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Queen's University

First-year Studies in England at Herstmonceux Castle

Class outside in England at Herstmonceux Castle

Make campus life a life experience. This is the opportunity that awaits you at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle .

At the BISC, your campus will be a 15th Century castle in southeastern England, and your classrooms will be London’s National Gallery, the Palace of Westminster, and the Museé d’Orsay, to name just a few. Your classmates and professors will come from some of the finest universities worldwide. You will learn together and share ideas in an intimate residential community.

Together, you will explore new cultures, societies, languages, history and economics. You will gain a broader view of the world simply by occupying a different place in it.

Following your year at the Castle you will return to the Queen’s University campus in Kingston to resume your Bachelor of Arts studies, but you may elect to return to the Castle for a term or more, or participate in a university exchange, at some point during your future studies.


Click here for the Admission Requirements for our First-Year in England Program


Learning Comes to Life

Your year at the Castle will elevate you and your educational experience to a new level by taking advantage of the Castle’s ideal location to allow for field study and experiential learning.

Day or multi-day field study excursions are an essential and integrated element of the BISC program, and reflect our emphasis on anchoring the academic experience in direct observation and participation.

Additional cultural studies trips, as well as two 5-day midterm trips, further enhance your opportunity to absorb first-hand the culture and history of the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.

Different Location, Same Queen’s Quality

Although over 5,000 kilometres separate the Kingston campus and the Herstmonceux campus, they share the same values and standards of academic excellence. The international-themed courses and curriculum at the Castle have been designed to integrate with degree programs at Queen’s and to maximize your access to many of the popular Arts and Social Science disciplines.

Activities and the Community

The Herstmonceux Estate offers a daily reminder that you are part of special group, in a very special place, surrounded by supportive faculty and staff. At the Castle, you will benefit from the wide range of student activities offered both on and off-campus. You might also choose to become involved in the local community through volunteerism, sports or cultural organizations.

Valuing your Castle Experience

Field studies, small class sizes, and a diverse mix of students and faculty living in an intimate, residential community are the cornerstones the BISC experience. Combined, they provide the foundation of a dynamic and innovative liberal arts program which has been recognized by the prestigious AUCC-Scotiabank Award for Excellence in Internationalization.

The Castle’s location provides a perfect setting in which to develop a sense of curiosity, analytical ability and international awareness that will be a vital part of not only your university experience, but your entire life thereafter.

castle.jpgThe First-Year Program at the ISC is a life changing experience. It was one of the most incredible years of my life; in fact, I often think of my life as being divided between the years before I went to the castle and the years afterwards”
Michael Urban (ISC ’02, BAH ’06), Rhodes Scholar and Master of Philosophy candidate, University of Oxford 

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