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The Royal Academy of Music occupies a striking, purpose-built Edwardian building dating from 1911. With all the requirements of a modern conservatoire, its newly transformed facilities include the 309-seat Susie Sainsbury Theatre and new 100-seat rooftop Angela Burgess Recital Hall, along with the flagship Duke's Hall concert venue. Students benefit from over 100 teaching and practice studios, rehearsal and lecture rooms, located in London – a city renowned for its culture and diversity.

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International Student Statistics

330 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • Around 650 to 700 students study at the academy every year, representing around 40 different nationalities from all over the world. International students are welcome to contact the Admissions Officer in the Registry prior to their arrival.
  • All new students are formally welcomed to the Royal Academy in the enrolment week before the start of full term. During enrolment week students can meet department administrators and senior members of the academic staff, including tutors.
  • While at the academy, support is provided by the International Officer of the Students' Union and the Counsellor, who can assist with any issues, including those arising from cultural differences.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency before their study programme begins.

  • Students who are being sponsored for a Tier 4 General Student visa are required by UK Visas and Immigration to have an overall score of at least IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51, with a score no lower than IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51 for each individual element of the test (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • Before the beginning of each academic year there is a short English for Musicians course. The academy invites selected international students who would benefit from intensive help with English before beginning their studies. Language classes are also available during the academic year.
  • Please refer to the academy website for further information and to find contact details of academy's Help Desk run by English Language Co-ordinators.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International Students' House is a few minutes' walk from the academy, offering accommodation to international students during the academic year as well as short-stay accommodation.
  • There are also numerous social facilities including a bar and restaurant, which academy students are welcome to use whether or not they are resident at the house.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance