Bard Abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life


Students may choose from two housing options:
  • Host family: Home-stays foster language acquisition and provide a support network outside of AUCA. Our host families know that language acquisition is important to students and are often ready to spend time talking with students, answering questions, and sometimes even helping with homework. Students have a private room, have two meals a day and access to a washing machine. The host family provides clean linens.  Families chosen to host Bard Abroad students are interviewed at home by members of the AUCA on-site staff.
  • Residence hall: Located in the 6th Microdistrict, a residential area of Bishkek, the residence hall is close to movie theaters, bowling, shopping, and the new AUCA Campus.  Bard Abroad students have access to WIFI, laundry, study area, common space, kitchen, and a large courtyard. The rooms are doubles with linens, blankets and one towel provided.  Students can prepare their own meals in the kitchen area or purchase meals at local eateries.  There is a bazaar with shops in front of the dorm to buy something to eat. There are also two restaurants in the bazaar and several cafes nearby, which offer national and Turkish food.


The AUCA-Bard Abroad program begins with a comprehensive online predeparture training. Upon arrival in Bishkek, students undertake a two-day orientation that focus on program expectations (academic and behavioral), safety and health information, a discussion of cultural adjustment strategies, and an introduction to life in Kyrgyzstan.

Student Activities

At the American University of Central Asia there is a wealth of extracurricular opportunities available to students. Not only are there numerous longstanding organizations on campus that operate in such diverse areas as student dance and theater, young entrepreneurship, and sports; but there is also the opportunity for students to pursue their own unique interests with the backing of the student life office.

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