The Program for International Education and Social Change (PIESC)Bard College Berlin has a scholarship program for students from areas of crisis and conflict - presently 32 students from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Greece, Brazil and Eritrea. The scholarship enables them to earn a Bachelor degree in the humanities or social sciences, and to become much-needed change agents internationally and/or in their home countries. The PIESC program is completely dependent upon private and institutional donations.
VideoThe presence of the PIESC students on our campus has profoundly reshaped the modes and content of teaching and learning at Bard College Berlin. Their experiences and insights inform our curriculum and methodologies and readjust the relationship between the theory of the seminar room and the reality of the outside world. As an educational institution focused on the public good, we aim to translate these paradigm shifts into new perspectives for the rethinking of individual and collective actions and society as a whole.
A video made by the Institute of International Education's Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (https://iiepeer.org/)
PIESC in Theory
Videos: Education Matters, in collaboration with IIE - PEER (Sixtine Berquist, LinkedIn, September 5, 2018)
Syrian Students at Bard College Berlin: A Humanistic Imperative (Spring 2018 Bardian)
The Ghost of Migration, Student Exhibition at Bard College Berlin (Institute of International Education, June 29, 2018)
The Displaced: Refugee Stories Prompt a Moment of Reflection (LinkedIn, January 25, 2018)
Germany grapples with integration after opening its borders (Euronews, November 27, 2017)
Germany's Refugee Factor (TRT World - The Newsmakers, September 21, 2017)
Angela Merkel besucht geflüchtete Studierende In Berlin (Der Tagesspiegel, August 25, 2017)
How do refugee students make the jump to Germany's universities? (The Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 2017)
Ahmad's Story (Kiron Blog, June 20, 2017)
Collaboration in Refugee Education: Field Notes from Bard College Berlin (Kerry Bystrom and Marion Detjen, EuropeNow, June 6, 2017)
Wafa Mustafa: The Story Behind The Name (Die Bärliner student blog, April 4, 2017)
Life in a new land: a refugee's journey (The Christian Science Monitor, March 26, 2017)
Open Hearts, Open Minds (Bardian, Spring 2017)
Marion Detjen on the Refugee Scholarship Network and BCB's refugee students (Wir machen das, January 23, 2017)
The Program for International Education and Social Change in the Context of Migration and Integration in Germany (Die Bärliner student blog, January 17, 2017)
The Refugee Student Scholarship Network (Wir machen das, June 16, 2016)
- Sara Mardini's story: BCB student unjustly arrested in Greece for humanitarian work faces possible detention
- PIESC students meet foreign policy speaker of the Green Party in the Bundestag Franziska Brantner
- Bard College Berlin at the Scholars at Risk 2018 Global Congress
- Student Karam Alhamad participates in conference on technology supported learning (Berlin)
- Student Karam Alhamad co-writes article on foreign former ISIS fighters (Foreign Affairs)
BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (2021)
"As I am one of the very few, among the millions of Syrian refugees, who were displaced and still able to continue higher education, I am very appreciative of the education I am receiving at BCB."
BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (2021)
"This is the first time that I have ever been in a place filled with so much diversity, yet have the feeling that we are all equal. This is a special feeling for me."