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Berklee Study Abroad

Program Description

Berklee’s exclusive study abroad program offers undergraduate Berklee students from the Boston campus the opportunity to study abroad on the Valencia campus, providing an opportunity to experience the rich Mediterranean culture and preparing you to face the unique challenges in the global music industry.

The Study Abroad program focuses especially on Music Technology Programs and International Music Business, yet it is broad enough to appeal to all students who are interested in learning about other cultures and developing competencies necessary to become successful global music leaders. Students can elect to pursue a newly available minor in Music Technology. Additionally courses are offered from across the curriculum and for a variety of majors, so that all students may find the classes they need to progress in their programs and meet their graduation requirements.

The program also offers unique, meaningful and frequent opportunities for talented performers from the Boston campus. All students on the Valencia campus have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art recording studios and technology labs. The Valencia experience also offers international exposure through Valencia’s student concert series at the Palau de les Arts, produced concerts in other venues throughout the Comunidad Valenciana, as well as gigs at important clubs in Valencia, Madrid and other important Spanish musical centers.

Program Dates

Fall 2015

  • Application Extended Deadline: April 6, 2015
  • Program Dates: August 31, 2015 - December 18, 2015

Spring 2016

  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
  • Program Dates: January 11, 2016 - May 6, 2016

For questions or more information about the program, email or call 617 747-2700.


Berklee’s Study Abroad program on the Valencia Campus provides globally-minded students the opportunity to become successful global music leaders and to prepare for international careers. Students study in Valencia, Spain, at Berklee’s new international campus. In Valencia, students may take advantage of performance and experiential learning opportunities, meet with top artists, and network within the International Music Industry. The Valencia campus experience offers students access to state-of-the-art recording and technology facilities in an intimate academic setting.

*All students must register for a full course load (12-16 credits)

Minor in Music Technology

Berklee's new minor in Music Technology arms students with the tools they need to effectively leverage technology to create and distribute their music. The immersive, integrated courses are designed to be completed in one semester at Berklee’s state-of-the-art Valencia campus, taking full advantage of its powerful combination of facilities, staff and faculty.

- MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians (1 credit)*
- MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians (1 credit)*
- MTI- P304 Live Sound and Stage Craft (2 credits)
- MTI- P305 Recording Skills for Music Production (2 credits)
- MTI- P306 Mixing for Musicians (2 credits)

ELECTIVES (Choose One)
- MTI- P307 Electronic Dance Music Creation with Ableton Live (2 credits)
- MTI- P308 Virtual Production Techniques (2 credits)
- MTI- P309 Music Video Production and Dissemination (2 credits)
- MTI- P310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills (2 credits)

*Course also available in Boston.

Courses are taught by Grammy and Emmy award-winning Berklee faculty, including:
Stephen Webber, Gael Hedding, Ben Cantil, Ian Kagey, Liz Teutsch, Vanessa Garde, Chris Wainwright, Jon Forsyth, and Pablo Schuller.


Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
ENMX-121Mixed Styles Ensemble1Overall ensemble rating 2 and above
ENMX-220Mixed Styles Ensemble1Overall ensemble rating 4 and above
ILRE-375Recital Workshop for Performance Majors1PIXX-212 and current enrollment in RPXX-311
ISKB-P111-WKeyboard Fundamentals (online)1None
PFET-P211Advanced Rhythmic Techniques for Performers2Overall ensemble rating 3
PFSS-P301Survey of Mediterranean Music Styles2None
PIXX-xxxPrivate Instruction2 (1 if taken with Recital Prep)varies
PMH-250Movement for Musicians2None
PSIJ-215Standard Jazz Repertoire2Overall ensemble rating 3
RPXX-xxxRecital Preparation1varies
ISKB-211Basic Keyboard Techniques 11PW-111
ISKB-212Basic Keyboard Techniques 21ISKB-211
PM-P476 Final Project Seminar, Directed Study2PM-375 or LHUM-400 and minimum of sixth-semester standing
ILPH-359Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion2None
ENPC-459Advanced Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion Ensemble1ILPH-359 or overall ensemble rating 3

Music Business

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
MB-211Legal Aspects of the Music Industry2None
MB-287Business Communication2MB-201 and either MB-255 or MB-355
MB-325Principles of Marketing3MB-275, LMSC-251, and either MB-255 or MB-355
MB-331Record Company Operations2MB-201, MB-211, and LSOC-225
MB-P389Managing Tech-Driven Business2MB-255 or MB-355
MB-391Concerts and Touring2MB-201, MB-211, and MB-275
MB-P499International Music Business Seminar3None
MB-P376Digital Strategies for Branding for Entertainment2MB-255 or MB-355

Core Music

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
CM-211Tonal Harmony 12PW-111, or (HR-111 and either AR-111 or PW-110)
CM-212Tonal Harmony 22CM-211
COND-211Conducting 11ET-211 or ET-231
COND-212Conducting 21COND-211 or COND-216
CP-210The Art of Counterpoint3AR-111, HR-112, ET-112, and CM-211
ET-211Ear Training 32ET-112
ET-212Ear Training 42ET-211
HR-211Harmony 32HR-112
HR-212Harmony 42HR-211

Contemporary Writing and Production, Film Scoring

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
AR-112Arranging 22AR-111 and HR-112
CW-171-WGroove Writing (online)2AR-111, ET-112, HR-112, and MTEC-111
CW-261DAW Writing and Production2ISKB-211 (non-piano principals) and PW-161 (CWPR majors), or written approval of course chair (non-CWPR majors)
CW-P227Flamenco Music Composition and Arranging2AR-111
CW-191Sequencing and Production Techniques2MTEC-111
PW-365Orchestral Mock-Up Production2CW-311 (CWPR majors); FS-340, FS-341, and FS-361 (FILM majors); EP-321 (ELPD majors)
FS-P114 Introduction to Film Scoring for Non-Majors2LENG-111

Liberal Arts

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
LAHS-233Art, Patrimony and Culture of Valencia3LENG-111
LENG-104English as a Second Language 13English Proficiency Exam
LENG-105English as a Second Language 23LENG-104 or sufficient test score
LENG-106English as a Second Language 33English Proficiency Exam
LHIS-223History Topics: History of Spanish Film3LENG-111
LHUM-400Professional Development Seminar2Sixth-semester standing
LMSC-221Health and Wellness3LENG-111
LSOC-211General Psychology3LENG-111
LSOC-225Principles of Economics3Passing score on the Math Proficiency Exam, LMSC-130, or completion of college level precalculus or higher
LSPN-161Spanish 13None
LSPN-262Spanish 23LSPN-161
LSPN-363Spanish 33LSPN-262
LSPN-464Spanish 43LSPN-363
LHAN-212History of Western Music 22CM-212 and CP-212
LMSC-208 Principles of Musical Acoustics3Passing score on the Math Proficiency Exam, LMSC-130, or completion of college level precalculus or higher
LXXX-xxx Mediterranean Music and Culture (fulfills Music & Society requirement)3LENG-111
MHIS-P201 Music of the European Tradition2CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111

Music Technology

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
MP-114Critical Listening Lab for Musicians1MTEC-111
MP-115Production Analysis Lab for Musicians1MTEC-111
MP-P205Recording and Mix Techniques for Musicians2EP-225, PW-151, PW-161, MTEC-112 OR MP-113
MTI-P304Live Sound and Stage Craft2
MTI-P305Recording Skills for Music Production 2
MTI-P306Mixing for Musicians 2
MTI- P307Electronic Dance Music Creation with Ableton Live 2
MTI-P308Virtual Production Techniques 2
MTI-P309Music Video Production and Dissemination2
MTI-P310Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills 2

For questions or more information about the program, email or call 617 747-2700.


Steps to Study Abroad

  1. Submit the online application.
  2. Get accepted to the program.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor or chair for you major(s).
  4. Turn in all completed forms in your acceptance packet by the given deadline.
  5. Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation session.
  6. Pack your bags!

Information Sessions

To learn more about the study abroad process, attend one of our information sessions. You will learn about the Valencia campus, housing, classes you can take, available minors, and all the steps you need to take to study in Spain.

Information sessions are typically held every Thursday during the fall and spring semester at 1:00 pm in Berklee’s Office of Global Initiatives. Once you attend one of these sessions, you can meet with an advisor to discuss any additional questions or concerns.


*Please note that information sessions are held on Berklee’s Boston campus on the fourth floor of the Office of Global Initiatives at 855 Boylston Street (see map).

One-on-One Advising Appointments

The first step of the process is to attend an information session, and then you can schedule an advising appointment with a staff member from the Study Abroad office. Advising hours are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call the Study Abroad office at 617-747-2700 or email us at



This program is open only to students currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music.

Applicants should have:

  • Completed their 2nd semester or higher at Berklee by the program start date
  • Good academic, judicial, and financial standing at Berklee


To apply, applicants must submit an Online Application.

  • Fall 2015 Application Extended Deadline: April 6, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Application Deadline: October 1, 2015


Potential candidates may be contacted for an in-person interview. Applicants will be notified of the decisions via their e-mail account. Participation is contingent upon continued good academic, judicial, and financial standing each semester.

Passport & Visa

All participants must have a passport that is valid for at least six (6) months after the program’s end date. Most students will need to obtain a student visa to study in Spain. The Study Abroad staff can provide guidance in applying for the passport and visa but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain them. If you do not currently have a passport, please get one now, as it could take 4-6 weeks or longer. Accepted students will receive more information in their acceptance packet.

For questions or more information about the program, email or call 617 747-2700.

Tuition and Fees

The following costs represent one semester on the Valencia campus. Required charges and optional charges are billed directly to you on your tuition bill. Indirect costs are an estimate of associated travel and living costs, and vary depending on each student's individual situation and preferences.

Required Charges

Charges below are for Berklee undergraduate students. Students from Emerson, USFQ, and Tecnólogico de Monterrey should check with their institution to confirm program costs.

Berklee Tuition
Tuition is same as a semester in Boston
$19,470 (degree)
$16,783 (diploma)
Berklee Comprehensive Fee
Fee is same as a semester in Boston
Study Abroad Program Fee
Program fee includes supplemental travel/health insurance, student orientation, and cultural activities.
Housing is required for all students.
$2,620 (double room)
$3,970 (single room)

Optional Charges

Berklee Health Insurance
Insurance is mandatory, but may be waived.
See for more information.
Optional Trip to Granada
More information is available in the acceptance packet.

Indirect Costs

Passport Fee
Fee varies depending on the type of service requested and passport country.
Student Visa Fee
Fee varies depending on country of citizenship.
Round-Trip Airfare to Valencia
Estimated airfare from Boston
Estimated cost (same as Boston)
Estimated costs based on $20/day. Optional meal plan is available at the student residence for purchase.
Local Transportation
Estimated based on public bike rental, bus, and metro.
Personal Expenses
Shopping, gifts, entertainment, etc.

Program Deposit

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $300 program deposit is required to confirm a spot in the program. The deposit can be paid online at The deposit is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another semester. If you remain in the program, the deposit will be credited towards your tuition statement. If you withdraw from the program, you will lose your deposit.


Students stay at the Galileo Galilei student residence, located at the Valencia Polytechnic University. Your choices are a single room with private bath or a double room with a private bath that is shared by you and your roommate. Internet, linens (sheets and towels), and weekly cleaning services are included. The housing fee does not include a meal plan. You will have the option to purchase a meal plan at the student residence.

All students are required to live in the student residence. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable environment while abroad. However, if you have a parent/guardian that lives in Valencia, are age 24 or older, or have a disability which requires accommodations that the student residence is not able to provide, you may request to have the housing requirement waived. Please contact the Study Abroad office for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Berklee financial aid and scholarships (except work-study) apply to your semester in Valencia. Upon being accepted to the program, it is recommended that students meet with their Financial Aid Counselor to review their award package. Students must ensure that they fulfill all requirements necessary to maintain their award(s) before departing for the program. Students who have received a scholarship from a source outside of Berklee should speak with the Bursar's Office to review how the award can be applied to the cost of the program.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs. Visit the Gilman Scholarship website for more information and to apply.