The German Summer Language Intensive is comprehensive, with 20 hours of class per week, daily quizzes and written assignments, and weekly tests. Course work emphasizes vocabulary acquisition, grammar comprehension, reading improvement, and writing competence, as well as verbal and aural precision. Language is taught in conjunction with our cultural program, which focuses on five main themes: Berlin today; old Berlin and Prussia; Weimar Berlin; Jewish life, Nazi Berlin, and the Holocaust; and the divided city.
The German Summer Language Intensive (SLI) is for students at North American universities who have completed at least two semesters of college-level German or its equivalent. Students earn four credits.
Smolny has 14 academic programs (majors) and six areas of concentration (minors), and there are over 130 courses offered each semester. An integral part of the Bard-Smolny experience is the cultural program designed to introduce students to St. Petersburg, Russian history and culture. Please see the Bard Abroad website for more information.
LAB is for students who specifically choose to study abroad in Berlin because they wish to:
-Experience a historic and living world stage for Literature, Philosophy, Public Policy, Social Thought, Urban planning, Art, Theater, and Film;
-Get socially or politically involved within a structured engagement program that complements their academics;
-Seek meaningful cross disciplinary connections and multiple points of view.