Exchange studies

Would you like to spend up to one year at the Barratt Due Institute of Music?

Since 2018 Barratt Due Institute of Music (BDM) has been a member of the ERASMUS community. We are glad to welcome students from our partner institutions in Europe to come study here at our academy.

The Barratt Due Institute of Music was founded in 1927 by the pianist Mary Barratt Due and the violinist Henrik Due, and has played central role in music education in Norway.

Drawing on a more continental frame of reference than usually found in Norway, children, young people and adult students are taught under the same roof, inspired by the founders’ motto: “From Music Kindergarten to the Concert Podium”

Barratt Due is the only music institution left in Norway with learning and education programmes for children, youth and adults all under the same roof. The academy offers music education at the highest level and dedicated professors and professional musicians offers the very best in your education.


General information

The BDM welcomes applicants for exchange mobilities at bachelor level from our partner institutions. If your institution does not have an exchange agreement with BDM, please have your local international coordinator contact BDM’s International Office.

The duration of mobility is a minimum 6 and a maximum 12 months.

Erasmus code : N OSLO66

Below you will find all the necessary information to start your application.

  • 1st of March: application deadline
    The deadline applies to both the autumn and the spring terms of the following academic year.

  • 31st of March: The result of the assessment is sent directly to both the international coordinator at the applicant’s home institution and to the applicant.
  • 1st of May: applicant must confrim the offer in EASY. HBD may withdraw an offer of admission if the applicant fails to confirm the offer within the specified deadline.
  • The academic year
    Autumn semester: August-December (week 33-50)
    Spring semester January-June (week 1-24)

Online application

Submit your application through the EASY online application system within the deadline.

Required attachments

Please prepare following required application attachments before starting your online aplication:

  • List of subjects for your study plan (here you find our course catalouge for exchange students) 
  • A verified recording of you playing (preferable a video-recording). The audition repertoire is self-chosen but should be of 20-30 minutes.
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Letter of Reccomandation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of Records

A detailed description on how to apply and creating an online learning agreement, see the EASY student manual

Visiting exchange students for one semester are given 15 ECTS main instrument and 15ECTS electives each semester. Grading: passed or not passed.

Visiting exchange students for the whole academic year, two semesters, are given marks according to the Academy Barratt Due study plan. Courses are measured in “studiepoeng” according to the European Credit Transfer System standard (ECTS credits). The full-time

workload for one academic year is 60 “studiepoeng”/ECTS credits.

Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.

A Excellent – An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.

B Very good – A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.

C Good – A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.

D Satisfactory – A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

E Sufficient – A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

F Fail – A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking

Start planning your study! Here you find an overview of courses for exchange students:

For a bigger version to download, click on the form.

Please note that credits amounts are based on a full year exchange. For exchanges that last less than a year credits will be awarded to reflect the length of time studied.

Electives: please contact international coordinator for more information

Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO)

Students have to arrange for accommodation themselves. But we are of course happy to assist you in the process of finding suitable accommodation. As a student at Barratt Due, you automatically become a member of SiO which provides subsidized housing, healthcare, counselling, kindergartens, sports facilities and other services. When submitting your application for accomadation at SiO, specify that you are an international student at our academy.

For more information, see www.sio.en

Visa requirements

All students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months, will need a student residence permit.

Visa requirements are regulated by the Norwegian Immigration Authorities and details are to be found in the GSU-list.

For students who need to document sufficient funding in order to obtain a student visa, The Barratt Due Institute of Music has a deposit account where the funds can be deposited until a Norwegian bank account has been opened. Please contact us for further details.

For more information, please see:


Health insurance

All students from contries outside Norway shoud have a health insurance to cover their stay in Norway.  Insurance cover is not automatically provided.

Information and assistance can be provided by the following contact points and information sources: 

Citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland: Please bring either the European Health Insurance Card or documentation of private health insurance when you enter Norway.

Find more information about healt services for EU/EEA citizens here: helsenorge.no

Citizen outside the EU/EEA: Please bring a documentation of private. Find more information about healt services for citizens outside EU/EEA here: helsenorge.no


Travel insurance

In addidition we recommend a travel insurance.

For a bigger version to download, click on the documents. 

We will happily support you in preparing for your Erasmus stay. Please contact us if you have any questions: international@bdm.no