At Bard College Berlin, students live in a quiet, green, and secluded neighborhood perfect for study. In addition to a lecture hall and seminar facilities, our campus boasts a library, cafeteria, student residence halls, and a student center. While our location is conducive to concentration and close community, it also offers the experience of living in a city that is a hub for research and innovation, home to the German parliament and Federal Chancellery, creative entrepreneurs, designers, artists, numerous academic and cultural institutions, three opera houses, a philharmonic orchestra, and countless galleries, cinemas, and theaters.
Bard College Berlin reserves a place in the on-campus residence halls for all first and second-year students in the BA and Academy Year programs. Students live on campus in co-ed residence halls or shared apartments, usually sharing a furnished room with a student from a different country. The residence halls are spacious, light-filled buildings, each no more than 5 minutes’ walk from the cafeteria, Student Center, and other facilities and teaching buildings on campus. All student accommodations have a fully equipped kitchen, shared bathrooms, free laundry facilities, and wireless internet. The leafy property with landscaped gardens and lawn areas allow students to practice sports, organize barbecues, study or just soak up sunshine.
Choosing fresh, seasonal, and organic produce of high quality and also a lot of 'joie de vivre' is part of the preparation of every dish at Bard College Berlin. Lunch is the main meal on a weekday and brings together students, faculty and administration. All off-campus students are served lunch in the campus cafeteria during the semester. The Cafeteria offers students who live on-campus three daily meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, during the week; brunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. To cater for all tastes and needs, different menus are offered each day. All meals include vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options; food allergies can be accommodated on request.
Bard College Berlin has established a small but highly specialized library, in which faculty and students alike find material ranging from text books to most recent specialist studies on philosophy, literature and literary criticism, cultural studies, art history and film studies, as well as history, religion, sociology, economics, and political science. Periodicals complement this assortment of monographs, and there is on-campus online access to research databases. The building features a large reading room, individual working spaces, as well as a lounge and garden. In addition, Bard College Berlin’s Learning Commons is available 24/7 as a study space. In addition staff and student-tutors are available for extracurricular training in academic writing, math and German skills.
For mental health concerns, Bard College Berlin offers its students free services of a professional counselor who is available during office hours on campus and can refer students to other specialists. All students are required to have German or international health insurance and thus can access the wide health-services network available in Berlin. The College has on-call student life staff available at all times for emergencies and can offer support with regard to finding the right professional.
The Civic Engagement Initiative at Bard College Berlin supports student involvement with public life outside the classroom to promote commitment to active citizenship and contribute to an engaged university. Through student-led projects and volunteer work the Bard College Berlin campus can share talents and resources, support positive social change, and make a difference in the civic life of local communities while being part of an intercultural exchange with Berlin.
The Office of Residential Life supports the on-campus and extra-curricular experience of studying at Bard College Berlin. The Office is the first point of contact for issues concerning housing, safety, student facilities, and social and residential matters at the college. In cooperation with students the Residential Life Office assists with student clubs and ideas for student-organized events and excursions.
Located in the political, economic, and artistic center of Europe where global economic policies and measures on migration and security are debated and tested, and where the arts find their most varied and experimental expression, Bard College Berlin is in a unique position to offer its students direct exposure to current political, social, and cultural developments through seminars and activities rooted in the city. An internship program provides opportunities to gain work experience in a wide range of fields, such as the arts, human rights, publishing, urban planning, technology start-ups, and education.
Students also have access to Europe-wide and global networks of study opportunities through partnership agreements and the Bard Network. Opportunities for exchange and study abroad include the Erasmus network, Bard’s network of partner universities in Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Russia, and the United, and university partnerships in Hong Kong and Brazil among others.