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: Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor-at-large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books, including God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for prominent national publications.
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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."

Welcome New Bardians!

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

  • You will need to complete matriculation forms, during the upcoming months.
  • You may also want to visit the New Students Website. This website features information for first-year domestic and international students, as well as transfer students.
You will be hearing from Bard between now and your arrival in August. If you have any questions, we're here to help!

Language and Thinking 2015

Summer reading assignments posted here!

NOTE for students in the Begin in Berlin Program: The readings are different for students beginning in Berlin. You will soon be receiving an email about the specifics of your readings from the Program Director in Berlin.

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 >>

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.

College Bookstore

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

News & Notes