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Royal Academy of Music, University of London

London, England

London, England

Program sponsor: Royal Academy of Music, University of London

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Students will take private lessons, participate in ensembles, and enroll in a wide range of academic studies modules at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), which is among the world's premiere music conservatories. The academy focuses on musical performance and allows students to focus primarily on their performance skills through the mentoring of some of the world's top music faculty and professional performers.

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Program Requirements


Affiliated for Music major only; junior or senior standing when the program begins.


  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. Complete a Royal Academy of Music application by the program's deadline. Participate in an audition in New York City or London, or provide a 20-minute video recording authenticated by Northwestern faculty.

This affiliated program has a maximum enrollment capacity. If there are more applicants than spaces available, then admission to this program will be competitive. It is highly recommended that you include a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application, in case you are not offered admission to this program. Listing a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application does not affect your chances of getting admitted to this program. Review information about the admissions criteria and selection process for affiliated programs here.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

15 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Arranged by RAM's student housing office. Meals self-catered.

Program Cost

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

Full Year 2019-2020: approx. $53,400

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $10,500
  • Meals: $2,700
  • Airfare: $850
  • Local transportation: $1,085
  • Books & supplies: $525
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Visa: $1,220
  • GeoBlue: $460

Total: $19,440

*Note: This is a direct enrollment program. Northwestern will send your tuition payment to RAM via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by Northwestern will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the RAM 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 the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), 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 the Royal Academy of Music, you may be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation on the program. If required, it is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.rt.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your RAM tuition and the NU study abroad administrative fee (SAAF). Because RAM is a full-year program, your invoice each quarter will include one-third of the total tuition and SAAF for the year. Estimates are provided above; refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

As noted above, Northwestern will send your tuition payment to RAM via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, 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.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from RAM that includes your tuition, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay RAM directly for your study abroad tuition.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Contact RAM directly if you have any questions.

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.

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