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Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences is housed in the Al-Quds Bard Center at the heart of the main campus of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem. For many centuries Abu Dis has been the last stop for pilgrims and other travelers before entering into the walled city of Jerusalem. A branch of the ancient Silk Road passed in front of the Al-Quds University campus. 

In more recent times the Israeli Separation Wall slices through these neighborhoods, severing them from Jerusalem. One of the unique aspects of AQB is its location, which provides Palestinians living behind the Separation Wall access to a world-class liberal arts education.


Base tuition of the undergraduate program is 1200 JD per semester for up to 18 credit hours. Generous scholarships are available based on merit and need. Students who think they are eligible for financial assistance should apply for financial aid directly to the Al-Quds University Financial Aid Unit - Abu Dis Campus.

Al Quds Bard College Scholarships:

Graduates of the AMIDEAST Access and Yes Programs

August 2017

Al Quds Bard College for the Arts and Sciences (AQB) in Abu Dis is now accepting applications for the Al Quds Bard College Access/YES Scholarships, funded by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and supported by USAID, with assistance from AMIDEAST. The program will award 10 scholarships to bright, academically promising graduates of either the United States Department of State English Access Microscholarship or YES programs. Selected students will receive four years of tuition funding to attend AQB, with the possibility to study for one semester at Bard College in New York. AQB is an English language, Liberal Arts institution, emphasizing small, seminar-style classes, innovative approaches to teaching, and dual degrees from Bard College in New York and Al Quds University. After the second year of study, students will choose from one of the following majors: Human Rights & International Law, Media Studies, Urban Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Studies, Economics, and Literature & Society. Additional academic support, faculty mentorship, and professional internship opportunities will be available to accepted students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have graduated from either the United States Department of State English Access Microscholarship or the YES Programs and include a copy of their diploma with the application.
  • Must not be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be a legal resident of Jerusalem or the West Bank; holders of Israeli passports ineligible.
  • Must have a cumulative average of 85 or above in 11th grade and the first semester of grade 12, and include a copy of their transcript with the application.
  • Expected to receive a Tawjihi score of 85% or higher.


Accepted Students will begin at AQB on August 19th, 2017.

Deadline to submit an application by hand to AMIDEAST in Ramallah:

June 30th, 2017

Interested students may download an application at:

For more information, contact:

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Al-Quds University and Bard College have joined forces in a comprehensive partnership that seeks to raise the level of Palestinian education, as the best means of preparing young Palestinians to assume the responsibilities of leadership and self-governance in a future democratic state. The joint venture is the first in the region to offer graduates a US and a Palestinian degree - both at the Bachelor's and at the Master's level.

The Al-Quds Bard Partnership believes that to educate future leaders and foster economic development education should encourage a critical turn of mind and an entrepreneurial spirit. Students should have a chance to achieve excellence in the social sciences and humanities as well as the natural sciences.

Al-Quds and Bard share responsibility for curricular development, faculty training, recruitment, and governance. Collaboration includes frequent exchange visits as well as the use of advanced technology.

The partnership between Al-Quds and Bard College seeks to help realize the two institutions' shared educational goals in ways that are effective and sustainable, and that contribute to systemic improvement of the Palestinian education system. The partnership is a source of invaluable knowledge and experience for the international faculty, students, and institutions involved in the exchanges, as well.


Since its inception Al-Quds University has been a pioneer in Palestinian education by educating the whole person: socially, intellectually, and spiritually. The vital role creativity, cooperation, pluralism, and research play in university life can be seen in our various departments, institutes, and museums. We are constantly bringing more talents and resources into the university in order to provide our students with the necessary knowledge, facilities, and technologies to thrive in a globalizing world. For this we consider it imperative to look to the larger community in the Palestinian diaspora as well as to people of goodwill worldwide for partnerships in advancing our essential mission.

"Palestine is ripe for a high-quality liberal arts college. The West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have a population of more than four million people, with 76 percent of the population under the age of 30, and 48 percent in high schools. Yet despite the hardships of poverty and oppression, more than 98 percent of high school students graduate. I believe this speaks to the strong spirit of our youth. Once shaped by the rigors of a humanistic education, their qualities of curiosity and love for learning can be a catalyst for positive change. Our students, loyal to their heritage and yet open to the world, can be the generation that will liberate Palestine from the inside. This, we believe, is a necessary condition for enduring political liberty."

--Former President Sari Nusseibeh



Bard College is a private four-year undergraduate, residential liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Founded in 1860, Bard has 1,900 undergraduates. It offers the B.A. degree with concentrations in more than 40 academic programs in four divisions: Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies. It also offers seven MA degrees and a PhD in Decorative Arts and Design.

Bard is a prominent force for the reform and improvement of education at the secondary level. Its Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program and Bard High School Early Colleges have developed successful new models of teacher and secondary education. Bard runs high quality college-level educational programs for prisoners and other underserved populations in the US. 

Immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bard began collaborating with educational institutions abroad that sought to introduce liberal education in "countries in transition." Bard's Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) created comprehensive partnerships based on the principles of mutuality and equality. Today, in addition to the Al-Quds Bard Partnership, Bard offers dual degree programs in Russia (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University) and Kyrgyzstan (American University of Central Asia). 

The numerous initiatives of Bard Center for Civic Engagement reflect Bard's belief in the link between liberal education and democracy. Bard's leadership in this area demonstrates that educational institutions have a key role to play in the struggle for democracy, both at home and internationally.