Bard Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Liberal Arts Berlin

Liberal Arts Berlin

Liberal Arts in Berlin (LAB)


This humanities based curriculum puts internationally educated faculty into small discussion centered classes with an equally diverse student body.  Courses at Bard College Berlin are frequently thematic so that multiple disciplines are engaged simultaneously, for example philosophy and art history, or urban design and sociology. Students take 4 courses each worth 4 credits for a total of 16 credits.
LAB is for students who specifically choose to study abroad in Berlin because they wish to:
  • Experience a historic and living world stage for Literature, Philosophy, Public Policy, Social Thought, Urban planning, Art, Theater, and Film
  • Get socially or politically involved within a structured engagement program that complements their academics
  • Seek meaningful cross disciplinary connections and multiple points of view
Students enrolled in LAB may choose freely from the course listings but are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous Berlincentric classes such as:  “Berlin and EU Governance” and  “Berlin Archepelago: an Introduction to Architecture and Urbanism”. 

Full course listings can be found on the Bard College Berlin website.


Bard College Berlin offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience along with their academic courses through an internship seminar. In addition to the internship itself, a weekly seminar class provides context and reflection.  In order to provide an overview of working life in Berlin the seminar draws on readings from diverse sources and takes students on related field trips. Students are placed with regards to their experience, skills, interests and the availability and needs at the host organization.  Our list of internship hosts is constantly growing. For a comprehensive overview of the internship seminar please follow the link below.

Cultural Program

Culturally rich and artistically diverse, Berlin is an exciting city to explore.  Bard Abroad in Berlin's cultural program exposes students to a wide variety of historical, artistic and cultural experiences. Listed below are sample excursions from previous semesters.

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