Study Human Rights in South Africa

An Invitation to Study with IHRE

IHRE was founded in 2000 as a collaborative venture of 14 Southern African universities and U.S. liberal arts colleges, plus three civil society organizations working in the area of human rights. For five years, it offered a month-long intensive course during semester breaks (June-July). In 2006, IHRE became a joint semester program of Bard College and the University of the Witwatersrand (commonly known as Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, becoming the world's only full-semester, multidisciplinary program in human rights. Viewing human rights through a comparative global lens, IHRE brought students and faculty from North America (through Bard), and from Africa and other parts of the world (through Wits) together in an intensive dialogue. Students completed substantial internships with human rights-related NGOs or other appropriate organizations.

Participation for North American students through Bard College is currently suspended, as of July 2013.


Bard College, Institute for International Liberal Education, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

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