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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 will the fall semester be like for students?

Valencia will be offering courses in a hybrid modality, with the majority of the classes being offered in person. This includes the option of in-person ensembles and private lessons. A small number of classes will be offered online, a method that we have been employing in select classes for the past year and for which we have seen great success.

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 and events take place on the Valencia campus this fall?

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: Will there be any impact to my financial aid or scholarships?

All scholarships will be honored for the hybrid learning option. Please contact Student Financial Services at financialaid@berklee.edu if you have questions about your Federal financial aid, or the Office of Scholarships in Valencia at scholarshipsvalencia@berklee.edu if you have questions about your unique situation.

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

Admitted students to Berklee College of Music’s graduate programs may not defer their acceptance. Graduate student who are not able to join the academic year they have been accepted to may withdraw and reapply for the next year. Applications for 2022/2023 academic year will open in August of 2021.

Please contact admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu with any questions.

Q: By when do I need to make a decision regarding my fall plans? Do I need to let Berklee know my fall study intentions?

Accepted graduate applicants who have not deposited but will enroll in the program are encouraged to submit the tuition deposit by May 1, 2021. Due to limited spots in each program, students are encouraged to make the deposit as soon as possible. Admissions will inform students once the program reaches full capacity, at which point students may request to be put on a wait-list.

Q: What are the 2021–2022 tuition costs for the academic year?

Please refer to the tuition page for information about costs for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Undergraduate

Q: What will the fall semester be like for 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.

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 and events take place on the Valencia campus this fall?

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: Will there be any impact to my financial aid or scholarships?

All scholarships will be honored for the hybrid learning option. Federal financial aid should not be impacted for most students. Please contact Student Financial Services at financialaid@berklee.edu if you have questions about your unique situation.

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

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: Where can I find the 2021–2022 academic calendar?

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

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: What classes will be taught in-person?

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: Is there a possibility that a hybrid model will be extended into the Spring 2022 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: My country is processing visas, but at a delayed rate. If I choose to study on campus but receive my visa late, can I arrive on campus after the semester begins?

If you don’t receive your visa in time to start the program in person by the official start date, you will be allowed to start the program remotely and then continue in Valencia once your visa has been processed. We recommend you also reach out to admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu as soon as possible, so they can work with you on possible alternatives.

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: Graduate Programs

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

Schedule an appointment with your consulate as soon as possible and ensure that you have all required documentation ready. If your consulate is not able to offer you an appointment by July 15, please reach out to admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu so they can work with you on possible alternatives.

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: I was planning on traveling to Spain for my studies with my family (partner/children). Are there any restrictions I should be mindful of?

We advise travelers to check with their consulate and airlines for further information on travel restrictions. Please note that travel regulations could change based on updates from the Spanish government in the weeks and months to come.

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, with few exceptions. Private lessons and vocal ensembles will be conducted remotely so that students do not have masks interfering with their performance. The performance and ensemble departments are exploring additional tools that will keep students safe while performing.

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 academic accommodations because of a disability?

Visit Accessibility Resources for Students to learn more about how to request accommodations for your housing 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: What should I do if I need housing or academic accommodations because of a disability?

Visit Accessibility Resources for Students to learn more about how to request accommodations for your housing 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?

You will be assigned to a single or double room. We will try to honour your requests as indicated on your preference form. Room assignments will be communicated no later than July 15.

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?

Move-in at the student residence takes place on August 31 and September 1. 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