Who We Are

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Founding Director, IILE; Vice President for International Education
  • Jonathan Becker, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies; Director, Globalization and International Studies
  • James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies and Director, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
  • Jen Murray, Director, IILE and Bard Abroad
  • Leiah Heckathorn, Assistant Director, Bard Abroad
  • Hannah Barrett, International Program Manager, Berlin programs
  • Quinton Scribner, International Program Coordinator, Russian and Kyrgyz programs
  • Gillian Brundrett, Assistant to the Director and Financial Coordinator
  • Trish Fleming, Study Abroad Adviser
  • Katarina Garcia-Renart, Program in International Education (PIE) Assistant
  • Lauren Cooke, Program Assistant, IILE
  • Thomas Jackson, IILE Fellow

About the Program

Bard's Program in International Education (PIE) was launched twenty-five years ago in the wake of tremendous transformations. Since 1991, PIE has brought over 400 students, representing 37 countries, to Bard for a year or semester of study. The program originally focused on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, then expanded to include students from Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, and the Middle East.  


Coming to America: U.S. Higher Education is Worth the Effort

By Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education

According to the Institute of International Education’s most recent data, there are more than one million international students attending U.S. colleges and universities. Students tell us they come to the United States for higher education because of the high quality of our colleges and universities, and the wide range of educational opportunities they offer. 

Each year, more than 300,000 students arrive to start new programs. This year, we have heard some concerns and confusion about potential changes in the process for getting a visa and getting into the country, so we wanted to provide a closer look at how this works. Is it more difficult to come to America as a student?

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