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Study at Bard's Other Campuses

Main Campus

Upper College students at Bard College at Simon’s Rock are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities and resources of Bard College’s main campus at Annandale-on-Hudson, which offers more than 800 courses each year. They may take classes, draw on the expertise of the faculty in the Moderation and Thesis processes, or arrange to spend a semester in residence.

Upper College students in good academic and social standing may enroll in up to two courses per semester at the Annandale campus while in residence at Simon’s Rock without additional charge. The College provides transportation to and from Annandale for students who do not have their own vehicles.

Students must have the approval of their academic advisor, and must be admitted to a class or classes through the registration process at the Annandale campus.

Junior Semester
Juniors in good academic and social standing who wish to take more than two courses at the Annandale campus can apply to spend the spring semester in residence. Availability of this opportunity is dependent on open housing spaces in a given spring semester. Applications to participate in this program are due by November 1. This program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

This option is recommended for students who wish to remain at Simon’s Rock for their BA while pursuing a broader undergraduate experience and taking full advantage of courses and facilities of both the Annandale and Simon’s Rock campuses.

Simon’s Rock sophomores who apply for transfer to the Annandale campus are required to complete a transfer application—consisting of a common application, an essay describing why they are interested in studying at Annandale, and a recommendation from either their academic advisor, the Director of Academic and Career Resources, or other faculty member that addresses community involvement, academic ability, and performance—before March 15. An interview with an admissions representative is required.

Simon’s Rock transfers are admitted as “unmoderated juniors” whether or not they choose to moderate at Simon’s Rock. At the end of their first semester, they will be required to go through the Moderation process at Bard and be admitted by the faculty into a concentration.

New York City

The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, New York City
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program is a one- or two-semester residential program based in the heart of New York City. It offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to undertake specialized study with leading practitioners and scholars in international affairs and to gain internship experience with international affairs organizations. Topics in the curriculum include: Human rights, global environmental issues, international economics, international justice, managing international risk, ethics and international affairs, and writing on international affairs. In 2002, students in the program published the first issue of a journal, BardPolitik, examining new ideas about globalization and world politics. Internships and tutorials are tailored to the student’s particular field of study. All classes and living facilities are in Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, near the Lincoln Center district. A summer program is also available.

Bard Study Abroad and International Programs

Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
CEU is an internationally recognized institution of postgraduate education in the social sciences and humanities that seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

More than 60 faculty members from nearly 30 countries teach courses in English at CEU, which attracts approximately 800 students each year from more than 40 nations.

The program allows students from Simon’s Rock and other undergraduate schools to take courses for credit at CEU. This program requires a GPA of 3.3 or above with sufficient coursework in the desired discipline. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, students who qualify also have the option of matriculating in one of CEU’s master’s degree programs in the social sciences or humanities.

Smolny College, St. Petersburg, Russia
In 1996, Bard and St. Petersburg State University formed a partnership to establish Russia’s first liberal arts college. Smolny College is located in one of Russia’s culturally richest cities, the historic nexus of cultural encounters between Russia and the West. This first project to introduce liberal arts teaching and learning at a major university is a significant step forward in higher education reform in Russia.

Smolny College opened in October 1999 with 78 students;
eventually, a student body of 550 is planned. Those who complete the four-year curriculum receive a joint BA in liberal arts from Bard College and St. Petersburg State University. Students from Bard and other U.S. colleges who attend Smolny for a semester or a year earn Bard College credit; Bard students attending Smolny pay Bard tuition. The student body includes young people from the city of St. Petersburg and foreign students from the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Central Europe, the United States, and Western Europe. International representatives are expected to account for approximately 25 percent of the student body and the faculty.

The languages of instruction are Russian and English; both intensive and regular language courses are offered, including a summer program for students who may need to improve their skills in Russian before enrolling. Bard students with a sufficient knowledge of Russian, including Russian studies majors, are encouraged to spend a semester or more at Smolny. Bard also sends students from other U.S. colleges and universities to Smolny as exchange students.

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE)
Bard College in conjunction with the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers a semester-long (July–November) study abroad program in Johannesburg, South Africa. The International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) is a collaborative project, founded on a commitment to genuine international exchanges, inter-institutional cooperation, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. It is designed to support an annual intensive undergraduate program in human rights aimed at second-, third-, and fourth-year students. The program seeks to promote a critical understanding of human rights as part of a broad intellectual and social movement, not simply as a code or sets of laws, but as a discourse in transformation and often in contest, extending to the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany
Taking advantage of its location at the center of the new Europe, Humboldt University has developed an active international program and a strong interest in university reform. The University’s enrollment of 36,000 includes more than 4,000 foreign students, many from Eastern Europe. Humboldt and Bard are developing a collaborative program of student exchange and joint courses on topics such as international affairs, European studies, and globalization. Simon’s Rock students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Simon’s Rock students at Humboldt enroll in courses throughout the university and typically attend its German language courses. To be eligible, students must have completed two years of German and have moderated. Humboldt offers some courses in English. Simon’s Rock students at Humboldt may also take liberal arts courses, in English, at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin-Buch.

Bard Intensive Language 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 or winter program in a country of the language under study. Current sites for these programs are Fez, Morocco; Florence, Italy; Haifa, Israel; Heidelberg, Germany; Kyoto, Japan; Oaxaca, Mexico; Qingdao, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tours, France. 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 and Italian, is even more accelerated than the intensive format.

For more information on Bard College Study Abroad and International Programs, please consult the Bard College website at