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Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Program sponsor: IES Abroad

Muziekgebouw at the river het IJ, Amsterdam, Holland
Muziekgebouw at the river het IJ, Amsterdam, Holland

Northwestern music majors have the opportunity to directly enroll at the largest and most diverse conservatory in the Netherlands, with access to instruction in classical and jazz music performance, theory, and composition. Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) applicants should be strong performance, composition, or theory majors with the motivation and intention to become professional musicians, music scholars, or composers. With students attending CvA from all over the world, the vast majority of courses at the CvA are taught in English.

The CvA’s facility, which includes recital halls, classrooms, and practice rooms, is located in the center of Amsterdam, across the street from the Muziekgebouw, the purpose-built home of contemporary music and jazz in Amsterdam.

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Program Requirements


Affiliated for music majors only; junior or senior standing when the program begins; 18 years of age; In good standing at home school; 3.0 GPA or better (if below can complete additional requirements).


None; however, students are required to enroll in a Dutch language and culture course on the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines (IES forwards application materials to the Conservatorium, who makes the final admissions decision).

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Self-catered apartments with other IES Abroad and/or international students.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $30,555

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & insurance: $5,230
  • Meals: $3,335
  • Airfare: $810
  • Local transportation: $285
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Residence permit: $335

Total: $12,295

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the IES Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IES Abroad programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IES program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IES to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IES tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

IES Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from IES for your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay IES directly by their deadline.

  • IES Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your IES invoice.
  • IES Scholarships: If you were awarded an IES scholarship, it will appear on your IES invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to IES.

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