Bard IILE

Bard English Summer Language Intensive

Who We Are

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Founding Director, IILE; Vice President for International Education
  • Jonathan Becker, 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.