Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
For students enrolled in ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Student, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an unbelievable opportunity for students to travel to Scotland and receive training from some of the world's most talented artists. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the nation’s centre of excellence for performing and production arts training. We provide specialised vocational education in dance, drama, music, production and screen to prepare the next generation of professionals for the global workplace. Approximately 900 students are currently pursing degrees at RCS across all of our art form specialisms. We were the first conservatoire to be awarded our own degree-awarding powers up to taught Masters level. We work in partnership with prestigious education institutions including the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. We also work in partnership with the national companies including the National Theatre of Scotland and BBC Scotland to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer. Based in the heart of Glasgow, RCS is also a busy performing arts venue; we host over 500 public performances each year and welcome audiences of over 40,000 people to our Renfrew Street campus. Additionally, we also teach over 3000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses departments
Scotland has a rich artistic heritage and Glasgow is famed worldwide as a city of culture. The city is home to most of the national performing companies, including Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the National Theatre of Scotland, which are situated in the streets around our conservatoire. Without a doubt, this contributes to the intimacy and success of our professional partnerships. Glasgow is exceptionally student friendly, home to a substantial student population of 80,000. And with two international airports serving the city, getting here and travelling further afield is easy. The world is on your doorstep. Heralded in Time magazine as Europe’s secret capital of music, Glasgow’s live music scene is unrivalled. As well as being home to most of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles, Glasgow is world renowned for its underground music scene, boasting a plethora of bars and clubs full of new talent. The city boasts one of the finest theatre scenes in Scotland with the Tron, the Citizens and the Arches theatres just a stone’s throw from our campus. Higher education and the performing arts are therefore central to Glasgow’s identity and Glaswegians (native and adopted) enthusiastically embrace and celebrate the contribution which both make to the cultural, economic and social life of this great city. Glasgow is only 45 minutes by train from Scotland’s magnificent capital city, Edinburgh which, of course, hosts some of the world’s greatest arts festivals, and with which RCS is developing an increasingly fruitful relationship. The national park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is within a 45-minute drive of the city centre, with the breath-taking highlands and islands beyond.
How It Works
You will first need to schedule an appointment with ETSU's study abroad coordinator. Once you have completed the ETSU requirements, you will work directly with RCS. The application deadline for RCS is 1st April 2016. A decision will be made by mid to end of May. Part of the application includes a successful audition (recording via DVD or web links is sufficient).
Thanks to a truly unique and astounding partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program, students can take advantage of this amazing opportunity while still only paying the tuition cost of attending ETSU. So not only is this an amazing artistic opportunity, but it is at a mind-blowing low cost.
The Conservatoire is located in Glasgow city centre. Most new students opt to live in Liberty House which is a privately owned student halls of residence. However, due to the nature of the contracts on offer this option is only available to students who come on exchange for a full academic year. Exchange students who come for less than a year should seek housing in an alternative student halls of residence or in a flat-share. More information can be found at https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/accommodation/privateaccommodation/. The estimated costs are from around £350 per month in a flat-share to around £500 per month for a private room in a student halls of residence.
It is recommended for you to book a flight to Glasgow International Airport (GLA). Both public transportation and taxi services can take you to your accommodations in Glasgow.
For more information, you can always visit the Royal Conservatory of Scotland website or schedule an appointment with the study abroad advisor.
– Available Courses/Programs
The only programs available to ETSU exchange students are BMus (Honours) Traditional Music and BMus (Honours) Traditional Music - Piping
There is no meal plan offered on campus. There are two cafe spaces run by a company called ‘Where the Monkey Sleeps’. They serve affordable, delicious and healthy food as well as excellent coffee and they also cater for events. The cafe is a lively creative place, often hosting performances from our students and guests. At the far wall, the Jack Bruce space is named after our alumnus and one of the founding members of the seminal Rock supergroup, Cream. In addition, there are hundreds of food outlets near the Conservatoire, all within a ten-minute's walk.
– Program Dates
Trimester one runs from 19th September 2016 to 3rd February 2017*.
Trimester 2 runs from 6th February 2017 to 16th June 2017
*students on exchange from US institutions are permitted to leave in December, just before the winter break, but there is no guarantee that the amount of credit they require will be available.