 15th Feb. = Stockholm and The Hague
  • 1st March = Cologne, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stuttgart, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London)

Warning: students are strongly recommended to keep a copy of all documents included in their application(s).


As every partner institution has its own Erasmus+ exchange policy, the dates when replies are received vary enormously.
It should be noted that students will sometimes make their definitive choice of destination before receiving all the replies to their applications elsewhere.

Warning: The fact that a teacher tells a student that his or her application is acceptable does not necessarily mean that the application will be by accepted by the partner institution.
Only the Erasmus+ coordinators of both institutions can confirm the acceptance of the study period abroad.

The next step

Students whose applications have been accepted by both the sending and the host institution is given a learning agreement signed by the receiving institution. The partner institution reserves the right to restrict the access to certain classes if space is limited.

Students who have been accepted for an exchange in a partner institution will be required to prepare an Erasmus+ folder, which should contain:

  • the learning agreement
  • the Erasmus+ general conditions
  • the Erasmus+ student Charter
  • the mobility contract for study periods abroad and traineeships
  • the Erasmus+ certificate of arrival
  • the Erasmus+ certificate of stay

Students must register at the Lyon CNSMD before leaving for their exchange. Don’t forget to come and register at the Lyon CNSMD in September before you leave. Should you leave before the opening of the registrations, it can be possible to do it remotely depending on your academic cycle.


Students’ study periods abroad are recognized by the Lyon CNSMD and count towards their diploma thanks to the European ‘ECTS’ credit transfer system and the learning agreement signed by the student with both institutions concerned by the exchange.

During the study period abroad, students take courses that correspond to their main discipline and subsidiary courses that correspond to the ones the student should have taken in the home institution in order to obtain the ECTS credits that will validate the study period abroad. This list of courses can also be expanded according to the wish of the student.

It is advised to take ensemble courses. Theoretical courses can also be a good opportunity to improve your language skills!

To ensure that the study period abroad is correctly validated and that the studies are duly recognized as being equivalent to a similar period of study at the Lyon CNSMD, students should obtain the following documents from the host institution:

  • an attendance certificate
  • a transcript of records validating the learning agreement

The student must submit an online final report after returning within 30 days after reception of a notification inviting the student to do so.

Students who have received the Explo’RA Sup grant should send the original version of their certificate of stay to the Rhône-Alpes Region office as well as their report (downloadable on the Explo’RA net plateform).

Please note that the last part of the Explo’RA Sup grant will not be paid until you submit these documents.

Warning: students who do not fill in and submit their final report might be required to repay (partly or entirely) the amount of money they have been granted on request of their home institution.

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