Dear Berklee Valencia Family,
As Dean of Academic Affairs, I am pleased to welcome all Berklee Valencia students and their families - by birth, adoption, or election - to the 2021-22 academic year. We are excited to be able to continue to offer in-person instruction at the beautiful Berklee Valencia campus and are thrilled to have you as part of our extended family. This is a particularly exciting year for us as we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. Thank you for being part of this historic event.
We were happy to welcome 207 students this fall; 147 are part of our graduate programs and 60 participate in our Study Abroad or First Year Abroad programs for undergraduate students. One of the most exciting things about Berklee is that our community is composed of people from around the world and we are fortunate to currently have students from 41 countries on campus.
All Berklee Valencia programs provide globally-minded students the opportunity to become successful music leaders and prepare for international careers. Students experience a culturally diverse setting in a city known for its rich history and its musical traditions. And they can interact with people of various backgrounds and perspectives. Undergraduate students, most of whom have studied at Berklee Boston or will be joining that campus for their second year, have the opportunity of interacting with students in our four graduate programs. In addition, many of our graduate students pursued their undergraduate studies on the Boston campus and are excellent ambassadors, and mentors, for our undergraduate students.
In addition to their classes, students can be involved in campus in a variety of ways: they can perform in concerts, such as our Lago de Conciertos series and our Les Arts events, or engage in co-curriculaar activities such as our record label, Disrupción Records, or in our annual music-industry event, INOCON.
The International Career Center at Berklee Valencia and the office of Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion host a variety of events for students including speakers and workshops, with the goal of preparing students for life post-Berklee. Sessions on music revenues, content strategy for your online presence, creative rights, and LGBTQ+ inclusion, among others, will be covered this fall.
In addition, we are offering a series of extracurricular activities including a walking tour of the old city, a visit to the art center Bombas Gens including a private session with Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, and a sunset catamaran tour. All of these activities are designed to build community and help students connect across programs.
While we are excited by the classes we will be offering this fall and the other activities we are providing students, we want to assure you that our main goal this year is to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe. We have instituted various health and safety protocols including additional cleaning procedures, a mask requirement at all times on campus, and distancing requirements. And we are, of course, following all regional and national health and safety guidelines. You can read more about our COVID-19 measures, and the current situation in Spain, on our website.
If you would like to get a taste of what our students are experiencing this fall, I would encourage you to take this virtual campus tour and visit this tourism Valencia website to see all that the city has to offer. If you want to dive deeper and get to know the faculty in Valencia or get a sample of our academic offerings, we encourage you to register for these free webinars for music industry professionals that will happen in October and November. Finally, if you have not already done so, I would recommend that you follow our social media channels and sign up to receive our newsletter, which will provide you with updates through the academic year.
I was, however, saving the best for last as we have put together a flickr album of pictures from our first couple of weeks on campus. Enjoy!
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and allowing us the opportunity to work with your students this year. We look forward to a great semester and to telling you all about it.