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Partner Universities

Ball State University
United States of America/Muncie
Columbia College Chicago
United States of America/Chicago
Middle Tennessee State University
United States of America/Murfreesboro
QUT Creative Industries Faculty
Music and Audio Institute of
New Zealand MAINZ
New Zealand/Auckland
Akdeniz University
Istanbul Technical University
Université Gaston Berger
Ballyfermot College Of Further Education
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts
Herman Brood Academy
HKU University of Arts
Conservatorio Luisa D'Annunzio
St. Louis College of Music
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Hochschule der Künste
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Hogeschool PXL-Music
Leeds Arts University
United Kingdom/Leeds
Leeds Conservatoire
United Kingdom/Leeds
University of the Highlands and Islands
United Kingdom/Perth
University of Westminster
United Kingdom/London
Linnaeus University
Malmö Academy of Music / Lund University
Örebro University
University of Gothenburg
Rhythmic Music Conservatory RMC
University of Agder
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Akdeniz University
Istanbul Technical University
Ball State University
United States of America/Muncie
Columbia College Chicago
United States of America/Chicago
Middle Tennessee State University
United States of America/Murfreesboro
Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand MAINZ
New Zealand/Auckland
QUT Creative Industries Faculty
Université Gaston Berger

With 28 university partnerships in 17 countries, the topic of internationalisation is firmly anchored at the Popakademie and is being continuously expanded. We support both Popakademie students who wish to study abroad and students from external universities who wish to gain experience at Popakademie.

International projects such as the International Songwriter Week, the International Band and Business Camp and the International Summer Camp build on these partnerships.

Student Exchange Program

Students can benefit in so many ways from a semester abroad - a unique experience on a personal and academic level. Going abroad allows you the chance to get to know another country and culture while making new friends from diverse backgrounds. In addition, it can be immensely advantageous for your further studies and future career. New teaching methods and a fresh approach to relevant content allow you to see your studies in a completely new way and provide valuable inspiration for bachelor’s and master’s theses.

Any questions?

Phone: +49 621 53397212
Mail: ulrike.sieler@popakademie.de
We offer exchange programs for all courses of study at the Popakademie. You will find some general information about the exchange program in the International Exchange Program Fact Sheet.

Specific information concerning the individual degree programmes can be found on the following pages: B.A. Pop Music Design, B.A. Music Business, B.A. World Music, M.A. Music and Creative Industries, M.A. Popular Music.

Philosophy and Goals
  • enable students to gain experience in other European countries and taking advantage of their courses of study to promote language skills, cultural understanding and academic knowledge.
  • Enriching the educational experience at the host university and promoting cooperation between the host and home universities.
  • Building intercultural networks between students, faculty and partner institutions in connection with European arts and European business.
  • Gaining insight into the music industry and pop-cultural mentality and work ethic in another country.
  • Generally enriching society through qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people.
  • Creating a European band that transports the idea of Europe into pop music.
  • Providing financial support for students who could not otherwise afford to study abroad.
Services for Students
  • Enrolment for one semester at a partner university.
  • For most partner universities, exemption from tuition fees at the host institution.
  • A mobility grant for disabled students is available to a limited extent.
  • Acquisition of external scholarship funds by the partner institutions.
  • Individual advising for potential study abroad students through responsible coordinator for all partner institutions.
  • It is possible to study at the Popakademie as a free mover, please contact the Manager Internationalization for more information.
Semester abroad at the Popakademie? This is how it works!
We offer exchange programs for all courses of study at the Popakademie. Information concerning the individual degree programmes can be found on the following pages:
  • Nomination deadline for partner institutions: 30.04.2021
  • Application deadline for nominated students/free movers: 15.05.2021

Nominations and applications by mail to Ulrike Sieler
Erasmus+ Programme
Erasmus+ Programme
In 2021/22, the Erasmus Programme initiated a new programme generation under the name “Erasmus+”. The Erasmus Programme is one of the European Union’s greatest success stories, supporting the mobility of university students, faculty and staff across European borders. Over 3 million students and university personnel have gone abroad with Erasmus.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 (ECHE) ) is awarded by the EU Commission. It confirms that a university meets all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ programme. The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg has received the Erasmus+ University Charter for the current duration (2021-2027) and is thus entitled to participate in the programme. The Erasmus Policy Statement declares the current higher education policy of the institution.
The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM is a scholarship for students awarded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and announced every year at the state universities. The programme aims to promote the international exchange of highly qualified German and foreign students. It also provides universities with a flexible funding tool to support their internationalisation strategies to compete for the best, globally mobile students and graduates. The programme is intended for students of all disciplines enrolled at Baden-Württemberg universities who want to expand their subject-specific and intercultural competencies during a semester abroad at a recognized foreign university, as well as students from foreign universities wishing to spend a semester in Baden-Württemberg.

The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM will be offered annually and awarded to INCOMING as well as OUTGOING students of the Popakademie or its partner institutions. Students who are planning a stay abroad in the coming academic year can apply for the scholarship here.

General information about the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM, the programme, the Network of Baden-Württemberg Scholars and surrounding events can be found under the link .

International Projects

Every semester, the Popakademie holds an International Songwriter Week in cooperation with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Under the direction of high-calibre, internationally successful songwriters, teams of producing and songwriting students from the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg write based on briefings fresh from the industry.

From these ideas, the writers and instrumentalists from various departments develop high-quality demos in our in-house studio that are presented at the end of the week to the team of participants and representatives from Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Popakademie. The best titles are sent directly to the performance rights department and presented to the industry.

International Songwriter Week takes place as part of the course of study for the artistic degree programmes at the Popakademie.

Pop music knows no boundaries - whether physical, cultural or linguistic. Our International Band and Business Camp supports the Popakademie in educating the next generation of artists who want to network and exchange ideas in a European context. Each year, music and business students of partner institutions gather to spend an intensive work week together.

During the Band Camp artists/performers work on existing songs and write new songs with the support of the band coach. The results are presented at a public concert at the end of the week. In the Business Camp, students found virtual business departments and take part in a role play to work through situations, tasks and obstacles in the creative branch.

Once a year, the Popakademie offers 80 musicians the chance to take part in an International Summer Camp.