The Danish National Academy of Music plays an active part in international collaborations in a number of areas: strategic collaborations, mobility activities, international projects, conferences and networks. Our study environment is characterised by a high proportion of international students and lecturers with international profiles.

It is the goal of the Danish National Academy of Music to strengthen the internationalisation through a high level of activity and quality within the international work.


The Danish National Academy of Music actively participates in several networks with a view to increased internationalisation and support for teacher and student mobility.


The Erasmus + programme is an exchange collaboration between higher education institutions in 31 European countries. It is a precondition that the institutions have an Erasmus+ University Charter. (


NORDPLUS is a Nordic-Baltic collaboration under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The programme aims to support and increase the exchange of teachers and students between universities, colleges and other institutions with post-upper secondary programmes in the Nordic countries. (


The Association Européenne des Conservatoires is an interest organisation for primarily European academies of music. the Danish National Academy of Music is an active participant in both the annual congresses of principals and at meetings of international coordinators (IRC). (


The Association of Nordic Music Academies is a Nordic forum consisting of academy of music principals and management representatives. ANMA works with, among other things, political issues in relation to higher music education, knowledge sharing and various project collaborations. (


International Association of Schools of Jazz (


The European Higher Education Society (


The Danish National Academy of Music has entered into a large number of bilateral agreements with partner institutions to strengthen teacher and student mobility.

Many agreements have been entered into as a result of the Danish National Academy of Music’s active participation in the interest group Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC), where participation in annual network meetings helps to promote the Danish National Academy of Music vis-à-vis European and overseas partners.

Since 1995, the Danish National Academy of Music has had an Erasmus Charter, which is the legal basis for a higher education institution’s European collaboration through the Erasmus programme. The Charter deals with the basic principles and minimum requirements that the educational institution accepts to observe in connection with the Erasmus activities.



Erasmus Charter

SInce 1995 SDMK has been appointed the Erasmus Charter, that allows mobility activities within the framework of Erasmus+. The Erasmus Charter states the obligations and minimal requirements that the HEI has commited itself to comply to in relation to the activities carried out.


Joint study programmes

NOFO – Nordic Master in Folk Music

The Master’s Programme in Nordic Folk Music is a joint inter-Nordic study programme between the Danish National Academy of Music, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (, the Royal College of Music ( and the Ole Bull Academy in Voss (

The programme is based on both traditional and contemporary Nordic folk music, and central to the programme is the teaching of a main instrument or song. In addition, ensemble playing is included as a very important core area – based on the joint ensemble, which the total of six admitted students are expected to form.

All NoFo students stay together for the first three semesters. The first semester is held in Stockholm, the second semester at the Danish National Academy of Music, Esbjerg, and the third semester at the Sibelius Academy, while the fourth semester is held at the respective home music academy (for the Danish admitted students at the Danish National Academy of Music, Esbjerg), where the final master’s exam is conducted. The last period includes a six-week stay at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss, Norway.

The students thus get the opportunity to study the respective countries’ folk music ‘on location’ as well as the opportunity to get into close contact with the best folk musicians and pedagogues in all the countries involved. The programme will give them unique opportunities to work with the entire Nordic region as a potential job market.

The programme results in a master’s title in music according to the programme descriptions at the individual participating institutions.

Teaching primarily takes place in English. Visit the programme’s website here!


Erasmus Policy

Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (SDMK) - Danish National Academy of Music was established in 2015 as a consequence of a political decision to reorganize the HLI under the Danish Ministry of Culture. SDMK operates in to schools: The conservatory in Odense (formerly known as the Det Fynske Musikkonservatorium/The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense, the conservatory in Esbjerg (formerly known as Vestjysk Musikkonservatorium/The Academy of Music and Music Communication). Both of the former academies has a history that reaches back well above 60 years.


Network participation

Since 1995 the two conservatories have been awarded the EUC and participated in student and teacher mobility to a great extend besides other network related activities on both the Nordic and European level. Previeously the acting school has also participated in European and Nordic exchange networks and in 2010/11 the school undertakes the task of coordinating the Norteas network under Nordplus.

SDMK is a member of AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires) and takes active part in the yearly congresses for both rectors and international relations coordinators. Besides, SDMK is a member of the thematic network ‘Polifonia’ run by AEC.

SDMK takes active part in ANMA (The Association of Nordic Music Academies) and several networks (e.g. Nordpuls, Nordtrad, Sibelius, Espansiva, etc.) under the Nordic Council of Ministers' LLL program, Nordplus.


Internationalization is highlighted as one of five objectives of special interest in the institutional strategy of SDMK. The following is stated: „The former institutions have strong international relations and coorporations already. The coinage of SDMK stengthens the international ties further as the mere size of the mergered institution allows for an explicitly formulated international strategy. Concurrenntly with developing the new institution the international profile will be strengthened and through a high level of activity and quality within the international field SDMK will take active part in the realization of means directed towards the global challenges as formulated in the educational policies.

Main objectives:

  • SDMK participates in international networks on European and Nordic levels and exchanges on a global scale.
  • SDMK is co-originator of initiating and coordinating international projects, exchanges and partnerships in professional international networks.
  • SDMK will develop an explicit internationalization strategy
  • SDMK will develop special programmes for international students.

Said about studying at SDMK

As I am sitting in Copenhagen waiting for the train to Prague I realized that it is really happening now, I am moving out from the place where I've spent amazing two years with really nice people. I didn't expect that this would be so difficult. I have to say that all of you guys create an exceptional atmosphere of true friendship, creative environment and peace. You gave me a lot. You gave me support whenever I needed, you gave me feeling like being at real home. Thank you for that, I am really going to miss you. Hope to meet soon again!

(Jazz pianist, Chech Republic)

"I decided to apply as an exchange student in Esbjerg, Denmark, and was accepted. In Esbjerg my life as a music student began anew. It was very hard to properly understand the completely different culture of studying music. Now the main weight was clearly in making music all the time, not in theoretical subjects. And this, once again, was an eye-opener."

"I was also very positively surprised about the student activity in making completely original music."

"In the end, the best and most important decision I ever made in my studies was to relocate the studies to Esbjerg. In the past three years I have learned so much about music and making music. "

(Bass player, Finland)


Information in case of No-deal Brexit

On 19 March 2019, the Danish parliament adopted a legislative proposal (no. L 166) which extends existing EU-rights for British citizens in Denmark and their family members in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement called the Danish Brexit act. The Danish Brexit act will only enter into force if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement.

The Danish Brexit act is a temporary scheme and will apply until replaced by a permanent solution. The Danish Brexit act applies to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in Denmark on the withdrawal date in accordance with EU-rules on free movement. The law will also apply to frontier workers who work in Denmark on the withdrawal date while residing in another EU/EEA-country.

The Danish Brexit act will secure your student rights according to EU law during the transition period, which means that you will have the same access to the Danish higher educational system as EU citizens have according to EU law. You will only have to pay tuition fees for education in Denmark where EU and EEA citizens pay tuition fees.

You will also have the same access to Danish student grants for education in Denmark and abroad as EU and EEA citizens have according to EU law.

Further information regarding student grants, loans and support go to the website of Ministry of Higher Education and Science: [“How does Brexit affect you?”] hyperlink:  “