Study Plan instructions: Strings

This is how you make a Study Plan for your exchange application.

How do I get started?

Start planning your Study Plan by looking into your main subject/instrument curriculum here: Under Sibelius Academy, you can also find the section “Courses for exchange students”, from which you can find suitable elective courses from other main subjects’ curricula and studies open for all students regardless of department (e.g. language studies, performance studies, physical education).

Make sure you include the courses and credits required as compulsory by your home institution.

In case you are accepted as an exchange student, you will need to start a Learning Agreement according to your home institution’s guidelines.

Strings studies for exchange students

Main instrument studies: one-to-one instrument classes 28 x 45 min lessons/semester (bachelor 13 ECTS/semester, master 16 ECTS/semester). 

Second instrument: upon application/decision by department concerned up to 14 lessons/semester 2,5-5 ECTS/semester. Must be mentioned in Study Plan.

Ensemble, orchestra, choir: ensemble or chamber music 0,5-1,5 ECTS/semester, orchestra or other productions upon audition 3 ECTS/semester, choir or other vocal production 1-2 ECTS/semester 


  • Performing skills, ergonomics & wellbeing: 2-4 ECTS/semester 
  • Language skills: recommended Finnish for exchange students 2 ECTS/semester and other language studies 2 ECTS 
  • Other electives depending on student’s interests 
  • General musical skills: structural awareness of music 2-3 ECTS/semester, music history 2-4 ECTS/semester 

These courses have been popular electives among our exchange students in the past. Click the name of the course to see its page in the Study Guide (opens in a new tab).

Language courses

Well-being and performance and learning coaching

Creative skills and improvisation

Early music

Folk music

Global music

Music education

Music history

Music technology

Arts Management, Society and Creative Entrepreneurship
Master level students only

Vocal music