Art History and Visual Culture

Study Abroad

Studying Globally at Bard

Bard’s most innovative international collaborations are located in regions undergoing rapid political and economic transformations, such as Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia. These programs are conducted in partnership with leading foreign universities and colleges, and students have full access to the host institution’s faculty, academic programs, student body, and social and cultural life.

Bard Exchange Programs

Bard College offers a number of exchange opportunities for Bard students. Students participating in a Bard Exchange apply through Bard to enroll directly as a student in the partner university. Students pay their regular Bard tuition but are responsible for paying room, board, and fees to the partner university. Students interested in applying to be an exchange student at one of the following partner institutions should contact study abroad adviser Trish Fleming for application information at or 845-758-7080.

Bard Abroad in Berlin

Art and Society in Berlin

Roma in Situ

Art History 248 and Classics 248
8 credits intensive
Happening again January 2017
(Program runs every other year)
January 2015 Syllabus

Roma in situ combines two intensive weeks in January of looking and learning in Rome, with seminar-style meetings in the spring semester to discuss secondary scholarship and present student research.
  • In Rome, the first week will focus on the ancient city, studying the evolving role of public monuments as the republic transformed into an empire.
  • The second week will analyze how post-antique (Early Christian, Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth/twentieth-century) art and architecture reference and reconfigure antiquities in order to articulate the agendas of their patrons. The portion of the class conducted in Rome will be rigorous, consisting of approximately 60 hours in fourteen days.
  • There will be three-hour morning and afternoon sessions (approximately 9-12:30 and 1:30-5:00) with half-hour coffee breaks.
  • Lectures at archaeological sites, in museums, or in churches will fill most sessions; others will incorporate time for on-site drawing or exploration.
  • Sessions will begin promptly; no absences will be allowed (except for medical emergencies).
  • Lectures will occur rain or shine.
  • The hours between the end of the afternoon session and dinner (7:30 p.m.) will provide free time to explore Rome and to research topics for the spring semester. In the evening, preparatory discussions might follow our communal dinners.
  • Curfew is 11 PM.
  • During the spring semester, requirements for the class will consist of two presentations (one on texts, one on art), an exam, and a research paper. There will be no make-up tests or extensions for papers.
  • Prerequisites include successful completion of either Roman Art and Architecture (ArtH 210) or Roman Urbanism (ArtH 227), AND ideally one of the following classes: The Roman Revolution (Clas 102), Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome (Hist/Clas 103), Tacitus and Gibbon (Hist/Clas 333), The Early Renaissance (Arth 230), The High Renaissance (Arth 231), or Italian Renaissance Architecture (Arth 232).
  • The class will be limited to fourteen students; priority will be based on academic relevance and intellectual maturity.
  • The cost of the class is circa $2000 to include transportation in Rome, lodging, breakfast, museum admissions, and all but two dinners. Airfare is not included! Financial aid will not assist with travel or the $2000.
  • Informational meetings on academic and logistical details will be held prior to departure.
  • Italian is not required; valid passports, valid Bard IDs, comfortable shoes, flu shots, and permission of the instructor are required.
  • Bringing computers and expensive cameras is discouraged.
  • Credit will only be awarded upon successful completion of both components of the class.