L&T at Bard College Berlin
The Language and Thinking (L&T) Program at Bard College Berlin is a 2.5-week intensive introduction to the liberal arts. The program serves as the start of the Bard College Berlin academic experience, with small-group writing-focused workshops and one-on-one meetings with faculty. L&T also offers a range of guest lectures, excursions in Berlin and its environs, film screenings, museum visits, and guided tours, which help acquaint new students with the city’s diverse cultural and intellectual landscape.
Why Begin in Berlin?
John Templeton Kay
I decided to come here because I thought that coming to Berlin would be an interesting experience, not just because it’s in Europe, but also because of all the people with different nationalities that I would interact with at this school. The main Bard campus in Annandale is very diverse, but this campus is even more diverse and has a different kind of international perspective.
I had previously taken a gap year during which I traveled all around. Afterward I didn’t really know if I was ready to start college, but I was already enrolled at Bard Annandale and had just deferred for my year off, so I thought it was a good idea to do the Begin in Berlin program, because I could still sort of be traveling but also go to college. It’s an in-between place.
When I signed up for Bard Annandale, I didn’t know much about Begin in Berlin except that it existed. But in May or April before coming here, I got an email about the possibility of signing up to come to Berlin, which was a big surprise. It sounded like something that was pretty much the farthest thing from my school life at home, so I felt that, if I could be successful here, everything else I would experience in college would be much less intimidating and unknown to me.