Begin in Berlin

Begin in Berlin

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Begin in Berlin: First-Year Experience

Mary Ann Krisa,
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the First-Year Experience
Phone: 845-758-7454

Die Bärliner

Bard College Berlin
Student Blog

On the Die Bärliner blog, Bard College Berlin students share first-person accounts of their experiences in Berlin, in the classroom and beyond. As Maria Khan writes of her time in Berlin, "Be it through academic or leisure activities, I often find myself rediscovering the world all over again."

Student Handbook

Click below to download the Begin in Berlin student handbook.


"ECLA of Bard* is an experience that should not be missed. It's an experience of a lifetime--so culturally enriching! The classes at ECLA of Bard are engaged in the city of Berlin itself."
—Blagovesta Atanassova

"My experience at ECLA* reconstructed the way I think about our world. I was immersed into an intimate and diverse community of students and scholars who are passionate about asking questions that challenge and examine assumptions."
—Patrick Nevada

*(ECLA of Bard was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until December 2013.)

Begin in Berlin: A First-Year Experience

Bard College students have the opportunity to spend one or both semesters of their first year studying at Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University.

A select group of Bard College first-year students may now begin their college experience at Bard's newest campus in Berlin. Begin in Berlin students participate in an intellectual community like no other. With small, discussion-based classes taught in English, an innovative and challenging curriculum, an international student body, and a world-class faculty, Bard College Berlin provides a truly unique experience in the intellectual and artistic hub of Europe. 



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.


Fee Full Cost
*Group Flight $1,200
Health Services  $235 (est) per semester
**Health Insurance See note below
Course Materials $150
Key Deposit $140
Residency Permit $70–140
Transport Pass $390
Out of Pocket $800
*We will offer the option of a group flight if a sufficient number of people express interest. The cost is expected to be approximately $1,200 and will be confirmed once the group is finalized. The flight will depart from either the JFK or Newark airport and will be met in Berlin by Bard College Berlin staff members. Please note that once you confirm we will have to charge the amount. The date by which we need confirmation of your intention to join the group flight will be indicated in your acceptance letter.

Students who wish to travel independently will be provided with instructions regarding required arrival date, time, and address in Berlin.

**Note: All enrolled students are required to have health insurance. $1,402 is the estimate for a 12-month insurance plan that will be charged to your account unless you have proof of alternate health insurance. The Bard College Student Health Plan is offered to all Bard students and is global in coverage.

For Prospective Bard College Students

Please complete the form below to express interest in beginning your college experience at Bard College Berlin. A student may express interest at any time, but newly enrolled students who wish to attend the program in fall 2014 must complete this form by May 15, 2014.

For Current Bard College First-Year Students

The deadline to apply for spring 2015 is November 1, but please keep Bard in Berlin in mind for your junior year!

Academic Calendar

Spring 2014 Term
Mon. January 20
Orientation at Bard
Tues. January 21
Depart for Berlin
Wed. January 22 Arrive in Berlin
Thur. January 23 – Fri. January 24 Orientation in Berlin
Mon. January 27
Start of classes
Mon. March 17 – Fri. March 21
Spring Break
Thu. May 15 – Wed. May 21
Completion Week
Wed. May 21
End of Classes

Fall 2014 Term
Fri. August 8 Begin in Berlin pre-departure orientation and flight in NYC
Sat. August 9 Students arrive in Berlin 
Mon. August 11 Language and Thinking Program 
Wed. August 27 End of Language and Thinking Program
Mon. September 1 Start of classes
Mon. October 20 – Fri. October 24 Fall Break
Fri. December 19 Last day of classes
Sun. December 21 Student departure