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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.

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Valencia Campus Status: Preparing for the Fall Semester 

Our main commitment since March 2020 has been to continuously monitor the evolution of the pandemic in Valencia, Spain and Europe, in order to quickly respond to new developments and maintain a safe and operating campus for all our community members. These efforts have been led by the Berklee Valencia Core Response Team in coordination with Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team and the Spanish Ministry of Health, Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública en la Comunitat Valenciana.

As we approach the beginning of the 2021-22 Academic Year, and information becomes available we ask you to check this Public Alerts page for the latest updates on COVID-19’s evolution in the region.

Our first priority is and will remain the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

LATEST UPDATE

Friday, July 23

The Valencian government announced that some of the current COVID restrictions in the region will be maintained until Monday, August 16:

  • Night curfew will be maintained from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Valencia and in 77 municipalities in the region. 
  • Bars and Restaurants will operate until 12.30 a.m and with a maximum of ten people per table on the terrace and with a maximum of six people per table inside. 
  • It is forbidden to sell alcohol from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Social gatherings will be limited to 10 people. 
  • The Valencian government  recommends citizens to continue wearing face-masks outdoors.

 

Updates

February 26, 2021: On Thursday, February 25, the Valencian regional government eased some of the current restrictions in the region. The Valencia city perimeter lockdown on weekends and public holidays that also affected cities within the Comunidad Valenciana with more than 50,000 inhabitants will disappear on March 1. The lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community and the 10:00 p.m. night curfew will remain. 

Other measures that will be active until at least Monday, March 15:

  • All nonessential businesses will close at 8:00 p.m. 
  • Bars and restaurants will operate only on terraces, at 75 percent capacity, until 6:00 p.m. A maximum of four people per table will be allowed.
  • Social gatherings are limited to two people (non-cohabitants) in enclosed spaces and to four people in open public spaces.
  • The practice of sports in any open-air sports centers will be allowed for sports that don’t involve physical contact and that can be practiced alone or in pairs. 

Source: Generalitat Valenciana

Previous Updates

February 12 Update

February 12, 2021: On Thursday, February 11, the Valencian regional government announced an extension of the measures already in place in the region to stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures will be active until, at least, Monday, March 1, and include:

  • A Valencia city perimeter lockdown on weekends and public holidays. During this lockdown of the perimeter, entering or travelling outside the city will not be possible from Fridays at 3:00 p.m. to Mondays at 6:00 a.m. This applies also to those cities within the Comunidad Valenciana with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
  • Gatherings at home are only permitted with cohabitants and not with those who don’t live together. Exceptions include work-related meetings and taking care of people in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and sick people are still allowed. 
  • Social gatherings are limited to two people (non-cohabitants) in any enclosed or open public spaces.
  • All nonessential businesses close at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bars and restaurants will stay closed, but will be able to offer take-away services. 
  • Sports centers will remain closed. 
  • The lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community and the night curfew at 10:00 p.m. remain.

January 25 Update

January 25, 2021: On Sunday, January 24, the Valencian regional government announced new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures, which will be active from today, Monday, January 25, until February 15 include the following:

  • Activation of a Valencia city perimeter lockdown on weekends and public holidays. During this lockdown of the perimeter, entering or travelling outside the city will not be possible from Fridays at 3:00 p.m. to Mondays at 6:00 a.m. This applies also to those cities within the Comunidad Valenciana with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
  • Gatherings at home are only permitted with cohabitants and not with those who don’t live together.
    • Exception: Work-related meetings and taking care of people in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and sick people are still allowed.
  • Social gatherings are limited to two people (non-cohabitants) in any enclosed or open public spaces.

Other measures remain active:

  • All nonessential businesses close at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bars and restaurants will stay closed, but will be able to offer take-away services. 
  • Sports centers will remain closed. 
  • The lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community and the night curfew at 10:00 p.m. remain. 

Source: Generalitat Valenciana

January 20 Update

January, 20, 2021: On Tuesday, January 19, the Valencian regional government announced new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Starting on Thursday, January 21, all nonessential businesses will close at 6:00 p.m. Bars and restaurants will stay closed, but will be able to offer take-away options. Sports centers will close as well. These new measures will be active for two weeks. 

The lockdown of the perimeter and the night curfew will remain until at least January 31.

Source: Generalitat Valenciana

January 6 Update

January 6, 2021: On Tuesday, January 5, the Valencian regional government announced new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the region after the holidays. These measures, which will be active from Thursday, January 7 at 12:00 a.m. until January 31, include the following:

  • The lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community, first activated on October 30, will remain.
  • The night curfew that started on Sunday, October 25 will now be active from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
  • Bars and restaurants will close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Smoking is prohibited on terraces, and a maximum of four people per table will be allowed.
  • Maximum capacity will be limited to 30 percent at stores and 50 percent at essential services. 
  • Social gatherings should include a maximum of six people.

Earlier Updates

December 18, 2020: On Thursday, December 17, the Valencian regional government announced that, starting Monday, the night curfew that started on Sunday, October 25 will be active from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. until January 15. Exceptions include December 24 and 31, when the curfew will be delayed until 12:00 a.m. 

The lockdown of the perimeter will stay in place during the holidays as well, and social gatherings should include a maximum of six people. 

Official source: Generalitat Valenciana

December 9, 2020: On Saturday, December 5, the Valencian regional government announced an extension of the lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community first activated on October 30. This new lockdown starts today, Monday, December 9, and will be active until January 15. The night curfew, which started on Sunday, October 25, will also be active from 12:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. through that date. 

On December 23, 24, 25, and 31, and January 1, there will be exceptions to sealed borders within the autonomous community for people visiting relatives, and the current curfew will be delayed until 1:30 a.m.

November 20, 2020: On Thursday, November 19, the Valencian regional government announced a one-week extension of the lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community first activated on October 30. This new lockdown starts today at 12:00 p.m. and will be active until December 9. 

Check the October 30 update for more information.

November 13, 2020: Today the Valencian regional government has announced a one-week extension of the lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community first activated on October 30. This new lockdown starts today at 12:00 p.m. and will be active for the next seven days.

Check the October 30 update for more information.

November 12, 2020: On Wednesday, November 11, health authorities announced that, starting on November 23, Spain will require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from all travelers coming from countries in high coronavirus risk zones. 

In the case of European countries and those in the Schengen area, Spanish authorities will rely on the risk map offered by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).

For countries outside this area, the reference point will be the 14-day cumulative incidence for every 100,000 inhabitants as well as their core capacity as set out in International Health Regulations (IHR). Citizens of countries with an incidence figure of over 150 will be asked for a negative PCR test. According to the ECDC’s Wednesday figures, the following countries fall into this category: the United States, Colombia, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, Argentina, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

Official Sources: Boletín Oficial del Estado, 12 de noviembre. 

November 6, 2020: Today the Valencian regional government has announced new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Shops, malls, churches, and cultural venues will operate at 50 percent capacity. In addition, restaurants and bars will operate at 33 capacity indoors and 50 percent on terraces. These new measures will be enforced starting on Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 a.m. and will stay in place until December.

November 4, 2020: On Tuesday, November 3, the Valencian regional government announced a one-week extension of the lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community, including Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón, activated on October 30. This new lockdown starts on Friday, November 6 and will be active for the next seven days.
Check the October 30 update for more information.

October 30, 2020: On Thursday, October 29, the Valencian regional government announced the activation of a lockdown of the perimeter of the Valencian autonomous community, including Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón. This lockdown starts on Friday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. and will be active for the next seven days. During the duration of this lockdown of the perimeter, travelling within those three provinces will be allowed, but it will not be possible to travel outside the region.

Exceptions include travelling for work, for academic or medical purposes, or to return to your habitual place of residence.

October 29, 2020: Today, the Valencia region entered into a level-three alert according to the criteria established by the Actuaciones de respuesta coordinada para el control de la transmisión de COVID-19 document released by the Spanish Ministry of Health last week. 

This level of alert includes the recommendations below, among others: 

  • Social: 
    • Keep people who live together as your preferred social group. Limit contact with people outside that group.
    • Gatherings should include a maximum of six people. Proper hygiene and social distance are key. 
    • Stay at home as much as possible.
    • All nonessential services may close at 11:00 p.m.
    • Smoking on the streets is prohibited if social distance can’t be met.
  • Mobility: 
    • Limit any nonessential travel by leaving home just when necessary.
    • Avoid closed, crowded spaces where the activities make it difficult to wear a face mask. 
    • Limit any nonessential travel outside the region.
  • Work: Promote working remotely.
  • Restaurants and bars: 
    • Health authorities may close indoor spaces at restaurants. 
    • Restaurants will be able to offer takeaway options in all levels of alert.  
    • Terraces may operate at a 75 percent capacity, with a maximum of six people per table.
  • Cultural venues will operate at 50 percent capacity.
  • Sport facilities will operate at 33 percent of capacity, ensuring social distancing and  proper ventilation.
  • Residence halls: 
    • Common areas will operate at 33 percent capacity. 
    • Outside visitors are not allowed. 

Read more here.

October 26, 2020: On Sunday, October 25, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spanish government announced a new state of alarm that gives regional governments the power to implement the measures they deem necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. This new state of alarm is expected to last until May 9, 2021. 

Furthermore, on Saturday, October 24, the Valencian regional government announced the activation of a night curfew starting on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 a.m. This daily mobility limitation will be active until December 9 from 12:00 am until 6:00 a.m. 

Along with this measure, the government has announced the following restrictions that affect the three Valencian provinces (Castellón, Valencia, and Alicante):

  • The maximum number of people allowed to gather both in public and private spaces for family or social purposes will be six (if they are not cohabitants).
  • Parks and public gardens will only be open until 10:00 p.m.
  • Bars and restaurants will have no bar service, only seated service. The maximum number of people allowed per table will be six. Bars and restaurants will close at 12:00 a.m.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., excluding bars and restaurants. 

October 23, 2020: The Spanish Ministry of Health has released a new document that includes different criteria to evaluate risks, establishes alert levels for each region, and sets recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19, depending on the level of the alert. 

The Valencia region is currently in level 2 of alert, which includes the recommendations below, among others:

  • Social: 
    • Keep people who live together as your preferred social group.
    • Gatherings should include a maximum of 10 people.
    • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Mobility: Limit any nonessential travel.
  • Work: Promote remote working.
  • Restaurants and bars: 
    • Restaurants and bars may open at 50 percent capacity indoors.
    • A maximum of six people per table is allowed indoors, and 10 outdoors.
    • While on a terrace, smoking is not allowed.
  • Culture (museums, exhibitions, monuments, and so on):
    • Cultural venues may operate at a maximum of 75 percent capacity.
    • Groups of visitors will be able to have up to 10 people.
  • Leisure (cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, and so on):
    • Leisure venues may operate at a maximum of 75 percent capacity.
    • Seats should be pre-assigned.
    • No eating or drinking is allowed.

Read more at the “Actuaciones de respuesta coordinada para el control de la transmisión de COVID-19” official document.

October 19, 2020: This Friday, October 16, Valencia’s regional government announced a 21-day extension, starting on October 20, to the rules implemented on August 18:

  • Smoking is not permitted on public streets, terraces, beaches or other outdoor areas if the minimum distance of at least 2 metres between people cannot be maintained
  • Restaurants will continue to close at 1:00 a.m. and  nightclubs, casinos, and betting houses will remain closed.

In addition, cafes and restaurants can open their bar areas as long as the customers keep a one-and-a-half-meter distance between them, with a maximum of four people at the bar. 

For more information, check the update on August 19.

October 13, 2020: Measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19, announced by Valencia’s regional government on August 18, remain in place. As a reminder, please carefully read and follow the recommendations stated below: 

On Campus:

  • Complete  the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist every time you plan to come to campus.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Avoid crowded spaces and maintain a two-meter physical distance.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, throw out used tissues and wash your hands afterwards. 
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, or touching when greeting another person, and avoid sharing personal belongings with other people, including, but not limited to, instruments, food, drinks, makeup, and towels. 
  • When booking a studio, ensemble room, or any other space on campus, follow all guidelines and disinfect all touched surfaces and equipment before and after use.

Off Campus (in addition to the above mentioned): 

As of today, the following restrictions are currently in place in the Comunidad Valenciana: 

  • Restaurants close at 1:00 a.m., admitting new customers until 12:00 a.m.
  • Restaurants, cafeterias, terraces and beach bars must guarantee a physical safety distance of 1.5 m between customers or groups of customers. Groups cannot exceed 10 people.
  • Smoking is not permitted on public streets, terraces, beaches or other outdoor areas if the minimum distance of at least 2 metres between people cannot be maintained.
  • Consumption of drinks in groups is also not permitted on the open street or outside of hotels or similar establishments.
  • Masks should be used when not drinking or eating.
  • Discos, dance clubs, cocktail and karaoke bars are temporarily closed.

September 29, 2020: This Tuesday, September 29, Valencia’s regional government announced a 21-day extension to the rules implemented on August 18. Restaurants will continue to close at 1:00 a.m. and  nightclubs, casinos, and betting houses will remain closed. For more information, check the update on August 19.

September 25, 2020: This Thursday, September 25, Valencia’s regional government lifted some of the rules that prevented social gatherings of more than 10 people and visits to nursing homes in Valencia. 

Bigger group meetings are allowed; however, it is recommended to keep a maximum of 10 people at social gatherings. Visits to nursing homes are limited to one person per patient for one hour a day. Finally, hotels and tourist accommodations may open their common areas at 75 percent capacity.

 September 11, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Valencia’s regional government announced a 14-day extension to the rules implemented on August 17 that prevent social gatherings of more than 10 people and visits to nursing homes, with the exception of visits for medical or justified reasons.
For more information, check the update on August 17.

September 7, 2020: On Saturday, September 5, Valencia’s regional government announced a 21-day extension to the rules implemented on August 18. Restaurants will continue to close at 1:00 a.m. Nightclubs, casinos, and betting houses will remain closed. For more information, check the update on August 19.

September 1, 2020: On Monday, August 31, the delegate commission of the General Conference on University Policies came together to work on an updated protocol for universities in Spain for this new academic year, to which Berklee Valencia adheres. 

Measures include the recommendation of a hybrid teaching mode, the mandatory use of face-covering masks at all times, ventilation protocols, and a protocol of action when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 appears in the community.

Source: Ministerio de Universidades

August 29, 2020: On Thursday, August 27, Valencia’s regional government announced a 14-day extension to the rules that prevent social gatherings of more than 10 people and visits to nursing homes, with the exception of visits for medical or justified reasons.

August 19, 2020: On Tuesday, August 18, Valencia’s regional government announced a series of measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the Valencian autonomous community. 

  • Smoking on the street is prohibited if a two-meter security distance between individuals is not met. 
  • Restaurants will close at 1:00 a.m., and nightclubs will remain closed. 

These measures will stay in effect 21 days after their publication.

August 17, 2020: On Thursday, August 13, Valencia’s regional government announced a series of measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. These measures will stay in effect 14 days after their publication and include the following:

  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people, outside or in people's homes, are allowed as long as social distancing measures are respected.
  • Sidewalk cafes and restaurants must ensure a one-and-a-half-meter security distance between people at different tables, with a maximum of 10 people per table. 
  • Restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, pubs, and nightclubs will close at
    1:30 a.m. They may open at 60 percent capacity, but must keep the dance floor closed.  
  • Outdoor cultural activities may take place at 60 percent capacity. The use of face masks will be mandatory, and a security distance of one-and-a-half meters will be required. 
  • Hotels and tourist accommodations may open their common areas at 60 percent capacity. They will have to reduce the activity groups to accommodate a maximum of 25 people. 
  • Visits to nursing homes will be suspended with the exception of visits for medical or justified reasons.

July 20, 2020: On Saturday, July 18, Valencia’s regional government announced the mandatory use of face masks in any enclosed or open public spaces within the Valencian autonomous community.  Exceptions will only include the beach, swimming pools, and natural areas.

June 22, 2020: On Sunday, June 21, the state of alarm declared by the Spanish government on March 14 ended with the country entering into a state of “new normality” and lifting limitations on the mobility of citizens between autonomous communities in Spain.

The use of face masks remains mandatory in Spain while traveling on public transportation, in enclosed spaces, and in open spaces where it isn’t possible to keep a one-and-a-half meter security distance. These rules will stay in effect until the pandemic is under control or there is an effective treatment or vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

June 16, 2020: Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee Valencia will reopen their campuses this fall with a hybrid model blending remote and on-campus teaching. The return to campus introduces a number of new safety measures that enable students to progress toward their personal, academic, and career goals in a safe and flexible environment.

Learn more about Berklee's plan for returning to its Boston, Massachusetts, and Valencia, Spain, campuses at berklee.edu/btb

For specific questions regarding the Valencia campus please visit our Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2020 page.

June 12, 2020: On Monday, June 15, Valencia will enter phase three of the              de-escalation process. 

The following is allowed in phase three:

  • Children and adults will be able to go outside as often as they like with no restrictions on time or distance. Travelling between provinces within the Valencian autonomous community is allowed. Travelling to other autonomous communities is not allowed unless the travel is justified.
  • Social gatherings of up to 20 people, outside or inside people's homes, are allowed as long as social distancing measures are respected.
  • All seats can be used on public transport (the bus, subway, or train). If passengers are standing, however, they will have to keep a two-meter separation.
  • Sports competitions may return. Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools will open at 30 percent capacity.
  • Sidewalk cafes and restaurants can open their bar areas as long as the customers keep a two-meter distance between them. They may operate at 50 percent capacity inside and at 75 percent capacity on the terrace, with a maximum of 20 people per table.
  • Cultural venues such as libraries and museums may reopen as long as capacity, hygiene, and social distancing measures are maintained. 
    • Library study rooms can open at 50 percent capacity with safety measures in place. 
    • Cinemas, theaters, and auditoriums may open at 50 percent capacity with assigned seats. 
    • Zoos and aquariums may open at 50 percent capacity. 
    • Other cultural venues and other outdoor activities may open at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 80 people.
  • All businesses, no matter their size, can open at 50 percent capacity with safety measures in place.
  • Shopping centers may open at 40 percent capacity in common areas and 50 percent capacity in stores. Recreational areas will stay closed.
  • Conferences with a maximum of 80 attendees may take place.
  • Nightclubs may open at 30 percent capacity, but must keep the dance floor closed.
  • Places of worship may reopen at 75 percent capacity.
  • Weddings may take place at 75 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people in open spaces and 75 people in enclosed ones.
  • Funeral services may be held with a limited amount of mourners: 50 people in open spaces and 25 in enclosed ones.
  • Hotels and tourist accommodations may reopen their common areas, such as buffet rooms, at 50 percent capacity.

June 5, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spanish government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the state of alarm declared on March 14 for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until June 21.

May 29, 2020: On Monday, June 1, Valencia will enter phase two of the                     de-escalation process.

The following is allowed in phase two:

  • Social gatherings of up to 15 people, outside or in people's homes, are allowed as long as social distancing measures are respected.
  • Children and adults will be able to go outside as often as they like with no restrictions on time or distance except between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Travelling between provinces is not allowed. 
  • All businesses, no matter their size, can open at 40 percent capacity with safety measures in place.
  • Shopping centers may open at 30 percent capacity in common areas and 40 percent capacity in stores. Recreational areas will stay closed. 
  • Sidewalk cafes and restaurants can open at 40 percent capacity. Terraces may open at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 10 people per table. 
  • Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools will open. 
  • Visits to nursing homes and centers for people with disabilities will be allowed. 
  • Cultural venues such as libraries, museums, cinemas, theaters, and auditoriums may reopen as long as capacity, hygiene, and social distancing measures are respected. 
  • Places of worship may reopen at 50 percent capacity.
  • Access to the beach is allowed. The municipalities may establish capacity limitations to ensure that social distancing measures are respected. The practice of professional sports or recreational activities is allowed if they can be carried out individually and without physical contact

May 26, 2020: On Monday, May 25 the Spanish Government announced that Spain will lift the two-week coronavirus quarantine for overseas arrivals from July 1.

May 22, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spanish government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the state of alarm declared on March 14 for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until June 7.

May 20, 2020: Effective Thursday, May 21, the use of face masks is mandatory in Spain in any of the following situations:

  • While traveling on public transportation
  • In enclosed spaces
  • In open spaces where it is not possible to keep a two-meter security distance

May 15, 2020: On Monday, May 18, Valencia will enter into phase one of the
de-escalation process.

What's allowed in phase one:

  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people outside or in people's homes, as long as social distancing measures are respected
  • Small businesses can serve customers with safety measures in place
  • Sidewalk cafés and restaurant terraces can open at 50 percent capacity
  • Places of worship may open at 30 percent capacity
  • Non-professional sports are allowed for activities that do not involve physical contact or the use of locker rooms
  • Outdoor markets may operate, but stands must be spaced apart
  • Cultural events involving under 30 people can be held indoors at 33 percent capacity
  • Museums may open at 33 percent capacity
  • Timetables for taking walks and other exercise will still be in place, although regions will be able to adapt them according to factors such as weather conditions
  • Hotels and tourist accommodations can open as long as they keep common areas, such as buffet rooms, closed
  • Funeral services may be held with “a limited amount” of mourners

As established by the Spanish Government, and effective Saturday, May 15, those entering Spain coming from foreing countries will be quarantined for 14 days after their arrival.

May 11, 2020: We are extending the ability to return to campus once we are able to re-open our facilities. However, given the level of uncertainty as to when authorities will allow us to resume normal activity on campus, students that select to return at a later stage, will be able to do so for up to three consecutive semesters and until July 2022. Please note that the campus may not resume normal activity this upcoming fall 2020, and therefore for the purpose of organising students’ return to campus, and planning the necessary paperwork, you will need to submit your request to return to Valencia to our Academic Affairs Office (academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) no later than two months prior to your desired return date, that is:

- July 2020 (to return on September 2020)
- November 2020 (to return on January 2021)
- March 2021 (to return on May 2021)
- July 2021 (to return on September 2021)
- November 2021 (to return on January 2022)
- March 2022 (to return on May 2022)

May 7, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until May 24.

April 30, 2020: Recently, the Spanish government presented a deescalation plan for a transition to a “new normal” that will last for a minimum of six to eight weeks (until the end of June). Although it does not significantly affect the educational sector, it gives us the opportunity to reinforce some of the decisions and preventive measures that have already been put into place regarding our campus. The following ongoing measures apply to the entire Berklee Valencia community (students, faculty, and staff) and will be valid in spite of the pace of the deescalation plan and until the completion of the 2019–2020 academic year. These measures include:

- Shutdown of campus and restricted access to its facilities;
- Remote working, teaching, and learning
- Ceasing of all events and concerts.

This deescalation plan has been designed in four specific phases, but with no closed and uniform calendar. These phases may also differ from province to province based on the  evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in each region. Berklee will provide updated official information on this page regarding the deescalation plan for Valencia.

As of Saturday, May 2, those of you who are still in Spain will be able to go outside for exercise or walks. The established timeframe for said activities is from 6am-10am and from 8pm-11pm.

If you were in Valencia but have now decided to return home in light of the decision to complete the rest of the academic year remotely, we ask that you confirm your new address by emailing studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu as soon as your plans change. This will allow us to have the most updated information about where you are, in the case of an emergency.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please address them to the following:
- Campus access and events: valenciapublicsafey@berklee.edu
- Remote working: hrvalencia@berklee.edu
- Remote teaching and learning: academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu

You can find additional information about the Spanish deescalation plan at this link (Spanish)

April 29, 2020: The Spanish Government has announced its plans for the de-escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The plan consists of four phases, each of which will last a minimum of 15 days. The implementation of each phase will be asymmetric throughout all Spanish territory, and its pace will be determined by the health authorities’ key performance indicators and by the evolution of COVID-19. Each autonomous community/region will move forward to the next phase depending on how well they perform according to these indicators.

Phase 0 starts on Monday, May 4. In the best-case scenario, Spain could return to a similar situation to before the lockdown by the end of June. However, social distancing and other preventive measures will remain in effect for a longer period of time, beyond the de-escalation plan.

Please find more information about the de-escalation plan and all of its phases at this link (Spanish).

April 27, 2020, All ICC services and offerings such as individual career advising, workshops, the Global Career Summit, etc. will be available in the same capacity as enrolled students while on campus. Students will also continue to have access to the Berklee Career Manager including job openings, resources, etc.

Where approved by the vendors, similar student discounts and access to industry events (such as MIDEM and the Future of Music) will be extended. This is also impacted by the situations for the individual conferences and events outside of Berklee’s control.

April 24, 2020, Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until May 9.

April 23, 2020, We are aware that some of you are currently facing financial difficulties, and want to share an important resource with you. The Berklee community has come together and is ready to support you if you’re experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Through the generosity of current parents and families, the Board of Trustees, Berklee leadership, and community members, Berklee has mobilized the Student Emergency Fund to help you navigate this challenging time. Learn more about how to apply for emergency funds (login required).

April 17, 2020, We want to hear your stories about collaborating with classmates remotely, getting creative with the equipment and space you have access to, and working on projects inspired by your experiences. Please send a description of your project, a Youtube or Spotify link, or other media to promoteit@berklee.edu. You can also share your project on your own channels and include #berkleeanywhere in the post.

April 13, 2020, Now that we’ve moved to a remote learning format, it’s important to maintain the same standards of behavior that you would follow in a physical classroom. Review Berklee's remote learning etiquette and guidelines for best practices for communicating in live classes, email, and discussion forums.

April 10, 2020, Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until April 26.

April 6, 2020, As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and cause disruption around us, the Berklee Valencia team has been working ceaselessly to provide some certainty regarding decisions that affect us all as a community. As you might know, the spread of the virus in Spain continues to grow and it is highly unlikely that any nonessential activity, including higher education, will be allowed to return to normal any time soon or even in the next few months. In this regard, and after careful consideration, we have decided to deliver the final summer semester of your graduate programs remotely. We consider this to be the most responsible solution for our community.

Equally, we recognize that commencement represents an important aspect of your graduate experience and a celebration of your efforts and achievements. After careful consideration, the decision around the graduation ceremonies 2020 will be made based on the student feedback on the following options:

  1. Virtual ceremony in July 2020
  2. Commencement ceremony and concert in December 2020 (venues and time to be determined)
  3. Joint commencement ceremony and concert with the class of 2021 in July 2021

Note: Students not able to attend the graduation in Valencia will be given the chance to take part in the Boston graduate programs commencement ceremony in June 2021.

We hope that anticipating and deciding these crucial issues might decrease some of the uncertainty caused by these extraordinary circumstances, and we are confident that it will allow us all to move forward.

April 3, 2020, This is a reminder to all students. The International Career Center can help you prepare your career during the time you are studying remotely.

Drop-in Hours Expanded
We now have expanded office hours, so you can connect with us from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CEST (students in Boston: this is 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT). Chat with us over Google Hangout (internationalcareers@berklee.edu) and we'll be ready to jump on a call with you to help with your questions. No question is too small; We look forward to talking with you. If you are not used to Google Hangouts, you can email us at internationalcareers@berklee.edu.

Career Advising Expanded
Book your slot with McKinley, Max, or Stine on the Berklee Career Manager, and we'll send you a link so we can connect online.

Job Openings on Berklee Career Manager
Not seeing the openings you’re looking for on the Berklee Career Manager? Set an alert for the types of openings you’re interested in, and you’ll get notified when your dream opening gets posted. Go to the opportunities in the lefthand bar, type a keyword, and then hit the button "Create Job alert."

For more information, please visit the International Career Center page.

April 1, 2020, Planned summer graduation ceremonies for master's degree students—in Boston, Valencia, and Berklee Online—remain under consideration at this time. We will continue to keep our community updated as we have further details.

For more information please check https://www.berklee.edu/commencement

March 30, 2020:

#BerkleeAnywhere

As a Berklee Valencia student, you have access to a host of services, programs, and events designed to support your academic and artistic pursuits, career preparation, and overall wellness. Now you can continue to access them from wherever you are.

Introducing #BerkleeAnywhere: your guide to staying connected. Explore this page to learn how you can access student services, find support options, and more.

We encourage you to share the projects you’ve been working on and photos of your current workspace with the hashtag #berkleeanywhere.

 

March 26, 2020, In an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until April 12.

March 23, 2020, Today Beklee Valencia has transitioned to online/remote learning. Please note that as of today, no faculty or staff (unless formally designated as essential to day-to-day operations of campus) will be allowed on campus.

March 22, 2020, The Spanish Government wants to extend the state of alarm, declared on March 14, for another 15 days in a bid to slow the coronavirus outbreak . If approved by the Spanish Congress, the lockdown will continue until April 11. The Spanish Congress will vote on the decision on March 25.

March 14, 2020: Today the Spanish Cabinet announced a “state of alarm” for the next 15 days. All in-person classes are suspended. During the period of suspension, online education activity will continue. Leaving personal residences will only be permitted in the following cases:

a) Acquisition of food, medicines and other essential goods
b) Access to healthcare centers
c) Transportation to workplaces
d) Return transportation to habitual residences (this includes traveling to the airport for a flight home in the United States)
e) Care of elderly people and those with some kind of dependency
f) Transportation to financial institutions

We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide ongoing updates here.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

March 13, 2020: The Spanish Government has announced that the Prime Minister’s Cabinet is expected to meet tomorrow to approve the implementation of a “state of alarm.” Once implemented, the government will “limit the circulation or presence of people or vehicles at determined times or in determined places, or oblige them to comply with certain requirements.” This may affect international travel plans. Until further announcements are made, we are not yet clear about the impact on our community.

In addition, Valencia’s regional government has announced that tonight at midnight all bars and restaurants will close and all cultural and leisure events will be suspended. This includes theaters, sports centers, clubs or any kind of establishments with allocated seating.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

Previously today

Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana) has decided to suspend classes in all preschools, schools, and universities until further notice, effective March 16.

The situation continues to change rapidly, so please continue to check Berklee Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for the latest updates. Please be advised that some of the information may not apply to Berklee Valencia students.

March 12, 2020: Last evening, President Trump announced the suspension of all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight US Eastern Daylight Time.
Please note that U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their families are exempt from this suspension. Please read the full text of the proclamation here.

Berklee is fully committed to supporting students in their transition back to their home countries as the situation continues to develop, and ask that students and their relatives address all questions to our Student Affairs team at studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

March 11, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution and in collaboration with the faculty union, the chairs, and the deans, we have determined that the best way to limit our community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 is to take the following steps, which are effective for our communities in both Boston and Valencia:

Online/remote learning: We plan to transition to an online/remote learning mode by Monday, March 23, after spring break. This change will allow students to continue their courses this semester with as few disruptions as possible. Faculty will receive a separate message this morning with more details about how to prepare. Please review this guide to make sure you’re ready to teach and work online, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Remote work: Starting Monday, March 16, most staff will transition to remote work until further notice. Senior leadership will identify the essential services and positions necessary to support the students who remain on campus after spring break. You will receive more information from your area leadership team. Please review this guide to make sure you’re set up to work remotely, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Events/performances/visiting artists/meetings: Effective Saturday, March 14, all performances, events, and visiting artists will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice.

Self-quarantine update: Given our updated policies, we are amending the self-quarantine policy to apply to people returning from countries designated as level 2 or 3. If you are a student in an on-campus residence hall who has recently returned from one of these countries, please register your travel and a staff member will reach out to you with more information.

Valencia Campus Information

Students in residence halls: If you are a student in Valencia living in Collegiate residence hall, you should return home during the break and stay there until further notice. We ask that everyone move out of the residence halls by Wednesday, March 18, and be sure to take all of their belongings. We recognize that travel arrangements may be difficult. Students who need to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal to stay on campus by Friday, March 13. Any students who do remain on campus will also study remotely, and there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities after spring break.

Off-campus students: For those students who don't live at the Collegiate residence hall and choose to stay in the Valencia area, please be advised that there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities during this time.

Facilities: Limited facilities will still be in use at the Valencia campus once the online/remote mode is launched on Monday, March 23. We will determine those ahead of this date, and communicate with our community.

Fallas: Fallas festivities have officially been postponed in Valencia in an effort to keep the situation contained.

Read the full update to students and faculty/staff.

March 10, 2020: Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana), following instructions from the Spanish Ministry of Health, has decided to suspend the Fallas Festival until further notice. This decision has been made following the recommendations of experts and with the purpose of ensuring the wellbeing of the population.

March 10, 2020: As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, representatives from the college in both Valencia and Boston are meeting every day to assess the situation on all of our campuses and take the necessary steps to ensure that all our community members are safe and supported.

To that end, Berklee is offering a remote study option to all Valencia-enrolled students who voluntarily choose to leave the campus and return home (or someplace other than the Valencia campus) for the remainder of the spring semester.

Please note that at this time, all of our classes remain active on the physical campus. Should the Spanish health authorities enforce a campus closure, further information will be communicated at that time.

Students that voluntarily opt to leave during the spring semester and would like to be provided with a remote study option must fill out this form. Upon completion of this form, the student will be contacted by their program director to discuss the options that may be available. We will be as accommodating as possible during this time. Please note that course options may change with remote study.

Additionally, we ask that all students review the following information before making a final decision regarding all alternatives. Support in Valencia to all - undergraduate and graduate - students as they make this decision, can be accessed through Student Affairs (studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) and Valencia Public Safety (valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu). Specific support for our Study Abroad and First Year Abroad students can be accessed via the Study Abroad team in Boston. Please reach out to studyabroad@berklee.edu if you have any questions or concerns about departing Valencia.

We realize that this is a challenging time for our community and would like to remind students that they can access confidential counseling services with Dr. Maria Zarza and her team by emailing mzarza@berklee.edu or calling +34 609 329 344.

Should you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Academic Affairs at academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

March 9, 2020: Until further notice, all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel is suspended. This includes our annual spring break trips. Members of our community who are scheduled to travel with Berklee during spring break will receive direct communications with additional details from trip leadership.

Further, for the health and wellbeing of the Berklee community, we strongly encourage members of our community to consider suspending personal travel that could bring travelers in contact with large groups of people.

We do understand that some personal circumstances may require travel. Please note that until further notice, any community members traveling to or returning from countries designated as levels 2 or 3 or states where emergencies have been declared (currently California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) will not be allowed to return to campus until they have completed the required 14-day self-quarantine. Please be aware that this list continues to expand. Should you choose to travel for any reason, please submit your travel information.

March 9, 2020: At this time, Berklee is suspending all official Berklee-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances. Should you wish to appeal, you may submit a request to that effect. We strongly encourage all community members to avoid all international travel, including that of a personal nature. If you do plan to travel abroad, please register your travel information with Berklee Valencia before you leave, and be mindful of the current situation involving Coronavirus in the country you will be visiting.

March 6, 2020: Yesterday, March 5, the World Health Organization shared the following statement addressing the media: “The fight against rumours and misinformation is a vital part of the battle against this coronavirus. We rely on you to make sure people have accurate information about the threat they face, and how to protect themselves and others." To stay up to date and avoid misinformation, Berklee Valencia strongly recommends consulting national and international official health authorities such as WHO, the Spanish Ministry of Health, and the Valencia regional health office (Salut GVA).

March 3, 2020: As of today, and following Spanish Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines, all Berklee Valencia programs are open and operating as normal (with increased health and safety precautions being taken on campus). Spain remains at scenario 1: contention according to official protocol established by the Spanish Ministry of Health. We continue to monitor all announcements being shared from both Spanish and global health authorities to align our operations with their guidelines.

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