FAQs Spring 2022 | Berklee Valencia Campus
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Spring 2022 Update

Berklee Valencia will continue its classes this spring through a hybrid academic model for Graduate and Undergraduate programs. For updated information, please visit the Spring 2022 Frequently Asked Questions section. All updates on the COVID-19 are on our Public Safety Alerts page.

Frequently Asked Questions - Spring 2022

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

Graduate

Q: Will concerts and events take place on the Valencia campus this spring?

We anticipate live performances will take place on the Valencia campus as they did during the 2020–2021 academic year as well as during the fall 2021. Social distancing and health protocols will be in place as needed.

Undergraduate

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

Students in Valencia for the spring 2022 semester will take the majority of their courses in person or in a hybrid modality. Students will be able to participate in in-person private instruction and ensembles, and will be able to take advantage of core music and liberal arts courses offered primarily in person. Ear training classes will be offered remotely, and harmony classes will be offered in person or in a hybrid modality. Courses that are part of the music technology minor will be in person. 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 the vast majority of their classes in person. The full catalogue of classes offered both remotely and in person is already available on my.berklee.edu.

Q: Will concerts and events take place on the Valencia campus this spring?

We anticipate live performances will take place on the Valencia campus as they did during the 2020–2021 academic year as well as during the fall 2021. Social distancing and health protocols will be in place as needed.

Graduate

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 whether the class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

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

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

Undergraduate

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 whether the class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

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

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

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.

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:

For more information about the visa process, please visit the Study Abroad website.

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.
  • 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.

Undergraduate

Q: Who can I contact at Berklee to receive visa counseling?

If at any time you need visa counseling, feel free to contact us at studyabroad@berklee.edu

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:

For more information about the visa process, please visit the Study Abroad website.

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.
  • 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.

Graduate

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 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: 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: 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
  • reinforcing cleaning procedures.
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 based on the latest availability at Collegiate. Room assignments will be communicated no later than December 1, 2021.

Undergraduate

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 orientation work? 

We will create a hybrid orientation model for incoming Study Abroad students. You may access pre-recorded content prior to your  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 as needed. All undergraduate students are required to attend the on-campus orientation at the Valencia campus, which starts with the move-in process on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 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.

Parents and families are welcome to join a virtual session as part of orientation. More information about how to connect will be communicated as it becomes available.

Please note: We do not expect COVID-19 to be entirely eliminated by the spring, 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.

Please 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: 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 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: 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: 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
  • reinforcing cleaning procedures.
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 January 11, 2022. 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.  

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 based on the latest availability at Collegiate. Room assignments will be communicated no later than December 1, 2021.

Graduate

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

The Berklee campus in Valencia is following guidance from state and regional health authorities. The Spanish Ministry of Universities has the following recommendations (available here in Spanish) for the safety of our shared environment:

  • Practice social distancing (1.5 meters).
  • Reorganize campus space to reduce density.
  • Use facial masks.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Wipe down workspaces after use.
  • Implement 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 while on campus. 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: 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. Students will find specific procedures in the Berklee Valencia Students’ Manual.

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.

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: 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, following our partners' recommendations 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 are the Greater Valencia area and the state doing to keep their residents safe?

The Valencia region follows the Spanish government de-escalation plan and transition to the new normal. For more details, please visit the Public Safety Alerts page.

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 and has vaccinated almost 80 percent of the adult population. Vaccine eligibility was organized in nine tiers, including health and emergency workers, older adults, and other vulnerable groups. Mass vaccination in Valencia started in April, with 400,000 people 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 strategy in Spain here: Vacunación COVID-19 Gobierno de España.

Undergraduate

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

The Berklee campus in Valencia is following guidance from state and regional health authorities. The Spanish Ministry of Universities has the following recommendations (available here in Spanish) for the safety of our shared environment:

  • Practice social distancing (1.5 meters).
  • Reorganize campus space to reduce density.
  • Use facial masks.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Wipe down workspaces after use.
  • Implement 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 while on campus. 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: 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. Students will find specific procedures in the Berklee Valencia Students’ Manual.

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.

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: 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, following our partners' recommendations 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 are the Greater Valencia area and the state doing to keep their residents safe?

The Valencia region follows the Spanish government de-escalation plan and transition to the new normal. For more details, please visit the Public Safety Alerts page.

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 and has vaccinated almost 80 percent of the adult population. Vaccine eligibility was organized in nine tiers, including health and emergency workers, older adults, and other vulnerable groups. Mass vaccination in Valencia started in April, with 400,000 people 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 strategy in Spain here: Vacunación COVID-19 Gobierno de España.

 

Contact Information

If I have other questions, whom should I contact?

For general inquiries please contact:
Undergraduate - Study Abroad: studyabroad@berklee.edu

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

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

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

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

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