Bard Abroad in the West Bank

Abu Dis, West Bank

The study abroad program at Al-Quds Bard is suspended for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Al Quds-Bard College For Arts & Sciences

This distinctive study abroad program offers intellectually curious students from North American colleges and universities an unparalleled academic experience:  the chance to study in the West Bank with Palestinian students at a college dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, the promotion of critical thinking, and the open exchange of ideas and opinions.

At the Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences, an interdisciplinary curriculum creatively combines the best traditions of the Palestinian and U.S. educational systems and draws on progressive trends in contemporary education.  Seminar-style classes are small and emphasize writing and critical thinking.

An Invitation to Study in the West Bank

Al-Quds Bard emphasizes student-centered learning, the development of independent inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas. The language of instruction is English across the curriculum.
Participants in the Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program have the opportunity to:

  • Attend classes alongside Palestinian students, including courses on Middle Eastern politics, history, and culture
  • Sharpen Arabic language skills and acquire the vocabulary necessary to navigate daily life
  • Undertake an internship, putting theories and ideas from readings and classroom debates into practice
  • Live with a host family in Bethlehem
  • Participate in excursions to important historical sites and cultural events