FAQs Spring 2021 | Berklee Valencia Campus
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Spring 2021 Update

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

Frequently Asked Questions - Spring 2021

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

Graduate

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

Performances will take place with modified configurations to follow social distancing parameters. Some performances will take place with the audiences attending online and others will allow in-person audiences where social distancing is possible.

Q: Is there a possibility that a hybrid and/or remote model will be extended into the summer 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.

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.

Undergraduate

All undergraduate classes will be delivered in an entirely remote format on the Valencia campus. Students will be able to register for remote classes taught by faculty at our Valencia campus that better fit the schedules of those studying in time-zones outside of the Americas. For questions related to undergraduate programs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on berklee.edu.

Graduate

Q: How will the graduate program in Valencia in 2021 spring compare with 2020 fall?

As it stands, we expect the 2021 spring program to resemble that of the fall. Adjustments will be made, however, should the situation with COVID-19 change.

Undergraduate

All undergraduate classes will be delivered in an entirely remote format on the Valencia campus. Students will be able to register for remote classes taught by faculty at our Valencia campus that better fit the schedules of those studying in time-zones outside of the Americas. For questions related to undergraduate programs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on berklee.edu.

Graduate

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 (2 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: 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: 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: I’m at an increased risk of severe illness if I contract COVID-19. Are there specialized accommodations available to me? Do you recommend that I choose the remote option?

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

Q: If a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available while I am studying at Berklee, will I be required to receive the vaccine in order to remain on campus?

When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, we will update our immunization requirements to be in compliance with mandates set forth by the Department of Public Health and Spanish health authorities. Learn more about Berklee’s immunization policy.

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

All participants are covered by this insurance while enrolled in the program. You received your MAPFRE insurance card and information during Orientation in Valencia. You can find more information about the plan's coverage here

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 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?

As we aim to continue the academic year in a COVID-free working and learning environment for all, we are requiring all faculty, staff, and students to get a COVID-19 test. Tests for incoming graduate students will take place before the beginning of classes.

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

On Sunday, June 21, 2020 the state of alarm declared by the Spanish government on March 14 ended with the country entering into a state of “new normality”. The use of face masks remains mandatory in Spain in enclosed and open spaces. Please check the Public Safety Alerts page for the most updated information.

Undergraduate

All undergraduate classes will be delivered in an entirely remote format on the Valencia campus. Students will be able to register for remote classes taught by faculty at our Valencia campus that better fit the schedules of those studying in time-zones outside of the Americas. For questions related to undergraduate programs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on berklee.edu.

Graduate

Q: I plan on leasing an off-campus apartment with roommates. Are we allowed to live with other students? Do I need to inform Berklee who I am living with?

As it stands, there are no regulations forbidding tenants from sharing apartments in Spain. We recommend you consult the following general aspects and FAQ about your lease in Spain for specific recommendations. Once you have secured your long-term accommodation in Valencia, you will be asked to provide your final address to the Student Affairs team so we can contact you in the event of an emergency.

Q: My off-campus living space/apartment does not allow me to play an instrument indoors. How can I participate in remote courses or lessons? What practice spaces are available to me?

For students who are studying in Valencia, practice rooms will be available. Considerations on instrument access will be given priority.

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 or will be assigned to students. 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 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. 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 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: 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: 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 the flow of people on campus, through the corridors, and in lounges
  • Reducing the capacity in shared spaces on campus such as in restrooms and in elevators
  • Increasing the number of cleaning shifts and procedures on campus
Q: What should I do if I need a housing or dining accommodation because of a disability?

You can visit Accessibility Resources for Students to know more about the process to request accommodations for your housing, dining, and program in Valencia

Q: Will I be able to access instruments on campus?

Yes, the Equipment Room will be available this year with 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"

Undergraduate

All undergraduate classes will be delivered in an entirely remote format on the Valencia campus. Students will be able to register for remote classes taught by faculty at our Valencia campus that better fit the schedules of those studying in time-zones outside of the Americas. For questions related to undergraduate programs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on berklee.edu.

 

Contact Information

If I have other questions, whom should I contact?

For general inquiries please contact:
Undergraduate: 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