YST offers the opportunity for undergraduates to spend a semester abroad on exchange at a partner conservatory, earning credits towards their NUS degree. An exchange in a foreign country provides a unique experience for students to experience student life in a different environment, learn new cultures and connect with a network of friends.

Currently, exchange partnerships exist with the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Germany), Hautes écoles de musique de Genève (Switzerland), Hautes écoles de musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Koninklijk Conservatorium te Den Haag (Netherlands), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Peabody Conservatory (USA), Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Australia) and Iceland Academy of the Arts (Iceland).

Beyond exchanges with higher education institutions, YST is also evolving a range of international professional development partnerships, most notably with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and the Communication University of China.