Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University is institutionally accredited at national level in Germany by the Wissenschaftsrat as of January 20, 2017.
The college first received state recognition from the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth, and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft) in accordance with sec. 123, para. 1 of the Higher Education Act of the Federal State of Berlin (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG) in 2011.
Program accreditation for the BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought was granted by the accreditation agency ACQUIN in Fall 2013. In 2015, the BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought received accreditation from ACQUIN.
Bard College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (USA) and awards a BA degree to students completing Bard College Berlin’s BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought or BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought under authority granted by the New York State Board of Education.
At their meeting of 6 December 2022, the Accreditation Commission of the German Wissenschaftsrat decided that Bard College Berlin has fulfilled all criteria for institutional reaccreditation, and has granted this reaccreditation for a further 10 rather than the usual 5 years.