Bard College Berlin’s programs are taught entirely in English. Therefore, applicants should possess knowledge of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (scroll down for equivalent test scores). Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and should have completed at least 1.5 years of full-time study (at least 25 ECTS or equivalent credits per semester) at their home university as full-time students at the time of application.
As soon as you have been nominated to participate in the exchange program by your home university, please fill out the application form completely and legibly and send it to the Student Affairs Officer together with the other required documents. Please submit your application via email to Study Abroad & Student Life Officer Amber Kepple Jones ([email protected]).
If you are admitted, you will need to confirm your intention to attend Bard College Berlin by the deadline indicated in the confirmation letter. Once you confirm your intention to study abroad at Bard College Berlin, we will send you an official confirmation letter for the embassy.
Information for International Students
Begin the visa application process promptly. Background checks for international students are time-intensive. The visa application process generally takes 6-8 weeks, and in exceptional cases even longer.
Once we receive your acceptance form, we will send you an official confirmation letter for the embassy. File your visa application as soon as you receive this document. In the end, you are responsible for making sure that all visa procedures are completed well ahead of your travel to Berlin.
Bard College Berlin has a strict attendance policy and absences due to late arrival will count as unexcused absences and may lead to failed courses and jeopardized student status.
Strong campus community and small seminar groups
True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on individual growth and the development of essential skills in writing and thinking.
The college campus is located in a residential area not far from the center of the vibrant city of Berlin. In small seminar groups students have the opportunity to pursue a rigorous course of study in the concentrations of Art and Aesthetics, Artistic Practice, Economics, Ethics and Politics, Literature and Rhetoric, and Politics. There are also a wide range of electives in the fields of philosophy, literature, film, art, history, the practicing arts, and social and economic theory that students can choose from. The language of instruction at the college is English but all students have the opportunity to acquire German language competency.