First Year Abroad in Valencia, Spain | Berklee Valencia Campus

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First Year Abroad

Introduction

Students come to Berklee because they are passionate about music and creativity—and because they seek expert guidance to help them realize their dreams of becoming artists and innovators of tomorrow. First-year students can begin this journey in Boston, or at Berklee’s state-of-the-art campus in the vibrant, culturally rich Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain.

In Valencia, students will have the opportunity to begin their Berklee experience in a more intimate setting, one that places a strong emphasis on the global music industry and international career paths. Students will complete the same core curriculum taken by entering students on the Boston campus, while also enjoying an immersive cultural experience in one of the most important musical regions of Spain.

During the end of their first semester, students will work with an advisor to declare a major. Upon completion of their first-year studies in Valencia, students will transfer to the Boston campus to continue in their declared major for their degree or diploma and enjoy access to all available academic opportunities, such as minor programs of study or double majors.

Program Highlights

Mediterranean Culture and Music

Music is essential to the history and people of Valencia, where students are exposed to a wide spectrum of cultures and audiences, and to a vibrant gigging community. Students are in a prime location to visit other parts of Europe; as part of the program, they will have the option to travel to Granada in southern Spain.

Strong Educational Foundation

Whether they choose the Valencia or Boston campus for their first year, all entering students take the same core curriculum to build a strong musical foundation at Berklee. Courses are composed of arranging, ear training, harmony, tonal harmony and counterpoint, and music technology.

Intimate Campus Setting

The Valencia campus has an approximate student body of 260 and the entire campus is self-contained in one building, with shared performance spaces in the City of Arts and Sciences complex. This provides an intimate setting for first-year students to get to know their classmates, faculty, and staff in meaningful ways.

Program Description

Berklee’s First Year Abroad program in Valencia, Spain, offers you all the benefits of a Berklee education while also providing a comprehensive and well-supported international experience in a small-campus environment. Just as in your entering year on Berklee’s Boston campus, the First Year Abroad program develops your musicianship and engages you in a coherent liberal arts curriculum that informs your thinking about issues that have shaped our time. At the same time, the First Year Abroad program provides a life-changing international experience to those students who are especially curious about the world around them.

By living in another country during your first college year, you will greatly expand your way of thinking. The program places you in a culturally diverse setting in Valencia, Spain, a city known for its rich history and its musical traditions. The program provides also provides you with the opportunity to interact with people of various backgrounds and perspectives, and to explore your new community through additional cocurricular travel and activities.

Living in residence halls with students from Spain and throughout Europe, you will also learn through the informal processes of dormitory life what it means to be a part of a diverse community. You'll learn to analyze problems on a global scale—an ability that can be difficult to master at any age. A year in Spain offers you the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the country’s people, music, culture and language. But more than this, you'll come to appreciate the diversity of the world in which we live, an appreciation essential in the global society of today.

College students, especially first year students, who study abroad often form a strong sense of community amongst themselves. Overseas, students depend on one another for support as they strive to balance their courses and the intricacies of an unfamiliar nation. Such bonds provide will provide you with a built-in network of close friends to start off your college experience. This is especially true in the small campus environment of Berklee’s Valencia location. These friendships will likely continue as you transition to the Boston campus to complete your undergraduate education and may very well serve you as a lifelong support network.

What the Program Gives You

In addition to the first year learning mastered by all Berklee students, students who complete the First Year Abroad program will:

  • Articulate their identity in a global context
  • Evaluate the connections between their own personal decision-making and various local and global issues
  • Evaluate and apply diverse perspectives to complex subjects in the face of multiple and even conflicting positions (i.e. cultural, disciplinary, and ethical)
  • Apply a deep understanding of multiple worldviews and experiences
  • Explain and connect two or more cultures historically or in contemporary contexts
  • Apply musical, cultural, and historical knowledge from Spain
  • Address complex global problems using interdisciplinary perspectives independently or with others

Admissions

The process to apply to Berklee’s undergraduate program is the same, regardless if you want to do your first year in Boston or Valencia.

All applicants to the undergraduate program must complete and submit the online application at apply.berklee.edu. To be considered for the First Year Abroad program, simply indicate “yes” to the relevant question within the application, along with an additional personal statement about your interest in the program. Your interest in the program will not impact whether or not you are admitted to Berklee. Please note that you must be over 18 years of age when the program begins.

If you are accepted to the college, we will inform you in your admissions decision as to whether or not you are able to participate in the First Year Abroad program.

Go to Undergraduate Admissions

Courses

The Valencia campus experience offers students access to state-of-the-art recording, technology labs, and classrooms in an intimate academic setting. All students in their first year at Berklee complete a core curriculum in the fall and spring semesters. The below classes are typical for most degree students.

Students may receive advanced placement through a variety of methods including U.S. Advanced Placement exams, Berklee entering student proficiency assessments, and/or transfer credit. For those students, an appropriate schedule will be built from core music theory, performance, liberal arts, and major courses to advance students on their educational path. Students interested in pursuing a diploma should contact admissions@berklee.edu to learn more. Links to all of Berklee’s courses and more information about the curriculum can be found here.

First Semester Courses

PI-XXX Private Instruction

  • PI-XXX
  • 2 credits

Private instruction courses are assigned based on instrument and level.

EN-XXX Ensemble

  • EN-XXX
  • 1 credit

Ensembles are assigned based on instrument and style interest.

PW-111 Music Application and Theory

  • PW-111
  • 4 credits

This course is a study of popular music. This study begins with the aural analysis of contemporary songs, including bass motion, chord function, and aspects of the rhythm section. It leads to understanding the bass line, harmony, and rhythmic structure of these songs and creation of original pieces in major key and Aeolian mode (natural minor). Keyboard exercises, written homework assignments, and laptop computer drills provide extensive practice in musical and notational elements. Students learn to read and write major and natural minor scales in all keys and learn triads and seventh chords diatonic to those scales. The course provides exposure to chromatic variations on major key harmony: the principles of secondary dominants and modal interchange are studied in limited situations to add color and variety to diatonic harmony. These activities will decode the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language of most of contemporary popular music and set the stage for a detailed study of more complex and chromatic music in Harmony 2, 3, and 4.

ET-111 Ear Training 1

  • ET-111
  • 2 credits

Students develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. They study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in major keys, as well as basic rhythms in the most common meters.

MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology

  • MTEC-111
  • 2 credits

This course introduces the fundamentals of music technology geared to the needs of today's professional musician. One of the most significant challenges facing musicians today is mastering the skills required to continually adapt to a changing technology base. Musicians today must understand and be prepared for the fact that this technology base is moving more rapidly than it can be assimilated. The course topics will give an overview of all aspects of the current technology with the primary goal of enabling students to make intelligent decisions in evaluating future technological needs.

LHUM-111 Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry Seminar

  • LHUM-100
  • 2 credits

The Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry Seminar provides an introduction to the life of the creative and curious mind. In this course, students explore their own creative process, reflect on their life choice as a musician, and examine the role of the artist in society. Students learn how to ask questions and find answers about topics and issues that affect the choices they make personally, professionally, and creatively at Berklee and beyond college. Students also evaluate their abilities and interests in order to develop college and career goals, and to begin the process of selecting a major. In addition, students begin maintaining their Berklee College of Music electronic portfolio. Taught by faculty who also serve as students' first semester advisors, this course provides a creative and reflective atmosphere that encourages students to participate actively in their own learning. Students engage in discussion, getting to know the faculty member and each other.

LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing
  • LENG-111
  • 3 credit(s)

In this course, students explore the writing process as a tool of thinking and a mode of exploration. Students develop academic writing and expository prose techniques for creating clear and coherent papers. The course covers a wide range of skills necessary for college-level work including sentence-level issues, theses, paragraph structure, organization, form, and style. A focus will be placed on writing styles appropriate to audience and purpose. In addition, the process of writing and revision will be emphasized during the course. Students develop critical thinking skills and learn to evaluate, utilize, and cite primary and secondary printed and electronic sources. Students begin to cultivate a strong, individual, and creative voice by developing oral communication skills for a variety of settings.

Language Course in Spanish (Optional)

Spanish Language Course
Students have the option to take a Spanish language course. Course level assigned according to level.

  • LSPN-161 - Introductory Spanish 1 (3 credits)
  • LSPN-262 - Introductory Spanish 2 (3 credits)
  • LSPN-363 - Intermediate Spanish 1 (3 credits)
  • LSPN-464 - Intermediate Spanish 2 (3 credits)

Second Semester Courses

PI-XXX Private Instruction

  • PI-XXX
  • 2 credits

Private instruction courses are assigned based on instrument and level.

EN-XX Ensemble

  • EN-XX
  • 1 credit

Ensembles are assigned based on instrument and style interest.

AR-111 Arranging 1
  • AR-111
  • 2 credit(s)

This course is a study of the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form as applied to the principles and techniques of writing and arranging for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, basic percussion). Students also study lead-lines for solo instruments, two horns (trumpet plus alto or tenor saxophone), and/or voice. Students focus on the conceptual process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. Students explore of the use and integration of MIDI technology and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and lead-line writing. Students also study various contemporary musical styles and the musical concepts that comprise them, including writing from the "bottom up" (groove-driven) and "top down" (working with a melody in a lead instrument or voice). Students complete writing assignments that incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and MIDI instruments.

 

HR-112 Harmony 2
  • HR-112
  • 2 credit(s)

This course is a continued exploration of major key harmony, particularly secondary and extended dominant relationships. Additionally, students continue to study melodic construction and motif development. Students learn principles of linear harmonic continuity and guide tone lines; minor key harmony; subdominant minor; blues theory and chord progressions. Students also learn melodic rhythm, form, and melody/harmony relationship.

 

ET-112 Ear Training 2
  • ET-112
  • 2 credit(s)

Students further develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation and study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in minor keys, as well as more advanced rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

 

CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1
  • CM-211
  • 2 credit(s)

Functional tonal harmony analyzed and composed in various musical textures. Emphasis on voice leading, melodic writing, and figured bass.

LENG-201 Literature

  • LENG-201
  • 3 credits

Students Choose One Literature Course
Literature: Lorca and Hemingway
Federico García Lorca and Ernest Hemingway are two of the most internationally recognized literary and cultural figures of the 20th century. That is, not only are they viewed with great interest and even division and controversy in their birth countries of Spain and the United States respectively, but they continue to cast a long shadow across the globe and especially over the Atlantic. Furthermore, not only did each of these two compelling figures leave a deep footprint in the other´s country, but they were also influenced and greatly inspired by the socio-cultural patrimony of the other´s homeland. By studying and analyzing Lorca in America and Hemingway in Spain students will explore an inter-cultural journey that reaches the core of how many Spaniards view America and how many Americans view Spain to this day.

Literature: Music and Words
In this course, students explore different themes and genres within the field of literature, examining critical and creative thinking through literary analysis. Students apply the skills of synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation in writing and speaking about fiction, drama, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism. Students also explore concepts related to aesthetics such as beauty, rhythm, and sound; and concepts of literary analysis such as plot, point of view, character, tone, and style. Students complete analytical and creative writing assignments.

Optional Course

  • 3 credits

Students have the option to choose one additional two-credit class from the list below.

Optional Courses

Students have the option to explore one two-credit course from the list below during the spring semester.

MB-211 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
  • MB-211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

An overview of business and legal issues of special concern to musicians and songwriters, with special emphasis on copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, and relationships between artists and other parties, including managers, producers, and investors.

MB-287 Business Communication
  • MB-287
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

An in-depth study of the nature of human and electronic communication. Students write and edit a variety of business documents including cover letters, memos, reports, and proposals, among others, as well as practice extemporaneous speaking, presenting to a group, planning and running meetings, and supervising teams.

MTI-304 Live Sound and Stage Craft
  • MTI-304
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.

MTI-307 Electronic Dance Music Creation With Ableton Live
  • MTI-307
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.

MTI-308 Virtual Production Techniques
  • MTI-308
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This is an 'in-the-box' project-based virtual production course. Students learn to produce short sound-alikes of fragments of contemporary hit records employing sequencing and virtual instruments. They also learn to produce a full acoustic band cover using virtual instruments and one live instrument and/or vocalist. Additionally they learn to produce short musical creations by chopping and editing audio, incorporating tempo mapping, elastic audio, Melodyne, looping, beat detective, and other manipulation tools. Students also learn the skills needed to edit and arrange music to picture.

MTI-309 Music Video Production and Dissemination
  • MTI-309
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.

MTI-310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills
  • MTI-310
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

An introduction to live electronic music performance and DJ skills, beginning with the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Students will explore the culture and aesthetics of Hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs, and will master the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp and flare). Students will create their own live mixes and present them as midterm and final performances.

MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians
  • MP-114
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This online course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on analyzing recording and mix techniques in the context of the popular music mix. Topics include: acoustics of the critical listening environment; mix elements such as balances, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay and time-based effects; instrument identification; stylistic comparisons of recording and mix techniques. Listening analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments. A set of weekly audio ear training drills are also part of the class.

MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians
  • MP-115
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course represents a step-by-step approach to the essential elements of effective records. Using in-class evaluation of demos, masters and commercial recordings, it takes students through an in-depth analysis and appraisal of the emotional effectiveness of recordings, with consideration for: artist identity, vision and intention; melody, lyrics and song form; arrangement, performance, and mixing. Several in-class presentations of student analysis projects are required.

PFET-P211 Advanced Rhythmic Techniques for Performers
  • PFET-P211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3

A lab workshop specially designed to improve performers' understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on their instrument into various musical contexts. The students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will later apply on their own instrument. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches based on techniques applied in different cultures around the world, including: African, Indian, and Latin rhythmic systems and vocabulary. The workshop environment will be used to give the students practical examples of rhythmic concepts using prepared literature, specific compositions, audio tracks, and video material. They will practice performing these rhythms both individually and as a group.

PFSS-P301 Survey of Mediterranean Musical Styles
  • PFSS-P301
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.

PMH-250 Movement for Musicians
  • PMH-250
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

This class is designed to offer fundamentals of movement and dance for musicians. Each session includes a brief warm up followed by a dance combination and/or work on body awareness, coordination, use of time and space, development of internal pulse, and stage presence, etc. No prior dance experience is necessary. The class may be repeated for additional credit.

ILPH-359 Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion
  • ILPH-359
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

A lab focusing on rhythmic techniques and song styles of Brazilian music and their related percussion instruments. Development of performance skills through study of audio and video recordings as well as supervised ensemble playing. Note: ILPH-357 may be taken instead of this course.

ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1
  • ISKB-211
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: PW-111

For non-piano principals. Comping, harmonic continuity. Triads, seventh chords, melody, and accompaniment. Standard song forms, blues.

Optional course availability subject to change.

Faculty

Fabien Aubry

Instructor

Maureen Choi

Instructor

Alfons Conde

Assistant Professor

Daniel Flors

Instructor

Catalina Millan

Instructor

Celia Mur

Instructor

David Nordlund

Instructor

Polo Orti

Instructor

Yoel Páez

Instructor

German Ramos

Instructor

Olga Román

Instructor

Israel Sandoval

Instructor

Gary Willis

Instructor

Brian Zalmijn

Instructor

Maria Zarza

Instructor

Housing

First Year Abroad students are required to stay in the Galileo Galilei student residence in Valencia. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable environment while abroad.

The Galileo Galilei student residence is located on the Valencia Polytechnic University campus. There is a choice of a single room with private bath or a double room with private bath (shared by the two roommates). Once accepted, students will be asked to indicate their room type and roommate preference. The student residence is coed, but the shared rooms are not.

Students who will live with a parent/guardian in Valencia, or are age 24 or older, are exempt from the housing requirement.

See housing costs in the tuition section.

Included Services

Students have access to the following complimentary services and facilities:

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the residence
  • Linens: sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows
  • Cleaning service: all rooms are cleaned once per week, including a change of sheets once per week and towels twice per week.
  • Shared kitchen on each floor and personal kitchen utensil packs
  • Fitness room and classes
  • TV/games room
  • Music room

Additional Services

The Galileo Galilei residence offers students an array of additional services for a fee. These services may be purchased once in Valencia and payment is made directly to the residence hall. Visit the Galileo reception desk for more information. Services include:

Meal Plans (per month)
One meal per day (breakfast)
Two meals per day (breakfast and lunch or dinner)
Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
-
€60.00
€180.00
€300.00
Individual Meals
Breakfast
Lunch or dinner
-
€3.00
€6.00
Laundry Service (per month)
Includes laundry once a week up to 6 kilos, ironing included.
€60.50
Self-Service Laundry€4.00 (wash)
€2.00 (dry)
Small Fridge in room (per month)€11.00
19" Television in room (per month)€11.00
Kitchen DishesFree
(€25.00 penalty if not returned)

Visit the Galileo Galilei website (in Spanish) to see the facilities.

Getting to Campus

The Berklee campus is located approximately two miles from the student residence. Most students either bike, walk, or take public transportation to campus. There will also be a private shuttle bus First Year Abroad students may use to get to and from the residence and campus.

  • Private Shuttle Bus: Students in First Year Abroad will have access to a private shuttle bus on school days Monday to Friday that will leave the residence in the morning and return in the evening.
  • Bike: Many students take advantage of Valenbisi, Valencia’s public bike-sharing system. For just 29 euros students can sign up for a yearly pass that allows them unlimited use of bicycles, with the first half hour of each trip being free. There are Valenbisi stations located all around the city, including several that are close to the residence and to the campus.
  • Bus: The public bus #No. 40 runs along a main road that connects the residence and the campus. Average travel time is about 30-35 minutes.
  • Walk: Valencia is known for its beautiful weather! Walking is a great way to travel to campus, while getting some exercise and soaking in the sun. Average travel time is about 40-45 minutes.

Transportation to Berklee Valencia

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my personal statement?

If you marked “yes” on the First Year Abroad opt-in portion of the application you were emailed a link with instructions on how to submit the personal statement. After checking the spam folder in your email, you may contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@berklee.edu or +1-617-747-2221 if you cannot find the email and need it to be re-sent to you.
Can I visit Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain?

Yes! We encourage you to visit campus and take a tour. We offer tours on Monday and Friday of every week. To register for a campus tour, sign up here. If it is impossible to visit, check out our virtual online tour or our Flickr account to get a feel for campus.
Do I need to know Spanish to live in Valencia?

While you can get around the city without knowing Spanish, understanding at least the basics of the language is very helpful. All of your classes will be taught in English.
What are the English language requirements to be admitted to the program?

You need to be a fluent English speaker to be considered for First Year Abroad.
Is the audition and interview process different?

The only difference in the process is that you will be briefly asked about your interest in the program during your interview.
Are there scholarships available for First Year Abroad?

Regardless of your campus preference, all undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for scholarship through the audition and interview process. You may read more about scholarships here.
Are my chances of being accepted different depending on which campus I prefer to begin my Berklee career?

No. Your acceptance to Berklee is in no way affected by your preference to start in Valencia or Boston.
If I am accepted to First Year Abroad but change my mind can I still come to Berklee in Boston?

We encourage you to select “yes” on the FYA opt-in portion of the application only if you are sincerely interested in the program and want to study in Valencia for your first year. If you have changed your mind and no longer want to be considered for FYA, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@berklee.edu or +1-617-747-2221 and tell us that you wish to opt out of FYA.
Accepted First Year Abroad students will have up until the tuition deposit deadline of May 1 to confirm their starting campus.
What is the difference in cost between spending my first year on the Boston campus versus the Valencia campus?

Tuition is the same at both campuses, but the cost of attendance for First Year Abroad is a little less than a first year in Boston mostly due to the difference in the cost for housing. Please refer to the Boston cost of attendance page and the Valencia cost of attendance page for details.
Do I need to maintain health insurance in the United States while doing First Year Abroad?

No. You will have health insurance while in Valencia, and will not be required to maintain health insurance in the United States. However, once you start your studies at Berklee Boston, you will need to acquire the appropriate health insurance required by the state of Massachusetts. You can read more about the Valencia health insurance here. Please note that your Valencia health insurance only covers you while in Spain, not while traveling outside the country.
Are the first year courses in Valencia different from those in Boston?

All students in their first year at Berklee, regardless of campus, complete a core curriculum in the fall and spring semesters. You may view more information on the First Year Abroad courses here.
Where do the faculty members come from?

Some faculty come from our Boston campus, while most faculty for the graduate programs in Valencia comprise a dynamic team with a diverse range of international professionals recruited worldwide. See the faculty page for more info.
Is there a meal plan available?

Yes. There are different plans available at the student residence, including breakfast-only and two-meals-per-day plans. You may also purchase individual meals. There are lots of good and affordable places to eat near the residence. There are also shared kitchens you may use in the residences. We recommend that you wait until you get to Valencia to decide if you want to purchase a meal plan. Plans can be purchased directly at the residence with a credit card. The meal plan is for the residence only. It does not include the cafeteria at the Berklee campus.
How and when will I choose my major?

During the end of your first semester, you will work with an advisor to declare a major before returning to the Boston campus.
When can I begin my third semester in Boston?

You may begin your third semester in Boston as early as the summer immediately following your second semester in Valencia. However, if you require a visa to study in the United States, you must acquire it before coming to Boston. You may also choose to resume your studies in Boston in the fall.
What is the social life like in Valencia?

Despite being Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia maintains its small-town charm. There are several popular up-and-coming neighborhoods offering world-class restaurants, cafes, and discos. For nights out on the town, the ancient El Carmen in the city center is popular. For dinner on an outdoor terrace, Ruzafa is a good bet. Nearby Canovas is also a great neighborhood to find good food. For ideas on where to start, check out the the New York Times’s “36 Hours in Valencia, Spain,” or an older article in the same 36-hour series from Valencia in 2011, which is still very relevant.

Valencia is well known for its musical richness, and has no shortage of venues to support live music indoors and out. Some local favorites have quickly become student favorites, such as Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar, Loco Club, Upper Club, and Ubik Cafe. Check out this British Airways Highlife magazine article by a Berklee alumna or the New York Times’s article “The Newest Sounds of Valencia,” highlighting Berklee’s presence in Valencia.

What’s the difference between Berklee’s campus in Boston and the campus in Valencia?

From an academic point of view regarding the quality of the programs, faculty, career services, staff, and faculty, there is no difference. You will find the same high-caliber quality that you expect from Berklee whether you are on the Boston or Valencia campus.
From a facilities point of view, Valencia is much smaller than Boston, with the whole campus contained in one long building within the City of Arts and Sciences complex. Given the size, Valencia has a much smaller student body than the Boston campus. The facilities and recording spaces in Valencia are comparable to the scoring stage and studios found inside Berklee Boston’s newest building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.