Visiting and Exchange Students

Contact Us

Bard College
Institute for International Liberal Education

PO Box 5000
Ottaway Gatehouse
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Trish Fleming
Study Abroad Advisor
Phone: 845-758-7076
Fax: 845-758-7040

Visa Information

Click here for more information.

Shipping Boxes to Campus

Please try to have packages arrive after January 15. Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee storage of your packages before the middle of January. We strongly encourage you to select a shipment method that offers you the ability to track the delivery process of your package(s). Please mail packages to:

STUDENT NAME “Incoming Visiting/Exchange Student”
Bard College
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Welcome, Visiting and Exchange Students!

Questions? E-mail Trish Fleming ( at the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE).

We are here to support visiting and exchange students as they make the transition from their home institution to Bard. Stay in touch with us as you join the Bard community. We'll help you take advantage of our thriving student life, academic opportunities, and beautiful campus.

Visiting students come to Bard under the auspices of the Program in International Education (PIE). Click here to learn more.

Spring 2015 Presemester Timeline


You will receive your DS-2019 form from the IILE office, enabling you to make your J-1 visa appointment at the nearest U.S. consulate. When you receive your J-1 visa, please finalize your flight arrangements to JFK, arriving on Tuesday, January 20, preferably in the afternoon (by 6:00 p.m. at the latest). Return flights should be scheduled for the evening of either Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19 or 20 (the days when airport shuttles will run directly from Bard to JFK). Dorm rooms must be vacated by 3:00 p.m. on May 20.


Ensure that you visit your doctor and have all required medical forms filled out and uploaded to your online application by January 1. If you do not have all of the required immunizations, arrange to get those immunizations before traveling to Bard. If you will be bringing a computer with you, please note that you should also bring an Ethernet cable, in case your dorm room does not have Wi-Fi. Wattage/plug adaptors will also be necessary for all electronic devices.


January 20, you arrive at Bard! Please follow IILE instructions on sharing your JFK flight arrival information and participating in airport pick-ups on this date.

If you choose to arrive earlier, please note that students must be on campus no later than 9 a.m. on January 21 for orientation. For those who plan to arrive in the area early, please note that you cannot move into your dorm room until January 20. A list of local accommodations can be found here.

Airport shuttles are only available for arrivals to JFK on Tuesday, January 20. Visiting PIE/exchange students arriving earlier must arrange their own transportation to campus. Details on travel to Bard can be found here.

January 21–23 You will participate in orientation activities for the spring semester.

International Visiting and Exchange Students

International visiting and exchange students come to Bard for a short period of time, typically a semester or a year. They do not earn a four-year degree from Bard, like our matriculating international students, but rather come to Bard to experience the College as part of another program of study. If you are a visiting or exchange student from another country, your primary point of contact at Bard is the Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) in the Jim and Mary Ottaway Gatehouse.