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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 two steps.
1. Submit Your Acceptance Agreement
You can find your acceptance agreement in your acceptance email.
2. Pay Your Program Deposit
Please submit your program deposit online.
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.
Students not located in Boston will be invited to attend an online meeting on another date.
The state of Massachusetts requires that students be covered by a health insurance plan that provides comprehensive coverage and is compliant with federal and state regulations under the Affordable Care Act.
Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students will be required to accept enrollment in Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or submit a waiver request indicating comparable coverage, even while studying abroad, because their primary academic enrollment is in Massachusetts. Read more about the Berklee SHIP.
Students from other schools must meet the health insurance requirements of their home institution.
Students will be covered by MAPFRE, a private health insurance provider in Spain, while they are enrolled in the study abroad program. This coverage is included in the program fee and cannot be waived. Students will receive their insurance card during orientation in Valencia. MAPFRE is supplemental medical insurance that provides coverage throughout Spain and is the exclusive partner of the Berklee Medical Assistance Program in Valencia. Visit Health, Wellness, and Support Services to learn more about Spanish health insurance as well as medical, counseling, and disability services in Valencia.
Berklee also retains a travel insurance provider, UnitedHealthcare Global (UHCG), that offers specific coverage such as emergency medical evacuation or repatriation and travel assistance services for students during their semester abroad, including 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 within Spain during their semester or year abroad, students will be covered by Spanish health insurance (MAPFRE).
For personal travel outside of Spain, students are responsible for obtaining appropriate health and travel insurance. Students should check with their primary health insurance provider to determine whether they provide coverage for international travel. Alternatively, students can purchase independent insurance that includes medical coverage, trip and luggage protection, and more. See the Frequently Asked Questions section of Health, Wellness, and Support Services for more information.
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 ready at least four months before your program start date so you can apply for a visa.
*Most students will need to obtain a visa to study in Spain. A student visa is a type of long stay (or long term) visa that you apply for at a Spanish consulate or embassy. The visa gets stamped inside your passport. It is recommended that you start preparing your visa application at least four months before your program start date.
*Citizens and legal residents of the European Union, United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Spain.
The steps below describes the general process for obtaining a student visa. You must check with your Spanish consulate to find out the exact requirements for your visa application.
Spanish Consulates in the U.S.:
Boston: for residents of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Chicago: for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Houston: for residents of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Los Angeles: for residents of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Southern California.
Miami: for residents of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
New York: for residents of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
San Francisco: for residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Pacific islands (Guam, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands), and Northern California.
Washington DC (Embassy): for residents of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and DC.
Spanish Consulates outside the U.S:
See here for a list of Spanish consulates and embassies.
*Some consulates operate on a drop-in basis and do not offer appointments.
Some of your documents may need to be notarized, translated into Spanish, and/or legalized with an Apostille of the Hague. See more information below.
*Getting a Document Notarized: Check with your consulate to see which documents need to be notarized. To get a document notarized, the person signing the document must sign it in front of a notary public. The notary then adds their stamp/seal to the document. You can find a notary at many banks, law/insurance offices, and UPS stores.
*Getting a Document Translated: Check with your consulate to see which documents need to be translated into Spanish. Some consulates require translations to come from a certified/sworn translator authorized by the Spanish government.
*Getting a Document Legalized (Apostille): Check with your consulate to see which documents need to be legalized. Documents must be legalized in the place they were issued (signed and/or notarized). Most documents must be legalized with an Apostille of the Hague.
Legalizing documents issued in the U.S.
State-issued documents, for example a Massachusetts background check, must be legalized in the state where the documents were issued. Federally-issued documents, for example an FBI background check, must be legalized by the U.S. Department of State. See Apostille Requirements for more information. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to each state, for state-issued documents.
Legalizing documents issued outside the U.S.
If your document was issued in a country that belongs to the Apostille of the Hague Convention, it must be legalized with an Apostille, in the country in which it was issued. Review the list of countries for instructions on how to get an Apostille in each country. If your document was issued in a country that does not belong to the Apostille of the Hague Convention, it must be legalized by a Spanish consulate or embassy.
If you are studying abroad for one semester only, you don't need to do anything. You will not get a student residency card.
If you are studying abroad for an academic year, you will need to apply for your student residency card within 30 days of your arrival into the Schengen Area. It will take approximately two months to complete the residency card process. Your residency card will be your national identification card while in Spain. It's valid for up to one year and renewable if you continue to meet the student visa conditions. You will receive information on how to apply for the residency card during orientation in Valencia.