New International Students

Welcome International Students

Welcome International Students

First-Year Arrival Day: August 11
L&T Program: August 14–30
Transfer Arrival Day: August 29
The Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS) helps international students and scholars achieve their academic and personal goals. The office advises students and scholars on all matters pertaining to maintaining their status in the United States and on cultural, social, educational, and personal concerns.

Bard students may contact International Student Adviser Manishka Kalupahana at, call 845-758-7328, or visit Gahagen House 101 in the Center for Student Life and Advising. International scholars and visiting students may contact Tamara Stafford, Program Officer for International Student & Scholar Services, at, call 845-758-7851, or visit Gahagan House 102.

1. Complete the Summer Checklist

Also see Dates and Deadlines We are excited to meet you in August but before you arrive there are a few items that need to be taken care of. There are a few forms to submit, programs to be completed, and email accounts to be set up. 

2. Submit Your ID Photo

ID Tool will Open on June 8, 2017 Submitting your ID photo in advance is voluntary, however it will save you a lot of time when you arrive. Early submission of your photo will ensure that your welcome packet is ready for you when you arrive. You will be able to get into your residence hall and charge expenses at the dinning halls and bookstore right away. If you do not submit in advance you will need to get your photo taken and have your ID created before you can access any of the facilities.

3. Download the First-Year Guide

2017 New Student App is Now Available! Download Bard Mobile App to access the Bard First-Year Guide to keep track of all first-year events directly from your phone. You will have access to schedules of events during your 3-week Language and Thinking program and throughout your first year. You can connect with fellow students and Dean of Students staff and receive notifications about important deadlines and last minute changes.