About the BGIA Program

Our Mission

BGIA provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests—all while experiencing life in Manhattan, the island at the center of the world.

BGIA students engage in the study and practice of international law; international relations theory; global public health; political economy; international reporting; and other aspects of international affairs. BGIA has semester and summer programs.

International affairs courses in an intimate teaching environment

The seminar-style courses at BGIA are based on student discussion, research, and writing. The Core Seminar focuses on non-state actors in international affairs and provides an academic framework to contextualize students’ professional internships. Additional courses are taught by practitioners in diverse fields such as human rights, politics, and journalism.

Foundational experience for future careers and graduate study

With BGIA’s internship program, students are matched with private, public, and nonprofit organizations in New York City. This hands-on experience enables students to put classroom theory into real-world practice.

A taste of New York City life

Students live in the de Hirsch Residence of the 92nd St. YMCA, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and close to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Classes and events are held at BGIA, which is centrally located at 108 West 39th Street.

Discourse on timely issues of global concern

The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series features talks by leading figures in international affairs. Events are held approximately once a month, typically on a Thursday evening, and are open to the public.