BGIA provides a unique opportunity for college students from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests—all while experiencing life in Manhattan, the island at the center of the world.
BGIA students 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 has semester and summer programs.
New York City, New York
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.
Students live in the de Hirsch Residence
of the 92nd St. YMCA, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and close to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Classes and events are held at BGIA, which is centrally located at 108 West 39th Street.
BGIA offers international affairs courses in an intimate teaching environment. Semester participants take up to four seminar-style courses, while students in the summer program enroll in two courses. The courses, covering a breadth of international fields, are based on student discussion, research, and writing. Courses earn four credits each. They meet in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate daytime internships.
BGIA’s Core Seminar: The City as Global Actor - New York at the Center of the World provides the academic framework to contextualize students’ professional internships within the sphere of international relations. BGIA's faculty’s experience in the field of international affairs and at prestigious universities brings real-world expertise into the classroom.
Enrolled students work closely with BGIA staff to identify internships that match their individual interests and goals. They are guided through the cover letter and resume writing process and, most importantly, students are able to take advantage of BGIA’s extensive network in New York City to secure a part to full time professional internship. Once the internship begins, each student is assigned a staff mentor at their internship to support them throughout the program. Students, BGIA staff and internship mentors work closely together to ensure a successful and productive internship experience. Additionally, students participate in BGIA workshops that help them smoothly transition into professional life through sessions covering interview skills, workplace etiquette, and networking, among other topics. Additional panels provide candid discussions of various career paths and advice from young professionals.
Current Internship Opportunities can be found on the Bard website here
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.5.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: Alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges above BW tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is more expensive than housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit: my.bw.edu/Academics/Study-Abroad/Pages/Financial-Aid-and-Scholarships.aspx