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International Applicants

International Students at Bard GPS

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability welcome applications from international students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Our alumni include citizens of many countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and Europe. 

Due to the differing structure of our MS/M.Ed and MBA programs, different visa options are available to international students for different degree programs. Please read this page closely to ensure you understand your eligibility for each degree offering.


M.S. in Environmental Policy
M.S. in Climate Science and Policy
M.Ed. in Environmental Education

International students applying to the Bard CEP degree programs (listed above) quality for an F or J status student visa. International applicants must be highly proficient in both reading and writing English. Financial Aid options are available for international students.

Applying to Bard CEP 

International Applicants should follow the general instructions for applying to Bard GPS. Please plan ahead for international mail delays and request transcripts and test scores well ahead of the application deadline for which you are applying. Applicants should submit original copies of transcripts as well as copies translated into English.


MBA in Sustainability

The hybrid structure of the Bard MBA program does not qualify students for an F-status student visa. International students applying to the Bard MBA in Sustainability program must either be lawful permanent residents, temporary residents, asylees, refugees, or possess certain nonimmigrant statuses that allow for academic study in the U.S.

Please contact our Admissions Team to verify that your immigration status qualifies you for MBA enrollment prior to applying to the Bard MBA program.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through either:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in the United States with a GPA of 3.0 or higher OR
  • Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher (use Bard College school code 2037) OR
  • Completion of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7 or higher.

Transcripts and scores should be sent to the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability by the school or testing service.

Applying for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Bard College, international students and their parents are expected to complete the following forms:

  • International Student Financial Aid Form
  • Certification of Finances (foreign nationals file in order to obtain a visa)

Both forms can be accessed here.

International students should send all financial forms directly to the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability