Bard English Summer Language Intensive

Who We Are

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Founding Director, IILE; Vice President for International Education
  • Jonathan Becker, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies; Director, Globalization and International Studies
  • James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies and Director, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
  • Jen Murray, Director, IILE and Bard Abroad
  • Leiah Heckathorn, Assistant Director, Bard Abroad
  • Hannah Barrett, International Program Manager, Berlin programs
  • Quinton Scribner, International Program Coordinator, Russian and Kyrgyz programs
  • Gillian Brundrett, Assistant to the Director and Financial Coordinator
  • Trish Fleming, Study Abroad Adviser
  • Katarina Garcia-Renart, Program in International Education (PIE) Assistant
  • Andrew Butler, Program Assistant, IILE
  • Kaitlynn Buchbaum, IILE Fellow

About the Program

The Bard English Summer Language Intensive (BESLI) is a four-week intensive course for students from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia, in which participants study academic English that stresses reading and writing. The goal of the program is to prepare Smolny students for English language courses at Smolny or at Bard College during the academic semester. Some students take a specialized English language course and some are integrated into the Language and Thinking program with incoming Bard students. While on campus, BESLI students interact with Bard students academically and socially in order to be immersed in the English language. The BESLI program also includes cultural excursions in the region.

BESLI 2018 Internship Announcement

The Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) is looking for 1-2 students to serve in a dual capacity as a BESLI Peer Mentor and Activities Coordinator, helping facilitate the program and provide educational and logistical support to the program and its participants.
Peer Mentor and Activities Coordinators must be available to begin work on Monday, July 2nd in order to help prepare for the start of the program. Students should anticipate working 15-20 hours per week during the month of July. The BESLI program begins August 2nd and ends on August 30th, 2018. Applications should be received no later than Thursday, March 15th, 2018.

For more details, please see our official announcement here: