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American University of Central Asia (AUCA-Bard)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 04/12/2015
Rolling Admission 08/15/2015 12/20/2015
NOTE: Students must arrive in Bishkek on the program start date.
Academic Year 2015-2016 04/12/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 11/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Admission is competitive and space is limited. Students are encouraged to apply in advance of our application deadlines.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits: 12-16
Minimum GPA Required:
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Language Proficiency Required: None
Housing Options: Dorm, Homestay Internship Option?: Yes
Program Description:


AUCA-Bard Program

Why Study at AUCA-Bard?

The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers intellectually adventurous students a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 countries at the region's most prestigious university. Students interested in Central Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, or Russian and Central Asian languages will find that AUCA-Bard provides an exciting and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that develops students' skills and attitude of mind; both of which will foster sensitivity to the region's rich traditions, as well as an adaptability to its democratic development.

Why Bishkek?

In addition to being Central Asia's most livable city, Bishkek derives it distinctiveness from its highly strategic location, where peoples from east and west have been exchanging goods and ideas for millennia. AUCA is situated in downtown Bishkek across the street from the House of Parliament, where the recently established democracy of the Kyrgyz Republic is gradually taking root. Located just minutes from the Ala-Too Mountains, Bishkek is a metropolitan capital offering a deeper glimpse into the Kyrgyz, Russian, and Uighur cultures that thrive within it.

About AUCA-Bard

The American University of Central Asia is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition that develops enlightened and impassioned leaders for the democratic transformation of Central Asia. Visiting North American students will take advantage of the University's Central Asian Studies Institute by enrolling in core courses in Central Asian history, politics, and art. Students with a previous interest in the region may enroll in upper-division courses that explore advanced topics in Central Asian anthropology, sociology, or other special subjects. Beginning to intermediate students of Russian will find that Bishkek is a fantastic place for learning the language, a shared tongue among cultures inhabiting the city.

Cultural Program

Participants in the AUCA Bard program will enjoy a cultural program designed to complement their coursework and introduce them to Central Asia outside the Kyrgyz capital. Study excursions to Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyz villages, and other Central Asian states will expose participants to the wide variety of Central Asian experience.


Students from outside Bishkek and abroad will enjoy living and learning, with its distinctive mix of cultures, in the safe and comfortable AUCA international residence hall, just a short walk from the campus and downtown. Students may also opt to live with a host family.

Participants in the AUCA Bard Program are supported by trained professionals in both the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan, all of whom have extensive experience in the region and in managing international programs The Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College is responsible for the administration of the Bard-AUCA Program and assists students through the application, selection, and pre-departure processes.

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