International Network

The Bard International Network links undergraduate institutions in a series of overlapping activities that foster the exchange of ideas, mutual learning, best practices, and multifaceted cooperation among faculty, administration, and students. Students have the opportunity to become involved in Bard’s vast network, where they make lasting connections and become active global citizens. While the academic endeavors and community projects differ greatly in scale and scope, each exemplifies the mission of Bard and its students to reach out into the world and effect change.

The Center for Civic Engagement collaborates on a wide range of programs that engage students intellectually, challenging them to examine the ideas and practices of being a of global citizenship in the 21st century. The annual Get Engaged Student Conference is a venue for students to share experiences and exchange best practices, hone leadership styles, and network with international peers.

International Network Partners

Bard College believes that international education is built upon meaningful partnerships. The College’s collaborations abroad require institutional commitment and provide innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to education and new methods of teaching that are rooted in the values of liberal education.

Al-Quds Bard Partnership, Al-Quds University **
Abu Dis, Jerusalem

Al-Quds Bard represents the first dual-degree partnership between a U.S. and Palestinian institution of higher education. Al-Quds University and Bard College joined forces in 2009 in a unique partnership that provides student-centered liberal arts and sciences education to Palestinian students and prepares them to assume the responsibilities of leadership and self-governance.

American University of Central Asia **
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

American University of Central Asia is a multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. AUCA is the first university in Central Asia to offer US accredited dual-degrees in liberal arts through itsa partnership with Bard College.

Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University **
Berlin, Germany

True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on individual growth and the development of essential skills in writing and thinking. Students engage in an integrated inquiry into the intellectual and cultural history of the contemporary world before choosing to specialize in an area of the humanities or social sciences.

Central European University
Budapest, Hungary

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

European Humanities University, Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania

EHU’S mission is to facilitate and deepen the contribution that its students and graduates make to the quality and potential of their own lives and to their respective civil societies. By so doing, they contribute to Belarus and its integration into the European and global community. EHU intends to return to Belarus when academic freedom and the independence of the university can be assured.

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University **
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Smolny College is a joint venture of Bard and St. Petersburg State University. This partnership is arguably the most significant collaboration between higher education institutions in the United States and Russia. Students studying at Smolny receive degrees from both institutions.

** Dual-Degree Partnership

Network Course Collaboration

The Bard International network is deepened through joint courses that link faculty and students with classes that share common themes, assignments, and increasingly common readings, as well as ‘virtual’ classes that unite students at different network institutions.

Network Courses

Hate and the Human Condition
PS / GIS 207 (Fall 2017) – Global Citizenship
HR218 (Spring 2018) – Free Speech
PS257 (Spring 2018) – Nationalism
(Spring 2019) – Post-Migration Cities
MUS / ARTH 343 (Spring 2016) – Geographies of Sound

The annual Get Engaged: Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference brings together student leaders from across the Bard international network of partner institutions. The conference is a venue for students to share experiences, learn new skills, hone leadership styles, and network with international partners. Get Engaged is an inspirational and practical space that encourages young people to grow into their roles as agents for change.

Learn more about the Get Engaged Conference

Beginning in 2014–2015, the Bard Debate Union began working with faculty members and students at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia to help them establish a debate program. Since then, we have began working with all of the Bard network campuses (American University of Central Asia, Al Quds Bard, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College) to work on creating, building, and sustaining their debate programs. In Fall 2016, we organized the first Intra-Network Online Debate between Bard, Bard College Berlin, Al-Quds Bard, and Smolny College. And in Spring 2017, we hosted the first annual Bard Network Debate Conference at Central European University in Budapest Hungary. During the conference students, faculty, and staff from Bard’s six affiliate campuses—Al-Quds Bard (West Bank), American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Bard College (USA), Bard College Berlin (Germany), European Humanities University (Lithuania), and Smolny College (Russia)—joined together for five days of workshops, collaborations, and debates. On the the final day of the conference, participants put on a public debate on the topic “Resolved: the production of fake news should be criminalized”; the public debate featured one student from each the six network universities and had an audience of over 40 people.