Hone your craft at the Welsh national conservatoire, surrounded by stunning natural beauty

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is located in the heart of Cardiff, overlooking beautiful urban parkland and just a 5-minute stroll from the city center. Its quality of education, excellent teaching, and thriving arts community make for an unforgettable semester in one of the world’s most scenic places. Experience world-class instruction in Music Performance and Advanced Music Study, catering to a variety of instruments and performance styles. Study here and experience a part of the world steeped with Arthurian myths and legends—Wales offers lots to explore, with thousand-year-old castles and medieval cities such as Chester and York within easy traveling distance. Big cities like London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Dublin are just a few hours away. If you are a student looking for an immersive experience, enjoy independence, and are attracted to the lifestyle of an affordable smaller city, then this program could be just what you’re looking for.

We fundamentally believe in the power of music to transform and enrich society, developing skills in teaching, coaching and co-creating projects to create musicians of the future who will make an impact as performers, teachers and enablers within the broader community. Fundamental questions - ‘How can we shape the industry of the future’, ‘How can we use art to make a difference’ - help us to produce musicians who are truly relevant to a 21st Century world. ”

  • As an Arcadia study abroad student, you will also have the support of Arcadia staff in the London Center to help you settle in and enjoy your semester.

  • RWCMD is a vibrant arts center staging 500 performances a year (many of which are free!), giving you access to world-leading artists and student work, often side by side.

  • You can get involved in a diverse area of activities, projects, clubs, and sports teams through the Student’s Union. Get to know students outside of your disciplines, share a cuppa, and embrace the small, tight knit community of RWCMD.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2024 1/1/2024 3/30/2024 12-14 $20,800 10/1/2023 More Info
Fall 2024 TBA TBA TBA TBA 4/15/2024  
Academic Year 2024 TBA TBA TBA TBA 4/15/2024  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in Wales are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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