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Study Abroad

The Cali School of Music offers Study Abroad and 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 a foreign culture. These 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.

How to apply


Discuss your interest in studying abroad with your studio teacher, academic advisor, and large ensemble conductor early. Although deadlines for program applications are October 1 for a spring semester program and March 1 for the next fall, students who complete their application a full year in advance will have a better chance at being accepted to their program of choice.

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 (available at the Global Education office) as soon as possible in the semester prior to your proposed term abroad. Each faculty member should send the reference directly to Lori McCann ( well in advance of the application deadline. The committee will review the references and make a recommendation to the Global Education Center.

Step Two: You should start your Global Education application at the same time your are gathering your reference.

Apply through the on-line application on the Study Abroad website: 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).

Once the Cali Committee approves your request, and you have completed the on-line application process, you will receive a notice by Global Education if you have been accepted. This means that your application will then be forwarded to the host institution abroad and you will be nominated for an exchange place. See the Global Education website to learn about the application process. (Note that the process will include, among other things, a DVD audition recording and an official academic transcript from MSU.) At any point in the process, you may contact Domenica Dominguez, Director, Study Abroad and International Programs (; 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.

  • Prof. Lori McCann, Chair
    Graz: University of Music and Performing Arts
  • Prof. David Witten
    Milan: Conservatorio Verdi; Kristiansand: Agder College
  • Prof. Jeffrey Gall
    Moscow: Moscow State Conservatory; Graz: University of Music and Performing Arts
  • Prof. Marissa Silverman
    (Music Education Students) Budapest: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music