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: Sydney Conservatorium

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

School: Australian National University

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


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

United States of America

School: Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

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, please contact the Director of Admissions, Christan Cassidy, to find out more about the application.

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, please contact the Director of Admissions, Christan Cassidy, to find out more about the 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.

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?
No. Exchange students do not need to provide us with a TOEFL score. 

Who should the international coordinator at my school contact at MSM?
Please contact the Provost and Dean of the College, Marjorie Merryman.

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. But 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; MSM is not able to counsel you.

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

The application process is the same; you will be able to use your grant at MSM.

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, for any questions regarding fees. Exchange students may live in MSM housing in the dormitory 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.