Bard College Catalogue 2012-13
International Programs and Study Abroad
Bard offers its students a wide range of opportunities to engage in international dialogue, both on campus and abroad. The College believes that such engagement is critical to a liberal arts education, and is committed to supporting and expanding its network of programs and partnerships that allow students to work with and learn from—not just about—people throughout the world.
Nearly 50 percent of Bard students participate in at least one international program during their time at the College. Some spend a year, a term, or a summer studying abroad. Others work with leading international organizations or on community service projects outside the United States. Additionally, some academic programs use videoconferencing to hold joint courses with partner institutions overseas, while others offer the opportunity for off-site study and research.
Bard students who wish to study abroad are encouraged to seek out programs that allow them to attend classes within foreign universities, as opposed to those offering courses attended solely by Americans. Bard offers such integrated programs at universities in Abu Dis, West Bank; Germany; Hungary; Kyrgyzstan; Russia; and South Africa. The College also participates in several exchanges, consortiums, and other special programs that can facilitate study abroad. Many of these programs are administered by the Institute for International Liberal Education, whose mission is to advance the theory and practice of the liberal arts education internationally (see Institute description below). Bard also sponsors faculty-led intensive language trips to China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, and Russia.
In addition to Bard-sponsored programs, students can receive credit for participating in study abroad programs offered by other American colleges and universities, and they can also matriculate directly at foreign institutions, provided their participation in these programs is approved by Bard. All Bard students who want to study for a semester must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students participating in programs not sponsored by Bard are subject to a fee for each semester of study away. (Note: International scholarship students participating in the one-year Program in International Education, described below, are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.)
Study AbroadInternational Partner Institutions
Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences (AQB) Bard students may spend a semester or year abroad at the Al-Quds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences in Abu Dis, West Bank. AQB is a four-year, dual-degree program with a curriculum that is similar to Bard’s; it includes the Language and Thinking Program, First-Year Seminar, Moderation, and a Senior Project for all students. Anticipated majors are American studies, applied arts, biology, comparative literature, computer science, economics, environmental studies, fine arts, history, human rights, mathematics and computation, media studies, political science, and urban studies. The language of instruction is English; Arabic language classes are available. Bard students attending AQB pay Bard tuition and are responsible for their own living expenses; financial aid applies. Additional information about the Al-Quds Bard Partnership is available at www.alqudsbard.org.
American University of Central Asia (AUCA) Bard students may study for a semester or year abroad at the American University of Central Asia. The university is located in the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek, in the heart of central Asia. Majors include American studies, anthropology, economics, European studies, international and comparative politics, psychology, sociology, and software engineering. Most classes are taught in English; some are taught in Russian. The student body is international; languages offered include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Kyrgyz, Russian, and Spanish. Bard students pay Bard tuition and are responsible for their own living expenses; financial aid applies. Learn more at auca.bard.edu.
Central European University in Budapest (CEU) Central European University is an internationally recognized institution of postgraduate education in the social sciences and humanities that seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Faculty members from nearly 40 countries teach courses in English at CEU, which attracts approximately 1,100 students each year from more than 60 nations. Administered through the College, Bard’s program allows students from Bard and other undergraduate schools to take courses for credit at CEU. They may also participate in an internship program sponsored by CEU, in cooperation with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, students who qualify may have the option of matriculating in one of CEU’s master’s degree programs in the social sciences or humanities. For more information, go to ceu.bard.edu.
ECLA of Bard: A Liberal Arts University in Berlin In 2011, Bard assumed leadership of ECLA (European College of Liberal Arts), one of Europe’s earliest liberal arts education programs. At ECLA Bard, students from more than 30 countries and a select international faculty work together in small classes and one-to-one tutorials that encourage thoughtful dialogue. The language of instruction is English. Under Bard, plans to expand the curriculum include a Bard in Berlin study abroad program. Courses in economics, art, and history will take advantage of ECLA Bard’s location in one of the world’s most artistically vibrant and historically layered cities. Flexible programs will allow for visiting students to study at ECLA for a semester, a year, or more. For additional information, visit www.bard.edu/ecla.
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia (Smolny College) In 1996, Bard and St. Petersburg State University formed a partnership to establish Russia’s first liberal arts college. Smolny College (artesliberales.spbu.ru) opened in October 1999 with 78 students and now enrolls 475. In 2011, Smolny became a new division of the university called the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The great majority of students are Russian. Graduates receive a dual B.A. in liberal arts and sciences from Bard College and Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University.
Smolny has assumed an important role in the reform of Russian higher education: initiatives include the first undergraduate program in human rights in Russia, and, with support from the Russian government, a Russia-wide project to add a liberal arts dimension to Islamic institutions of higher education. The structure of the new division’s four-year B.A. curriculum resembles Bard’s. Students attend First-Year Seminar, pass Moderation, and complete Senior Projects. At the same time, programs and courses reflect Russian cultural and intellectual traditions and the interests of Russian faculty and students. The languages of instruction are Russian and English. Students may take intermediate- and advanced-level courses in Russian as a second language. A summer language intensive is offered for students who wish to improve their Russian skills.
Bard students with sufficient knowledge of Russian, including Russian and Eurasian studies majors, are encouraged to spend a semester or more at Smolny. Students from Bard and other U.S. colleges and universities who attend Smolny for a semester or a year pay Bard tuition and earn Bard College credit.International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) at the University of the Witwatersrand Bard’s collaboration with African universities, which began in 1995 after the end of apartheid, culminated in 2007 with the establishment of the International Human Rights Exchange as a full-semester program in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (“Wits”) in Johannesburg, South Africa. IHRE seeks to promote a critical understanding of human rights as part of a broad intellectual and social movement. It is offered every fall semester and includes a substantial internship with a local NGO or other human rights organization. Students from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and other African nations form the majority of the student body, along with young people from Bard and other North American colleges and universities. Visit www.ihre.org for more information.
Additional Study Abroad Opportunities
American University in Cairo (AUC) The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university. Its nearly 5,000 undergraduates, who come from Egypt and more than 100 other countries, follow an academic program rooted in liberal education. The language of instruction is English. Bard students, who attend under a tuition exchange program, take courses throughout the curriculum and normally also study Arabic. Students participating in the exchange pay Bard tuition, an arrangement that guarantees they will earn credit for their work and also allows AUC students to study at Bard.
Humboldt University in Berlin Humboldt has an active international program. The university’s enrollment of 36,000 includes more than 4,000 foreign students, many from Eastern Europe. Bard students typically attend German language and literature classes and may enroll in other courses. To be eligible, students must have completed at least two years of German and have moderated. Humboldt offers some courses in English. Students participating in the direct exchange program pay Bard tuition, in an arrangement that also allows Humboldt students to study at Bard. Intensive German classes are available prior to the beginning of the Humboldt semester; scholarship aid is available.
Intensive and Immersion Foreign Language Study Most foreign languages taught at Bard can be studied in an intensive format that offers both an accelerated pace of learning and a one- or two-month summer or winter program in the country of the language under study. Current sites for these programs are China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, and Russia. The intensive format allows students to complete the equivalent of two years of language study in a few months. The immersion format, currently offered in German, is even more accelerated than the intensive format. For a more detailed description of intensive and immersion foreign language courses, see the Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Program description elsewhere in this catalogue.
Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan, is an ideal exchange opportunity for Bard art students who have taken, or intend to take, the equivalent of one year (or more) of college-level Japanese. They may spend a semester studying oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, printmaking, video and media arts, graphic design, illustration, digital creation, communication design, interior design, architecture, cartoon art, manga art, or animation.
Kyung Hee University, a comprehensive private institution in Seoul, South Korea, is one of Korea’s top universities. It has a mission of democratization and strong ties to the United Nations. In addition to an international global collaborative summer program, taught in English, the university offers semester-long exchanges for study of the Korean language as part of its tuition-exchange agreement with Bard.
Campus-Based International Programs and Institutes
Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) The Institute, founded in 1998, is a recognized leader in the establishment of joint ventures in liberal education with universities abroad. Working with partner universities that seek to introduce more democratic educational practices, IILE establishes dual-degree or dual-credit programs that realize the best features of American liberal arts education while respecting and incorporating local knowledge and ambitions.
Programs administered by IILE include Bard’s joint ventures with St. Petersburg State University (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Smolny College), University of the Witwatersrand (International Human Rights Exchange), Al-Quds University (Al-Quds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences and Al-Quds Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program), and American University of Central Asia. It manages the Program in International Education (see below), as well as tuition-exchange programs with the institutions listed in the previous section. The Institute has its own board of advisers and endowment. For further information, visit iile.bard.edu.
Program in International Education (PIE) In response to the end of the Cold War, Bard developed the Program in International Education, whose mission is to promote friendship and democratic thinking among future leaders from the United States and from regions of the world that are undergoing a transition to more democratic forms of government. Originally focused on the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, and the former Yugoslavia, PIE has since expanded to include the countries of Southern Africa and Central Asia. Since 1991, PIE has brought more than 200 students to Bard from 23 countries. These students spend one year at Bard, then return to their home institutions to complete their studies. While at Bard, each student participates with American students in a core seminar on aspects of democratization.
Also of interest:
Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program Based in New York City, this program offers students the opportunity to study with leading practicioners and experts in the fields of international law, international relations theory, and global public health, among others. For more information, see “Additional Study Opportunities and Affiliated Institutes” in this catalogue, or visit bgia.bard.edu.
Center for Civic Engagement Based on the main campus, the Center coordinates a wide array of initiatives and service projects—locally and internationally—that address social programs, reach underserved communities, and tackle issues of public policy. For more information, visit www.bard.edu/civicengagement.
Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists The Achebe Center, established to honor the legacy of the Nigerian author and Bard professor emeritus, sponsors readings, performances, lectures, and other events on campus, among other initiatives. For more information, see “Additional Study Opportunities and Affiliated Institutes” in this catalogue, or visit achebecenter.bard.edu.
Global and International Studies This interdivisional academic concentration consists of two tracks: global and international affairs and public health. For more information, see “Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations,” or visit gisp.bard.edu.
Graduate Studies and Scholarships The Career Development Office provides application information about scholarship and fellowship opportunities for graduating students interested in pursuing study or conducting research abroad. For more information, visit www.bard.edu/globalstudies/scholarships.
Human Rights Project This campus-based initiative supports internships, including many at international organizations; ongoing research projects, such as Music and Torture or the Bhopal Memory Project; and sponsors talks, films, and conferences on campus. For more information, see hrp.bard.edu.
Rift Valley Institute This research and training nonprofit organization, dedicated to working with communities in Sudan and South Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes region of Africa, has its U.S. office on the main Bard campus. For more information, visit www.riftvalley.net.