About the AUCA-Bard Program

The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program gives North American Students the opportunity to study in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

About the AUCA-Bard Program

The American University of Central Asia (AUCA), located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, was founded in 1998. The university is founded upon an educational basis that is deeply indebted to the American liberal arts-style curriculum, and it fosters a global reach, a deep commitment to the values of critical thinking, and an enviable record of success. Bard College, a small liberal arts institution located in upstate New York, is currently establishing a partnership with AUCA that will allow AUCA students and visiting students to receive Bard-approved credit for their completed coursework. Bard's Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE), established in 1989 and commited to creating dynamic relationships with its internatinal partners founded upon unilateral exchange, serves as the bridge between AUCA and 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 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 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.

AUCA's student body of 1,300 consists of young scholars from Asia and beyond. Faculty come from Kyrgyzstan and the United States, but also from Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, and Turkey. With a student:faculty ratio of 10:1, AUCA is able to pay close individual attention to each student.

If you would like more information about the AUCA-Bard program, we welcome you to fill out an interest form, or to contact us via e-mail at

About Bard College

Founded in 1860, Bard College is a highly selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. It offers bachelor of arts degrees, and also graduate degrees in eight programs. Registered in New York State and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Bard is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by US News & World Report and other leading college guides. Bard is committed to providing a first-rate undergraduate education for its students, and has distinguished itself as a leader in the field of liberal arts and sciences. Our model is the liberal arts ideal of the eighteenth century, which encouraged breadth and depth of study, and prized students' inquiry, interpretation, and criticism.

Among Bard’s basic principles is a fundamental belief in the link between liberal education and democracy. The College is firmly committed to promoting and sustaining projects that engage its students, faculty, and administrators with some of the most important issues facing society. This deep commitment to civic engagement distinguishes Bard as a private institution that acts in the public interest.

Professional Associations and Compliance

The Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) at Bard College is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and adheres to the Standards of Good Practice. The IILE also holds memberships with Diversity Abroad and the Institute of International Education, and participates in events sponsored by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and the Council on International Educational Exchange. Information on the current Clery Report for Bard College may be found at the Dean of Student Affairs website.