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Once accepted to the program, 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.
Berklee Online degree students: Contact the Berklee Online advising team. Ask your advisor to submit the Study Abroad Academic Review Form, and to send you a copy of the form submission email.
Phone: 1.866.BERKLEE ext 1 (U.S.) or 617.747.2146 ext 1 (international)
Other students: 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.
Most students will need to obtain a visa to study in Spain. It is recommended that you start gathering the required documents for your visa application one to two months in advance. The Spanish consulate will not accept documents that are more than three months old (except your passport).
Read more about passports and visas.
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 participants must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their program end date. If you do not currently have a valid passport, apply for one early, as it could take six weeks or longer to get one. You will need your passport at least three months before your program start date in order to apply for a Spanish visa. More information about U.S. passport applications and processing times can be found here.
*Most students will need to obtain a visa to study in Spain. It is recommended that you start gathering the required documents for your visa application one to two months in advance. The Spanish consulate will not accept documents that are more than three months old (except your passport).
The Study Abroad Office can apply for a student visa on your behalf if you meet certain requirements and submit the necessary documents before the posted deadline. If you do not meet the requirements or cannot submit your documents by the deadline, you must apply for a visa on your own.
Download the visa instructions 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.