Welcome, International Students
The Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS) helps international students and scholars achieve their academic and personal goals. The office advises students and scholars on all matters pertaining to maintaining their status in the United States and on cultural, social, educational, and personal concerns.
Visit the COVID-19 Response page for comprehensive information about arrival on campus and the fall semester.
International Student Contacts
Bard students may contact International Student Adviser Manishka Kalupahana at
email@example.com, call 845-758-7328, or visit Gahagan House 101.
International scholars and visiting students may contact Tamara Stafford,
program officer for international student and scholar services, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, call 845-758-7851, or visit Gahagan House 102.
International Student Visa Checklist
This information is directly relevant to all accepted international students who are in possession of a non-U.S. passport. However, those of you who are U.S. legal permanent residents / green card holders do not need a U.S. student visa prior to your arrival at the College. For those of you who are accepted students under the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), you are not eligible to apply for a U.S. F-1 student visa. In addition, if you are currently in the United States under the “dependent” category of your parent/spouse/life partner’s visa, you may or may not need to apply for a student visa.
Your House Librarian
Stevenson Library has partnered with the Bard Houses Faculty in Residence Program to provide a liaison librarian for each of the four houses. House librarians will be available to first-year and transfer students who have questions about research, citing sources, and using library resources and services. They will hold office hours for drop-in questions—often with cookies—and partner with House faculty on other programs throughout the year.