Begin in Berlin for Parents

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Bard College Berlin
Dr. Kerry Bystrom
Bard Faculty Representative to Bard College Berlin
Associate Professor of English and Human Rights, Bard College

Phone: +49 30 43733123


Studying abroad can be one of the most transformative experiences of college life. Students undergo great personal growth as they are immersed, perhaps for the first time, in a different and exciting culture. They develop a global perspective and discover new personal and academic passions. They explore opportunities for civic engagement in their host countries, finding new ways to engage with the world and developing life-changing relationships. The study abroad experience is one of the cornerstones of the Bard education and we are delighted that your son or daughter has chosen to take on this challenge.

Below you will find some frequently asked questions from parents of students studying in Berlin, as well as some resources and tips for preparing your child and your family for study abroad.  As always, please feel welcome to contact the Begin in Berlin program with any questions. Click below for Student Handbook.

Supporting Your Student’s Study Abroad

Parental support is important as students prepare for their study abroad experience and during their time away. Here are some things you can do before and during your child’s study abroad:

“Before You Leave the U.S.” Student Checklist

Please review the list below carefully to ensure that your student is ready to Begin in Berlin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How do Begin in Berlin students travel to Berlin?
  • Q: Do we need to take any special action if our family receives financial aid?
  • Q: What do we need to know about finances in Berlin?
  • Q: Will my son or daughter have health insurance while studying in Berlin?
  • Q: Should my child bring his or her medications to Berlin?
  • Q: What should we do about cell phone use in Berlin?
  • Q: How do we call Germany from the United States?
  • Q: What is computing like on campus? Should my son or daughter bring a laptop?
  • Q: Will U.S. electronics work in Germany?
  • Q: What security precautions should we take?
  • Q: How do I send my son or daughter a care package?
  • Q: Can I visit my child while he or she studies in Berlin?