First-Year Experience in Berlin

Learn more about how students can spend one or both semesters of their first year at Bard's newest global campus at Bard College Berlin!


Faculty: Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Professor Buruma is an award-winning journalist and writer who spent much of his early career traveling and reporting from all over Asia. He now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, including the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the New York Times.
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Applying Options

Regular Admission

Candidates apply by January 1. Notification by early April. Candidates who are placed on the wait list are invited to submit supplemental information. Those who are not offered admission are usually required to wait a full academic year before reapplying.

The Bard Entrance Examination

Examination available beginning October 1. Candidates apply by January 1. Notification by January 31.

Early Action

Highly qualified candidates who are certain that Bard is their top choice are encouraged to apply by November 1. Applicants will be notified by January 1. Please clearly indicate your intent to apply Early Action on the application.

Immediate Decision Plan

The Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) accelerates the admission process during a daylong session on campus in which students participate in a seminar with Bard faculty and meet with an admission counselor. The admission committee mails decisions the following workday.

Bard Educational Opportunity Programs

Bard College offers substantial academic support services and scholarship/financial aid awards to select individuals with Opportunity Programs Scholarships. BEOP offers HEOP and BOP scholarships that provide support to students who have experienced educational and financial inequalities and who possess the desire, potential, and work ethic necessary to succeed in a liberal arts college environment. VIEW MORE >>

Homeschooled Students

Bard regularly receives applications from students who have been homeschooled for some or all of their education. Since their experiences and curriculum vary tremendously, our requirements for homeschooled applicants differ somewhat from our requirements from more traditional high school students.

Bard Conservatory of Music

Conservatory applicants must apply both to Bard College and to the conservatory. Admission to the conservatory is highly selective. Conservatory application instructions are available online.

Early Admission

Candidates seeking admission before completing secondary school may be accepted if they have a strong high school record and the recommendation of a guidance counselor or principal. They must interview with an admission counselor and follow the regular application process. Please contact us for more information.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing or college credit for College Board Advanced Placement courses will be given for the grade of 5. Students who wish to request credit or advanced standing must submit the appropriate record of their grade to the Office of the Registrar. VIEW MORE >>


Interviews are not required for admission but are available to applicants. All interviews are conducted by admission counselors either on campus* or via Skype and should be completed by the date listed for the chosen application plan. (Click here for interview deadlines.) Phone and alumni/ae interviews are not available. VIEW MORE >>

Notification and Response

Bard does not release admission decisions over the phone. The College notifies students via mail; international students also receive an e-mail. All of our application plans are nonbinding; accepted candidates have until the standard reply date of May 1 to respond to an admission offer.