Returning Student Information
How to Return to Berklee College of Music
If you have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study at Berklee College of Music and your most recent semester was fall 2019 or earlier, you are considered a returning student. Returning to the college is easy; you do not need to reapply for admission, and you may return at any time.
To begin the process, fill out the Returning Student Intent Form. Please complete this form as soon as possible in order to receive a registration time before registration begins in late November. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students on Medical Leave: If you would like to return after a medical withdrawal, you can find key dates and more information here.
Next Steps and More Information
After you complete the Returning Student Intent Form, find out what you can expect.
You must use your Berklee OnePass to log in to my.berklee.edu. If you do not currently have a Berklee OnePass account, your account will be reactivated one to two weeks prior to the beginning of registration. If you fill out the form after the registration period has started, your Berklee OnePass credentials will be reactivated one to two weeks later. If you have never logged in to my.berklee.edu, contact email@example.com.
Spring 2021 Returning Students
You must enter the U.S. in F-1 student status in order to resume your studies at Berklee. You will need a valid I-20, a valid F-1 visa*, and a valid passport.
How to Determine If You Need a New I-20
You will need a new I-20 if:
- you did not enroll at Berklee in the semester immediately prior to the semester you plan to return, and you did not have ISS authorization on your I-20 for medical leave or a vacation semester.
- your I-20 (SEVIS record) was transferred to another school in the U.S.; or
- your I-20 (SEVIS record) was terminated; or
you were outside the U.S. and enrolled as a returning student in summer 2020.
Get Ready to Return to Berklee for Spring 2021
- Inform the Registrar’s Office, and register for classes.
First, complete the Returning Student Intent form. The Registrar’s Office will send you an email with instructions for registering for classes.
Request a new I-20 from ISS (if needed).
After you're registered for classes, download and complete the I-20 request packet. Click here to download the I-20 request packet.
Next, email your complete I-20 request packet and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will take no more than two weeks for ISS to issue your new I-20, and ISS will email you when your I-20 is ready to be shipped/picked up.
Important: Please submit your documentation to ISS as early as possible to ensure that your I-20 arrives in time to apply for a student visa (if needed) and enter the U.S. before the published check-in deadline.
Finally, submit a prepaid shipping label to have the new I-20 shipped to you. ISS will notify you when your I-20 is shipped.
- Pay the I-901 fee (SEVIS fee).
Your new I-20 will include a cover sheet with instructions for paying the SEVIS fee (a student must pay the SEVIS fee any time they are issued a new SEVIS record/SEVIS ID number). You must pay the fee before you enter the U.S., and don’t forget to print your payment receipt for your records.
Apply for a new F-1 visa (if needed).*
You need to apply for a new F-1 visa if you will enter the U.S. after the expiration date shown on the F-1 visa in your passport. Detailed information about the F-1 visa application process is on the Travel, I-20 Signature, and F-1 Visa page (login required).
*Canadian and Bermudian passport holders do not need a valid F-1 visa in their passport. They may enter the U.S. by showing a valid I-20, valid passport, and proof of I-901 fee payment.
You may not enter the U.S. before the earliest admission date listed on page 1 of your I-20. You must physically check in on campus by Berklee's published check-in deadline.
Before you can check in online, you must submit proof to ISS that you entered the U.S. in F-1 status. Follow the instructions on the Entering and Returning International Student Check-In Requirements page.
For questions about F-1 status or the I-20 request process: Contact International Student Services at email@example.com, or call +1 617-747-6600 (read new information about office hours while ISS is operating remotely).
For all other questions: contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The catalog year policy states that students who leave and return to Berklee College of Music after four or more years will automatically be assigned to the catalog of the most recent fall semester. Students may not change their catalog year assignment to an earlier catalog. However, students are encouraged to meet with the chair of their major to discuss the applicability of past course work to their existing catalog assignment.
Online check-in for the spring 2021 semester is from January 19 through January 22 at 11:59 p.m. To enroll for the semester, all students must log in to my.berklee.edu and select the "Semester Check-In" link in the Check-In section. Before you can complete the check-in process, all check-in restrictions must be cleared.
If you are a returning international student, you must also verify your immigration information. Please see International Student Check-In Requirements for more information.
Learn more about check-in and how to clear your restrictions.
For scholarship and financial aid information, call 617-747-2274 or email email@example.com.
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