English as a Second Language Program
June 25–August 9, 2013
What's the program like?
Study English while developing as a musician. Prepare for college while earning college credit.
Berklee's English as a Second Language Program integrates the study of English language, and culture with the study of music performance. The program prepares you for academic life in an American college or university. It is part of Berklee College of Music, the premier contemporary music college in the world. Earn three semester hours of college credit while learning and having fun.
Berklee's English as a Second Language Program includes two basic components:
- Five hours of daily instruction in English, Monday through Friday.
- Music-based English language curriculum focusing on:
- Reading comprehension
- A weekly private instrument/music lesson
- Performance perspectives
- Weekly jam session with full-time Berklee students
Together, the language and music components help you improve your English skills in all areas. You will study English, you will study music, and you will take part in activities that help you learn beyond the classroom. You will go to the Newport Jazz Festival and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, take a Duck Boat tour of Boston, enjoy the grand finale Boat Cruise Jam Session along Boston's Charles River, and more. You will be learning from experts, including visiting artists and performers.
Personal attention, close interaction with faculty, and extracurricular events help you learn the English language in a relaxed and fun way.
All students in Berklee's English as a Second Language Program are guaranteed housing in a Berklee residence hall for the entire program.
Students who complete Berklee's English as a Second Language Program and are confirmed to enroll at Berklee in September will be given preference for on-campus housing in a Berklee residence hall for their first academic year at the college, space permitting.
You will receive three semester hours of college credit for successful completion of Berklee's English as a Second Language Program. These credits apply to liberal arts elective requirements for students matriculating into the baccalaureate program at Berklee College of Music. The Berklee registrar will assist students in transferring credits to other colleges and universities, as applicable.
International students are required to obtain a valid form I-20 and F-1 student visa to enroll in this program. You may not participate in the program on a tourist visa. Find the necessary visa information and related forms here.