The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers intellectually adventurous students a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries at the region's most prestigious university. Students interested in Central Asian Studies, Soviet Studies, or Russian and Central Asian languages will find the Bard Abroad in Bishkek program provides an exciting and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that develops students' skills and cultural aptitude; both of which will foster sensitivity to the region's rich traditions, as well as an adaptability to its democratic development.
Smolny has 14 academic programs (majors) and six areas of concentration (minors), and there are over 130 courses offered each semester. An integral part of the Bard-Smolny experience is the cultural program designed to introduce students to St. Petersburg, Russian history and culture. Please see the Bard Abroad website for more information.
The courses at Central European University (CEU) will strengthen your understanding of complex global issues and historical events through debate with a diverse set of classmates. Building upon your undergraduate coursework, enrollment in master's level classes at CEU will facilitate your personal development as a student in the graduate environment. CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. All of the students at CEU are working toward a better, more just and sustainable global society.