Student Life


Bard places the safety and security of our participants as the highest priority.  Students will be provided with a safety and security briefing as part of the pre-departure and orientation process and will be regularly updated and supported regarding safety concerns by program staff throughout the semester.

Students will find their day-to-day experience living in Palestine to be quite different than the image often painted by the international news media. While the overall political situation remains fluid and at times tense, the reality is that tensions have mostly tempered in recent years.  At the same time, the impact of the Arab Spring has increased the likelihood of more regular demonstrations and protests throughout the Middle East. Students are advised to stay aware of the political pulse of the region, are required by the program to avoid protests, demonstrations and restricted areas, and must adhere to the guidance and guidelines provided by program staff.

Street crime, violent crime, and other forms of crime are uncommon. Nonetheless, students must exercise common sense and caution at all times. 

Please be advised that the U.S. State Department has an active travel warning for Israel and the Occupied Territories.  Students should be aware of the information contained in this warning and are advised to consult their home institution to make sure they will be allowed to study on a program in a location under an active travel warning.  Click here to review the U.S. State Department Travel Warning.

Additional information on the program's approach to safety and security can be obtained by contacting the program directly at


There are no serious or unusual health risks associated with travel to the West Bank. Although not mandatory, it is a good idea to be up to date on basic vaccinations. Modern hospitals and medical facilities are readily available to students in the event of a medical emergency. Students will have access to clinics offering regular medical services, such as routine doctor’s appointments. Participants are provided with health insurance to help pay for covered medical expenses they may incur during the program. 

For an overview of potential health concerns and how to prepare for them in advance of the program, please click here to review the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control.


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