International Student Program

international students, international student program, music schools, music lessonsWith a nationally recognized academic standard, the British Columbia Conservatory of Music International Student Program provides training that is among the highest available in Canada. The knowledgeable, experienced, and highly professional faculty of well qualified and enthusiastic teachers and musicians are able to work with, encourage, and direct students along their chosen path to achieve their goals.

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In addition to regular lessons and classes, there are competitions, recitals, master classes, and ensembles available for all students.

Graduate as a qualified Piano Teacher

Associate Teacher Diploma   –   B.C.M.A.

Earn a Diploma in Piano Performance

Licentiate Performance Diploma   –  L.B.C.M.

Licentiate Performance Diploma   –  L.B.C.M., Hon.

Fellowship Diploma   –   F.B.C.M.

Earn a Diploma in Violin Performance

Licentiate Performance Diploma   –   L.B.C.M.

To Apply Online

To apply online click here.

To Apply by Mail or FAX

  1. Print and Complete the PDF of the International Student Registration Form.
  2. Completed applications sent via mail or FAX must include:
    1. copy of the student’s birth certificate.
    2. A copy of their transcript for the previous 10 months or most recent transcript.
    3. $250.00 CDN non-refundable application fee in the form of a money order, wire transfer, Visa or Mastercard via email (do not mail cash).
  3. Upon receipt of the above documents and application fee:
    1. the student will be notified by email or fax of the status of their application
    2. if the student is accepted, 50% of the tuition fee must be sent.
    3. upon receipt of 50% of the tuition fee, the school will issue a Letter of Acceptance.
  4. Take the “Letter of Acceptance”  to Canada Immigration in your home country and apply for a Student Visa.

General Information

Method of Payment

Tuition and other fees must be paid by certified cheque, money order or TT (wire transfer). In order to secure your place in  the program, students must send a deposit of 50% of the total tuition fee upon notification of acceptance into the program. The deposit will be applied towards the tuition fee. The balance of tuition is payable upon the student’s arrival for their first day of classes. Upon payment of the balance of tuition, lessons will begin.

Refund Policy

Tuition fee refunds will only be given if the student applies to Canada Immigration for a Student Authorization within three weeks of the date the Letter of Acceptance is issued but is refused a Student Authorization to attend British Columbia Conservatory of Music. Documented evidence is required. In the event that the applicant is unable to obtain a student visa (documentation will be required) the BCCM will refund the deposit minus a $100 processing fee.

Accommodation

The cost of room and board with a family is on average $750 per month.  Please note that the monthly fee is a flat rate and must be paid even though the student returns home during Christmas and Spring vacations.

Living Expenses

Each student should have approximately $10,000 Canadian dollars per year to cover miscellaneous expenses, school supplies, personal clothing/toiletries, restaurant meals, personal entertainment, etc.

Visa

If students wish to travel to the United States, they need to contact the American consulate in their home country before coming to Canada.

Practice rooms for all Students

Students entering the Conservatory at the diploma level are expected to practice two (2) to three (3) hours per day. This amount of practice time, focused on curriculum development, is considered to be part of the student’s overall learning time and is essential for all students in order to make sufficient progress towards achieving their diploma. i.e. Practice time is included in the total number of hours spent at the conservatory on a part-time or full-time basis.

Letter of Acceptance

Please note that the official letter of acceptance will not be released until the deposit of 50% of the tuition fees plus the non-refundable application fee have been received by the BCCM.

Regular Attendance

Regular attendance is expected. Students registering for any of the above mentioned diploma level programs must attend lessons and practice-times regularly.

Homestay

Students may provide their own homestay family or one will be found for them.

Diploma Programs – Details

Licentiate Performance Diploma Program, L.B.C.M. – Piano or Strings

Private lessons twice per week.
Musicianship training in a private or class setting.
Practice rooms are available at the Conservatory. *See note below
Participation in regular master classes and competitions is expected. Separate fees required.
Piano Syllabus in PDF format.
Violin Syllabus in PDF format.
Instrument : Piano or Strings
Level : Post Secondary
Length : 10 months
Pre requisite : No Pre-requisite
Fee : $12,500 CDN

 

Associate Teacher Diploma, B.C.M.A. – Piano

Private lessons twice per week.
Viva Voce – Piano Pedagogy and Performance Principles.
Musicianship training in a private or class setting.
Practice rooms are available at the Conservatory. *See note below
Participation in regular master classes and competitions is expected. Separate fees required.
Syllabus in PDF format.
Instrument : Piano
Level : Post secondary
Length : 10 months
Pre requisite : No Pre-requisite
Course Credit: Available (See transfer credit or exemption)
Fee : $10,500 CDN

Fellowship Diploma Program, F.B.C.M. – Piano

Instument : Piano or Strings
Level : Post secondary
Length : 10 months
Pre requisite : Graduation from a College or University Music Program, documentation required.
Fee : $10,500 CDN

International Students – Diploma Program Fee Schedule Summary

Program Length Visa Students
Teacher Training Program (Teacher Diploma) 10 Months $10,500 CDN
Licentiate Performance Diploma 10 Months $12,500 CDN
Fellowship Diploma 10 Months $10,500 CDN
Application Fee (non-refundable) $250