International Students


International students' enrollment deposits ($515) can be made online through the Applicant Portal, or by check, money order, or wire transfers payable to Bard College (if paying by check or money order, please write the student's name on the document). Please note that the Office of Student Accounts can process credit card payments via phone or in person. They accept MasterCard or Visa, however, a nonrefundable convenience fee of 3.25 percent will be assessed to your credit card account in addition to the amount you are paying to Bard.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts:
Phone: 845-758-7520
Fax: 845-758-7125


After accepting our offer of admission, international students must submit the Declaration of Finances in order to receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) from Bard's Office of International Students. The form and the certificate are needed to show that you have the financial resources to cover all the costs of your first year of study in the United States and thus obtain a F-1 student visa in the nearest US Consulate or Embassy. Check the consulate website for procedures.

Please consider that US laws that regulate the Graduate Programs dictate that international students offered admission must comply with F-1 visa requirements. Regardless of your academic qualifications and offer of admission,  you won't be awarded a student visa without proof of means to finance your education. The cost of education in the US is much higher than in other countries, the programs only offer tuition scholarships. If you do not have a solid financial situation to cover housing, food, transportation, health insurance, college fees and personal expenses, you might have to reconsider your enrollment.

If you have questions or concerns about F-1 visas, please contact Tamara Stafford, International Graduate Student and Scholar Adviser

Health Insurance

All international (non-US citizen) students are automatically enrolled in Bard's student health plan unless they obtain a waiver by presenting evidence of insurance coverage from one of three different commercial providers. The three approved providers are listed in the Health Insurance Comparison Chart, found at the link below. This document compares the costs of these alternative plans versus the cost of the Bard plan.
The cost of the 12-month health insurance plan for the 2020-2021 academic year is $3,042.00