Exchange Applicants

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is an international school that welcomes students from all over the world. In addition to its regular admissions process for degree programs and certificates, MSM accepts applications from exchange students in the two broad categories defined below. 

·         Exchange Students from Partner Schools

·         International Students with Government or Foundation Funding

Exchange Students from Partner Schools

Students in MSM’s partner schools may apply to spend one year or one semester at MSM. MSM’s partner schools are located below:


School: Central Conservatory of Music

Location: Beijing

School: Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Location: Shanghai


School: Royal Danish Academy of Music

Location: Copenhagen


School: Royal College of Music

Location: London


School: Sibelius Academy

Location: Helsinki


School: Conservatoire de Paris

Location: Paris


School: State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart

Location: Stuttgart


School: Amsterdam Conservatory

Location: Amsterdam


School: Norwegian Academy of Music

Location: Oslo

If you are a student at any of the schools listed above, you may apply to MSM for exchange. In order to be considered, first, you must go to the exchange programs coordinator at your own school, and then ask to be recommended for ours. Typically, schools limit the number of students they recommend for any particular exchange program, so it is important to begin with this first step. If you are recommended for exchange by your school’s exchange coordinator, you may begin your online MSM Exchange application. Please contact the Director of Admissions, Christan Cassidy, if you have any questions.

Because we must balance the number of exchange students here at MSM, we are not always able to accept even very well-qualified exchange applicants. You may be assured that MSM will take your application seriously and will accommodate as many recommended students as we can.

International Students with Government or Foundation Funding

If you have received study abroad grants from governments or private foundations (ex. Fulbright), you may apply to spend up to one year at MSM as an exchange students. Applications in this category are not limited to MSM’s partner schools; any student may apply as long as the funding comes from a government or foundation source. If you are the recipient of such a grant, you may begin your MSM Exchange application. You will be asked to specify the source of your funding. If your school has an exchange coordinator or international student advisor, please supply that information so that all the grant requirements can be met. Contact the Director of Admissions, Christan Cassidy, if you have any questions.

Exchange FAQs

Will I need to come to New York for an audition?
No. MSM accepts recorded auditions for exchange applicants. 

Will I need to submit a TOEFL score?
A TOEFL score is not required. Select exchange applicants may be required to have a Skype interview with the Director of MSM's ESL support program.

Who should the international coordinator at my school contact at MSM?
Please contact the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President, Lianna Portoy at

When is the application deadline? When will I know my result?
The deadline for applications is April 1. We will be able to give most students a result on or before May 1. Earlier applications may get earlier results, so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as you know you are interested. 

My school is not listed in the partner schools. Is there anything I can do to exchange at MSM?
If your school is not listed, you will need a grant or other non-personal funding to attend MSM as an exchange student. MSM occasionally adds new partners, so please speak to your own school’s international office about your interest in MSM. 

Where can I get information about government and foundation grants?
Please seek information from your advisors at your current school.

What if I have a foundation or government grant and my school is an MSM partner school?

The application process is the same; you should begin by speaking with the exchange program coordinator at your school.

If I am accepted, what fees will I need to pay? Can I live on campus?
Exchange students should contact the Director of Admissions, Christan Cassidy, with questions regarding fees. Exchange students may live in MSM's residence hall on campus, but students should put their request in as soon as possible. The deadline to request housing is June 1st.

How do I get my visa as an exchange student?
Students accepted into MSM exchange programs will receive instructions and assistance in obtaining US visas through MSM’s office of International Student Services.

What degree will I earn as an exchange student?
Exchange students enroll in lessons, ensembles and classes along with regular students, but they do not receive degrees from MSM. The MSM credits earned by exchange students will transfer back to their home schools.

I applied for exchange and I was accepted, but due to unforeseen circumstances I am unable to attend MSM. What should I do?
You may decline your offer, however, please inform MSM as soon as possible so that we can consider another student.