IILE Programs

IILE Programs

The Institute for International Liberal Education

IILE Programs


American University of Central Asia

Website: http://www.auca.kg

Bard and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) have established an institutional partnership that offers AUCA students a dual-degree program and a curriculum based in the American liberal arts tradition. Founded in 1993 and located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, AUCA fosters a global reach and a deep commitment to the values of critical thinking.

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.

Courses of study include American Studies, Business Administration, Anthropology, Economics, European Studies, International and Comparative Politics, Journalism, Law, Psychology, Sociology, and Software Engineering; minors include Comparative Literature, Public Administration, Teaching English as a Second Language Translation and Interpretation (English), and Translation (Spanish). AUCA also offers instruction in twelve foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kyrgyz, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

For more information, contact us at auca@bard.edu or (845)-758-7110

Institute for International Liberal Education
Bard College, Jim and Mary Ottaway Gatehouse, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Tel.: 845-758-7835, Fax: 845-758-7040, E-mail: iile@bard.edu