International Application Timeline1. International applicants must submit an online application to Bard Conservatory by January 1. AND all undergraduate Conservatory applicants must also submit a separate application to Bard College by January 1.
Most applicants choose to apply to the college through the online Common Application. The deadline for submitting the college application is January 1 (or November 1 for those students applying early action.) Applicants may also choose to apply to Bard College through the Bard Entrance Examination, which is due November 1.
Note: Please send an ENGLISH TRANSLATION of your academic transcript. The academic transcript is an official document from your school that lists the courses you have taken and your grades.2. International Financial Aid Application
4. Final auditions live or recorded (by invitation only) will take place at the end of February and the first week of March.
International students may send a DVD audition if you are not able to travel to the United States for a live audition. You should use the live audition repertoire requirements for your audition DVD.5. Two separate Admissions decision letters will be sent by April 1.
6. Admitted students must respond to admission offers by May 1.
Bard Conservatory holds regional prescreening auditions in Europe. Please check our website for exact times and dates. If you are able to attend a regional prescreening audition, please contact our undergraduate admissions counselor.
Information about English Language proficiency:
A TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or 250 (computer based) or equivalent evidence of English language proficiency is expected for admission. We also accept the IELTS in place of the TOEFL, with a band score of no less than seven.
* In certain circumstances international students may be granted Exception Admit status for their first year at Bard, with the understanding that by the start of the second year these students will have achieved the required level of English-language proficiency. For such students, First-Year Seminar may be postponed to year two.
Even for Exception Admit students, it is required that the TOEFL test be taken in the home country and reported to Bard before arrival in the fall.
The purpose of this is for placement purposes in the ESL course, and to provide a baseline for measuring progress throughout the first year of the student’s study of English. As part of the application process, each student needs to provide information about the schedule for taking the TOEFL test.
In their first year Exception Admit students' full-time course load of 12 credits will typically consist of
- Studio Instruction (4 credits)
- Chamber Music (2 credits)
- Orchestral Studies (2 credits)
- English as a Second Language (4 credits)