Summer Program

Summer Program
Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates to engage in the study and practice of human rights law, civil society development, political economy, ethics and writing on international affairs. BGIA blends traditional coursework in these fields with internships at world-class international organizations in New York City. 

The Internship Program

Students intern with international affairs organizations based in New York City. These include governmental, nonprofit, media, and corporate entities working in diverse areas of global concern. To insure a high quality, substantive experience, students have a mentor at the internship who supervises and structures the internship. The Core Seminar provides students with an academic framework to contextualize their professional experiences.


Summer students will have a choice between 2 courses, in addition to the mandatory Core Seminar:
  • Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3 credits); 
  • Counterinsurgency: Pratical Implementation and Future Application (3 credits);
  • Core Seminar: Non-state Actors in International Affairs (mandatory, 3 credits); 
Students are expected to take 6 credits during the summer. 


The 8.5 week BGIA Summer 2015 program will cost $12,639, based on:
  • enrollment in six credits ($1,486 per credit)
  • a double room in the de Hirsch Residene ($3,083)*
  • student fees ($174 for student activities and communications fee)
  • optional health insurance ($236)
  • refundable facility deposit ($225)
  • Bard ID card ($5)
*Students may live in single rooms for an additional cost. Students are required to live on-campus, unless they live with a family member in New York City.

Global Studies Awards are available to students seeking financial aid, including international students.*  Applicants can indicate their candidacy for a Global Studies Award on the BGIA application. Awards are need and merit based.

*Bard students are not eligible for financial aid during the summer.


Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis,* however:

March 1 is the preferred deadline. This means that due to some internship deadlines, applying by March 1 is recommended.

March 15 is the application deadline. All application materials should be submitted by this date.

*It is possible to apply after March 15, but applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to access the application.

For More Information

Please do not hesitate to contact BGIA by phone at 646-839-9262 or e-mail at bgia@bard.edu if you have any further questions.