The Bader International Study Centre
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.
Featuring small classes and integrated field studies, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) offers students the opportunity to earn Queen's credits in an international setting. Courses focus on British, European and International themes, and are open to all students attending Queen's University and students from other post-secondary institutions. The BISC offers programs for both first-year and upper-year students. The BISC is located at Herstmonceux Castle in Hailsham, East Sussex in the United Kingdom.
You may opt to spend your first year at the BISC. Centred on the themes Thinking Locally and Acting Globally, the BISC First Year Program is a package specifically designed to build on the Castle’s strengths—small class sizes, vibrant community, and international setting—in order to provide a strong academic foundation for the rest of your studies and develop crucial skills that will enhance your future employability.
The First Year Program offers a selection of introductory courses that maximizes access to many popular Arts and Science degree concentrations, and provides opportunities for students to engage in field studies while interacting with an international community of scholars. Upon completion of their first year, students come to Queen's in Kingston to begin second-year studies and complete their degree programs.
Whether or not you spend your first year at the BISC, you may spend one or more terms in the BISC Upper Year program. The Upper Year Program offers you the opportunity to attend the BISC while earning Queen's credits towards degree programs. This program is available to qualified students worldwide and is offered during the Fall (September-December); Winter (January-April); Summer (May to June) terms.
Queen’s students do not need to apply for an International Letter of Permission to study at the BISC.
Specialised programs such as the Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability and Field School in Digital Humanities also run during the summer. Five to six weeks in duration, and satisfying 6.0 to 9.0 units, these programs run between May and July. Start and end dates vary according to program, so please refer to the individual program pages for further information.