Visa Information

This information is for international students coming to Berklee's Boston campus. If you are spending your first year on the campus in Valencia, Spain, please see First Year Abroad visa information.

Accepted International Students

Read all of the information provided to you by Berklee, in the I-20 request packet, which includes an estimate of expenses, and instructions on what is required in order for you to receive a Berklee I-20. You will need an I–20 form from Berklee in order to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. Please read the following information carefully.

Requirements to Get an I–20 Form

You must be fully accepted and have paid your tuition deposit for one of Berklee's graduate programs, undergraduate programs, the 12-week full-credit summer program (Berklee Summer Semester) or the Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

Student Visas

You may apply for an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your country once you receive your I-20 form. The I-20 form shipment will include instructions on how to pay your SEVIS fee and make your visa appointment.  Make sure to bring the following to your visa interview:

  1. Letter of acceptance to Berklee 
  2. I–20 form
  3. Documentation showing sources of funding
  4. Valid passport (valid for at least six months beyond the date of your travel)
  5. Proof that you intend to return to your own country after completing your studies

You will be interviewed during this process in order to confirm your ability to handle English and to confirm your intentions to study at Berklee. Your passport will be collected, and if you are approved by the embassy or consulate, it will be returned to you with the visa.

Citizens of Canada and Bermuda must pay the SEVIS fee; however, they are not required to complete an interview at a U.S. consulate for a student visa. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda should not schedule an appointment with the U.S. embassy. Instead, they must present their I-20 and valid passport to a U.S. immigration officer at the port of entry.

Please note:

  • Do not enter the U.S. on a tourist visa.
  • Do not pack your documents in your luggage.
  • Carry all documents with you.

Estimate of Expenses for International Students

To find estimates of tuition and related expenses for international students, see:

These estimates do not include the costs of transportation to and from the U.S., vacation-related travel, rental/shipment of an instrument, or other such factors that may increase your expected expenses.

Begin Your I-20 Application