Bard Abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan



Academics at AUCA-Bard

Visiting North American students receive between 12 and 15 credits per semester at AUCA.


At AUCA, you will have the opportunity to organize your studies around one of three interdisciplinary tracks:

Anthropology and Sociology explores the anthropology of kinship, art, and religion as they relate to the development of human culture in Central Asia. Classes examine the customs and traditions that reflect the region's nomadic past and contemporary post-Soviet identity.  Sample courses include Anthropology of Kinship and Archeology of Central Asia.

Economics and International Comparative Politics looks at economic and political issues through the lens of Central Asia's role and position in global affairs through courses such as Foreign Policy of Central Asian States, Economic Development, and more.

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development delves into the roles of resource management and sustainability issues in the context of both urban and rural areas of this dynamic region.  Courses in this track include Conflict and Development; Agricultural Policy: Trade and Development; and National and International Economic Governence.  

Students may complement their program with language study and/or electives from departments such as Economics, American Studies, Fine Arts, Psychology, Mathematics, or Journalism and Mass Communications.

Below are AUCA's current course offerings by department: Expand for more. Expand

Language Study

Language Study is encouraged but not required.  Russian, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Tajik, all identified as strategically important languages by the US State Department, are the most commonly spoken languages in Central Asia.  While Kyrgyz and Russian are the official languages of Kyrgyzstan, the country is host to substantial Uzbek and Tajik populations.  Students of Russian will find the language widely spoken both at the university and throughout the city, providing ample opportunity for linguistic immersion.  AUCA also offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Turkish.

Cultural Program

Bard Abroad in Bishkek includes a cultural program designed to complement participants' coursework. Excursions both inside and outside of the city expose students to a wide variety of Central Asian experiences. Listed below are sample events from previous semesters. Expand for more. Expand


With over 100 NGOs operating in Bishkek, there are many opportunities for students to volunteer or intern with an organization working in an area related to their field of study or other interests. Many students choose to take advantage of these opportunities to gain practical skills, engage with civic life, and develop insight into Kyrgyzstan's social, economic, political, and cultural institutions.

Some of our internship host include: Expand for more. Expand