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: Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz has been teaching political theory, legal thought, and human rights at Bard College since 2005. He is the academic director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. Professor Berkowitz is an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and writer.
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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."

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.

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. 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!

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 >>

Begin in Berlin

As a new Bardian, deposited first-year students can choose to Begin in Berlin! To indicate your interest in this program, click here by Tuesday, May 12. You will be signing in to this form using your Applicant Portal log-in.

College Bookstore

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

News & Notes