Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

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; and Russia. 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 sponsors faculty-led intensive language trips to China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Russia. The College also sponsors a “study away” option closer to home: the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City. 

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 that their participation in these programs is approved by Bard. All Bard students who want to study abroad 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 Abroad

International Partner Institutions

Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) Bard students may spend a semester or year abroad at the Al-Quds Bard Honors College 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 Common Course, 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

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 of 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

Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University  In 2011, Bard assumed leadership of European College of Liberal Arts, one of Europe’s earliest liberal arts edu­cation programs. At Bard College Berlin, 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, the curriculum has expanded to include Bard in Berlin and Begin in Berlin study abroad programs. Courses in economics, art, and history will take advantage of Bard College Berlin’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 Bard College Berlin for a semester, a year, or more. Students may participate in internships in a variety of fields. For additional information, visit

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. 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

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 ( 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.

The four-year B.A. curriculum resembles Bard’s. Students attend the Common Course, 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 

Soochow University in Suzhou, China  In 2013, Bard established a partnership with Soochow University, one of the oldest universities in China, involving a joint program between the Soochow University School of Music and The Bard College Conservatory of Music. The collaboration will lead to the creation of the Bard College Liberal Arts Academy in Soochow University and a student exchange between Soochow and Bard.

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 attend 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 attend 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, 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  Kyoto Seika 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, or animation.

Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea  A comprehensive private institution, Kyung Hee 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), Al-Quds University (Al-Quds Bard Honors College for 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 

Program in International Education (PIE)  n 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 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

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

Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists  The Achebe Center, established to honor the legacy of the late Nigerian author, who taught at Bard from 1990 to 2011, 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.

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

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

Human Rights Project  This campus-based initiative supports internships, including many at international organizations, and ongoing research projects such as Music and Torture or the Bhopal Memory Project. HRP also sponsors talks, films, and conferences on campus. For more information, see

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