The students are here!
Our fall 2013 first year and upper year students have finally arrived! Here are a few words from our Executive Director:
September 5, 2013
Students from around the world arrive at Herstmonceux Castle, marking the 20th year of the Bader International Study Centre.
Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK.
Approximately 150 university-aged students have arrived at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle today to begin the fall term. The Centre—operated by Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada—accepts students from universities around the world who will spend up to one academic year studying a broad range of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and business. This year marks the Centre’s twentieth anniversary.
The students, faculty, and staff take great pride in being members of the East Sussex community. Students regularly volunteer at local primary schools, farms, tourism offices, and more. Faculty provide engaging lectures on the most recent research in their field; and the Centre’s choir offers entertainment at venues across the region. The local community is an integral part of the students’ international experience and certainly plays an important role in supporting the Centre’s mission to create strong global citizens. Furthermore, Herstmonceux Castle contributes significantly to the local economy—employing approximately 100 individuals from the surrounding area and operating with a £5.5 million annual budget.
Each academic course at the Bader International Study Centre includes several field studies, which allow students to learn from experts at course-relevant locations in the UK and continental Europe. As well, students are encouraged to study languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Hands-on learning combined with the ability to communicate across cultures and around the world provides an educational experience like no other and the skills necessary to positively contribute to the global economy.
The Bader International Study Centre has expanded a great deal in its twenty year history. From a humble beginning as a study location for approximately thirty upper-year students, the Centre now offers a full-year study abroad program for first-year students, a broad range of upper-year exchange opportunities, specialized programs in areas such as engineering, law, international relations, and health, as well as hosts numerous academic conferences that attract top scholars and policy-makers. The Bader International Study Centre is truly a hub for global innovation.
The level of vibrancy that new students bring to the Castle and the community never ceases to amaze me. We are proud of our twenty year history in East Sussex and are excited about our future. We look forward to sharing that future with our students and the community.
Dr. Bruce Stanley
Executive Director, Bader International Study Centre