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Student Life

Student Life
BGIA is a residential program. Students live in the de Hirsch Residence of the 92nd St YMHA, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan close to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Students are required to live on-campus, unless living with a family member in New York City. Classes and events are held at BGIA, which is centrally located at 36 W 44th St., Suite #1011, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Student Life

In addition to our public events, BGIA organizes small group discussions with professionals from a wide range of organizations, and a series of pre-professional workshops (for students and alumni). BGIA students exit the program with knowledge of what different careers and opportunities there are in the field of International Affairs. In the past year we have had more than 50 speakers, from organizations including: the United Nations; Council on Foreign Relations; World Policy Institute; Human Rights Watch; Asia Society; Politico; US State Department; US Defense Department; Control Risks; Brookings Institution; Women in International Security (WIIS); and many others. Our workshops emphasize professional skill-building, such as networking; personal branding; managing social media; controlling your on-line presence; salary negotiation; and interviewing; among others.

BGIA makes it possible for students to take advantage of New York City’s vast array of cultural and entertainment offerings. In the last year, we organized a wide variety of social activities such as:

Broadway shows including:

  • Twelfth Night (Mark Rylance)
  • Waiting for Godot (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKlellen)
  • First Date (Zachary Levi)
  • All the Way (Bryan Cranston)
  • Cabaret (Alan Cumming, Michele Williams)

Concerts including:

  • Kaskade
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Chvrches
  • Odd Future
  • Thievery Corporation
  • She and Him
  • and others…

Cultural institutions including:

• The Metropolitan Opera
• American Ballet Theatre
• American Symphony Orchestra
• Off-Broadway shows
• Carnegie Hall
• Jazz at Lincoln Center
• Rockefeller Center
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