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Fees and Financial Assistance


The BISC experience represents an investment in your future. In an increasingly interdependent world, it will broaden your academic, personal, and professional horizons. The comprehensive program fee is broadly inclusive, and less expensive than the total cost of most study-abroad or international-exchange programs.

The 2016-17 Fees and Payment Schedule will be due as follows:

  • Residence Deposit - due upon accepting offer of admission
  • Fall - September 1st, 2016
  • Winter - January 10th, 2016
  • Summer - May 1st, 2016

For more information on Fees and Payment Schedule, please visit the Office of University Registrar's site. 

Fees include:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board: shared accommodation (2 students per room) and full meal plan
  • Field studies trips: transportation, entrance fees and packed lunches, as well as accommodation and breakfast on overnight excursions
  • Access to BISC facilities and services, including computing rooms, a library, and a fully equipped gym
  • Regular trips to (and borrowing privileges at) the libraries at the University of Sussex
  • Frequent banking/shopping trips to nearby towns
  • Transfers to and from Heathrow airport on designated dates


Program Session


First-Year Program

2015–2016 First-Year Program


Upper-Year Program

Fall Term 2015


Winter Term 2016


Summer School 2016


Summer Specialized Field Schools 2016

$3,098 - $10,395**

Global Law Program

Global Law Program 2016


* 2015 prices. In the recent past, tuition at the BISC has increased by 5%.
** 2015 prices. Prices for Summer Field Schools vary. Please visit the Specialized Programs page for details.
*** An additional administrative fee of $1058 is payable to the Queen's Faculty of Law.


  • All fees are in Canadian Dollars
  • Program Fees do not include: Return airfare to and from London, visa cost, supplemental health insurance, immigration health surcharge, textbooks and course supplies, personal expenses and laundry, or lunches and dinners on overnight excursions.
  • We are a charity institution, and we endeavour to keep tuition and residence fees as low as is commensurate with retaining the quality of our programs. Our fees will incorporate increase in tuition approved by the province of Ontario.
Financial Assistance

Choosing to study for a term or year at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) is exciting and rewarding. It can also be a major financial undertaking for many students and their families. Queen’s University is committed to making the unique and enriching BISC experience accessible to all qualified students. We encourage you to explore all your financial options to ensure you create a financial plan to cover the costs of your time at the BISC:

  • Admission Scholarships (for Queen’s first-year students)
  • Funding opportunities are frequently obtainable through a student's home university and/or community
  • Your own savings
  • Parental and/or family contributions
  • Government financial assistance
  • Student line of credit
  • External Scholarships and Bursaries

Please visit the Student Awards Office website for application forms, specific information on the awards and bursaries available, and further details about other financial assistance options.

Available Financial Assistance for Non-Queen's Students

The BISC experience represents an investment in your future. In an increasingly interdependent world, it will broaden your academic, personal, and professional horizons. Your home institution may have financial assistance available to help you cover the cost of our programs. Please refer to the chart below for further information.


Available Financial Assistance



Fees are paid to....

Bishop University

Quebec Ministry of Education International Mobility Bursary

up to $4000 ($1000 per month)

  Queen's University

Carleton University

Bursary available


Contact Student Award's at Carleton Queen's University
Carroll University

Students should be able to use their Federal Aid


Cross-Cultural Experiences Student Award - currently under review Carroll University
St. Mary's University

VP and Academic Research International Mobility Award

$350 - $1500

  Queen's University
SUNY Albany

Students can use their Federal Aid



SUNY Binghamton

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Evelio Figueroa Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

$1000 - $5000

University of British Columbia Application can be made to the Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society     Queen's University
University of Victoria Application can be made to the Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society     Queen's University
University of Waterloo Possible grants to the first ten qualified students up to $500   Queen's University
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant

Herstmonceux Castle Scholarship

$500 to $2500   UWM
Western University Global Opportunities Award up to $2000   Queen's University
Create Your Financial Plan

BISC First Year Program

There are many options to help you create a plan to finance your CASTLE education. Your own financial circumstances may not be identical to this, but we wanted you to see how several funding options can fit together to ensure you have the funds to afford your castle experience.A graph showing a scenario of possible costs of a program including financial aid values. Government Loan: $7300, Government Grant: $4940, Queen's Scholarship: $2000, Queen's Bursary Admission (Tri-Color): $10000, Summer Savings: $1600, Parental Contribution: $9600

Queen’s student attending BISC First Year Program

Family Income: $75,000

Family Size: 4

First of 2 children attending University

Cost of Program: $35,500 (Based on 2013-14 fee schedule)

* The government loans and grants depicted in the given scenarios are based on assistance to a single Ontario student qualifying for OSAP. Financial assistance from other provinces/territories will vary.

**OSAP grants may comprise of both upfront grants (i.e. Ontario Tuition Grant) and the Ontario Student Opportunity Grant (OSOG).

A note about BISC Bursary Assistance:

BISC bursaries normally range in value up to approximately one third of the BISC program fees, depending on financial need. Queen’s students attending the first year program at Queen’s receive their bursary funding for the upcoming year at the BISC on admission to Queen’s, and therefore, will not receive any further bursary assistance for their 1st year. Upper Year students may apply for bursary assistance on the BISC Upper Year Bursary application at the same time as applying for the BISC.

As part of the assessment for a Queen’s BISC Bursary, there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student financial assistance. All domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) will be required to apply for government assistance in order to be considered for BISC bursary assistance (BISC First Year Program and/or Upper Year BISC).