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Bard College Catalogue 2020-21
In 2020, Bard College and Central European University launched a global university network that aims to boost cross-border research collaboration and joint-degree programs, promote civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expand access to higher education in underserved communities, among other initiatives. Fourteen universities will participate in the first phase of the Open Society University Network (OSUN), including the established Bard partner universities below as well as institutions in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Colombia, England, France, Ghana, Lithuania, Vietnam, and the United States. OSUN plans to integrate curricula, courses, and research initiatives across the campuses and create institutes of advanced study, think tanks, and artistic and cultural centers.
The following affiliated campuses offer credit-bearing and degree-granting programs to local residents, and several groundbreaking study abroad options for Bard undergraduates and students from other universities and colleges. See “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue for additional information on study abroad and student exchange opportunities.
Al-Quds Bard Partnership
In 2009, Bard College joined forces with Al-Quds University, an institution located in East Jerusalem, to establish several new programs aimed at improving the Palestinian education system: Al-Quds Bard (AQB) College for Arts and Sciences, which consists of a bachelor of arts (BA) program, and a master of arts in teaching (MAT) program. AQB offers dual degrees from Bard and Al-Quds—the first such initiative between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education. For more information, see “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue.
American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
Bard’s partnership with American University of Central Asia (AUCA), a liberal arts college in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, allows AUCA students to receive a Bard-accredited degree or a certificate in liberal arts education in addition to their Kyrgyz degree. The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers students interested in Central Asian and Russian studies and languages a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries.
Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University
Bard College Berlin students who complete the four-year BA program may earn German and American bachelor’s degrees. Flexible programs allow students, including matriculated Bard undergraduates, to study at Bard College Berlin for a semester, a year, or longer.
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg University (Smolny)
Smolny is Russia’s first liberal arts institution, and it is the only college in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of courses along with a unique 9-credit program in Russian as a Second Language. Graduates of Smolny receive a bachelor of arts degree from Bard College and a bachelor of arts and humanitarian sciences degree from St. Petersburg University. Smolny also offers two-year graduate programs, one leading to an MA degree in curatorial studies from St. Petersburg University and an MA degree in art criticism and curatorial studies from Bard College, and the second leading to an MA degree in music criticism from St. Petersburg University and an MA degree in curatorial, critical, and performance studies from Bard College.