2014 Summer 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, August 26, preferably in the afternoon (by 6:00 p.m. at the latest). Return flights should be scheduled for the evening of either Friday or Saturday, December 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 December 20.
Ensure that you visit your doctor and have all required medical forms filled out and uploaded to your online application by August 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.
August 26, 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 August 27 for orientation. For those who plan to arrive in the area early, please note that you cannot move into your dorm room until August 26. A list of local accommodations can be found here
Airport shuttles are only available for arrivals to JFK on Tuesday, August 26. Visiting PIE/exchange students arriving earlier must arrange their own transportation to campus. Details on travel to Bard can be found here
You will participate in orientation activities and registration for the fall semester. A schedule of required activities will be included with your arrival packet.
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.