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Bard CEP graduates include citizens of many countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and Europe. We welcome international students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Our selection committee considers academic performance and GRE scores, but also looks closely at our applicants’ statement of purpose, general writing skills, relevant work experience, and faculty and employer evaluations. International applicants must be highly proficient in both reading and writing English. As noted below, Financial Aid options are available for international students.
January 15 - Early admission deadline
March 15 - Regular admission deadline
May 15 - Final admission deadline (not recommended for International students who need time to apply for a visa, these students should apply by Jan. 15 or Mar. 15)
Applying to Bard CEP
International Applicants should follow the general instructions for applying to the Bard CEP. Please plan ahead for international mail delays and request transcripts and test scores well ahead of the application deadline for which you are applying. Applicants should submit original copies of transcripts as well as copies translated into English.
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Demonstration of English Proficiency
Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through either:
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in the United States with a GPA of 3.0 or higher OR
Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher (use Bard College school code 2037) OR
Completion of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7 or higher.
Transcripts and scores should be sent to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy by the school or testing service.
Applying for Financial Aid
To be considered for financial aid at Bard College, international students and their parents are expected to complete the following forms:
International Student Financial Aid Form and
Certification of Finances (foreign nationals file in order to obtain a visa)
The preferential deadline for the International Student Financial Aid Form and Certification of Finances is January 15th. International students should send all financial forms directly to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.
+ Financial Aid Options for International Applicants
Forms of Financial Aid available to international students include:
Wangari Maathai Scholarship
Funding is available for one outstanding international student as part of the Wangari Maathai Scholars program. This new program will grant one $20,000 scholarship per year to a student who shows promise of a leadership career in environmental policy. Interested students should email a statement of no more than 500 words to email@example.com on the following: Please define and explain leadership in the context of the sustainability challenges we face in the coming decades. Finalists will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials, and will be interviewed by the selection committee. Applicants must be accepted to the Bard CEP masters program and have completed a international financial aid application, including a certificate of finances, in order to qualify. Applications are due by May 15. The scholarship recipient will be notified on June 1st.
The Graduate Committee awards fellowships to all students who show uncommon promise and commitment to graduate studies in the fields of environmental policy and climate science and policy. These fellowship awards are given to incoming and returning full-time students and may be given in combination with other scholarships, campus employment, assistantships, and federal loans. More than 90 percent of students receive a CEP Fellowship. These fellowships are reviewed yearly and are not renewed automatically. Students applying to one of our masters programs will automatically be considered for a CEP Merit Fellowship by indicating their interest on the Slideroom application. Completion of a FAFSA or International Financial Aid Application is required to qualify.
Project Assistantships (PA)
A limited number of project assistantships are available each year, and are awarded in incoming students on a competitive basis. Applicants are notified if they are being considered for a PA during the admission process. Most projects are environmentally focused, require between 5-10 hours per week, and come with a small stipend. Previous projects have included working with Director Goodstein on organizing climate dialogues with experts, political leaders, and student groups nationwide; on-farm apprenticing, research, and curriculum-design with Professor Phillips; assisting certain faculty with research projects; and working with Bard’s Office of Sustainability to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. These campus employment positions provide invaluable opportunities for growth and professional development. Students who are offered a PA are not required to take it.Students applying to one of our masters programs will be considered for a PA position by indicating their interest on the application for admission to the program.
This scholarship aims to support environmental-conservation professionals rooted in local Tibetan realities, for advanced training in current skills and knowledge in environmental sciences. The scholarship targets individuals who aspire to return to live in Tibetan areas to pursue careers addressing environmental and sustainability challenges. Those with relevant prior professional experience will receive preferential consideration. To apply, candidates must meet Bard College’s requirements for academic preparedness and English proficiency and be fluent in spoken Tibetan. The scholarship covers full tuition, and provides funding for transportation and a stipend. Students interested in applying for the ACS Scholarship should send a letter of inquiry to Caitlin O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.