Special Learning Opportunities

Berklee Study Abroad 

Berklee’s exclusive study abroad program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or more at our international campus in Valencia, Spain. Open to students in their third semester or higher, the 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.

Berklee Study Abroad focuses on music technology, international music business, and performance, yet 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. Courses are offered from across the Berklee curriculum so that students from all majors may find the classes they need to progress in their programs and meet their graduation requirements. Additionally, students can elect to pursue the new minor in music technology, available only in Valencia.

The Berklee Study Abroad program also offers unique, meaningful, and frequent opportunities for talented performers. All students at 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 a variety of concerts at the Palau de les Arts and produced concerts in other venues throughout the Valencian community. Many students have become regular performers at renowned clubs in Valencia and other cities in Spain.

Applicants should have:

  • Completed their 2nd semester or higher at Berklee by the program start date
  • Good academic, disciplinary, 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 MBA Program for Berklee Graduates.

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.

Berklee students may waive the GMAT/GRE requirement if they are a second semester senior in the Music Business/Management program with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (recent graduates also considered).

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.

For more information, contact Berklee's Music Business/ Management Department or the Office of Graduate Admissions at Suffolk University, or visit the Suffolk University website. Suffolk University also holds information sessions several times during the year. You may contact the Suffolk Graduate Admissions Office at 617-573-8302.

ProArts Consortium

Berklee College of Music is a member of the ProArts Consortium. ProArts is an association of seven performing and visual arts schools: Boston Architectural College, Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New England Conservatory, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As members of the consortium, Berklee students, faculty, and staff have many resources available to them:

  • All members of the Berklee community can access ProArts Connect - 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.
  • Members are free to use some facilities at each school, including all libraries and most media collections.
  • Berklee students, faculty, and staff are eligible to take courses at most of the ProArts schools.

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

To Register for a Course at a ProArts Institution:

  • Familiarize yourself with the cross-registration rules and regulations at Berklee as well as the school you wish to enroll in.
  • Obtain a ProArts Cross-Registration Form at the Office of the Registrar, and also online at proarts.org
  • Determine the course you wish to enroll in. Course listings can be found at proarts.org/datesandcourses.
  • Complete the ProArts Cross-Registration Form and obtain the signature of the Registrar at Berklee.
  • Take your completed ProArts Cross-Registration Form to the Registrar at the host institution for approval. 
  • Return your completed form to the Office of the Registrar at Berklee to complete the process.

Visit proarts.org/cross-registration for more information.

Cross-Registration Rules and Regulations

  • Courses taken through the ProArts Consortium that meet the standards of Berklee’s transfer credit policy for liberal arts requirements or electives will be accepted and counted toward graduation as appropriate. Courses that are not normally transferable may be taken through ProArts and applied to the general elective requirements.
  • If you wish to fulfill a Berklee music course requirement through ProArts, you must obtain written approval from the chair of your major before the start of the course.
  • Faculty and staff are eligible to take one course per semester through ProArts.

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.

*** Exception:  For four-credit liberal art courses offered through Emerson College, register for PA-003-003 (three credits). Only three credits are counted toward graduation.

Please use the following course numbering system when registering for a ProArts course. (Note: The New England Conservatory is not open for cross-registration at this time. ProArts and the NEC are currently exploring cross-registration possibilities for the NEC community in the near future.)

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 3-credit course at Boston Architectural College would be PA-003-001.

The Office of Experiential Learning 

The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) is to provide support and assist students/recent alumni in their search for relevant internship opportunities. All OEL courses allow students the ability to connect their classroom studies with practical career development.

Each semester, throughout the year, the OEL offers a number of credit-bearing courses for students and alumni to obtain these experiences in a variety of geographic locations. In addition to the courses offered each semester, the OEL offers a Summer Residential Internship Program in Los Angeles. This comprehensive, credit-bearing program combines the internship experience with professional development workshops during the summer break. Students live in housing arranged by the college.  

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