Bard College Berlin

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Bard College Berlin
Bard College Berlin Logo
Established 1999
Type Private
Rector Thomas Rommel
Dean Catherine Toal
Academic staff
approx. 20
Students approx. 100
Location Berlin, Germany
Campus Niederschönhausen

Bard College Berlin (formerly known as ECLA or European College of Liberal Arts) is a private, non-profit institution of higher education in Berlin, Germany. It was founded as a non-profit association in 1999. The college is, according to Martha Nussbaum, one of the educational institutions in Europe that makes the liberal arts idea into reality.[1] Students and faculty come from all over the world and the language of instruction is English.


Bard College Berlin was founded as ECLA (a non-profit association) in 1999 under the leadership of Stephan Gutzeit.[2] The founding dean was Erika Anita Kiss. The first programme to be introduced was the six-week International Summer University. Later two one-year programmes were developed and still continue to be offered: the Academy Year and the Project Year. A four-year Bachelor of Arts programme in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought was launched in October 2009. In November 2011, ECLA merged with Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA, and subsequently became Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University.[3] In August 2012, Thomas Rommel joined the college as Rector and Provost.[4] A four-year BA programme in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought was introduced in 2014.[5]


Academic programmes[edit]

Seminar Bard College Berlin, 2013

At Bard College Berlin students may enroll in a BA degree, or in a one-semester or one-year program suitable to their profile, background, and individual aims of study. The college supports internship opportunities and practical training, and has many established connections with the intellectual and cultural life of Berlin. The academic programs currently offered are Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought; Academy Year; Project Year; Bard in Berlin; and Begin in Berlin; and beginning with fall 2014, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought.

Bard College Berlin provides an immersion in intellectual history from ancient Greece to the present day, with rigorous concentration on philosophy, economics, politics, literature, art history, film, and theater and studio arts. The total number of ECTS credits earned is 240. Study of German and other languages is offered and encouraged. French and Spanish language classes are also offered.[6]


Bard College Berlin brings together scholars and teachers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Their main areas of expertise include philosophy, literature, political theory, art history, film theory, human rights, history, and rhetoric.[7]

Guest teachers and visiting academics[edit]

In addition to faculty members and postdoctoral fellows, Bard College Berlin students are taught by a series of guest teachers, who deliver lectures and participate in seminars throughout the academic year.

Past guest teachers include Frank Fehrenbach (Harvard), Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt), Terrell Carver (Bristol), Lynn Catterson (Columbia), David Colander (Middlebury), Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), Hans Fink (Århus), Rivka Galchen (author of Atmospheric Disturbances), Edith Hall, Stephen Halliwell (St Andrews), Stephen Houlgate (Warwick), Ira Katznelson (Columbia), Sabina Lovibond (Oxford), Stephen Maurer (Swarthmore), Heinrich Meier (Munich), Glenn Most (Chicago), Stephen Mulhall (Oxford), Stephanie Nelson (Boston), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum, Berlin), Anthony Price (Birkbeck), Christof Rapp (Humboldt), Martin Ruehl (Cambridge), Roger Scruton (Oxford and Washington), Theodore Ziolkowski (Professor Emeritus, Princeton University) and many others.[8]


Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University is officially recognised as a private university by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft).[9] Programme accreditation for the BA programme in Humanities, the Arts and Social Thought was successfully granted by accreditation agency ACQUIN in Fall 2013.[10]


Bard College Berlin's Campus

Bard College Berlin is a residential college. The campus is located in the northern part of Berlin, in the residential area called Pankow-Niederschönhausen. Most buildings were designed in 1966 by Eckart Schmidt and built starting 1972,[11] and formerly belonged to the embassies of several countries in GDR, among others Egypt, Cuba[12] and Nigeria.[13]


See also[edit]

Munich School of Philosophy

External links[edit]

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