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Students are encouraged to confirm their place as soon as possible. There is limited space in the program, and once full capacity is reached, students may join a waiting list.
To confirm your place in the program, complete the following three steps.
If you have not declared your major, submit the Student Academic Information Form.
Berklee Online degree students:
Contact the Berklee Online advising team. Ask your advisor to submit the Study Abroad Academic Review Form, and send you a copy of the form submission email.
Phone: 1.866.BERKLEE ext 1 (U.S.) or 617.747.2146 ext 1 (international)
Speak with your academic advisor or home school study abroad office to make sure you will be able to stay on track with your academic requirements.
Find your Acceptance Agreement in the Confirm Your Place email sent by the Study Abroad Office.
Complete these tasks during the semester prior to going abroad. You will begin to receive more information from the Study Abroad Office during the first few weeks of the semester (fall or spring) prior to your program start date.
Housing: If you live on campus, let the housing office know when you will be studying abroad and if you wish to request housing for when you return.
Student Employment: If you currently have a student employment position, inform your supervisor of your plans to study abroad once you've been accepted to the program. Important information to share with them is your last day before going abroad as well as the date you are able to return to work once you return.
International Student Services: If you are an international student, contact the International Student Services team, especially if you are close to graduating and considering Optional Practical Training (OPT) or other post-completion options.
Disability Services: Let your Disability Services Counselor know that you will study abroad so they can ensure you'll have access to everything you'll need in Valencia.
Personal Counseling: Let your counselor know that you will study abroad. They can provide useful tips and help you set up counseling services in Valencia.
All other students: Make sure you have consulted with your advisor to determine the classes you should take. You will receive a registration form along with a list of courses and meeting times from Berklee's Study Abroad Office. This information will be available in March for fall and in October for spring.
See study abroad courses.
All students must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their program end date. It is recommended that you have your passport available at least four months before your program start date in order to apply for a visa.
*Most students will need a student visa to study in Spain. It is recommended that you start preparing your visa application two months before the deadline.
*Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Spain.
Apply for this visa if you will go abroad for one semester.
This is usually a 180-day (6-month) visa. It is not renewable. If you go to Valencia with this visa and then decide to stay there for the following semester, you have to apply for a new visa at the consulate that corresponds to where you have permanent residence or where you go to school.
Apply for this visa if you will go abroad for a year (only available if you start your year abroad in the fall).
This is usually a 90-day visa. Within thirty days of entering Europe you must apply for a Spanish residency card, which is valid for one year and renewable. Staff in Valencia will help you obtain the residency card.
You can apply for a visa through the study abroad office or on your own.
Option A: Apply Through The Study Abroad Office - Strongly Recommended
The study abroad office will submit your application to the Spanish consulate in Boston.
Option B: Apply On Your Own
If you cannot apply for your visa through the study abroad office, you may apply on your own. Some consulates may allow you to keep your passport while they process your visa application. Please be advised that applying on your own can be risky, and you may not get a visa in time to start your semester abroad. Consulates will only communicate with the person applying for the visa. They will not disclose any information to the study abroad office. If you are considering applying on your own, email email@example.com for more information.
Option A: Apply Through The Study Abroad Office (Strongly Recommended)
Visa Application Deadline:
May 31 (Fall Abroad)
October 15 (Spring Abroad)
Option B: Apply On Your Own
If you are considering applying on your own, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students participating in the Berklee Study Abroad program must have primary health insurance. The program provides supplemental Spanish health insurance as well as travel insurance for school-related trips. Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate insurance coverage for personal travel.
Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students must enroll in Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or waive it by demonstrating comparable coverage. Read more about the Berklee SHIP.
Students from other schools must meet the primary health insurance requirement of their home institution.
Students will be covered by MAPFRE, a private health insurance provider in Spain, while they are enrolled in the program. This coverage is included in the program fee and cannot be waived. Students will receive their MAPFRE insurance card during orientation in Valencia. MAPFRE provides coverage throughout Spain. Visit Health, Wellness, and Support Services to learn more about MAPFRE health insurance as well as medical, counseling, and disability services in Valencia.
Berklee’s travel insurance provider, UnitedHealthcare Global (UHCG), covers students during their travel to and from Valencia (at the beginning and end of the program) and during travel that is part of the academic program. There is no fee for this coverage. Download the UnitedHealthcare Global Welcome Kit for more information.
For personal travel inside Spain during the program, you will be covered by MAPFRE. You will not be covered by UHCG.
For personal travel outside of Spain during the program, you will not be covered by MAPFRE or UHCG. You should check with your primary health insurance provider to see if they provide coverage for international travel. Alternatively, you can purchase independent insurance including medical coverage, trip and luggage protection, and more. See the Frequently Asked Questions section of Health, Wellness, and Support Services for more information.