Welcome, New Students!
We are excited to hear that you have chosen to attend Bard College as your path to higher education in the United States. Foreign nationals who plan to attend Bard with a non-U.S.-issued passport will need to secure a student visa prior to the beginning of your program of study at the college. Foreign nationals who are U.S. permanent residents do not need to make any changes to your immigration status to be eligible to attend the college.
The College hosts two types of student visa categories: F1 and J1. Your visa category will be determined based on your program of study and individual circumstances. Typically, F1 students are full time matriculated students seeking a degree program at Bard, while J1 students are non-degree seeking exchange students participating in a short term international cultural exchange program at Bard. There are exceptions based on individual and/or program criteria.