Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe—Puerto Rico

This program enables students to begin their music education at Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe (CAC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and complete undergraduate degrees as Berklee students in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at CAC.

Visit the CAC website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.

Entrance Requirements

CAC students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at CAC in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.  

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted. 

Residency Requirements
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about core music courses at Berklee. 

Liberal Arts and General Electives
Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee. 

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: CAC transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 

  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at CAC will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: six credits

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Required Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (12 Potential Transfer Credits) 

CAC COURSEs Berklee college of music Course equivalents
Music Fundamentals I and Music Fundamentals II PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Jazz Harmony 1 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Arranging I AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training I ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training II ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (1 Potential Transfer Credit)
Note: Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask about the courses below.

CAC COURSE BERKLEE college of music COURSE equivalents
Basic Keyboard I

ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 (1 credit)
May be applied as general elective credit or a major requirement, depending on the major

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 12 credits
Level 2 courses: 1 credit
Ensemble courses: 3 credits
Total: 16 credits