Seoul Jazz Academy—South Korea
This program enables students to begin their music education at Seoul Jazz Academy (SJA) in Seoul, South Korea, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at SJA.
Visit the SJA website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.
SJA 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 SJA in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.
Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.
See more information about the Berklee core music courses.
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 utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.
See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.
- Ensembles: SJA transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles.
- Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at SJA 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
Summer Intensive Program
SJA offers a summer intensive program for current Berklee students to study selected Berklee core music courses in Seoul, South Korea. All of the below courses have been approved for credit transfer. Please contact SJA for more details.
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)
Potential transfer credits: 11