Short history of the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles
Although the Conservatoire roya de Bruxelles was officially founded in 1832, its existence goes back to 1813. It has always been one of the best institutions of Music and Performing Arts education in Belgium. Belgium’s greatest musicians were educated here under the guiding hands of great masters such as François-Joseph Fétis (the conservatory’s first director), François-Auguste Gevaert or Joseph Jongen. The Royal Conservatory of Brussels, which was separated from its Flemish counterpart over twenty years ago, is a real draw to students who come from Europe and around the world.
At the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, School of Higher Education in the arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, classes are offered in classical music, contemporary music, ancient music, jazz and theater. One of the conservatory’s primary objectives is to bring students, at the end of their studies, into the professional world of work, research and excellence. Located in the center of Brussels, close to international train stations and right in the middle of the Arts neighborhood, the Conservatoire roya de Bruxelles is surrounded by cultural and artistic institutions such as the Center for fine Arts, the Musical Instruments Museum, Musée des Instruments de musique, the Fine Arts Museum and the Belgian Museum of Fine Arts (Ancient and Modern Art Museums). The conservatory’s historical buildings are in the Sablon area, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city.
The conservatory is at the end of long transformation process that was started many years ago: three decrees from the Belgian Francophone Community (Communauté française de Belgique) (1999, 2001 and 2003) have made the conservatory a higher education institution of university level. This process is one that is gaining momentum all over Europe, with specific structures and guidelines decided upon in the Bologna Accords. Completed studies are awarded a bachelor’s degree (three years) and a master’s degree (two years). Since September 2003, a teacher’s training is offered, the completion of which gives students a teacher’s certificate which will allow them to teach the first three years of secondary school, the AESS diploma (diplôme d’agrégation de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur).
In 2004, the conservatory joined the Brussels Wallonia European University Centre along with the Université libre de Bruxelles, five Higher Education Institutions, the Royal Military School, two architecture institutions and two Institutions of Higher Education in the ARTS : La Cambre and the Royal Academy of fine Arts (Académie royale des Beaux-Art)s. Together, these institutions offer 230 courses of study, practically all of the higher institution degrees delivered in francophone Belgium.
In 2009, the Conservatoire roya de Bruxelles, the School of Art and Design La Cambre (École nationale supérieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre) and the Performing Arts Institution INSAS (Institut national supérieur des arts du Spectacle) established ARTes. These three institutions of higher artistic education of international renown, located in Brussels and part of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, give access to all areas of higher artistic education through the ARTes platform.
Finally, an infrastructure comprising one of Belgium’s most beautiful concert halls and a musical library recognized as one of the world’s richest, fosters high quality student work, supported and encouraged by an exceptional international pedagogical team.
Brussels city website : https://be.brussels/brussels?set_language=en
Administrative Processing Informations
BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE …
- Student Application Form for incoming Students (ASF) – WITH the EASY Sytem ONLY
- Only one application’s period for both terms: 15/2 to DEADLINE 24/03 to apply for the next Academic Year
- Is not possible to apply for our Master, second year out of 2 (code: Master 702). You need to apply in Bachelor (one of the three years or Master, first year, out of 2)
- Priority will be given to the applicants applying for a Full Academic Year*
Autumn Semester: 14th September – 31th January (Semester exam period: January)
Spring Semester: 1st February to 30th June (May and June: exam’s period)
We validate ECTS only if the exam’s are validated so make sure that you will stay till the end of the exam’s period.
>>>>>>> Welcome Day for incoming Students Friday 17th September 2021 (to confirm) (rue de la Régence, 30)
*Due to the high number of applicants, we can’t accept all the applications accepted in our different Departments (lack of HR, courses not available for one Semester, no agreements between the both Institutions, ranking of the applicants). Therefore, the applicants will be notified automatically to change their application into a full academic year in order to be prioritized. Professors of our departments are not authorized to accept definitely an applicant without the confirmation of our International Office. If you can apply only for one Semester be aware that your application might be refused at the end of the procedure.
Looking forward to welcoming you with us in our Conservatory !
1. Prepare your Student Application Form (SAF)
All incomplete SAF will not process.
- Visit the general website Conservatoire and choose your Professor
- Is not possible to apply for our Master, second year out of 2 (Master 702). You need to apply in Bachelor or Master, first year, out of 2. Priority will be given to the applicants for a Full Year Academic Year . So, apply for Master first Year, so called Master “Bloc 1” or any Bachelor levels.
- The french language level required is at least A2 (harmony jazz course is not permitted without a B2 french level certificate).
- Prepare 1 picture ID (max 1 MB)
- Prepare your Curriculum Vitae with a picture in PDF/Word (max 1 MB)
- Prepare your motivation letter in PDF/word (max 1 MB)
- Prepare a recommandation letter of your Professor (max 1 MB)
- Prepare a video performance (video with only sound music or links to download files ARE NOT ACCEPTED) with about 25min of performances (2/3 pieces with different characters)
For Drama Section: B1 French Level is required with a proof of level. You need to send also 1 text read in French (video), 2 Performances videos, 1 presentation of yourself in French and your native language (all in a video link, without Password and without download link)
- Prepare your Transcript of Records signed by your Home Institution (previous years) (max 1 MB)
- Prepare an Approval Letter (Model here) signed by the Erasmus Coordinator or International relation Coordinator of the Sending Institution (max 1 MB)
- We don’t ask certificate of language level but you should be able to follow french lessons for several group lessons (Level B1 is recommended)
- If you are accepted, browse our Study Programme and prepare a L.A. draft (click here to have the help document). We required the L.A. by June 15th (signed). Please, do not translate title courses and do not mix the Department (Jazz, Drama, Music and Baroque Music) and the levels (Bachelor 601, 602, 603 – Master 701-702). We avoid L.A. with two Main subjects or two instruments as Main subjects in the L.A. Numeral courses CODE have to be mentionned in the L.A.
If you apply for one Semester, you have to divide the credits (if you have 1.5, it becames 2). We ask to validate the exams in our Institution. Without exams, we could not recognize the Credits. Be carefull: some courses are given in one semester.
2. Send us your Application Form with all the documents to upload in the Form in EASY System : https://aec.dreamapply.com
A letter of confirmation will be sent to the student and the sending school provided the candidate has complied with the procedure and accepted or not for an Exchange programme. Priority will be given to the applicants for a Full Year Academic Year
4. The Coordinators prepare an Inter-Institution Agreement
(I.I.A or Bilateral Agreement) between the two Institutions.
5. Learning Agreement
(to be signed by 15/06 at the latest) are to made first through the EASY system online by logging in with your gmail account. If you don’t use EASY, download the L.A. form and complete it.
As soon as your Exchange request confirmed, then, with your Erasmus Coordinator of your home Institution, you have to prepare a draft of your study contract (Learning agreement) provisional at that email address and according to our Study Program. This contract must be signed by the sending school. It may possibly be changed on site upon arrival of students in Belgium.
For the Learning Agreement: Please, do not translate title courses and do not mix the Department (Jazz, Drama, Music and Early Music) and the levels (Bachelor 601, 602, 603 – Master 701-702). We avoid L.A. with two Main subjects or two instruments as Main subjects in the L.A.
If you apply for one Semester, you can download here the previous schedule to know which Semester one Subject is given.
6. Your Arrival
As soos as possible, contact the Conservatory Erasmus coordinator (Mr. Salvatore Gioveni) to adjust and confirm your Learning Agreement and sign in your Arrival Form.
1. Confirm or Modify your L.A. (any modification of the L.A. must be EXCEPTIONNAL, so, please, BE CAREFULL about your L.A. project before your Departure with your Coordinator AND our Programm Study)
2. Learning agreement “during Mobility” signed by our Studies Director or/and The Coordinator
3. With your L.A. signed, you can go to the Student Secretary and receive a Certificate Inscription (this certificate will allow you discount for transports and access to the classes)
7. Academic Year Calendar
The Academic Year sart the 14th September 20xx with the annual Concert Academic Year at 20PM in our Concert Hall the first Friday of the Academic Year (rue de la Régence, 30, 1000 Bruxelles).
The Academic Year is divided in three parts:
First Semester (Q1) : classes will run for 4 months starting on Monday 14th September, exam’s period in January (some before)
Second Semester (Q2) : classes will run for 4 months starting on the 1st February, exam’s period will start on May (some before), the end of the Academic Year is the 30 June
Third Semester (Q3) : Second exam session’s in August
Academic Year organisation
The new Erasmus Students starting a Mobility next September, should arrive for the
Erasmus Welcome Day
Monday 13rd September, 10 AM
Important informations for the Erasmus Students) and at 10.30, the Conservatory wil lorganize the offical welcome day with all the new students. Same address ! Rue de la régence, 30, 1000 Bruxelles.
Start Academic Concert
The next Friday after the welcome day, 8 PM
The is organized by the Conservatoire and it’s a important day to meet the professors and all the students ! Please, let’s participate on it ! In the main building “Regence”.
An other general new students meeting day will be organised by the Students Council: ?? September (but the Erasmus Coordinator won’t be there, so please, come to the XXth September, 3 PM !). Please contact them for further informations: email@example.com
Q1 = First Semester = Premier quadrimestre = Autumn Semester : classes will run for 4 months starting on 14th September, exam’s period in January (some exams before)
Q2 = Second Semester = Deuxième quadrimestre = Spring Semester : Second part: classes will run for 4 months starting on the 1st February, exam’s period will start on May (some exams before)
Q3 = Third Semester = Troisième quadrimestre : Second exam session’s in Augus/September
To get the ECTS, you need to success the exams during your Mobility IN BRUSSELS.
Only one period of Applications for both Spring and Autumn Spring: around the 24 March. Online Application
Erasmus CODE : B BRUXEL 07
Upon your arrival in Brussels…
1. Prepare your Learning Agreement (you must bring it with you or send by email before your arrival.
2. Sign in your Arrival Form at the Coordinator Erasmus desk (Administration Office, rue de la Régence)
3. Once your L.A. is signed and confirmed by salvatore GIOVENI (the Erasmus Coordinator), go to the Student Office of the Royal Conservatory (Administration Office, rue de la Régence) to register, ask your student card and your Professor’s schedule or emails. You can ask their emails or phone number. With this student card you’ll have access to the classes. Not before.
4. Go to the Conservatory Annex, called “Chêne”, and you should present yourself at the reception desk as “Erasmus student”
5. Your courses schedule is avalaible here: http://conservatoire.be/wcrb_calendrier_courscollectifs
6. You’ll receive your 80% Grant from your home institution as soon as your Arrival Form AND your Learning Agreement are signed in.
You have to finalise your Learning Agreement by yourself contacting the Professors and then, modify your L.A. and confirm it before the 18 september.
Erasmus and new students meeting day : 13th September 2016, 3 PM, at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles
Accommodation in Brussels
To call in Brussels: dial «00 32 » (country prefix) then « 2 » (Brussels prefix) or without the prefix « 0 » for others regions or to a mobile.
Exemple: Brussels landline: +32 2 523 23 11, belgian mobile: +32 497 538 568
Location : https://maps.google.com or www.stib.be: calcuclate the distance between your school and the expected accomodation.
Geographic location of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels : click here
General Brussels Websites (recommended)
Global Erasmus Website for appartments or studios
International website #2
General informations and welcome office
Chée de Louvain, 339 – 1030 Schaerbeek
02/733 11 93
Temporary accommodations (Young Hostels and others)
Young Hostels (best temporary way)
BREUGHEL, rue Saint Esprit, 2 – 1000 Bruxelles,
02/511 04 36. Fax : 02/512 07 11.
ESPACE VAN GOGH – LE C.H.A.B. Rue Traversière, 8 – 1030 Schaerbeek
02/217 01 58 . http://www.chab.be
Propose 21 rooms, kitchen and common showers, for foreign students under than 35y old. Accommodation per months, with breakfast or for few days as well. Room with 2,4 or 8 beds and individuals rooms.
Auberge des 3 Fontaines (centre sportif de la forest de soignes)
Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Bruxelles,
+32 (0)2 663 24 32,
Fax : +32 (0)2 672 19 39
BED & BRUSSELS (B&B)
02/217.01.58, Fax : 02/219.79.95
3 to 12 months. 470€/month. www.etr-brussels.be
FOYER POUR ETUDIANTES ET STAGIERES (month accommodation, mixed)
Place Loix, 20 – 1060 Saint-Gilles
02/534 95 52, FAX: 02/537 47 97 (fax)
30 furnished rooms from 210 to 250 € + caution, included bedlinen, bathroom, wc, kitchen, saloon, …Priority to students from Africa.
FOYER FAMILIAL for students and trainship
Rue de la Source, 111 – 1060 Saint-Gilles
02/ 538 58 75 (Tuesday or Friday). In case of emergency, call to “foyer place Loix”). 10 rooms. Mixed.
Girl student house: “ LA LIMITE ”
Rue de la Limite, 18 – 1210 ST Josse Ten Noode
02/217 19 73, Fax : 02/219 26 48
15 furnished rooms (common kitchen, wc and badroom) founded by a catholic international association respecting the student autonomy. They offer social support et really openmind. Stay of 10 months, about 240€/month. More expensive if less than 10 months.
Website for searching a student room (KOT in brussels language!)
OFFICE HOURS/PERMANENCES ERASMUS
Rue du Chêne
SUR RDV UNIQUEMENT/ONLY WITH APPOINTMENT
10h00-13h00 et 14h00-17h00
RDV obligatoire : https://bit.ly/Erasmus-crb
PAS DE PERMANENCE ERASMUS / OFFICE CLOSED :
6 JUILLET -> 23 AOUT : pas de permanences Erasmus / Erasmus Office closed (included Emails)
SEPTEMBRE : permanences réservées aux Erasmus IN (contacts par emails uniquement)
OCTOBRE : début des permanences pour les étudiants souhaitant partir en Erasmus l'année académique suivante.