Begin in Berlin

Begin in Berlin

Contact Us

Begin in Berlin: First-Year Experience


Contact:
Mary Ann Krisa,
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the First-Year Experience
Phone: 845-758-7454
E-mail: begininberlin@bard.edu

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.

Profiles

"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. 

Program

Program

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.

Begin in Berlin Fees

Fee Full Cost Fee Full Cost
Individual Flights $1,400 (est.) round trip Key Deposit $140
Health Services $235 per semester Residency Permit $70–140
*Health Insurance See note Transport Pass $390
Course Materials $150 Out of Pocket $800

*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

To express interest in beginning your college experience at Bard College Berlin, and in order to be considered for fall 2015, please complete the form below by May 15, 2015. A student may express interest in the program at any time, but must be a deposited first-year Bard student in order to participate in the program.

For Current Bard College First-Year Students

The deadline to apply for spring 2015 is November 1, 2014. Click here and scroll down for the spring 2015 application form.

Academic Calendar

Fall 2014 Term
Sat. August 9 Students arrive on Thursday, August 7 (no earlier); latest arrival by Saturday, August 9
Mon. August 11 Language and Thinking Program / Orientation
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

Spring 2015 Term
Wed. January 21 Students arrive in Berlin                                
Thurs. January 22 Orientation
Mon. January 26 Start of classes
Mon. March 16
Fri. March 20
Spring Break
Wed. May 20 Last Day of Classes
Fri. May 29 Student Departure