Special Learning Opportunities

Berklee Study Abroad 

Berklee’s exclusive Study Abroad program offers undergraduate Berklee students from the Boston campus the opportunity to study for a semester on Berklee’s international campus in Valencia, Spain. Open to students in their third semester or higher, the Study Abroad Valencia program provides students the opportunity to experience the rich culture of the Mediterranean and prepare to face the unique challenges in the global music industry.

The Study Abroad program focuses especially on Music Technology Programs and International Music Business, yet it is broad enough to appeal to all students who are interested in learning about other cultures and developing competencies necessary to become successful global music leaders. Students can elect to pursue a newly available minor in Music Technology. Additionally courses are offered from across the curriculum and for a variety of majors, so that all students may find the classes they need to progress in their programs and meet their graduation requirements.

The program also offers unique, meaningful and frequent opportunities for talented performers from the Boston campus. All students on the Valencia campus have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art recording studios and technology labs. The Valencia experience also offers international exposure through Valencia’s student concert series at the Palau de les Arts, produced concerts in other venues throughout the Comunidad Valenciana, as well as gigs at important clubs in Valencia, Madrid and other important Spanish musical centers.

Applicants should have:

  • Completed their 2nd semester or higher at Berklee by the program start date
  • Applicants should have good academic, judicial, and financial standing at Berklee

For more information, visit valencia.berklee.edu, email studyabroad@berklee.edu, call 617-747-2700, or visit us at 855 Boylston Street, 4th floor.

MBA Opportunity with Suffolk University

Students who successfully complete the Music Business/ Management program and earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music may apply for acceptance to the Suffolk University Accelerated MBA Program for Berklee students.

Through a special arrangement, you may receive credit for your Berklee course work in the Music Business/Management major towards an MBA from Suffolk. As much as a semester of the four-semester Suffolk program is eligible for course waiver consideration, saving you considerable time and cost in earning this valuable degree.

Acceptance to the MBA program and course waiver considerations are based on (1) the achievement of a 3.00 GPA or above, (2) a minimum grade of B in required courses, (3) a GMAT score of at least 450, and (4) any additional requirements necessary for admission to Suffolk University.

This “fast track” program is intended to support your chosen career path in the music industry—whether entrepreneurial, marketing, or management—and put you in the job market as well prepared and quickly as possible.

If you would like further information on the MBA program at Suffolk, or on the Music Business/Management major at Berklee, please visit the Music Business/Management Department, Room 234, 7 Haviland St., or call 617-747-2152. You will also find information at berklee.edu/music-business-management, under Music Business/Management, Department.

ProArts Consortium

Berklee College of Music is a member of the ProArts Consortium. ProArts is an association of six performing and visual arts schools: Boston Architectural College, Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As members of the consortium, Berklee students, faculty, and staff have many opportunities at their disposal.

All members of the Berklee community can access ProArts Connect (proartsconnect.org) - an online resource for connecting across the ProArts schools. Collaborate, find and post events, buy and sell, offer or look for services, and find housing.

Additionally, all Berklee students, faculty, and staff are eligible to take courses at these schools as well as use some of their facilities.

Participation in the ProArts Cross Registration program is open only during the Fall and Spring semesters. You may register for courses during both pre-registration as well as the add/drop period each semester. Please see proarts.org or the Office of the Registrar for the specific dates. If you are interested in taking courses at one of the consortium colleges, the following procedures should guide you through the process:

  • Select courses from the lists provided at proarts.org/crossreg/index.html (courses are listed on the left toolbar by school). Complete a Cross Registration Form available at the Registrars Office and also found online at proarts.org
  • Check to make sure you have all necessary prerequisites. If not, be sure to obtain the necessary approval form(s) before trying to register for the class.
  • Have your cross registration form signed by the Office of the Registrar first, and then bring it to the host college during Cross Registration week. These dates differ across the participating schools and are listed in the ProArts booklet and on the ProArts website.
  • Once you have cross-registered at the host college, you then must bring the signed cross-registration form back to the Office of the Registrar at Berklee.
  • Remember to add the ProArts course to your Berklee schedule. Please see the table below to determine the course number and section for adding a ProArts course to your Berklee schedule. The course number you choose must equal the same amount of credits that the course is worth at the host college. Adding a ProArts course to your Berklee schedule does not guarantee a space in the host college course. However, it will, save space on your Berklee schedule and increase your term credit load, which is important for financial aid concerns, and SEVIS concerns for international students.

Please use the following course numbering system when registering for a ProArts course:

Course Number 
PA-005 = 0.5 credit course 
PA-001 = 1 credit course 
PA-015 = 1.5 credit course
PA-002 = 2 credit course   
PA-025 = 2.5 credit course 
PA-003 = 3 credit course 
PA-004 = 4 credit course

001 = Boston Architectural College
002 = Boston Conservatory
003 = Emerson College
004 = Mass. College of Art and Design
005 = School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ex.: A 4-credit course at Emerson would be PA-004-003.

Additional Information

  • ProArts courses are only counted as general elective credit toward graduation. If you wish to have a ProArts course count differently than general elective credit, you must first obtain approval from the chair of your major before the start of the course.
  • A maximum of four ProArts credits may be applied to the general elective requirements of your major. Faculty and staff are eligible to take one course per semester through ProArts.

The Office of Experiential Learning 

The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) is to provide practical internship opportunities for our students. All OEL programs provide students with an opportunity to connect their classroom studies with practical career development.

Throughout the year the OEL offers a number of credit-bearing programs for students and alumni to obtain these experiences in a variety of geographic locations. In addition to these opportunities, the OEL offers a Summer Residential Internship Program in Los Angeles and New York City. These comprehensive, credit-bearing opportunities combine internship experience and professional development workshops during the summer break. Students live in housing arranged by the college.  

Eligibility for the Los Angeles and New York City Residential programs:
  • 5th semester standing or completion of 50 Berklee credits earned while at Berklee. 
  • Minimum academic standing of a 3.0 GPA in major and a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Good judicial and financial standing at Berklee

To learn more about all of our year round programs and courses visit berklee.edu/experiential-learning or contact the Office of Experiential Learning at 617 747-2180.