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Conservatorium van Amsterdam

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


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 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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Affiliated for Music majors only.
  • Junior or Senior standing when the program begins. 

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IES Abroad application by the program's deadline        (IES forwards application materials to the Conservatorium, who makes the final admissions decision).

Languages: English, Dutch

Language Requirements: 

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


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

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $29,745

Billed by Northwestern: $17,975

Estimated additional costs: $11,770

  • Housing & insurance: $4,615
  • Meals: $3,300
  • Airfare: $900
  • Local transportation: $350
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $2,000
  • Residence permit: $405

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