A diverse cultural program is available to students, both in conjunction with the core course, Berlin: Experiment in Modernity, and through the Residential Life Office of Bard College Berlin. Berlin course excursions may include (depending on the semester) trips to museums and galleries; historical monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp; the palace of Frederick the Great in Potsdam; and, further afield, the city of Dresden. In the fall semester, Residential Life offers a dynamic “Berlin Weekend” orientation program to introduce students to some of the different neighborhoods of the city. It also conducts a series of events throughout the semester, including sports tournaments and movie nights, opera or theater outings, and hikes at the nearby lakes.
Berlin today commands a leading role, in Europe and internationally, in politics, education, and the arts. The city’s dynamism is evident in the vibrancy of its highly distinctive but closely connected network of neighborhoods, in the museum and art exhibitions that are a daily part of its cultural offerings, and in the newly international community that has taken root in all sectors of its economic and social life. Berlin is a magnet for people who want to make a difference.
The public transportation website, www.bvg.de
, has complete listings and maps for all subway, tram, and city rail lines in Berlin. It also has a handy "journey planner" function. The Berlin Weekend and other group activities will help to familiarize you with the ins and outs of using Berlin's public transit system.