International Applicants

If you are a non-U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, or a non-U.S citizen living in the United States on a temporary visa, you will be considered an international applicant. If you are unsure of your status, please contact

If you are an international applicant and intend to apply for financial aid consideration, you must apply using our Regular Admission process only.
U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents living abroad: your global experience is a valuable part of your narrative and will be given due consideration in the evaluation of your application. Please refer to and utilize the requirements and deadlines for domestic first year or transfer applicants. 

Further information for DACA and Undocumented applicants can be found on our website here.


Dates and Deadlines

If you are a non-US citizen and you intend to apply for financial aid consideration you must apply under our Regular Admission program only.
Regular Admission Application Due Jan. 1
Decision Notification End of March
Certification of Finances Form Due Jan. 1
Financial Aid Application Due (optional) Jan. 1
Deposit Due May 1
If you are not seeking financial aid, please review "First-Year Dates and Deadlines" for Early Application Options. NOTE: Your Certification of Finances form is due by November 1, which is also the deadline for submitting your Early Application.

Common Application

This application method is for international first-year and transfer students.

Application Checklist

Required materials:
  • Apply using the Common Application, which includes a supplemental essay
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam (For English proficiency requirements, see below.)
  • Completed Certification of Finances form (See below for form.)
Optional materials:

+ Important Applicant Portal Information

+ Financial Aid for International Students

+ Interviews

Any Questions?

  • What are the English proficiency requirements (TOEFL and IELTS)?
  • How do I apply early as non-U.S. citizen?
  • Should I schedule a Chinese Applicant Interview?
  • What if I am both an international student and a transfer student?
  • What is Bard's policy on advanced standing and college AP credits?
  • What does it mean to be deferred to Regular Admission or waitlisted?
  • What is the Bard Entrance Examination?
  • Do I have to resubmit an application if I've already applied in the past and would like to be considered for another application year?