Study Abroad

The Cali School of Music offers International Exchange Programs at a growing number of universities and conservatories, including the University of Music and Performing Arts (Graz , Austria), Moscow State Conservatory (Russia), Liszt Ferenc Academy (Budapest, Hungary), University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway), and Milan Conservatory (Italy). These programs offer a wonderful variety of experiences designed to immerse you in the foreign experience. MSU exchange programs place you directly into European university programs, unlike other study abroad programs designed especially for American students. You are encouraged to learn the language, to be an active part of the community, and experience your host country in the fullest possible way.

Learn more about study abroad programs at the Global Education Center, particularly the Study Abroad Basics link on that page.

How to apply


Discuss your interest in study abroad with your studio teacher, academic advisor, and large ensemble conductor well in advance of your first application deadline (October 1st for a spring semester program, March 1 for the next fall).


Step One:  Submit a request to the Cali School International Committee.
(The committee needs to assess your preparedness for studying abroad, since it may be challenging in unexpected ways, as well as deeply rewarding.)

Your official request must include references from:

  1. your studio teacher
  2. your area coordinator or academic advisor
  3. your major ensemble director

Give each of them a copy of the Study Abroad Reference Form at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline. Each faculty member should send the reference directly to Lori McCann ( by the appropriate deadline (October 1; March 1). The committee will review the references and make a recommendation to the Global Education Center.

Step Two: Complete the Global Education Application

Once your request has been approved, your application process moves to the Study Abroad office at Global Education. See the Global Education website to learn about the application process. (Note that the process will include, among other things, a personal statement and an officila academic transcript from MSU.) At any point in the process, you may contact Domenica Dominguez, Coordinator Study Abroad and Exchange Programs in Global Education (; 973-655-4483) for specific details regarding application deadlines, costs, and other program information.

Cali School International Committee Contact Information

The committee members work with Global Education staff to build and maintain relationships with our study abroad institutions, advise and recommend Cali School students to specific programs, and take an active role in faculty and performance-related exchanges. While you should feel free to contact any committee member, you may want to direct your questions to those overseeing the programs that interest you.