Bard Abroad in Berlin, Germany

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Health and Safety

Health issues are generally the same in Germany as they are in the U.S. Adapting to a new climate, food, water, and way of life may affect one's health during the first few weeks, but usually has no lasting effects. If you plan to travel to Germany and beyond, it is advisable to make sure that your medications are up to date. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is included in the program cost. All students participating in the Bard Abroad in Berlin are enrolled in the travel health insurance plan written for Bard College for use on study abroad programs (see Geo Blue sidebar).

GeoBlue provides access to doctors and medical services in a vetted network. Students can avoid paying out of pocket at the time of their service by contacting the GeoBlue Global Health Team by email or by phone. GeoBlue will pay providers directly as long as the student notifies the Global Health Team prior to service. In the case that the student does not notify the insurance company of service, claims can be submitted for reimbursement.  

Please note:  U.S. prescriptions cannot be filled at a German pharmacy. It is also illegal to mail/ship prescription drugs. Students who are on a regular medication are strongly advised to strategize with the GeoBlue Global Health Team in preparation for their time abroad. Expand for more. Expand

Safety & Security

Berlin is generally a safe place, with crime levels similar to large cities in the United States. Petty crime is by far the most widespread form of criminal activity and can be dealt with by using everyday street smarts. Students should keep their wallets or purses in secure locations and be aware of their bags and pockets, and they are advised not to carry large sums of money unless absolutely necessary.

If students ever find themselves in immediate danger, our program staff is on call 24 hours a day. Our program orientations feature extensive units on safety in Berlin, and the student handbook is an invaluable source of information for those who are concerned about their security abroad.

We encourage students to review the information on safety and security in Germany available from the U.S. State Department.