Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The following affiliated campuses offer credit-bearing and degree-granting programs to local residents, and groundbreaking study abroad options for Bard undergraduates and students from other universities and colleges. See “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue for additional information on study abroad and student exchange opportunities.
Al-Quds Bard Partnershipbard.alquds.eduIn 2009, Bard College joined forces with Al-Quds University, an institution located in East Jerusalem, to establish several new programs aimed at improving the Palestinian education system: Al-Quds Bard (AQB) College for Arts and Sciences and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. AQB and the MAT Program offer dual degrees from Bard and Al-Quds—the first such initiative between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education. Additionally, Bard students can spend a semester, summer, or year abroad at Al-Quds Bard.
American University of Central Asia (AUCA)auca.kg/en/bardBard’s partnership with American University of Central Asia (AUCA), a liberal arts college in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, allows AUCA students and visiting students to receive Bard-approved credit for their completed course work. The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers students interested in Central Asian and Russian studies and languages a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries.
Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts Universityberlin.bard.eduBard College Berlin students who complete the four-year B.A. program may earn German and American bachelor’s degrees. Flexible programs allow students, including matriculated Bard under-graduates, to study at Bard College Berlin for a semester, a year, or longer.
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University (Smolny College)artesliberales.spbu.ruSmolny is Russia’s first liberal arts institution, and it is the only college in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of courses along with a unique, 9-credit program in Russian as a Second Language. Graduates of Smolny receive a bachelor of arts degree from Bard College and a bachelor of arts and humanitarian sciences degree from St. Petersburg State University. Smolny also offers two-year, graduate-degree programs in art criticism and curatorial studies, and in music criticism. Courses in the graduate programs are taught only in Russian.