The following entry was written by Anna Lindgren, Class of 2014
My unequivocal recommendation to incoming college students is to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Through its continued partnership with Berklee, Emerson has just added an exciting new destination to our external program options: Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Global Studies Program.
During this semester-long program, Emerson and Berklee students live in a residence hall in Valencia and take classes at Berklee’s satellite campus in la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (the City of the Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex that is now a major modern tourist attraction. Completed in 2005, the building that houses Berklee’s satellite campus, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, is an opera house and performing arts center. The complex is also home to Valencia’s opera and ballet, so students are surrounded by not only their peers and professors, but by world class musicians and performers.
The program offers a wide variety of classes from music business to performance and technology as well as liberal arts courses. Students can also take advantage of private music lessons during their time at the Valencia campus. Berklee’s Valencia campus is fully decked out with state of the art concert halls, studios, equipment and rehearsal spaces.
The Berklee Valencia program would be ideal for a student interested in the music industry, whether in the performance or business side of it. Much like the ProArts Consortium, the courses at Berklee Valencia offer a different perspective than those at Emerson, so this is a totally unique opportunity to supplement your cirriculum with courses that might not be available in Boston. And did I mention the program also includes two excursions to Madrid and Seville? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few months bopping around Spain?