Bader International Study Centre

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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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BISC – Your Gateway to the World

  • A 15th century castle and the surrounding moat

    A heritage of learning – A 15th century castle owned and operated by Queen’s University, this small, liberal arts campus is a “Gateway to the World” emphasizing global citizenship and experiential learning. Apply now. 

  • Two students sitting in the courtyard studying

    Space to think – customized field studies and small class sizes provide graduate-level contact with faculty in a unique and supportive learning environment.

  • The woods and fields around the Castle

    In the English countryside – located 80 minutes south of London, Herstmonceux Castle sits on 600 acres of parkland with extensive gardens and trails.

  • A group of students on a field study

    Acting globally – The BISC will help you become a true global citizen. We’ll shake up your assumptions and get you thinking outside the box. We’ll expose you to new ideas and cultures, and to very different ways of doing things.

  • Two students in front of the Globe Theatre, London

    Education on the road – you will have the opportunity to go on both one-day and multi-day excursions designed to enhance your learning experience by bringing your lectures to life!

  • A sculpture of a woman reading in the Castle gardens

    Quiet contemplation in the gardens – for the past 500 years and more people have been visiting Herstmonceux Castle to admire its impressive design, its unique brickwork, beautiful gardens and setting within the Sussex landscape.

  • Aerial view of the Castle and gardens

    Centre for international education - In 1993 the Castle was purchased by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader and donated to Queen’s University, Alfred’s Alma Mater, with the intent to establish it as a centre of international education. Queen’s International Study Centre was born, and in 1994, after extensive renovations to transform bedrooms into offices and work areas into classrooms, the first students arrived.

  • A group of students look at a historic text in a church.

    The Field School in the Digital Humanities (Summer 2015) provides students with the opportunity to engage with digital culture and explore the intersection of technology and the humanities.