Program for International Education and Social Change

The Program for International Education and Social Change is intended for students from areas that are experiencing severe economic, social, and political crisis and continues a long tradition at Bard College.

For the past two academic years Bard College Berlin was able to award 17 full four-year scholarships to Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan and Greek students thanks to generous donations from private and institutional donors. The scholarship students are part of a student body of over 260 students that represents 60 countries and six continents and take part in the same academic curriculum. 

A recent anonymous donation has enabled the college to offer additional four-year scholarships for students from Syria to begin their degree programs in Fall 2018.

At the end of four years, students who will meet all the requirements will graduate with a dual American and German B.A. degree and the ability to apply rigorous and creative thought to solving problems as part of an international community. The scholarship covers tuition, and also pays the expenses of room and board, monthly transport within Berlin, books and other study materials on condition that no other funds are available. The student profile requirements can be found below. 

Profile of the Applicant 

Eligible applicants have a wish to create a more equitable community and to pursue the public good in their native country or abroad.

Further requirements:

  • Syrian nationality (including Palestinian Syrians)
  • Refugee status welcome
  • High academic achievement and potential
  • Track record of civic engagement
  • Proficiency in English
  • Financial need

How to Apply

Detailed information on deadlines, required application materials, and the admissions process can be found here


Bard College as a Haven

With the Program for International Education and Social Change, Bard College Berlin continues in the footsteps of Bard College New York, which has a long history of social and civic engagement. Beginning in the mid-1930s and throughout the war years, Bard was a refuge for distinguished writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists fleeing Europe including philosopher Heinrich Blücher and his wife, the social critic Hannah Arendt. In 1956, Bard provided a haven for 325 Hungarian student refugees after their participation in that country’s revolt against its Stalinist government and shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, the College developed the "Program in International Education," which brings students from emerging democracies in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia to Bard to study. 

Watch an interview with three Syrian students at Bard College Berlin about their background and their first year of study: