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Summer Study Abroad

Program Description

An intensive six-week for-credit summer program for undergraduate students from around the world on our Valencia, Spain campus.

  • Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
  • Dates: May 22 – July 4, 2014
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

Program Course Options

Students choose one of three program tracks to earn up to 9 college credits:

  • Music Technology and Production
  • Music and Entertainment Business
  • Liberal Arts and Mediterranean Cultural Studies

The Spain Summer Study Abroad program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world to earn undergraduate college credit at Berklee. The campus is located in Valencia, Spain in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, one of Valencia’s most recognized architectural marvels.

Students can choose to immerse themselves in one of three areas: Music Technology and Production, Music and Entertainment Business or Liberal Arts and Mediterranean Cultural Studies. All classes are taught by Berklee faculty from both our Valencia and Boston campuses. The state-of-the-art technological resources of the Valencia campus give students a dynamic and intimate environment in which to experience an enriching selection of courses and study with leading artists and professors.

The Spain Summer Study Abroad program is a unique Berklee experience with a mix of technology, musical inspiration and practical experience while living on the vibrant Mediterranean coast for six weeks.

Courses

Summer Study Abroad students can take from 6 to 9 credits during the program, depending on the program track of choice. Students choose one of three program tracks to study: Music Technology and Production, Music and Entertainment Business or Liberal Arts and Mediterranean Cultural Studies.

Download the course description PDF.

Music Production and Technology

The Music Production and Technology program track is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the tools and technology used in the industry today. You will get hands-on experience using the latest software and have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios. If you love music and are passionate about technology, this is the perfect way to spend your summer and add a new skill set to your repertoire.

Prerequisites
Students enrolling in the Music Production and Technology program should have basic knowledge of Macintosh operating systems and exposure to the concepts of multi-track music production and MIDI.

For non-Berklee undergraduate students, completion of a basic course on Berklee Online, such as Desktop Music Production for Mac, ProTools 101, Music Production Analysis, or Critical Listening 1, is recommended but not required. See the a list of Berklee Online Music Production courses.

Courses
Students in the Music Production and Technology program track take a maximum of 8 credits, as listed below.

  • Weeks 1-3: MTI- P307 - Electronic Dance Music Creation with Ableton Live, 2 credits
  • Weeks 1-3: MTI- P309 - Music Video Production and Dissemination, 2 credits
  • Weeks 4-6: MTI- P305 - Recording Skills for Music Production, 2 credits
  • Weeks 4-6: MTI- P306 - Mixing for Musicians, 2 credits

Download the course description PDF.

Music and Entertainment Business

If you are always thinking of ways to innovate antiquated business models of the music and entertainment industry, this program is for you. During an intensive six weeks, spend time with Berklee faculty and peers from around the world sharpening your knowledge in marketing, technology and legal aspects of international music business.

Prerequisites
Current Berklee students must refer to all established course prerequisites (see course descriptions).

For all non-Berklee students, a Math proficiency up to an intermediate algebra level is required. Completion of a basic course in Berklee Online such as Music Business 101 is recommended but not required.

Courses
Students in the Music & Entertainment Business program take a maximum of 9 credits. Students have the option of substituting one of the Business courses for a course from Liberal Arts and Mediterranean Culture Studies.

  • MB-211 - Legal Aspects of the Music Industry, 2 credits
  • MB-P389 - Managing a Technology-Driven Business, 2 credits
  • MB-376 - Digital Strategies and Branding for Entertainment, 2 credits
  • MB-P499 - International Music Business Seminar, 3 credits

Download the course description PDF.

Liberal Arts & Mediterranean Cultural Studies

The Liberal Arts & Mediterranean Cultural Studies program track gives students an opportunity to experience Mediterranean music, film and culture in person. Berklee chose Valencia to build its first international campus because the rich musical culture offers students a unique opportunity to experience a mixture of the Mediterranean, South America, the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

Prerequisites
Current Berklee students must refer to all established course prerequisites (see course descriptions)

Courses
Students select from the courses below for a maximum of 9 credits.

  • LSPN-161-464 - Spanish 1-4 (subject to skill level placement), 3 credits
  • LENG-104-106- English as a Second Language (subject to skill level placement), 3-6 credits
  • LHIS-223 - History of Spanish Film, 3 credits
  • LAHS-233 - The Art, Patrimony and Culture of Valencia, 3 credits
  • PM-P250 - Movement for Musicians, 2 credits
  • PFSS-P301 - Survey of Mediterranean Music Styles, 2 credits
  • PFET-P211 - Rhythmic Techniques for Mediterranean Music, 2 credits

Download the course description PDF.

All instruction is conducted in English. Students must have proficient English oral, writing and reading skills.

Admissions

Application Process

To apply, applicants must complete a three-step process:

  • Complete the Summer Study Abroad Program online application.
  • Pay the application fee of $50 (you can pay by credit/debit card once you submit the application). The application fee is waived for Berklee students.
  • Submit one of the following:
    - A recommendation letter from the Dean or Director of your college or department. This letter must confirm your enrollment in the college for a minimum of one year and good academic standing.
    - An official copy of your university transcript.

All material should be sent by email to summervalencia@berklee.edu or by mail to the address at the bottom of this page. If the original documents are not in English, please also submit an official notarized English translation.

Application Deadline:

In order for your application to be complete, you need to complete all the above steps by the deadline.

  • March 21, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has been extended to April 30, 2014.

Eligibility

The program is open to Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed minimum one year of college.

Program Dates

Spain Summer Study Abroad is an intensive, six-week program starting May 22 and ending on July 4, 2014.

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Dorms open
  • Thursday May 22 to Saturday May 24: Orientation
  • Monday May 26: Classes begin
  • Friday July 4: Classes end
  • Sunday July 6: Dorms close

Passport and Visa

Citizens from the countries listed below do not require a special visa to travel to Spain as a tourist and study for up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong and Macao (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

If your country is not listed above you will need a tourist visa for up to 90 days
and should check with the Spanish consulate in your country for visa requirements.

All students that require a visa to enroll in this program must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended return date. Students who do not have a valid passport should get one as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.

US citizens do not need a visa for this program, unless the dates of stay in Spain extend beyond 90 days.

Housing

Students enrolled in the program are required to stay in a student residence in Valencia. There is no on-campus housing on the Valencia campus, so Berklee will arrange the housing with a private student residence near campus.

Students can choose between a single or double room, with private bath. Berklee will try to meet student preferences for single or double rooms, however single rooms are limited. Students who choose to stay in a double room may submit a roommate request, and we will attempt to arrange all requests. Students in double rooms who do not identify a preferred roommate will be matched with other students.

The housing and meal plan fee per student is:
Double room: $ 1,450 per student
Single room: $ 1,960 per student

Residence check-in date: May 21, 2014
Residence check-out date: July 6, 2014

The housing and meal plan fee includes: single or double room with private bath, internet, weekly cleaning service, and a half meal plan during the entire program (breakfast and dinner each day in the dorm). Students are on their own for lunch, which can be bought in the campus cafeteria, or a nearby cafe or restaurant. Students can also bring their own prepared lunch.

Tuition Fees

  • Application fee1: $50 (waived for Berklee students)
  • Tuition: $7,500
  • Comprehensive fee2: $250

Housing and Meal Plan Fees

  • Double room: $ 1,450 per student
  • Single room: $ 1,960 per student

Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline

All tuition and fees must be paid by May 9, 2014.

Tuition and Fee Notes

1. Application fee is non-refundable.
2. Comprehensive Fee: The comprehensive fee covers services and facilities that students have access to, augmenting the academic experience.

Contact

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)

Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (9am-7pm CET)
Email: summervalencia@berklee.edu