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Fall 2021 Update

Berklee Valencia will continue its classes this fall through a hybrid academic model for Graduate and Undergraduate programs. For updated information, please visit the Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions section. All updates on the COVID-19 are on our Public Safety Alerts page.

Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2021

To get the answers that apply to you, please, select if you are an undergraduate or a graduate student:

Graduate

Q: What is the plan for performances?

Performing for an audience is a fundamental part of your education, and we will continue to provide these experiences. Limited live performance opportunities will be available, such as the Lagos de Conciertos and Berklee a Les Arts. In addition, we may use digital tools and media to deliver content to audiences.

Q: Will concerts or events be able to take place on the Valencia campus this fall?

As it stands, we anticipate live performances will take place on the Valencia campus as they did during the 2020-21 academic year. Social distancing and health protocols will be in place as needed. In addition, some performances may take place with the audience attending online while others may have in-person audiences.

Undergraduate

Q: What will the fall semester be like for students?

First Year and Study Abroad Students: Students in Valencia for the fall 2021 semester will be taking a combination of in-person and remote classes. Students will be able to participate in in-person private instruction and ensembles and will be able to take advantage of a selection of in-person core music and liberal arts courses. Courses specific to Valencia, including courses that are part of the music technology minor, will be prioritized for in-person instruction. The ratio of in-person and remote classes will depend on each student’s needs, but we anticipate most students will be able to select a majority of in-person classes The full catalogue of classes offered both remotely and in person will be available before registration, which will take place between June 15-23.
Please contact admissions@berklee.edu or studyabroad@berklee.edu if you have additional questions about the program.

Q: What is the plan for performances?

Performing for an audience is a fundamental part of your education, and we will continue to provide these experiences. Limited live performance opportunities will be available, such as the Lagos de Conciertos and Berklee a Les Arts. In addition, we may use digital tools and media to deliver content to audiences.

Q: Will concerts or events be able to take place on the Valencia campus this fall?

As it stands, we anticipate live performances will take place on the Valencia campus as they did during the 2020-21 academic year. Social distancing and health protocols will be in place as needed. In addition, some performances may take place with the audience attending online while others may have in-person audiences.

Q: I am not able to attend this fall. Can I start during a later semester?

First Year Abroad Students
Admitted students to Berklee College of Music’s full­-time fall (September) undergraduate programs may defer their admission to either the spring (January) or summer (May) semester in Boston only. Please note that students who do not attend for fall 2021 will not be eligible to receive the fall portion of their scholarship or financial aid. To defer your acceptance, email eo@berklee.edu.

Study Abroad Students
Admitted students to Berklee College of Music’s Study Abroad program may defer their admission. Please contact studyabroad@berklee.edu.

Q: What are the 2020–2021 tuition and housing costs for the academic year?
  • For the cost breakdown of tuition fee and comprehensive fee, please see our Tuition and Related Costs page of First Year Abroad and Study Abroad.
  • The housing and program fee for First Year Abroad and Study Abroad will be updated soon.

Graduate

Q: Where can I check the 2021–2022 academic calendar?

You can check the 2021-2022 academic calendar on our website.

Q: What classes will be taught in-person vs. taught online?

Students in Valencia for the fall 2021 semester will be taking a combination of in-person and remote classes. Students will be able to participate in in-person private instruction and ensembles and will be able to take advantage of a selection of in-person core music and liberal arts courses. Courses specific to Valencia, including courses that are part of the music technology minor, will be prioritized for in-person instruction. The ratio of in-person and remote classes will depend on each student’s needs, but we anticipate most students will be able to select a majority of in-person classes The full catalogue of classes offered both remotely and in-person will be available before registration, which will take place between June 15-23.

Q: I am in a program that requires access to specific facilities such as a studio or lab. Will I have access to these facilities?

Technology-oriented courses that require hands-on studio or lab time will have priority access to those spaces.

Q: How will music ensembles work?

Ensembles will be delivered using three methods: in-person (on campus), remote, or via a hybrid model, whereby students in some ensembles will participate remotely while others will be on campus. Because large group gatherings are not advisable at this time, our in-person ensembles will consist of small groups that are able to maintain safe social distances. Regardless of the delivery method, all ensembles will focus on the development of performance skills; listening and analysis; rehearsal techniques; and, where appropriate, production skills.

Q: Will online classes be recorded, and will they be made available on OL?

Many classes or lessons may be recorded, but students should clarify with their teacher as to whether the class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Q: Is there a possibility that a hybrid model will be extended into the spring semester? When will that decision be made and communicated?

We will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by state and local government health authorities in order to make a decision about the spring semester. We will update students and their families throughout the fall semester as more information becomes available.

Undergraduate

Q: Where can I check the 2021–2022 academic calendar?

You can check the 2021-2022 academic calendar on our website.

Q: What classes will be taught in-person vs. taught online?

Students in Valencia for the fall 2021 semester will be taking a combination of in-person and remote classes. Students will be able to participate in in-person private instruction and ensembles and will be able to take advantage of a selection of in-person core music and liberal arts courses. Courses specific to Valencia, including courses that are part of the music technology minor, will be prioritized for in-person instruction. The ratio of in-person and remote classes will depend on each student’s needs, but we anticipate most students will be able to select a majority of in-person classes The full catalogue of classes offered both remotely and in-person will be available before registration, which will take place between June 15-23.

Q: I am in a program that requires access to specific facilities such as a studio or lab. Will I have access to these facilities?

Technology-oriented courses that require hands-on studio or lab time will have priority access to those spaces.

Q: How will music ensembles work?

Ensembles will be delivered using three methods: in-person (on campus), remote, or via a hybrid model, whereby students in some ensembles will participate remotely while others will be on campus. Because large group gatherings are not advisable at this time, our in-person ensembles will consist of small groups that are able to maintain safe social distances. Regardless of the delivery method, all ensembles will focus on the development of performance skills; listening and analysis; rehearsal techniques; and, where appropriate, production skills.

Q: Will online classes be recorded, and will they be made available on OL?

Many classes or lessons may be recorded, but students should clarify with their teacher as to whether the class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Q: How will ensemble placements be facilitated?

For entering College students, ensemble auditions, the Entering Student Proficiency Assessment (for harmony and arranging class placement), and the ear training class placement will all be conducted online.

Ensemble placement for entering students will be based on the audition that occurs before the fall semester begins. Ensemble placement for continuing students is most often based on auditions that were conducted in the previous semester. However, there are many aspects about the process that are still being developed and more information will be communicated once the process is finalized.

Q: Is there a possibility that a hybrid model will be extended into the spring semester? When will that decision be made and communicated?

We will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by state and local government health authorities in order to make a decision about the spring semester. We will update students and their families throughout the fall semester as more information becomes available.

Graduate

Q: Will I need to quarantine upon arrival in Spain?

Please note this could change based on updates to Spanish government regulations in the weeks and months to come. We will follow guidance from the Ministry of Health and keep students informed of changes.

Undergraduate

Q: Will I need to quarantine upon arrival in Spain?

Please note this could change based on updates to Spanish government regulations in the weeks and months to come. We will follow guidance from the Ministry of Health and keep students informed of changes.

Q: I am an EU citizen. Do I need a visa to study on the Valencia campus?

If you are a citizen or legal resident of the European Union (EU), Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, you do not need a visa to study on our Valencia campus. For more information regarding visas, please visit:
First Year Abroad
Study Abroad

Q: What is the process to obtain a visa to study in Spain?

First Year and Study Abroad Students

  • Schedule an appointment with your consulate as soon as possible and ensure that you have all required documentation ready.
  • Berklee will schedule a group appointment at the Spanish consulate in Boston for US students. If you want to take advantage of this appointment please email studyabroad@berklee.edu
  • If your consulate is not able to offer you an appointment or if you are not able to take advantage of the Berklee group appointment, please reach out to studyabroad@berklee.edu so they can work with you on possible alternatives.

For more information about the visa process, visit:

Graduate

Q: What exactly is included in my Mapfre health insurance?

All participants are covered by MAPFRE health insurance while enrolled in a program on the Valencia campus. You will receive your MAPFRE insurance card and information during orientation. View information on the plan’s coverage.

Q: What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Spain?

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe started on December 27, 2020. Since that date, Spain has been administering vaccines approved by the European Union as it works toward the goal of having 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated by the end of September. Vaccine eligibility has been organized in nine tiers, including health and emergency workers, elderly people, and other vulnerable groups. Mass vaccination in Valencia is planned to start in April, with 400,000 people to be vaccinated weekly.

Please remember that these measures regularly change based on the evolution of the pandemic. We ask you to visit our Public Safety Alerts page for more information on COVID-19 in Valencia and in Spain.

You can check the most current data on the Vaccination campaign and vaccination strategy in Spain here.

Q: What are the greater Valencia area and the state doing to keep their residents safe?

The Valencia region is following the Spanish Government de-escalation plan. The city is currently in Phase 3. Under the government's four-stage “plan for the transition to the new normal,” Phase 3 is the final step before arriving at the new normal. For more details, please visit the Public Safety Alerts page.

Q: If I test positive for COVID-19, or if my roommate, a classmate, or one of my professors tests positive, how will the school handle the illness and the health of those who may have been in contact with me/them?

We will follow isolation, quarantine, disinfection, contact tracing, and other protocols as outlined by the Conselleria de Sanitat (Valencia Regional Government) to minimize as best as possible the spread of COVID-19.

Q: Will I be required to wear a facial covering at all times? Are there any exceptions to this? What if I play a wind instrument or am a vocalist?

Students will be required to wear a facial covering at all times.Students who take in-person private lessons or ensembles will have to wear masks while performing. Students who prefer to perform without a mask will have the option of taking their private instruction and ensembles remotely.

Q: Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 while I’m on campus? Will I be required to report my temperature or other symptoms? Are there any other medical requirements I’ll be mandated to participate in or provide?

We have a plan for testing and contact tracing in alignment with official guidelines stated by national, regional, and local health institutions, and following recommendations from our partners at MAPFRE. Together with Berklee’s Medical Assistance Team, these partners will continue to support the health and wellness of our students as we closely collaborate to provide additional robust medical services directly related to COVID-19.

Q: What plan do you have in place to ensure my health and safety while I am on campus?

The Berklee Valencia campus is currently following guidance from state and regional health authorities. As of today the Spanish Ministry of Universities has already set some recommendations (in Spanish) for the safety of our shared environment:

  • Practice social distancing (1.5 meters).
  • Reorganizing campus space
  • Use of facial masks.
  • Washing hands regularly.
  • Wiping down our workspaces after using them.
  • Ventilation protocols
  • A protocol of action when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 appears in the community.
Q: I’m at an increased risk of severe illness if I contract COVID-19. Are there specialized accommodations available to me?

We encourage you to contact your physician in order to best assess the risks of living and/or studying on campus. For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

Undergraduate

Q: What exactly is included in my Mapfre health insurance?

All participants are covered by MAPFRE health insurance while enrolled in a program on the Valencia campus. You will receive your MAPFRE insurance card and information during orientation. View information on the plan’s coverage.

Q: What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Spain?

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe started on December 27, 2020. Since that date, Spain has been administering vaccines approved by the European Union as it works toward the goal of having 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated by the end of September. Vaccine eligibility has been organized in nine tiers, including health and emergency workers, elderly people, and other vulnerable groups. Mass vaccination in Valencia is planned to start in April, with 400,000 people to be vaccinated weekly.

Please remember that these measures regularly change based on the evolution of the pandemic. We ask you to visit our Public Safety Alerts page for more information on COVID-19 in Valencia and in Spain.

You can check the most current data on the Vaccination campaign and vaccination strategy in Spain here.

Q: What are the greater Valencia area and the state doing to keep their residents safe?

The Valencia region is following the Spanish Government de-escalation plan. The city is currently in Phase 3. Under the government's four-stage “plan for the transition to the new normal,” Phase 3 is the final step before arriving at the new normal. For more details, please visit the Public Safety Alerts page.

Q: If I test positive for COVID-19, or if my roommate, a classmate, or one of my professors tests positive, how will the school handle the illness and the health of those who may have been in contact with me/them?

We will follow isolation, quarantine, disinfection, contact tracing, and other protocols as outlined by the Conselleria de Sanitat (Valencia Regional Government) to minimize as best as possible the spread of COVID-19.

Q: Will I be required to wear a facial covering at all times? Are there any exceptions to this? What if I play a wind instrument or am a vocalist?

Students will be required to wear a facial covering at all times.Students who take in-person private lessons or ensembles will have to wear masks while performing. Students who prefer to perform without a mask will have the option of taking their private instruction and ensembles remotely.

Q: Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 while I’m on campus? Will I be required to report my temperature or other symptoms? Are there any other medical requirements I’ll be mandated to participate in or provide?

We have a plan for testing and contact tracing in alignment with official guidelines stated by national, regional, and local health institutions, and following recommendations from our partners at MAPFRE. Together with Berklee’s Medical Assistance Team, these partners will continue to support the health and wellness of our students as we closely collaborate to provide additional robust medical services directly related to COVID-19.

Q: What plan do you have in place to ensure my health and safety while I am on campus?

The Berklee Valencia campus is currently following guidance from state and regional health authorities. As of today the Spanish Ministry of Universities has already set some recommendations (in Spanish) for the safety of our shared environment:

  • Practice social distancing (1.5 meters).
  • Reorganizing campus space
  • Use of facial masks.
  • Washing hands regularly.
  • Wiping down our workspaces after using them.
  • Ventilation protocols
  • A protocol of action when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 appears in the community.
Q: I’m at an increased risk of severe illness if I contract COVID-19. Are there specialized accommodations available to me?

We encourage you to contact your physician in order to best assess the risks of living and/or studying on campus. For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

Graduate

Q: How will common spaces, such as bathrooms, lounges, and elevators, be maintained to maximize safety?

For common areas, we will establish measures recommended by local health authorities, such as:

  • controlling flows of people through corridors and lounges;
  • reducing restroom and elevator capacity; and
  • einforcing cleaning procedures.
Q: What should I do if I need housing or dining accommodations because of a disability?

Visit Accessibility Resources for Students to learn more about how to request accommodations for your housing, dining, and courses in Valencia.

Q: What are the technology expectations for students? What should I do if I’m unable to purchase the required technology?

Apart from the normal technology requirements, students should have:

  • An internal or external webcam;
  • An internal or external microphone;
  • Speakers or headphones; and
  • A broadband Internet connection with at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps) upload and download speed. You can check your connection speed here.

For any questions related to technology requirements, please contact atvalencia@berklee.edu.

Q: Will campus hours be extended to allow students ample time to access practice rooms, studios, and other on-campus facilities?

Campus hours will be adjusted as needed to ensure social distancing and to provide sufficient access to practice rooms, studios, and other on-campus facilities.

Q: Will the equipment room still be available for all students? Do I need to bring additional equipment like my own microphone and headphones?

The equipment room will be available for both on-campus and off-campus material. Disinfection protocols have been created and can be found in the Intranet Handbook at http://intranet.berkleevalencia.org/ and in the "COVID-19 Guidelines and Policy Manual For Students". We encourage all students to bring their own microphone and headphones (required for some of the programs as indicated here), although a limited number will also be available to be borrowed from the equipment room.

Q: Will I have access to practice rooms, studios, the library, and other physical resources? How will this work?

You will have access to Berklee facilities, but access will look different. For example, most spaces will require some form of advance reservation. We are committed to making facilities available to students while also maintaining a safe campus that allows for physical distancing and reduced campus density.

Undergraduate

Q: How will common spaces, such as bathrooms, lounges, and elevators, be maintained to maximize safety?

For common areas, we will establish measures recommended by local health authorities, such as:

  • controlling flows of people through corridors and lounges;
  • reducing restroom and elevator capacity; and
  • einforcing cleaning procedures.
Q: How will student dining services be modified in order to maximize safety?

Since every room in the residence hall has its own kitchen, there are no specific dining services in the residence hall. Information around precautionary measures will be available to students during orientation.

Q: What should I do if I need housing or dining accommodations because of a disability?

Visit Accessibility Resources for Students to learn more about how to request accommodations for your housing, dining, and courses in Valencia.

Q: What are the technology expectations for students? What should I do if I’m unable to purchase the required technology?

Apart from the normal technology requirements, students should have:

  • An internal or external webcam;
  • An internal or external microphone;
  • Speakers or headphones; and
  • A broadband Internet connection with at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps) upload and download speed. You can check your connection speed here.

For any questions related to technology requirements, please contact atvalencia@berklee.edu.

Q: Will campus hours be extended to allow students ample time to access practice rooms, studios, and other on-campus facilities?

Campus hours will be adjusted as needed to ensure social distancing and to provide sufficient access to practice rooms, studios, and other on-campus facilities.

Q: Will there be a virtual group meeting for students before leaving for Spain?

First Year Abroad and Study Abroad students will be invited to a virtual pre-departure meeting in July to learn more about preparing for Valencia.

Q: Will the equipment room still be available for all students? Do I need to bring additional equipment like my own microphone and headphones?

The equipment room will be available for both on-campus and off-campus material. Disinfection protocols have been created and can be found in the Intranet Handbook at http://intranet.berkleevalencia.org/ and in the "COVID-19 Guidelines and Policy Manual For Students". We encourage all students to bring their own microphone and headphones (required for some of the programs as indicated here), although a limited number will also be available to be borrowed from the equipment room.

Q: Will I have access to practice rooms, studios, the library, and other physical resources? How will this work?

You will have access to Berklee facilities, but access will look different. For example, most spaces will require some form of advance reservation. We are committed to making facilities available to students while also maintaining a safe campus that allows for physical distancing and reduced campus density.

Q: Will I have a roommate? How will my roommate be chosen, and when will I find out who they are?

Students will be living in either single or double rooms. We will try to honour requests for either of these preferences by reviewing the housing preference forms submitted by students. Room assignments will be communicated no later than July 15. The Student Affairs office makes these assignments based on the information that students provided in the housing preference form distributed by the Study Abroad office.

Q: How will New Student Orientation change?

We will create a hybrid orientation model for all incoming students. This hybrid model will involve providing pre-recorded content to students prior to their arrival on campus, as well as a variety of virtual and on-campus sessions that will be modified in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines. All undergraduate students are required to attend the on campus orientation at the Valencia campus, which starts with the Move In process on Tuesday August 31 and Wednesday September 1, 2021 (*). It is important to note that all sessions are designed to introduce you to everything that Berklee’s international campus in Spain has to offer, therefore attendance is mandatory. These sessions are also a first chance to meet your classmates, faculty, and the rest of the campus community.

Parent and Family Orientation will be a completely virtual experience this fall, and more information about this will be communicated as it becomes available.

Special Note: We do not expect COVID-19 to be entirely eliminated by the fall, and therefore we will continue to observe the preventive measures that have allowed us to successfully operate throughout this current academic year in line with the protocols and recommendations set forth by the Spanish Ministry of Health, and the Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública en la Comunitat Valenciana.
You might visit our Public Safety Alerts page for the latest updates on COVID-19’s evolution in the region and Berklee’s current COVID-19 Guidelines and Policy Manual
* These dates are still tentative and will be confirmed in the next few weeks

Q: When will move-in take place? Will my family be able to help me move to campus?

We are currently following all recommended health and safety protocols to plan for a safe move-in process for all undergraduate students in Valencia. We will confirm next steps to all enrolled students as soon as this process is confirmed.

 

Contact Information

If I have other questions, whom should I contact?

For general inquiries please contact:
Undergraduate - First Year Abroad: admissions@berklee.edu
Undergraduate - Study Abroad: studyabroad@berklee.edu
Graduate: admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu

For Housing and Campus Life questions please contact:
Undergraduate: studyabroad@berklee.edu
Graduate: studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu

For Academic questions, advising and registration please contact:
Undergraduate: studyabroad@berklee.edu
Graduate: academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu

For Technology questions please contact:
Undergraduate: atvalencia@berklee.edu
Graduate: atvalencia@berklee.edu

For Visa questions please contact:
Undergraduate: studyabroad@berklee.edu
Graduate: admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu

For Health and Wellness please contact:
Undergraduate: studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu
Graduate: studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu