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Study Away

Global and International Studies majors are required to gain experiential knowledge of the areas and/or themes covered in their coursework through a semester at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program or participation in a study abroad program.  Some experience in a culture outside of the United States or in an international-focused internship is particularly encouraged.  Students who have completed high school education outside the United States may waive the study away requirement.  GISP may offer study tours during intersession and vacations.

Bard College sponsors an array of study away programs that connect students from the Annandale campus with our partner institutions across the globe.  Students should consult with their academic advisor and/or the program director early on in their college careers to choose the appropriate international experience for their academic interests.

Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program

Bard College's Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program provides a unique opportunity for Bard students to engage in the study and practice of international affairs.  Students complete advanced coursework on international security; international relations theory; global public health; political economy; international reporting; and/or other aspects of international affairs and complete an internship at a leading organization dealing with international issues in New York City, including NGOs, think tanks, media, government and business.

Students who choose BGIA to complete their study away requirement will also have the opportunity to complete one GISP core course in New York City by enrolling in BGIA 300, Nonstate Actors in International Affairs.  For more information, please see the BGIA moderation requirements and the BGIA admissions requirements and deadlines.

Bard College Study Abroad Programs

Students may choose to fulfill the study away requirement through a study abroad program at one of Bard's partner institutions:

Students may also petition to study away at a non-Bard study abroad program.

Bard students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have successfully moderated in order to be eligible to study abroad.  Please see the Bard Abroad website for more information on study abroad options, admission requirements and application instructions.

Bard College Language Intensives and Study Abroad Programs

Most foreign languages taught at Bard can be studied in an intensive format that offers both an accelerated pace of learning at Bard and a one- or two-month summer program in a country of the language of study. Programs, offered over the summer break, are designed to build on academic year studies and help students gain a command of a foreign language. The intensive format allows students to complete the equivalent of two years of language study in a few months. The immersion format, currently offered in German, is even more accelerated than the intensive format.

Bard currently offers language intensives in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Students who complete a Bard Language Intensive and Study Abroad program will fulfill the study away and foreign language requirements.