So I apologize if this question has come up before but I didn't find anything.
So, I applied and got accepted to my local music school which is one of the best in the country (Iceland). I'm studying vocal performance. They told me that I would spend approximately 5 hours per week at school, 1 of which would be theory, 1 ear training and 1 singing lesson.
My question is, how is this in the UK and United States specifically? I've been practicing on my own for a year, can read sheet music and arrange songs and I can sing pretty well, although I realize I still have a way to go before I'd be considered excellent. If I go to a college in the US, would I be accepted or would they tell me: "No you need X years of study before studying with us".
Essentially, I'm wondering why this school is going to spend 8 years teaching me to sing and the theoretical knowledge I need. Is there any specific reason there are only 5 hours of study per week?