The annual first-year student picnic.
The annual first-year student picnic.

First-Year Experience in Berlin

Bard College first-year students may apply to spend one or both semesters of their first year at Bard College Berlin, joining a close-knit, international community in the heart of the intellectual and artistic hub of Europe. Click below to learn more and express interest in joining the program. A student may express interest at any time, but is not eligible to apply until he or she receives an offer of admission from Bard College.


Faculty: Joseph Luzzi

Joseph Luzzi

Joseph Luzzi holds a B.A. cum laude in political science from Tufts University, an M.A. in French literature from New York University, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Italian literature from Yale University. He is a tenured associate professor of Italian and director of Italian studies at Bard College.
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Welcome Class of 2019!

A Letter from the President

"Please accept my congratulations on your acceptance to Bard College," writes Bard president Leon Botstein. "I want to welcome you into a college community that cherishes the life of the mind but also seeks to link the spirit of inquiry to public service and engagement with life in society."

Now That You Have Decided to Come to Bard, What's Next?

Welcome New Bardians!

  • In order to officially enroll in the College, we will need to receive your enrollment agreement and deposit by May 1. (May 15 for Fall Transfer Students)
  • You will need to complete matriculation forms, during the upcoming months. You may also want to visit the New Students Website, which will be updated as the year progresses.
The Admission Office will communicate with you throughout the year, keeping you informed about your journey to campus. You will be hearing from Bard between now and your arrival in August. If you have questions, we're here to help!

Why I Chose Bard

Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home. Here they talk about what drew them to the college in the beginning and the scholarly, creative community they've found on campus since.

Join Us on the Official Bard Class of 2019 Facebook Group!

Click here to join the official Facebook group for the Bard Class of 2019!  VIEW MORE >>

College Bookstore

Check out our bookstore's spirit wear discounts for New Bardians!

News & Notes