Begin in Berlin

Bard College students may elect to start their college career globally by spending their first year or a semester of their first year at Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University.

Approximately 20 Bard College first-year students may begin their college life at Bard's newest campus in Berlin, Germany. Begin in Berlin students participate in an intellectual community like no other. With small, discussion-based classes taught in English, a classically coherent curriculum that also responds to global changes and crises, an international student body, and a world-class faculty, Bard College Berlin is a good choice for students who wish to start their college career by experiencing life in an intimate environment within one of Europe’s great intellectual, political, economic, and artistic centers.


Students at Bard College Berlin participate in the college’s exceptional academic program, which provides an immersion in intellectual history from ancient Greece to the present day, with rigorous concentration on philosophy, economics, politics, literature, art history, film, and theater and studio arts. Click here for an overview of the program.
Students who have officially accepted an offer of admission from Bard College and made their enrollment deposit submit a brief application no later than May 15 expressing their wish to spend their first year or semester in Berlin. Notification of acceptance into the program is sent two weeks later.  (A link to the brief application will be emailed to deposited students after May 1.)  Students who begin in Annandale and would like to spend the second semester of their first year in Berlin must apply by October 15 (see: applying page, For Current Bard College First-Year Students). After moderating, many juniors also choose to spend a semester in Berlin.


Tuition, room and board, and required fees are payable to Bard College. In addition to these billed costs, students are responsible for their own travel plans. Proof of health insurance is required for all students. Details of scheduling and costs are available here.

Academic Calendar

Bard College Berlin follows the American academic calendar. Click here to view the academic calendar of Bard College Berlin


Fall Semester 2017
Student Arrival Day:
(Flights depart from US on Friday, August 11)
Saturday, August 12
Language & Thinking Program / Orientation Monday, August 14 - Wednesday, August 30
First Day of Classes: Monday, September 4
Fall Break: Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, December 21
Student Departure Day:   Saturday, December 23

Spring Semester 2018
Student Arrival Day:                             Wednesday, January 24
First Day of Classes: Monday, January 29
Spring Break: Monday, March 26 - Monday, April 2
Last Day of Classes: Friday, May 18
Student Departure Day: Wednesday, May 23