International Exchanges – Kyrgyzstan: Bard Abroad in Bishkek

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with Bard Abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Location: American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

Host Website:

Bard College requires participants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Sophomores, juniors and first semester seniors are eligible to apply.

At least one area studies course is strongly recommended. Additional preparation: Language, Culture and Society; Intercultural Communications; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the Bard application.

Program Dates
Fall semester: Mid-August to late December
Spring semester: Mid-January to the end of May

Required Courses
Participants are required to take at a full course load including at least one course with content on Central Asia and a language course. In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
Pitzer students are required to take one language course in Russian, Kyrgyz or Tajik.

Credit Possible
Pitzer students are required to take 15-16 credits (typically 5 classes) at AUCA to require the equivalent of four Pitzer course credits. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Course Options
Students are able to coordinate their studies around one of three disciplinary tracks; Anthropology and Sociology, Economics and International Comparative Politics, or Environmental and Sustainable Development. Students may also take electives from other departments such as Economics, American Studies, Fine Arts, Psychology, Mathematics or Journalism and Mass Communications.

Students may choose to volunteer or intern with an organization working in an area related to their field of study or other interest.

Housing and Board Options
Pitzer students are required to live with a host family selected by AUCA on-site staff. Students will have a private room. The family stay includes two meals per day on weekdays and three meals per day on the weekends. Pitzer will provide an allowance to cover meals not provided by the host family.