Conservatório Souza Lima—Brazil

This program enables students to begin their music education at Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima (Souza Lima) in São Paulo, Brazil, and complete undergraduate degrees as Berklee students in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Souza Lima.

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

Entrance Requirements

Souza Lima 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 Souza Lima in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade equivalent to a B (3.00/4.00 GPA) or better in each course, Level 1 (Core Music), and a grade equivalent to a C (2.00/4.00 GPA) or better in each course, Level 2 (Other Liberal Arts and General Electives), designated for transfer in this agreement (see Required Courses below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee. 

In order 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 either (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 and 48 credits for the diploma at Berklee in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

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.

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 and 48 credits for the diploma at Berklee in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee. 

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Souza Lima transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Souza Lima are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: 6 credits

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

Curriculum and Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses, Potential Transfer Credits: 34

Souza Lima Courses Berklee college of music Course equivalents
Harmony 1  PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Arranging 1  AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Harmony 2  HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Harmony 3  HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4  HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1  ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2  ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 3  ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Ear Training 4  ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Tonal Harmony 1  CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Tonal Harmony 2  CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
Tonal Counterpoint I  CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 (3 credits)
Tonal Counterpoint II  CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)*
Regencia I  COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
Regencia II  COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)*
Introduction to Music Technology I  MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)

*Berklee music courses required by some Berklee degree programs

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts Courses and General Elective Courses, Potential Transfer Credits: 8
Note: Contact the academic advisor at the institution about the courses below.

Souza Lima Courses Berklee college of music course equivalents
History of Music I and II  MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
Improvisation I  PS-190 Improvisation Concepts Workshop I (2 credits)
Improvisation II  PS-192 Improvisation Concepts Workshop II (2 credits)
Introduction to Music Technology II  CW-191 Technology Tools for the Writer (2 credits)


Potential Credit Transfer Summary
    Level 1, Core Music courses: 34 credits
    Level 2, other liberal arts and general elective courses: 8 credits
    Ensemble courses: 6 credits
    Total transfer credits possible: 48 credits