BGIA is designed for students with a demonstrated interest in international affairs, particularly those entering their third or fourth year of college-level study or those who have recently graduated from college. In exceptional cases, second-year students have been accepted into the program. Students of all academic majors are encouraged to apply. There is no required GPA. When evaluating candidates, BGIA looks for students with strong writing and research skills, a track record of leadership on campus and in the community, and a genuine enthusiasm for living in an extremely diverse community. Foreign language skills are a major plus, as are basic office skills and previous job or internship experience.
Students may enroll for one semester at a time and can reapply to extend for a second semester or summer. Students interested in applying should complete a Statement of Interest Form.