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Description of the networks

These networks provide teachers and students with great opportunities for exchanges and more con-centrated cooperation with other departments within the fields of music and the stage, Nordic, Euro-pean and even those outside Europe.

The aim of the networks is to raise the quality of education and further international mobility across borders for students, teachers and other staff, as well as advocating greater openness when it comes to counting studies and qualifications in an international perspective; making studies internationally compatible.
Exchange studies completed within the networks may not have study fees imposed upon them. The length of exchange studies must be at least three months and at most one year. Students can also apply for practical training or experience abroad, with economic funding from Erasmus.


Nordplus/Nordpuls/Nordtrad encompasses all the Nordic and Baltic forms of education at university level for music and stage, and offers student and teacher exchanges.
A student who has been accepted as an exchange student within the Nordplus network receives a scholarship and may to the full be allotted credits for all the recognised courses that have been completed abroad. For Swedish students travelling abroad there is also financial aid from CSN available during the time they are exchange students.
Teacher exchanges receive financial support by means of a travel grant and standard compensation being paid to the academy sending the teacher. The standard compensation is about € 650 per teaching week.
The most frequent Nordplus exchanges are those between academies in Oslo, Trondheim, Copenhagen, Århus, Helsinki, Joensuu, Tallinn, Viljandi and Riga.


Nordopera is a recently formed section within Nordplus, replacing the Nordic Opera Academies’ Association. It now also includes cooperation with the Baltic opera academies. The aim is to encourage cooperation for example through sharing guest peda-gogues and working on shared projects.
Nordopera arranges a seminar every second year during which all the Nordic and Baltic opera students work together for a week. Through Nordopera, a shared audition is arranged annually at one of the opera academies, so that all students in their final year have the opportunity of being heard by invited agents from the whole of Europe.


organises cooperation for example in the case of shared festivals and teacher exchanges for programmes and courses to do with the stage. It also arranges annual conferences for pedagogues within stage education, such as teachers of performance, voice and speech, movement and dance etc.

The Erasmus network

functions in the same way as the Nordplus network, between departments in the rest of Europe. Exchange work does not however occur automatically, as it does between the Nordic university departments, but only after the departments have together set up bilateral exchange agreements for student and/or teacher mobility.
The music education department at the Academy of Music and Drama has exchange agreements with over fifty music academies/conservatories all round Europe.


is a program, financially supported by UHR (Swedish Council for Higher Education), with the aim to stimulate long-term exchanges and collaborations between Swedish universities and universities/activities in developing countries. Cooperation is based on a mutual benefit for the institutions.
The Academy of Music and Drama has an ongoing collaboration with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela.
Please contact the International Office if you are interested and want to learn more about Linnaeus/Palme.

MFS - Minor Field Studies

is another Sida-financed programme the aim of which is to broaden and deepen international qualifications and engagement at Swedish universities. It aims to provide Swedish students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge about developing countries and development issues.

MFS gives students in higher education the opportunity to gather material for his or her Bachelor’s or Master's thesis in a developing country.

MFS scholarships will be handled on by the international office at the University of Gothenburg for upcoming announcements. More information will be made available as soon as the routines have been established.

AEC - Association Européenne des Conservatoires

is an association for European cooperation between music academies. AEC promotes and facilitates exchange enterprises by creating uniformity and praxis concerning the formalities that govern student and teacher exchanges. It also develops tools for spreading knowledge and making it easier to survey all the forms of support and scholarships in Europe.
Through AEC, the international coordinators within the field of music cooperate in an active network that has developed an informative homepage for students’ and teachers’ guidance concerning exchange enterprises: ”Do-re-mi-fa-socrates”.
To homepage for network
AEC also coordinates the thematic Erasmus network for music: Polifonia.
To AEC’s homepage

ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts

is a network for arts departments encompassing music, theatre, dance, visual arts, design, media arts and architecture. The aim is to encourage dialogue between the various art forms, and to promote mo-bility and shared activities for artists and departments. The network is supported economically by the European Commission. ELIA’s head office is in Amsterdam.
It has organised biennials every second year since 1990.
To ELIA’s homepage

International Office

Carl-Magnus Forsudd
Phone: +46 31 786 41 15

Ulf Sarner
Phone: +46 31 786 41 79

Contact (e-mail)

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 3/9/2017

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Utskriftsdatum: 2018-02-26