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. Students engage in an integrated inquiry into the intellectual and cultural history of the contemporary world before choosing to specialize in an area of the humanities or social sciences (economics, politics, art or literature). A study in the core program and the student’s chosen field of specialization is supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses in fields such as theater, film, philosophy and studio arts, and by many forms of engagement with the city of Berlin, including museum visits, special courses, and internships. Qualifying students earn both an American B.A. and a German B.A. An individual faculty advisor guides each student’s progress through the program, which is taught primarily in the form of small-group seminars. The language of instruction is English. All students have the opportunity to learn German. Opportunities for exchange and study abroad include but are not limited to Bard’s network of partner universities and dual degree programs in Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Russia, and the United States (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; New York City), among others.
Bard College Berlin Facts
Bard College Berlin's Class of 2019 was selected from a competitive applicant pool. The 55 students in this group come from over 27 different countries and have a wide range of intellectual interests, as well as being active in social, cultural, and civic engagement. In 2015, Bard College Berlin received 311 applications for the BA programs, 59% of these applicants were accepted, and 30% of them enrolled. For current freshmen the average IB score is 34; the average Abitur score is 1.4, and the average U.S. G.P.A is 3.4.
Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University is officially recognized as a private university by 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]. Program accreditation for the BA program in Humanities, the Arts and Social Thought was successfully granted by the accreditation agency ACQUIN in Fall 2013. Two years later, 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 program 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.