International Applicants

English Proficiency

Because we do not have a full-scale English as a Second Language program at Bard, it is critical that all students, domestic and international, have the appropriate level of English fluency before they arrive on campus. We read every application in full, placing particular stock in the writing, and recommendations and grades from English teachers. 

We require all international students to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Our test score guidelines are: TOEFL score of at least 75 (Internet-based). We also accept the IELTS in place of the TOEFL, with a band score of no less than seven. 

Other evidence of English-language proficiency will be accepted only with the approval of the Graduate Admission Committee. An application is considered incomplete and cannot be acted upon until all the materials listed above are received. 
The deadline for TOEFL submissions is February 15. 

Final Audition Requirements

International students may send a video audition if they are not able to travel to the United States for the final auditions. Applicants should use the live audition repertoire requirements for their video. Special arrangements for submission of this video should be made with the Conservatory Admissions Office at

Fulbright‐Bard Hungarian APS Program

Hungarian music students who have completed the bachelors degree (by July, 2015) and are interested in joining the Advanced Performance Studies (APS) Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music in September 2016 should apply to the Hungarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright) by May 18, 2015.   Those accepted for the Fulbright award and by the Bard Conservatory APS Program will receive two years of financial support, the first year from Fulbright and the second year from the Bard Conservatory.  

For information on the Bard Conservatory and its APS program, see
For information on the Fulbright-Bard Advanced Performance Studies (APS) Grant and to apply, see