About Us

Bard College has long been known as an innovator and risk taker in the field of higher education. We believe that international education should be built upon meaningful partnerships based on the principles of mutuality and equality. Our groundbreaking study abroad programs, located in regions undergoing rapid political and economic transformation continue this tradition. The Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) oversees Bard Abroad, our exchange programs, summer language intensives, Program in International Education (PIE), and Bard’s English Summer Language Intensive (BESLI). Our partnership programs serve young people from abroad, as well as from North America.


Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Bard is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance ­Examination Board, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Educational Records Bureau, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.