International Programmes 2021/2022

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought

Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University • Berlin

Degree
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (BA)
Upon successful completion of the programme, students obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree that is accredited in the United States. Eligible students also obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree that is accredited in Germany.
In cooperation with

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Teaching language
  • English
Languages

All courses are taught in English. Language study in German from beginner to advanced level is available throughout the programme. In addition, the college offers a handful of courses each year that are taught in German and cover topics related to contemporary German culture and society. All BA candidates must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in German by the end of their second year.

Programme duration
8 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

First-year students are required to participate in the three-week Language and Thinking course that begins in the second week of August.

Application deadline

Spring transfer: 15 October
Early action: 1 November
Regular admission: 15 January
Fall transfer: 1 March
Late admission: 1 May

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Yes
Additional information on tuition fees

The comprehensive fee for 2021-2022 is 29,750 EUR per year (two semesters). The fee includes tuition, room, and board in Bard College Berlin's student residences.

Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

The BA degree in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (HAST) allows students to gain thorough training in fields such as art, art history, philosophy, literature, film, etc., while expanding their knowledge in their chosen major.

Over the course of their studies, HAST students ask: What is the good life (and how can we build a good society)? What are the aims of scientific research? What is the function and future of art?

Students can major in one of the following areas:

  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Literature and Rhetoric

The "social thought" component of this programme refers to the core curriculum, which examines crucial historical, philosophical, and intellectual developments. Students engage with some of the most important texts, artefacts, and debates in the cultural legacies of Europe and the world. 

Course organisation

Students take at least four courses per semester during their first three years of studies, and three courses per semester during the final year. Students may study abroad for up to two semesters in addition to completing an internship for academic credit as part of their studies. During the fourth year, students write a BA thesis under the close supervision of a faculty adviser.

Students shape a specialised academic profile through their chosen area of concentration, guided by faculty members who help them to develop a programme of study tailored to their interests and future plans. Within the elective component of the degree, students may choose from a wide variety of courses in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. All BA candidates must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in German by the end of their second year.

A detailed overview of the degree structure is available here:
http://www.berlin.bard.edu/academics/humanities-the-arts-and-social-thought

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Types of assessment

Students are assessed on seminar preparation and participation, short essays, and final essays. For language or social science courses, tests are also a form of assessment.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Language training provided
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Students may opt to spend up to two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities: https://berlin.bard.edu/academics/study-abroad/outgoing-exchange-students/

Integrated internships

Students have the option to complete an internship for academic credit: https://berlin.bard.edu/academics/internships/

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Blended learning courses (courses that simultaneously take place on campus and online) have been offered at Bard College Berlin for several years.
Description of e-learning elements

Bard College Berlin (BCB), Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB), and Bard College offer a writing-intensive education programme with in-person and online course access for students matriculated in Bard College network institutions and for displaced students around the world.

The programme creates a unique space in the online learning community for displaced learners and for enrolled Bard students. The classes are held for matriculated Bard students and for non-enrolled displaced participants in a shared on-site and online learning space simultaneously. In this way, all class participants exchange ideas and work together in pursuing their higher education goals.

This project is supported by a grant from The Foundation to Promote Open Society.

https://berlin.bard.edu/academics/courses/blended-learning/

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Yes
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Yes
Additional information on tuition fees

The comprehensive fee for 2021-2022 is 29,750 EUR per year (two semesters). The fee includes tuition, room, and board in Bard College Berlin's student residences.

Semester contribution

197 EUR
The Berlin semester ticket is included in the cost of the semester contribution. This ticket provides unlimited access to public transport in the full BVG network.

Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Bard College Berlin seeks to assist qualified students who might otherwise not be able to afford an education at a private liberal arts college. Some form of financial aid from college and/or federal, state, or private programmes is received by 72% of all Bard College Berlin students. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the candidate's contribution to the diversity of the student body, and financial need, in addition to the criteria listed for the individual scholarships. https://berlin.bard.edu/admissions/finances/

Academic admission requirements

Students must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) by the time they enrol.

Required materials include: a motivation statement, a writing sample, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, official transcripts, and proof of advanced English proficiency for non-native English speakers (see below).

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of English proficiency at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. We accept the following tests:

TOEFL iBT (minimum score: 95)
IELTS Academic (minimum score: 7.0)
Cambridge (CAE: A-C, CPE: A-C)
Duolingo English test (minimum score: 120)

Application deadline

Spring transfer: 15 October
Early action: 1 November
Regular admission: 15 January
Fall transfer: 1 March
Late admission: 1 May

Submit application to

http://www.berlin.bard.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Bard College Berlin offers a number of on-campus jobs for students.

Accommodation

Students live on campus during their first two years of study. Most rooms are shared with at least one other student, and student halls of residence have shared bathrooms and showers. All halls of residence are equipped with laundry facilities, a kitchen, a common room, and wireless Internet.

https://berlin.bard.edu/student-life/campus-experience/housing/

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Visa matters
Supervisor-student ratio
1:5

Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University

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Students meet before class on Bard College Berlin's campus in Niederschönhausen. © Bard College Berlin, 2018

Bard College Berlin is Germany's first private liberal arts university. On a residential campus in the former embassy quarter of East Berlin, it offers Bachelor's degrees and one-year undergraduate programmes in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. A faculty-to-student ratio of 1:5 allows the college to provide an education of incomparable quality, based on small-group teaching and individual advising. Students also have access to global networks of study opportunities through partnership agreements and the Open Society University Network.

10 Average class size
72% Students receiving financial aid

University location

In today's world, Berlin takes centre stage with a leading role in Europe and internationally – not only in public policy, but in the arts, education, and research. The city's dynamism is evident in the plenary chamber of the Bundestag (German parliament); in lecture halls of the city's major public universities; across tables in libraries and archives, independent research institutions, and cafés; in screening rooms and art galleries; and in the shopfront offices of Internet start-ups, design firms, and NGOs.

Berlin is a magnet for people who want to make a difference, and for people who are already doing so, including artists, scientists, politicians, diplomats, journalists, scholars, and students from every corner of the globe.

Bard College Berlin actively engages Berlin's cultural and intellectual abundance. Class excursions, internships, and language courses give depth and relevance to what students study, making the city both textbook and classroom.