International Students

The Royal Irish Academy of Music has welcomed students from abroad for many years. We are a popular choice for foreign applicants as we have an excellent standard of teaching and we are situated in the heart of Dublin, one of the liveliest and most vibrant capital cities in Europe. The international students that have studied with us have all commented on how welcome they felt and how easy it was to make friends and settle in.

All non-EU/EEA students must comply with Irish immigration requirements.

Citizens of certain countries do not require an entry visa for Ireland.  If you are a citizen of a country listed on Schedule 1 of the Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) Order 2014 you DO NOT require a visa.

Citizens of all other countries need a visa when coming to Ireland.

Information for students who require a visa

Information for all students coming to Ireland to study (visa and non-visa students)

Full-time Study

In 2013 the RIAM became an associated college of Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), Ireland’s leading university. This means that from 2013 all new intake at Diploma, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate level will be registered jointly at the RIAM and TCD. All Bachelor, Master and Doctorate students will have access to TCD’s clubs and sports facilities and will graduate with TCD accredited degrees.

The application deadline for students wishing to audition for our third level courses is December 1st of each year. For application information please contact General Office.

Our course handbooks (which contain details of modules and ECTs credits) can be accessed here:
Access Programme
Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance
Bachelor in Music Performance [Instrumental Modules]
Bachelor in Music Performance [Vocal Modules]
Bachelor in Music Composition 
Recital Artist Diploma 
Master in Music Performance
Doctor in Music Performance

ECTS Credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees international academic recognition of successful completion of studies. It is particularly useful in student mobility between partner institutions under the ERASMUS and other international exchange programmes. For the RIAM’s ECTS quick guide, please check this link: ECTS Quick Guide
For further information on ECTS please see the EC’s User Guide

EU flag-ErasmusERASMUS is the EU’s flagship education and training programme, enabling thousands of students to study and work abroad each year, as well as supporting co-operation actions between higher education institutions across Europe.

RIAM is now offering staff and student exchanges as part of the European ERASMUS programme. This is a valuable opportunity to connect with some of the best educational institutions in Europe. RIAM has over 70 Partner Institutions in more than 20 countries.

Erasmus Plus Programme 2014 – 2020

Erasmus + is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

The Erasmus Programme enables students across Europe to study at another European institution as part of their course. Students are given the opportunity to study in a different context which can test the transferability of their skills which is an excellent preparation for life after RIAM. It provides them with an opportunity to gain additional skills through study abroad.

The programme also provides funding for education and training of staff in order to improve the quality and relevance of teaching. Staff exchanges between RIAM and other European institutions under Erasmus serve to develop and refresh professional skills by accessing best practice work in the international arena.

Partner Institutions of the RIAM under the Erasmus+ Programme are located in Romania, Italy, Poland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, France, UK, Latvia and Finland, amongst others. Full list of Partner Institutions under the Erasmus + Programme

RIAM Erasmus Policy Statement may be viewed here.

CHARTER Erasmus 2014 2020 may be viewed here.

Student applications must be made through the ERASMUS officer of your own institution, but our International Officer, Deborah Kelleher, is happy to respond to all queries at Director. The Erasmus application documents to be completed with the Director are the following:
Erasmus Student Application Form

Erasmus Student Learning Agreement

Student Grant Agreement for Erasmus

A copy of the Erasmus Student Charter 2014 may be viewed here.

The following documents give more detailed information on the Erasmus process:
Erasmus Outgoing Student Information

Erasmus Incoming Student Information

Erasmus Pre-arrival Information for Students (who have been accepted to RIAM)

The ERASMUS application deadline for RIAM is May 1st of each year for both the September and January semesters. We try to let students know our decision by June 1st each year.  All ERASMUS applications must contain the following:
• A passport photo
• A CD of 15 minutes performance
• A copy of Curriculum Vitae
• A learning agreement
• An application form
• A letter of recommendation from your teacher
• A letter of motivation from yourself

These documents should be posted to: Deborah Kelleher, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36, Westland Row, Dublin 2, Ireland.


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