Program for International Education and Social Change Applicants

Call for Applications Bard College Berlin

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

Through the Program for International Education and Social Change (PIESC), Bard College Berlin seeks to award  scholarships to refugee students beginning their studies in Fall 2017 or Fall 2018. The scholarship covers tuition for one of the four-year B.A. programs in the humanities or social sciences offered at Bard College Berlin. Room and board, monthly transport within Berlin, student health insurance, books, and other study materials will be provided on condition that no other additional fund is available.

Apply by May 15, 2017 for Fall 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 in response to 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.