Bard Abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan



American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

Founded in 1993, AUCA develops future leaders for the democratic transformation of Central Asia. The university is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition, fostering global reach and a deep commitment to the values of critical thinking.

AUCA's student body of 1,300 consists of young scholars from Central Asia and beyond. Faculty come from Kyrgyzstan and the United States, but also from Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, and Turkey.

A semester or year at AUCA offers unparalleled opportunities: the chance to study alongside students from all over the world in academically rigorous classes; explore this historically and culturally fascinating region through excursions, home stays, and independent travel; and choose from among eight languages to study, including Kyrgyz and Russian, the two languages spoken in Bishkek.

Adventure Awaits in Bishkek!

The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers intellectually adventurous students a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries at the region's most prestigious university. 

Students interested in Anthropology, Central Asian Studies, Political Science, Soviet Studies, or Russian and Central Asian languages will find an exciting and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that develops students' skills and cultural aptitude, both of which will foster sensitivity to the region's rich traditions, as well as an adaptability to its democratic development.