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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

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About the University 🏫

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance was founded in 1985 by session guitarist Alan Limbrick. Originally the institute was focused on only teaching bass and guitar, but through the years the school started offering more courses, so now they also offer courses in drums, vocals, songwriting, music business and music production.

You have great circumstances to form friendships and broaden your network with students from all over the world. At ICMP there is a vibrant and exciting international community. 40% of their total student body is international, so you get much more than just the British student experience. That means that the ICMP experience is a truly global one, providing you with opportunities for music and cultural development. Unlike other universities, all the facilities at ICMP are available and free of charge for personal practice 7 days per week, outside of the timetabled hours. They give you the best opportunity to practice what you learn, with free access to professional equipment.

By taking a course at ICMP, you can be sure you will be learning from the best tutors and professional practitioners in the business. The tutors are not only qualified and experienced educators, but also highly experienced music professionals, performers, writers and music business entrepreneurs in their own right.

About the city 🌇

London is a city of both history and modernity from the 21st century - a true hub of the world's cultures and nationalities. With a population of 7 million, 30% of whom are of overseas descent, London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Hundreds of languages are being spoken within the city borders.

London museums and galleries rank among the world's finest, and are full of significant elements of European and global history. The monuments from London's glorious past, from medieval banquet rooms to St Paul's Cathedral, stand next to modern wonders such as Tate Modern and the London Eye.

For activities and entertainment, London is in a league of its own. A shopping mecca, the weekend markets of Portobello and Camden offer groundbreaking designs and vintage finds while allowing you to 'splurge' away in the rich and famous department stores at Harrods or Oxford Street. There are hundreds of theatres, nightclubs and bars to choose from, as well as countless British pubs world renowned for their recognizable charismatic look and vibe.

Home to London's West End, Royal Opera House, London Symphony and Royal Albert Hall, London has something for every taste in music. Besides that, it's a paradise for football lovers, where every weekend the sports atmosphere is spiced up. There is ample opportunity to experience big matches in various legendary stadiums.

Contrary to popular belief, London is not necessarily expensive. The city's large student population means that there are plenty of good values to be found, and many shops and attractions that offer student discounts. From Michelin-starred restaurants to Indian buffets with everything you can eat - yes, there are restaurants for all kinds of budgets and preferences in London.

Housing Opportunities🏫

ICMP is located in a vibrant and busy part of London, and there’s a wide range of accommodation available locally, as well as excellent transport links. The majority of the students look for accommodation local to ICMP,  choosing to share houses with other ICMP students. They organise a number of house-sharing events to not only help you find a property, but also assist you with your search for friends to live with. These events are open to any new students arriving in September, as well as current students returning for their second or third years.

ICMP invite a select group of trusted local letting agents to our house-sharing events to present their latest student accommodation options. Alongside these agents, we also invite local housing advice organisations who are present to support, educate and inform students of their rights as tenants.

Along with the house-sharing events, their students also turn to the  ‘ICMP house-hunting’ Facebook group, and a more general student forum – these tend to be the first port of call for ICMP students looking for rooms or housemates.

ICMP has multiple accomodation partners, so wether you are looking to live alone in a studio apartment, in a ‘halls of residence’ style accommodation, or ensuite rooms with shared kitchen facilities, ICMP will be able to help you find the perfect fit for you with the partners they have. Read more about their accomodation options here.

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange) have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance makes use of a Trimester and Semester calendar system, meaning for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The three-trimester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a semester system. Students can start their studies in January, May or September. Two trimesters are still equal to a full academic year.

See more about The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance's important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Health Insurance
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance ranges from 9.000 GBP to 14.500 GBP per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 4500 GBP.

See more about The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance's tuition fees for international students.

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"Having this entire music environment is amazing. In Italy I wouldn't be able to have all the possibilities that i have here" - Francesca Confortini
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How it works

First, choose a destination

That's probably the hardest part. Are you looking for something specific, within your budget or a prestigious university that suits your field of interest? It's your choice.

Next, apply and upload your documents

You'll find the apply button on each university page. Once you have applied, you will receive the link to your application portal by mail. In there, you will be able to manage your application and communicate with us.

and... accept the offer!

If you're lucky, there's an offer waiting for you at the University. We'll even make sure you have your insurances are in order and all the nitty gritty details.

Finally, share the ❤️

Your friends and family may also want to experience the thrill of studying abroad. We'll do our best to help them too. Ask us what the rewards are!

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