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If you are looking for an up-to-date programme responding to the demanding and selective reality of the professional opera world… If you want to be taught by internationally renowed teachers and masters, who closely follow your trajectory to become a successful singer/repetiteur, then we invite you to apply for auditions at the International Opera Academy (IOA), in the beautiful, vibrant and historical city of Ghent.
The IOA auditions are organised every two years.

To enroll at the IOA you must:

  • not be older than 32
  • have completed a programme in classical singing or piano (Bachelor or Master) or have equivalent experience.

How to apply? Click on the link that applies to you:

  • Apply to the IOA as a Non-European Resident (= currently not living in Europe)
  • Apply to the IOA as a European Resident – Extra Auditions!
    Two-day Programme for Tenors, Baritones, Basses and Pianists: 11th & 12th June

Enrolment Fees & Scholarships

Enrolment fees

Future IOA students pay the enrolment fee for the coming academic year. At this current moment the full enrolment fee is €1750. This fee may be split in two payments (advance fee and second payment). The payment of the enrolment fee makes the registration official


In need of financial assistance?

Upon payment of the enrolment fee, you may apply for an IOA scholarship. IOA scholarships cover the school’s enrolment fee either partly or completely. The amount of the awarded scholarship depends on the student’s financial and social situation. Students are asked to submit a motivated application form and a proof of financial/social situation.

If the student’s application for a scholarship is successful, (part of) the enrolment fee will be reimbursed during the course of the academic year. Should the student decide to terminate his/her education before the end of the academic year, the scholarship may be reclaimed by the IOA.

Arrival procedure for foreign students

All foreign students are informed in detail about the procedures to be followed upon arrival in Belgium (information on visa, student registration in Belgium, health insurance policy and fees). You will also receive advice on housing (rental information, contract issues) and transport possibilities in Ghent.

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