Visiting and Exchange Students

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


Non-U.S. citizens studying at Bard must submit the Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant (J-1) student status (DS-2019 form) in order to study at the College.

Visa Checklist for Visiting and Exchange Students

  • Apply for a student visa (J-1 student) at the U.S. consulate in your country of citizenship or country of legal residence and receive a valid U.S. student visa stamp on your passport.
Note: By now you should have received a student visa document (form DS-2019) processed by the College, which is an essential document for your visa application process.

  • After you receive a U.S. student visa stamp on your passport, please make sure you pack all important travel documents and supporting documents in your hand luggage/personal carry-on:
- Valid passport with a student visa stamp and visa document (form DS-2019)
- All other documents mentioned on the letter included with your visa document mailing—it is best to bring all documents you prepared for the visa interview with you.

Spring 2015 Presemester Visa Timeline

For Incoming Visiting and Exchange Students:
  • November: IILE staff will contact all incoming students regarding visa documents processed by the College.
  • November: Visa documents will be processed and mailed.
  • December: Apply and receive your student visa at the U.S. consulate nearest to your home country or your country of legal residence.