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Project Year

The Project Year program is designed for students with three to five years of university experience and is an ideal option for those who wish to carry out research outside the restrictions of a degree program, make use of resources and opportunities in Berlin, or are considering the possibility of graduate work. 


The Project Year allows students to pursue an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Work on the project includes participation in a research colloquium that includes advice on research best practices, use of libraries and archives, and preparing writing samples and applications for graduate programs.

Additionally, Project Year students can choose from the wide range of Bard College Berlin's core courses in intellectual history from ancient Greece to modernism, obtaining background and expertise that is indispensable for further study. They may also take electives in any field offered at Bard College Berlin, including literature and film, philosophy and politics, and the practicing arts, as well as language courses in German

Academic Opportunities

Bard College Berlin's Project Year students have gone on to a variety of prestigious programs in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research in New York, the University of Cambridge, and Goldsmith's College, University of London, among other internationally renowned institutions.

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