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International Partnerships

International Partnerships
Bard College believes that international education is built upon meaningful partnerships. The College's collaborations abroad require institutional commitment and incorporate faculty, students, and administrators. These collaborations provide innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to education and new methods of teaching, which are rooted in the values of liberal education. Many of Bard's international partners also offer study abroad opportunities for U.S. students.

Our Collaborations

Bard offers dual-degree B.A. programs with:

  • Al-Quds University,
  • the American University of Central Asia,
  • Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University, and
  • Smolny College at St. Petersburg State University.

Bard’s dual-degree Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program with Al-Quds University, based on Bard’s MAT program in the United States, is already the largest graduate program at Al-Quds.


Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor-at-large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books, including God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for prominent national publications.
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Now Accepting Conference Applications Third Annual Smolny International Student Conference New Approaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Saint Petersburg, Russia, April 18 – 19, 2014

The Young Scholars Council of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University (Smolny College) invites Bard College undergraduates to submit proposals for papers, presentations, and art projects for the conference.  The conference aims to foster a global dialogue and exchange within and between a broad range of academic disciplines across the arts, sciences, and humanities.  No skills or previous experience with Russia required;  all sessions held jointly in Russian and English.

Accepted students will:

-have their work published in the online conference proceedings, 
-an opportunity to visit one of Bard's longstanding international partners 
-experience at an international academic conference

Deadline for submissions: December 16, 2013
All proposals and abstracts must be submitted to Bard's Center for Civic Engagement at
Accepted students will be notified by February 15, 2014.
Some funding for travel will be made available through Bard Center for Civic Engagement.

Application files can be downloaded here:
  • AWARE: Guatemala
  • Bard Leprosy Relief Project
  • Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative
  • Nicaragua Education Initiative

Smolny College

Smolny College, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a joint venture of Bard and St. Petersburg State University (SPbU). VIEW MORE >>

Al-Quds Bard Partnership

The Al-Quds Bard Partnership, formed in 2008, is the first dual-degree program in Palestine between an American and a Palestinian institution. VIEW MORE >>

American University of Central Asia

American University of Central Asia (AUCA), located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is a regional institution that serves students from throughout central Asia. VIEW MORE >>

Institute for International Liberal Education

The mission of the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) is to advance the theory and practice of global liberal arts education. VIEW MORE >>

Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University

Bard College assumed ownership of ECLA European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, Germany in 2011. Now called Bard College Berlin, it enrolls an international student body and offers a multidisciplinary B.A., as well as study abroad, Academy Year, and Project Year programs. VIEW MORE >>

Central European University

Through Bard's collaboration with Central European University (CEU), advanced and motivated undergraduates can spend a semester or a year taking graduate-level courses in Budapest, Hungary.

Student-Led Initiatives

Bard Leprosy Relief Project

Daniela Anderson discusses her experience creating the Bard Leprosy Relief Project. This endeavor was inspired by the Kevin Rohan Eco-village, founded by Krishna Gurung in Kathmandu, Nepal.