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About the BGIA Program

About the BGIA Program
Bard College's Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates from around the world to 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 is a small and highly selective program for 30 students each semester and 20 students each summer.

Our Founder

Our Founder
BGIA was co-founded by the late James Clarke Chace, a diplomatic historian, former Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs, and the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law at Bard College, and Jonathan Becker, Bard College Vice President for International Affairs and Civic Engagement.

The Curriculum

BGIA merges advanced coursework in international affairs with substantive professional experiences in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and provides a new generation of young leaders insight into careers at organizations such as: the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Human Rights Watch; Oxford Analytica; the Open Society Foundations; International Crisis Group; Amnesty International, and many more. During the fall and spring semester, which run 15 weeks, students typically intern 25 hours a week; during the summer program, which runs 8 weeks, students intern 40 hours or more a week.

Student Internships

Over the past ten years, BGIA students have interned at over 140 organizations in New York. Their responsibilities have ranged from interviewing political asylum seekers from Central America to analyzing the efficiency of microfinance loans in Mongolia. The internship is an unparalleled opportunity for students to advance a senior thesis, prepare for graduate school or transition into a job in New York City.

Course Work

Classes are convened in the evening and are taught by leading practitioners and academics in a variety of fields of international affairs, offering students a unique lens through which to analyze the subject matter. Through the internship and coursework, the program ensures a deep understanding of not only international relations theory, but also its practical applications.