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LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin

The LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin study abroad program invites students enrolled at a university in the United States or Canada to spend a semester at Bard College Berlin. Students pursuing majors in the humanities and social sciences—for example, philosophy, art history, economics, literature, political science, history, or the practicing arts—who wish to deepen their engagement with the major questions and currents of Western thought in a rigorous, interdisciplinary fashion in Berlin are encouraged to apply. 


Each student takes at least one of a set of anchoring courses that concerns itself with an aspect of Berlin’s cultural, political, and institutional life.

In addition to this course, students take advanced-level electives in literature and rhetoric, art and aesthetics, philosophy and ethics, or economics and political theory, which further their progress toward their major or minor.

LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin students may also take a German-language course

Optional Internship

LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin students who choose to complete the internship enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the work of a cultural institution, social nonprofit, governmental agency, or artist (12–15 hours per week) in conjunction with a course designed to provide the theoretical framework and reflective examination of the role of these institutions and individuals within Berlin and international society (Berlin Internship Seminar: Working Cultures, Urban Cultures). 

LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin students have interned, for example, for Galerie Supportico Lopez, Triple Canopy (arts publication), MOD Institute for Urbanism, Kunstgut (graduate-level art school), Will Rawls (choreographer), and Judith Raum (visual artist).

How to Apply

The Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College is responsible for the administration of the LAB: Liberal Arts Berlin Study Abroad Program and assists North American students through the application, selection, and predeparture processes. 

Please direct your questions and expressions of interest to studyabroad@bard.edu.