Program for International Education and Social Change Applicants

Call for Applications – Bard College Berlin

Five full B.A. scholarships for refugees seeking to study liberal arts

Through the Program in International Education and Social Change (PIESC), Bard College Berlin seeks to award five full scholarships to refugee students beginning their studies in August 2017. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition in one of Bard College Berlin’s four-year B.A. programs in the humanities or social sciences, room and board, all applicable fees, monthly transport within Berlin, and also provide a fund designed to cover travel and incidentals, including books and other study materials.

Apply by March 1, 2017

To apply, candidates should submit the following materials by email to

  • Proof of refugee status or documentation indicating that refugee status is being sought and a passport copy*
  • Curriculum vitae listing academic achievements, extracurricular activities and interests
  • Motivation statement on why the applicant wishes to join the program
  • Short essay answering the following question:  
    "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries" (James Madison). Is violence inevitable without a separation of organized religion and state?
  • Official transcripts or school records
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency at C1 level
  • Personal statement of financial need

Applicants who successfully pass the first round will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee.

Xenia Muth, Admissions and Recruitment Officer; Tel: +49 30 43733 121

All prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Xenia Muth in the Admissions Office to schedule an individual advising session on how to prepare their application for admission. Please also let us know if you have difficulties providing any of the documents above so that we can assist you in finding a solution.

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*Applicants should be aware that it is their responsibility to obtain legal entry to Germany in time to begin their program of study.