This humanities and social thought–based curriculum puts internationally educated faculty into small discussion-centered classes with an equally diverse student body. Courses are frequently thematic, so that multiple disciplines are engaged simultaneously—for example, philosophy and art history or urban design and sociology. Students take four 4-credit courses, for a total of 16 credits.
Students within LAB can take courses following the four-year academic tracks at Bard College Berlin: Economics, Politics, and Social Thought; and Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought.
Students enrolled in LAB may choose freely from the course listings but are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous Berlin-centric classes, such as Discussing Deutschland: What Germans Are Talking About Today (in German), and Berlin Outsider: History, Politics, Film, Text. Visit the BCB website for a complete list of courses throughout the curriculum.
Migration Perspectives Semester
The Migration Perspectives semester provides students from the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Higher Education schools with an innovative and critical exploration of migration beyond U.S.-centric political and scholarly contexts. As an arrival city, postmigrant metropolis, and home to prominent research and activist institutions, Berlin is the perfect place to study the complexities of migration. Faculty with expertise in both European and Middle Eastern studies offer experimental and civically engaged courses that encourage work directly in the city and move beyond traditional knowledge formats to include creative and collaborative products by students.
Bard College Berlin offers advanced students the opportunity to gain practical experience alongside their studies by completing an optional internship and internship course. The internship provides students with the chance to contribute to an organization’s or individual’s work. The course is designed to embed the internship into an academic framework, with readings from diverse sources and related field trips. BCB assists students in finding an internship placement that matches their qualifications and interests, and our list of internship hosts is constantly growing.
Culturally rich and artistically diverse, Berlin is an exciting city to explore.Bard Abroad in Berlin’s cultural program exposes students to a wide range of historical, artistic, and cultural experiences. Listed below are sample excursions from previous semesters.