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Studying Abroad Process.
1. Any Bard Student wishing to study abroad needs to complete a Petition for Study Abroad (PSA) form to gain approval from Bard to do what they are planning to do. The PSA can take up to two weeks to get approved. PSA should be done by end of October.

2. Bard College Berlin applicants first have to meet Trish Fleming (;845-758-7080) to get their PSA going, then apply online for the Program here. That application deadline is November 1, but earlier is always better.

3. Humboldt applicants first have to meet Trish Fleming (;845-758-7080 ) to get their PSA going, then register/apply here to the program. Application Guide here (please read!)  More information about Humboldt-Universität here.


Humboldt Universität, Berlin

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Humboldt Universität, Berlin

Bard’s official exchange partner in German is the Humboldt University in Berlin. Students on the exchange program spend one semester studying at the Humboldt, in departments of their choice (German literature, history, philosophy, cultural studies, etc.). This semester is typically the Spring semester of the junior year, allowing students to participate in an intensive one-month language course at the Humboldt before the start of its semester, which runs from early April to mid-July. Bard students who participated in the program are then asked to serve as “mentors” to the students from the Humboldt University who study at Bard during the Fall semester of the following year.

General Guide for International Students

Take a Virtual Tour through the Humboldt University where Karl Marx and Albert Einstein taught.

Bard students who wish to study abroad in other German cities are encouraged to seek out programs that allow them to attend classes within foreign universities, as opposed to programs that offer courses attended solely by Americans. Students can also receive credit for participating in the study abroad programs offered by other American colleges and universities as long as Bard approves their participation in these programs. With the approval of the College students can also matriculate directly at foreign institutions. (Note: Students participating in the Program in International Education are not eligible to participate in other study abroad programs.)


Allgemeines Vorlesungsverzeichnis (General course catalogue(s) available only for a few weeks at the beginning of each semester). There are even more detailed annotated course catalogues of the faculties, departments and institutes, which can be found on the internet by clicking on the symbol VVZ in front of the name of the institution concerned. The details include information on the content, requirements and aims of the lectures and classes offered. They seem to be of particular significance for prospective students of Humboldt-Universität and are, therefore, strongly recommended.

Zentraleinrichtung Sprachzentrum (Central Language Center) - here you can find courses in all foreign languages offered at Humboldt - including
Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Welcome to Humboldt Winter and Summer University (HUWISO)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is looking forward to serve as a meeting place for students from all over the world throughout winter and summer. Dynamic and highly motivated team of Humboldt Winter and Summer University (HUWISU) is preparing an interesting and versatile programme for its participants. The courses of HUWISU are all thematically related to the city of Berlin and will hold ample space for interesting lectures and discussions from this vantage point. Accompanying our seminars and lectures, field trips and guided tours will provide you with the possibility to deepen and apply your study content.

If applicable, van Meeteren Stipends are available for students studying German Language, Culture and Literature at Humbolt University in Berlin. 

Bard students experience of Humbolt University

For more information download this file: Humboldt WISO Pamphlet.pdf


Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

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Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

This institution is a  university of Karlsruhe, Germany. Together with its sister institution, the Center for Arts and Media (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, (ZKM)), it was founded in 1992 by Prof. Heinrich Klotz. The university, focusing on research and teaching in New Media and Media Art and other courses (Media Art, Visual Communication, Product Design, Stage Design, and Media Theory), as well as post-graduate courses and a PhD program. HfG was the first art academy in Germany to have a complete theoretical faculty.

The four areas of studies at the HfG offer interdisciplinary courses, which create a powerful background in more than one field of study. The research and development focus of the university professors, involved in research, grants students access to new information. The college offers both a theoretical insight on the field of study, as well as a practical one, trough internships, preparing students for their future careers.

Bard College students are welcome to apply for acceptance to the Bard-HfG Exchange, which takes place each spring semester (fall study is not available) at the Hochschule Fur Gestaltung-Karlsruhe (HfG or HfG-Karlsruhe).

Read the Process for Studying Abroad on Bard’s Studying Globally website to familiarize yourself with Bard College’s requirements for studying away from campus. 

Once you are seriously interested in this particular exchange, make an appointment to see Jesse Haas, International Program Manager at Bard’s Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE).  The IILE administers the Bard-HfG Exchange.  Jesse will provide details about the program, application process, visa process and other information.  Jesse can be reached at:

Blithewood/Ottaway Gatehouse

Courses offered and descriptions (Current courses and old courses)


German Intensive Program
Intensive Semester at Bard - August in Berlin

Intensive study of a foreign language helps to create a highly effective and axciting learning environment for those who wish to achieve a high degree of proficiency in the shortest possible time. German Intensive is designed to enable students with little or no previous experience of German to complete the equivalent of 1.5  years of college-level German within five months (spring semester at Bard for 8  credits, plus August in Germany for 4 additional credits).To achieve this goal, students take  fifteen (10) class hours per week during the semester at Bard, and twenty (20) hours per week during the month of August at Bard College Berlin. Each participant will be able to enroll concurrently in one other course at Bard. This will allow students to pursue a more balanced study program or to fulfill certain requirements (e.g., First-Year Seminar).
Before the program begins, participants may travel in Europe on their own, or  find jobs or internships in Germany.

Bard College Berlin
At Bard College Berlin, students continue daily intensive study of German language and culture (20 hours per week) while living on the campus in Pankow, Berlin.
Take a campus tour here.
The Bard College Berlin Experience in Pictures

Detailed description of the "Zertifikat Deutsch"
If you pass the Zertifikat (view sample)

Living in Berlin:  Berlin’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, cultural and intellectual riches, and solid educational tradition all play a part in an Bard College Berlin education. During the month of August, German immersion students will have ample time together with faculty and/or independently to explore Berlin’s cultural heritage and continued development. Please see below the wonderful Student Guide to Berlin!

Dates of the Berlin program:
July 26 – August 23, 2016 (estimated)

Estimated costs:
$2,300.00 Included: Tuition, room and board (full meal plan), excursions.
Not included: Transatlantic flight.
Financial aid available.

Students interested in the Intensive Course, please contact Prof. Franz Kempf , Prof. Thomas Wild, or Prof. Stephanie Kufner



Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University in Berlin
Bard College Berlin

Bard College Berlin is a small liberal arts university in Berlin offering a four-year B.A. program in the humanities and social sciences, along with specialized Project Year and Academy Year options.

The new Bard in Berlin study abroad program at Bard College Berlin offers courses in economics, art, history, and other fields. Typically, juniors from Bard and other colleges and universities participate in this program. Students are encouraged to intern with a nongovernmental organization, arts institution, or other organization, and to study German.

First-year Bard students may apply to spend one or both semesters of their first year at the Berlin campus through the Begin in Berlin program.

Bard College Berlin is a college without departments, dedicated to providing a broad foundation in intellectual history from antiquity to the present day. In each academic program, students work with faculty from different backgrounds on moral, political, epistemic, religious, and aesthetic questions, with the understanding that such questions are naturally and deeply connected. Possible areas of concentration are humanities, the arts, and social thought or economics, politics, and social thought. Students are taught in small discussion seminars and one-to-one tutorials by a select faculty from disciplines like philosophy, literature, political theory, art history, and film theory. Philanthropic grants allow the college to have a need-blind admission policy, so no qualified student is turned away for lack of funding. Students and faculty come from all over the world and work together in English. They share the facilities of a small residential campus and the cultural riches of one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe.

Core Courses

Every term Bard College Berlin students spend half their time on a core course, created and co-taught by several faculty members and guest teachers. Core courses are mandatory and, quite literally, form the core of a Bard College Berlin education.
More information on Bard College Berlin academics

Elective Courses

In addition to mandatory core courses, students follow individually chosen seminars – 'electives' – every term. These are often designed as complements to one of the core courses, in this manner facilitating integrated studies. An elective on Dante’s Divine Comedy, for example, may be offered as a complement to a core course on Values of the Florentine Renaissance. A core course on Property may be supplemented with an elective on Jealousy. Other electives are independent explorations of more specialized topics. Every elective, however, uses the same format: one to three weekly discussion seminars with 5-12 students, and one-to-one tutorials twice a term for the discussion of student essays.

Language Courses

All Bard College Berlin language courses address the development of skills in reading and listening comprehension, conversation and writing within the context of the European Framework of Languages from level A1 through C2.

Elementary German, French, Spanish I
Emphasis on familiar vocabulary building, listening comprehension and speaking with gradual introduction to grammar and writing skills.

Elementary German, French, Spanish II
Continued emphasis on listening comprehension and routine communication. Students read and write short, simple texts.

Intermediate German, French, Spanish I
Emphasis on communication skills including comprehension of standard speech and descriptive reading passages, topical conversation and simple, descriptive composition.

Intermediate German, French, Spanish II
Continued emphasis on communication skills including comprehension of extended speech and lectures, reading of newspapers and general periodicals, spontaneous conversational interaction with native speakers and writing clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

Advanced German Language, French, Spanish I
Development of listening and reading comprehension levels to include extended speech and some literary texts. Emphasis on conversational and writing skills to express ideas and opinions and present detailed descriptions expressing points of view.

Advanced German Language, French, Spanish II
Development of comprehension skills to allow for understanding of all forms of spoken language and written texts. Emphasis on communication skills for the fluent expression of ideas and argument both orally and in written form.

Bard College Berlin typically offers students three levels of language instruction, beginning, intermediate and advanced. Placement tests determine each student’s enrollment level.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany.CBYX is open to applicants in all career fields without any prior German language knowledge , and is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State.The CBYX program covers the costs of and annually provides 75 participants with:

• 2 months intensive German language training in Cologne, Bremen, or Radolfzell

• Semester of study at a German University or University of Applied Sciences

• 5-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field

• Homestays with German host families, in shared apartments, and student dorms

• Transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and monthly living expense stipends

• Various seminars in the US and Germany

• Local in-country support throughout the program


Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin       
is a leading research institution. It is one of nine German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Freie Universität can thus take its place as an “international network university” in the global competition among universities. Its future development strategy is focused around three strategic centers: for cluster development, for international cooperation, and for graduate studies. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within three major focus areas – area studies, humanities, and life sciences. Freie Universität has various offices abroad, e.g., in New York, Beijing, and Moscow, that provide a platform for international cooperation. The university’s performance in the Excellence Initiative has provided funding for several new graduate schools and transdisciplinary research clusters.

You can also download the brochure "At a Glance. A Short Portrait of Freie Universität Berlin" (pdf-document, 2,15 MB).

Vorlesungsverzeichnis Wintersemester 2009 / 2010
(Lecture and Course Catalog Winter Semester 2009 / 2010)



Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University

FUBIS             FUBiS is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 4 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter.

Read the 13 reasons (pdf), why you should join the FUBiS program.


FUBiS offers intensive and semi-intensive German language classes at five different proficiency levels. In addition FUBiS offers subject classes on various class topics. These classes are held mostly in English by distinguished German and international faculty.

Program Structure

The FUBiS program offers students many choices:

  • Combination of language and subject classes. This allows students to improve their language skills as well as further their knowledge of a subject matter.
  • Combination of two subject classes which may count toward a major or minor at the home institution.
  • Intensive German language classes. These classes meet every weekday and allow students to focus on and thus considerably improve their German skills. 
  • Participation in either one semi-intensive German class or in one subject class.
Academic Program

Every year FUBiS offers more than 45 courses - both subject and German classes. Feel free to browse our course list for term I, term II and term III and look at the course descriptions and syllabus to find out more about the classes. In this section you will also find information regarding the FUBiS dates & deadlines and the Grading system and Transcripts. In the Download area you will find brochres and registration forms.


International Academic Relations

DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

The "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst" is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. The headquarters of DAAD is located in Bonn, Germany. If you are interested in studying in Germany, this website offers help with finding what to study and how to go about it. It offers resources and programs for undergraduate scholarships, study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany.


Post-graduate Fellowships
Post-graduate Fellowships

Robert Bosch Foundation

Robert Bosch (1861-1942)

As the countries of the world become more interdependent, the Robert Bosch Foundation recognizes the importance of familiarizing American professionals and executives with the political, economic, and cultural environment of Europe in general and of the Federal Republic of Germany in particular. To further this goal, and to strengthen the ties of friendship and understanding between the United States and Germany, the Foundation is sponsoring a Fellowship Program which will enable young American professionals to participate in an intensive work and study program in Germany. Although a prime goal of this program is the advancement of American-German/European relations, it will, in addition, contribute to the participants' professional competence and expertise, and broaden their cultural horizons.

For general information on Internships, see: Intership Program in Germany. For information on Summer Internship through the Bosch Foundation, see: Summer Intership Program in Germany.

Read comments on the Fellowship from students:
Nathan on his personal experiences
Nathan: Annual Bosch Report
Carmella on her personal experiences

"Bosch Tutors have an opportunity to teach at the university level in the new federal states (former East Germany) . They also take classes--sometimes for academic credit (Scheine)--and they usually live in student housing, where they become part of student life. The Tutors deepen their knowledge of the German language as well as the culture and history of the former East." (Nathan)

Information on "Bosch in the USA"


The Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin
The Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, founded in 1950 under the name German Academy of Music, is situated in the historical centre of Berlin on Gendarmenmarkt, directly behind the Konzerthaus Berlin. The New Marstall, with its prominent address on the Schloßplatz close to Museum Island, was opened as a further location in April 2005. Presided over by its director Jörg-Peter Weigle this well-respected institution boasts a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, a chorus, a studio orchestra, a symphonic wind orchestra, the Eisler Brass ensemble, the ECHO New Music Ensemble, numerous chamber music formations.

Each year, over 400 events are presented – concerts, opera productions, class recitals and exam concerts. Close relationships exist with the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, and in both these houses regular orchestral, choral and staff concerts take place.

The Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin offers both programs in Bachelor and Master degrees. For more information about different depeatments please visit the website below:


Universität Heidelberg
Universität Heidelberg

An attractive place to study

Alte Bruecke

The Heidelberg University has some 4,500 international students from 130 countries. It is one of the most popular German universities among students from abroad. The seed for its popularity was planted shortly after the foundation of the university in 1386. Just seven years later, in 1393, an English student from Canterbury visited the newly-founded university. Another sign of the early university's international popularity was the enrollment of the first student from the United States (from St. Louis) in 1793.

But the "Spirit of Heidelberg", a melange of myths that circle around the university, the castle, the river Neckar and German Romanticism, isn't enough to explain this attraction. For centuries the Ruprechts-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg University's official name, has enjoyed international acclaim as a center of excellent research and teaching. And as early as 1926 the university offered its first summer school for German Language and Culture. It has turned out to be a continued success. Every year more than 600 people come to Heidelberg from all over the world to participate in the course.

Vorlesungsverzeichnisse (current and old course lists)

For more information download this file: German Immersion Brochure Fall 2012.pdf



Process of Study Abroad

Students who intend to study abroad should begin  planning and discussing with your academic advisor at the earliest possible date. There are generally two types: Bard Programs and Other Programs. For Bard Programs, Bard awards, academic credit, and Bard financial aid generally transfer. Other Programs must be evaluated by the dean of international studies and approved by the Executive Committee before students enroll. To learn more about such opportunities, students should consult with the dean of international studies and the director of career services.

Bard Programs

Bard Programs for students in German Studies Department include Bard-Humboldt University Program, Berlin, Germany, Staatliche Hochschule Für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany, and German Immersion - Heidelberg, Germany.
All full-time, matriculated Bard students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to study abroad. Students who intend to take a semester away from Bard should have moderated successfully by the time of their study abroad experience.
Application and Approval
In order to receive approval for studying abroad, students must complete an Application for an Academic Leave of Absence. The application must be approved by the student’s academic adviser, the dean of international studies, and the Executive Committee.
Credit Transfer
Students may receive full credit for study abroad programs. However, students will receive credit for study abroad programs only if they have received prior approval from the Executive Committee. Students who do not receive Executive Committee approval before taking a leave of absence will not receive credit at Bard College for courses taken during that leave.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid is available on a pro-rated basis for Bard Language Intensive Programs and IHRE. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the exact terms and conditions of assistance.
Transcripts should be sent directly from the sponsoring institution to: Office of the Registrar, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Informing Appropriate Offices
In addition to receiving approval for study abroad, it is the student's responsibility to contact the student accounts and housing offices before leaving campus. Students receiving financial aid should contact that office to determine their status.
Pre-Departure Checklist
Click here to download a PDF of the Bard Study Abroad Predeparture Checklist.

Returning to Bard

Registering for the Return Semester

Students can name a proxy to register them during the pre-registration period while they are still abroad. Students should contact the Registrar, Peter Gadsby, to provide the name of the proxy. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is financially cleared on registration day.
Housing for the Return Semester

Students should inform the Office of Residence Life about their intended return date as early as possible. During the spring semester, students can name a proxy to represent them in room draw. Students should contact the Office at

Other Study Abroad Programs

Other programs are programs that are not sponsored by, or affiliated with, Bard and that have not been recommended by faculty. Students may study on programs offered by other American colleges and universities, or they may enroll directly into foreign universities. However, such programs must be evaluated by the dean of international studies and approved by the Executive Committee before students enroll (see Approval for Study Abroad). To learn more about such opportunities, students should consult with the dean of international studies and the director of career services.

Such programs can be approached by Institute of International Education, Council on International Educational Exchange,, and so on.

For more information, students should contact the appropriate language program office or Jonathan Becker, Dean of International Studies at x7378.

Other Useful Information


Bard students share their experiences
Read up on tips, tricks, and other resources to prepare for your stay abroad. 


Website Resources

Study Abroad in Germany - Brochure

For more information download this file: German study abroad brochure Fall 2012.pdf