Exchanges: Visiting Students

The USC Thornton School of Music welcomes students from several institutional partners abroad to study in Los Angeles for one semester (Fall or Spring).

Currently, these institutions include the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse (CNSMD) in Lyon, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki, the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Paris Conservatory, CODARTS University of the Arts in Rotterdam, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.


Undergraduate students currently enrolled at one of our partner institutions may apply, according to the policies of their home institution, if they will be in their junior or senior year of study during the year of exchange.



Students register and pay the standard tuition at their home institution during the semester of exchange. Students visiting the United States will be responsible for paying the mandatory fees (approximately $1800) that are charged in excess of tuition at USC Thornton.

Students visiting the United States will also be responsible for making all necessary arrangements and paying all necessary costs associated with:

Language Requirements

Demonstration of English proficiency is required in order to obtain the necessary visa. Proficiency will generally be determined through a video interview between the visiting student and the sponsoring faculty member at USC Thornton.

Selection Process

Students will be selected to participate in the exchange program according to the following process.

1. Apply at Home Institution: Students apply for consideration by their home institution according to guidelines set by their home institution. Specific guidelines will be provided by the home institution to eligible students.

2. Pre-Selection by Home Institution: The faculty of the home institution screens applicants and selects a small pool of students to be considered for final selection by USC Thornton.

3. Apply to USC Thornton: The students pre-selected by their home institution submit a new application to USC Thornton according to guidelines set by USC Thornton. An application fee may be required. Specific guidelines will be provided to the pre-selected students through the international exchange coordinator at the home institution. This application is generally submitted online and will require materials that could take time to prepare, including:

4. Final Selection by USC Thornton: USC Thornton makes the final selection based on the materials submitted by students who were pre-selected by the home institution. Video or phone interviews for assessment of language proficiency will be arranged during this stage of the process if needed.

5. Notification: Students are notified of the final selection and are advised by USC Thornton regarding how to obtain the necessary visa and make other important preparations.


All dates below are projections and are subject to change.
15 November Application for semester exchange at USC Thornton becomes available
15 March Deadline: Application for Final Selection
1 April Notification of Final Selection
Classes begin in August for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester.


Questions regarding Thornton International Exchange Programs can be directed to