How to apply for exchange studies at the Sibelius Academy

Find out who can apply and how. The application round for the academic year 2022 - 2023 is closed.

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

The application round for the academic year 2022 – 2023 is closed. The next application round for 2023 – 2024 will be open in January – February 2023.

Academic calendar 2022–2023 (dates to be confirmed)

  • Fall semester August 30 – December 21, 2022
  • Spring semester January 10 – May 31, 2023

Application guidelines

General conditions

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

All applications have to be submitted through the EASY online application system aec.dreamapply.com by the deadline March 1, 2022.

Exchange students can apply to the Sibelius Academy either for the autumn semester, spring semester or full academic year. Please note, that when you have been accepted for the fall semester only, prolongation of the exchange period for the spring semester cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you wish to stay for the full academic year, apply directly for the entire period.

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

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

Exceptions:

  • Music Education department accepts exchange students for the full academic year only.
  • Arts Management, Society, and Creative Entrepreneurship department accepts Master level exchange students only.

If you have problems finding Sibelius Academy in 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 siba.international@uniarts.fi and 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. A scanned copy of your passport’s photo page
  5. Video recording
    A video recording / recordings 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 videos or the links to the videos needs to be uploaded to the application system. You may choose the works freely; 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles. Total length of the recordings should not be longer than 20 minutes. Videos can be attached as a link to YouTube, Vimeo, or DropBox. 
  6. Students applying for Composition studies: Scores and interview
    Composition applicants must submit the score of one or two work(s) showing both technical and compositional skills.
  7. Students applying for Music Theory studies: Portfolio
    Music Theory applicants must submit a portfolio documenting their music theory work (e.g. analysis exercises). In addition, applicants may attach a video of them playing or singing, but this is not obligatory.
  8. Students applying for Music technology studies: Portfolio
    Music technology applicants should include a portfolio of previous works to the application.
  9. Students applying for Arts Management, Society and Creative Entrepreneurship studies: Interview

All applicants should be prepared for an online interview. You will be contacted if the interview is required.

Language requirements

The Sibelius Academy does not have exact requirements for exchange students’ language skills. However, we expect CEFR level B2 on language proficiency in English (or Finnish / Swedish). You can use the CEFR self-assesment grid to evaluate your level of proficiency in English.

Study Plan and Learning Agreement must be included in the application

In the EASY online application form, you are asked to fill in a Study Plan with the courses you wish to take during your exchange at the Sibelius Academy. In addition, there is a section in the application where you can describe your plans and requirements regarding your exchange period in your own words. Please 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.

Please fill in the Study Plan and answer the open question carefully, especially if there are subjects that are compulsory for you during the exchange. Applications with an empty Study Plan will not be considered.

You can find further information on how to create a Study Plan here:

In case you are accepted as an exchange student, the Study Plan will be used to generate an online Learning Agreement. You will receive a link to your online Learning Agreement after it has been reviewed at the Sibelius Academy. If needed, we will contact you in order to further edit the Agreement in cooperation with the Coordinator at your home institution. The Learning Agreement is edited online in the DreamAgreement application. Once the Learning Agreement is complete, all three parties (student, sending institution, host institution) sign it online.

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.

Contact and more information on studies at the Sibelius Academy and living in Helsinki

If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to siba.international@uniarts.fi.

For information on studying at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy and living in Helsinki, see our website for international students.

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