Berklee Study Abroad: Admissions

Eligibility

The program is open to undergraduate students attending Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (music students), and Berklee Online (degree students) as well as students from select partner schools, including Emerson College, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. We will also consider a limited number of applications from students from other schools.

To be eligible for study abroad, all students must:

  1. meet Berklee's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (or similar standards at their home school)*;
  2. be in good disciplinary standing as outlined by Berklee's Equity Policy and Process and Student Code of Community Standards (or similar standards at their home school)*;
  3. be at least 18 years old by the program start date;
  4. have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the program end date**; and
  5. maintain full-time enrollment while abroad.

Berklee College of Music students must complete Ear Training 2 (ET-112), Harmony 2 (HR-112), Introduction to College Writing (LENG-111), and Introduction to Music Technology (MTEC-111), if applicable to your program, before going abroad.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee students must meet the Conservatory's study abroad requirements.

Berklee Online students must meet Berklee Online's study abroad requirements.

All other students must meet the study abroad requirements of their home school.

*Admission to the program may be revoked if a student becomes ineligible due to academic or disciplinary standing before the start of the program. Students in this situation will be responsible for any non-refundable fees related to the program.

** All students must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their program end date. It is recommended to have a passport at least four months before the program begins in order to apply for a visa to study in Spain. Read more about passports and visas.

 

When to Apply

The best time to go abroad varies by major. You may refer to the major grids and department websites for advice about each major.

Students are encouraged to apply one year in advance. For many students, that means applying during your first or second semester.

Spring 2021

October 1, 2020: Priority Application Deadline
We strongly recommend applying by the priority deadline so you can take advantage of applying for your Spanish visa through the study abroad office.

The deadline to confirm your place is: October 15.

October 15, 2020: Regular Application Deadline
If you apply after October 1 you may need to apply for your Spanish visa on your own (the study abroad office can still help you).

The deadline to confirm your place is: immediately upon acceptance.

*Spring 2021 admissions decisions will be on hold until the week of September 21, 2020.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
The application will open in October 2020.

How to Apply

There are two components to the study abroad application. Your application will be reviewed once both components have been received.

1. Application Questionnaire

Submit your application questionnaire online. It only takes a few minutes!

2. Academic Review

The academic review from your chair or advisor is an important component of your study abroad application. Please be prepared to discuss the study abroad courses you wish to take, and any details relevant to your academic plan. This information will help your chair or advisor provide the best guidance for your semester or year abroad.

Follow the instructions below to request your academic review.


Berklee College of Music Students

If you have declared your major, contact your major chair to request your academic review. (Performance majors: please contact Karen Bell in the Performance Division.)

If you have not declared your major, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to request your academic review.

Chairs/Advisors: Please submit the Study Abroad Academic Review Form.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Students

You do not need to submit an academic review. You will be contacted by your chair or advisor if more information is needed.

Berklee Online Students

Submit the Valencia Study Abroad Course Advising Form. An advisor will review your form to verify that the courses you wish to take align with your remaining degree requirements and are appropriate for your level.

You will receive an email within 7-10 business days with additional information regarding whether your coursework has been approved. If you are having difficulties selecting appropriate coursework, please email studyabroad@online.berklee.edu.

Chairs/Advisors: Please submit the Study Abroad Academic Review Form.

Other Students

You do not need to submit an academic review. You will be contacted by your home school’s study abroad office if more information is needed.

Decisions

Decision notifications begin in February for both the fall and spring semesters. Students will receive a decision by email. Some applicants may be contacted for an in-person interview.

*Spring 2021 admissions decisions will be on hold until the week of September 21, 2020.

Information Sessions

Attend an online info session to learn about studying at the Valencia campus. We'll share details about student life, tuition and fees, housing, courses, faculty, and more.

Berklee Students (College, Conservatory, Online):
See here for info session details.

All Other Students:
Please email studyabroad@berklee.edu for more information.