Fall 2020 Information

All educational offerings at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston are fully remote for the fall semester. Additionally, the First Year Abroad and Berklee Study Abroad programs on our campus in Valencia, Spain, will not be offered this fall.

Fordham Road

For students based in the Boston area during the fall 2020 semester, Berklee’s Fordham Road facility will be open for private practice. The Fordham Road facility is the only Berklee building that will be open for the fall semester. Learn more and register for access.

International Students

Entering international students will not begin their studies in F-1 status. You do not need a visa or I-20 to enroll remotely.

Continuing international students may maintain F-1 status by enrolling full-time (or authorized part-time) inside or outside of the U.S.

Please visit the International Student Services page for the latest information pertaining to international students.

Health and Wellness for Students

Remote personal counseling appointments will be available to enrolled students this fall semester. In regards to physical therapy, we are currently working on finalizing how PT may be offered, and the best way to get students connected to the services that they need given our remote campus experience. For all other student wellness programs and services, including Alexander Technique, therapeutic massage, yoga, meditation, reiki, and nutrition, we will soon be updating the Student Wellness Promotion and Services page with information about these services. For questions regarding student wellness programs and services, please contact the Health and Wellness team at healthandwellness@berklee.edu or 617-747-6575.

Guidelines for Learning Remotely

Students are expected to be fully present and participate in the instruction offered. Some classes require visual engagement to address learning outcomes (e.g., private lessons, conducting, music education methods, music therapy methods, acting, dance, internship, practicum, student teaching, music business startups lab, and instrument repair). In those settings, which are determined by faculty, it is expected that students will have their cameras turned on.

Certain courses, in particular in musical theater, liberal arts, and dance, explore a range of complex human experiences, and some courses may include the study of materials with sensitive topics such as sexuality, politics, race, religion, or violent situations or themes.  Sometimes the goal of the author is to make the audience feel uncomfortable or challenge established ideas and beliefs. When discussing dramatic texts, performance material, and their themes, language should reflect both academic freedom and a respectful commitment to inclusion. If you suspect that specific material is likely to be emotionally challenging, please share your concerns with the instructor before the subject comes up in class, so they can be aware and help. If you wish to discuss a personal reaction to course material with the class or with the instructor, such discussions are welcomed as an appropriate part of learning. If you feel the need to “step away" from a class discussion, you may do so. If you leave the online discussion (or room) for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student and contact your instructor privately to discuss the situation before the next class meeting. Additional support is available from the appropriate department or division, as well as from Counseling Services.

Many classes or lessons may be recorded, but students should clarify with their teacher as to whether the class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Mailroom Policies

If you have any questions, please contact Gene Falcone, mailroom manager, at gfalcone@berklee.edu.

Technology Support

If you need technology support, please reach out to Training and Support at 2238@berklee.edu or 617-747-2238. Support staff will be available to help you Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT/EST.