How to apply for exchange studies at the Sibelius Academy

Application information for the academic year 2021-22. Find out who can apply and how.

Who can apply?

We accept exchange student applications from all Erasmus+ programme eligible institutions. In addition to that, students from institutions which have Bilateral Exchange Agreements with the Sibelius Academy, are eligible to apply. Please be in contact with your home institution’s International Office to find out whether you can apply for an exchange study period at the Sibelius Academy.

Application schedule and semester dates

Application schedule for the academic year 2021-2022

  • The application period for the academic year 2020-2021 is closed.
  • The next possibility to apply is in January-February 2021 for the academic year 2021-2022.

Academic calendar 2021–2022

  • Fall semester September – December (exact dates to be confirmed)
  • Spring semester January – May (exact dates to be confirmed)

Application guidelines

General conditions

The applicant has to be a higher education student of an Erasmus+ programme eligible institution, or a student in an institution the Sibelius Academy has a Bilateral Exchange Agreement with.

All applications have to be submitted through the EASY online application system by the deadline (28.2.2021, will be confirmed later).

Exchange students can apply for the Sibelius Academy either for the autumn semester, spring semester or the full academic year. 

The maximum length of exchange studies at the Sibelius Academy is two semesters within one study cycle (Bachelor/Master/Doctoral).

You can apply to the Sibelius Academy only according to the above-mentioned semester dates, not according to the semester dates of the sending institution.


  • Student exchange applications for orchestral conducting are usually not accepted, as there are no exchange study places available in the conducting class. However, applications for choral conducting and wind orchestra conducting are welcome.
  • The department of Music Education accepts exchange students for the full academic year only.

If you have problems finding the Sibelius Academy in the EASY application system

If you are not able to find the Sibelius Academy listed in the EASY application system after choosing your home institution, your institution may not have an Erasmus+ Inter Institutional Agreement with the Sibelius Academy. In this case, please send a message to in order to ask about the possibility to apply.

Required documents and videos

Before starting your online application, please prepare the following documents you need to add into your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of motivation
  3. Transcript of records and/or a certificate of previous studies
  4. Video recording
    A video recording of your playing or singing is required (students applying for Wind orchestra or Choral conducting studies: a video recording of your playing or singing and conducting is required). The video or the link to the video needs to be uploaded to the application system. You may choose the works freely; 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles. Total length of the recording should not be longer than 20 minutes. Videos can be attached as a link to Vimeo, SoundCloud, YouTube or DropBox. You can also upload videos in most file formats. The size of the uploaded files should not exceed 100MiB. 
  5. Students applying for Composition studies: Scores
    Composition applicants must submit the score of one or two work(s) showing both technical and compositional skills.
  6. Students applying for Music technology studies: Portfolio
    Music technology applicants should include a portfolio of previous works to the application.
  7. Students applying for Arts management studies: Interview
    Arts management applicants should be prepared for an interview via Skype. You will be contacted if the interview is required.

Learning Agreement

In the EASY online application form, you are asked to fill in the Study Plan with the courses you wish to take at the Sibelius Academy. Courses are selected from the Study Guide: for main subjects use sections Sibelius Academy + level of studies + the study programme you are applying for, for electives use sections “Courses for everybody” and “Courses for exchange students”. 

In addition, there is a section where you can describe your plans and requirements regarding your exchange period. In case you are accepted as an exchange student, we will prepare a Learning Agreement based on your Study Plan and the more informal description of your plans, and we will send it to you by email with further instructions.

Please also note, that it is not possible to have more than one main subject. If you want to have a second instrument, it has to be stated in the Study Plan – however, a second instrument cannot be guaranteed.

You can find instructions for a Study Plan / Learning Agreement here.

Evaluation and final decisions

Complete applications submitted through the online application system by the deadline will be sent for evaluation to the department in question. The final decision is made by the Head of the Department, and it is based on the quality of the application and the availability of study places and suitable teachers.

The applications will be evaluated in March-April. We will notify both the applicant and the coordinator of the sending institution about the result of the selection procedure in April-May. Accepted students will receive the decision through the online system and the Letter of Acceptance and a signed Learning Agreement by email. The students who are not selected will be notified through the online system.


If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to

Practical information for exchange students

For information on studying at the Sibelius Academy and living in Helsinki, see the practical guide for international students at the Sibelius Academy.

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