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Study Abroad and Away

We encourage it, we support it, we think it’s an essential way to explore other cultures, expand your perspective, and engage with the larger world. Our Win Student Resource Commons works with students to find study abroad opportunities suited to their goals and interests. They use established independent programs (the School for Field Studies, Semester at Sea, Global Routes), programs through other schools (Oxford University, the Sorbonne, Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey), and special Simon’s Rock programs (fieldwork in geography in China and in politics and culture in Ghana). The result is something very different from the standard tour of famous sites.

Our students have recently taken intensive math instruction at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; helped build a school in a remote village in northern Thailand; and served as apprentices to dancers, drummers, mask carvers, and batik artists in Bali. Students can also take advantage of Bard’s study abroad and international programs, including special arrangements with universities in Germany, Russia, and South Africa; and intensive and immersive language programs in China, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Italy, France, Russia, and Germany. Programs can last for a semester, a full academic year, or shorter periods during breaks. We’re committed to making these opportunities accessible to students who want them; and so we offer endowed scholarships to students pursuing study abroad in an approved program.

Simon's Rock recently opened The Liebowitz Center for International Studies, a place to share international experiences and learn more about the programs the College has to offer. Learn more about The Liebowitz Center for International Studies.

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Students can also receive credit for participating in programs offered by other colleges and universities as long as their participation in these programs is approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Options in this category have included the International Partners for Service Learning, the School for Field Studies, Living Routes, Where There Be Dragons, and Global Routes, an international community service program.

Recently, Simon’s Rock juniors studied at Oxford, the Sorbonne in Paris, University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Pondicherry University in India, Universidad de Chile, Queen Mary University in London, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, University of Puerto Rico, School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg in Germany, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Otago in New Zealand, London Dramatic Academy, Sophia University in Japan, the Prague Center for Further Education Film School in Czech Republic, the School for Field Studies in Kenya, and Trinity College in Ireland.

In previous years, Simon’s Rock juniors have studied at the University of Cordoba in Argentina, Central European University in Budapest, the London Theater Program of Sarah Lawrence College, Ho Chi Minh University in Vietnam, Denmark International Study Program, Temple University in Japan, East China Normal University, the London School of Economics, University of Legon in Ghana, and the Freie University in Berlin.

A semester at a college or university in the United States can also be arranged: Students have enrolled as visiting students for a semester or a year at Bryn Mawr, Cornell, Smith, Mills College, Boston University, the University of Maine at Orono, Marymount Manhattan College, and the New School for Social Research.