Bard Abroad in the West Bank



Health and Safety

Students will find their day-to-day experience living in Palestine to be quite different than the image often painted by the international news media. While the overall political situation remains fluid and at times tense, the reality is that day to day routines are not regularly impacted.  Students are advised to stay aware of the political pulse of the region, are required by the program to avoid protests, demonstrations and restricted areas, and must adhere to the frequent guidance and guidelines provided by program staff.

There are no serious or unusual health risks associated with travel to the West Bank. Although not mandatory, it is a good idea to be up to date on basic vaccinations. Modern hospitals and medical facilities are readily available to students in the event of a medical emergency. Students will have access to clinics offering regular medical services. For an overview of potential health concerns and how to prepare for them in advance of the program, please visit the Centers for Disease Control.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is included in the program cost. All students participating in the Al-Quds Bard program are enrolled in the travel health insurance plan written for Bard College for use on study abroad programs (See Geo Blue in sidebar).

Please note:  U.S. prescriptions cannot be filled at a local pharmacy. It is also illegal to mail/ship prescription drugs. It is best to bring a supply of prescription drugs that will suffice for your entire stay. Be sure to bring a copy of your prescription with you in case customs authorities ask you for it.

Safety & Security

Bard places the safety and security of our students as the highest priority.  Students will be provided with a safety and security briefing as part of the pre-departure and orientation process and will be regularly updated and supported regarding safety concerns by program staff throughout the semester. The student handbook is an invaluable source of information for those who are concerned about their security abroad. If students ever find themselves in immediate danger, our program staff is on call 24 hours a day.

Street crime, violent crime, and other forms of crime are uncommon. Nonetheless, students must exercise common sense and caution at all times. Please be advised that the U.S. State Department has an active travel warning for Israel and the Occupied Territories.  Students should be aware of the information contained in this warning and are advised to consult their home institution to make sure they will be allowed to study on a program in a location under an active travel warning.