Bard Announces Emergency Ukrainian Student Refuge ProgramANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College announces a scholarship program to support 60 Ukrainian students who are displaced, under threat, or unable to continue their education due to the Russian regime’s ongoing 2022 invasion of Ukraine. The program is aimed at individuals impacted by the war and is designed particularly to allow students to begin or continue their undergraduate education. Students will be admitted to Bard College’s main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and its affiliates in New York City, Bard College Berlin, or Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
These scholarships are open to university students from Ukraine who have lost access to higher education due to displacement or whose institutions have been forced to close or are operating under challenging circumstances, and those who were unable to begin their higher education due to the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Students from operational Ukrainian higher education institutions will be hosted in cooperation with their home institution, both to ensure that students can continue working towards their degrees, and to maintain the stability of those Ukrainian institutions that are currently under duress. Applications will be welcome from students participating in the Central European University/Open Society University Network Invisible University for Ukraine.
Select applicants will be considered for the spring 2023 semester, however the principal start of the Bard Emergency Ukrainian Student Refuge Program will be the fall 2023 semester.
The primary language of instruction is English, and all students must be sufficiently proficient to study in English. A commonly accepted language assessment score (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) is required. Students will take courses from the regular curriculums of each Bard institution, although through the Open Society University Network select courses are offered in other languages.
The terms of the scholarship will vary, but each will cover a minimum of full tuition. Housing and living stipends will be available on a case-by-case basis according to need. Scholarships will be for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of renewal.
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The program builds off of previous Bard efforts to support refugee scholars and students. In the mid 1930s, the College gave refuge to distinguished writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists fleeing Nazi Europe. In 1956, the school welcomed more than 300 Hungarian student refugees fleeing the Soviet invasion. In 2004, Bard helped bring more than 50 students from European Humanities University in Belarus, which was closed by the Lukashenko regime, to complete their education at Smolny College. A similar program was set up for 60 Turkmen students who could not continue their education at the American University in Central Asia in 2010. Bard College Berlin has welcomed more than 50 displaced students through its Program on International Education for Social Change, most of them from Syria. Last year, Bard committed to welcoming 100 Afghan students after the Taliban takeover of the country and this summer Bard College Berlin took in 12 refugee students from Ukraine.
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