Life in NYC

BGIA makes it possible for students to take advantage of New York City’s vast array of cultural offerings. BGIA arranges evenings at the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, jazz and indie concerts, comedy, and sports at wide-ranging venues.
“New York City is an important component of the program, whether you explore it on your own or take advantage of the BGIA organized social events. The program gives you a taste of the authentic cultural scene beyond famous Broadway shows. Also, the social events were a fun way to unwind with friends after a day of work.”

—Madina D., American University of Central Asia

Student activities have included:

Photo by Adrienn Keszei
Photo by Adrienn Keszei

Broadway Shows:

  • Twelfth Night (Mark Rylance)
  • Waiting for Godot (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen)
  • First Date (Zachary Levi)
  • All the Way (Bryan Cranston)
  • Cabaret (Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams)
Photo by Adrienn Keszei
Photo by Adrienn Keszei


  • Kaskade
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Chvrches
  • Odd Future
  • Thievery Corporation

Other Events:

  • Baseball at Yankee Stadium
  • Ice Skating at Bryant Park
  • Trip to West Point Academy
  • Stand-up Comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade
  • Otello at the Metropolitan Opera

Dorms at 92nd St. Y

BGIA students live in dorms on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, close to the city’s major museums and Central Park. Students are required to live on-campus, unless living with a family member in New York City or the surrounding area. The dorms are located in the de Hirsch Residence of the 92nd St. Y, an important cultural institution and community center. BGIA's Residence Director and Peer Counselor arrange fun activities at the 92nd St. Y and are available to help students with any housing questions or concerns. The dormitory is shared with other college level programs, and students are encouraged to study and socialize together in common spaces. Residents also have free access to the gym and pool, and discounted rates for talks and performances at the Y.

Midtown Manhattan

Our classroom, offices and event space are centrally located in Midtown Manhattan—near Times Square, Koreatown, Bryant Park, and Grand Central Station. The Empire State Building is visible from the office’s windows. In addition, it’s easy to travel between the BGIA dorm, classroom, and student internship locations either via subway or on foot.