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First Year Study Abroad Program

Dates: September 9 2019 - April 9 2020
Based: Herstmonceux, UK, Edinburgh, Scotland and Paris, France
Apply by: 3rd June 2019

Your University Experience Starts Here

Queen's University is the only university in Canada where students can study abroad for their entire first year. 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: our small class sizes, vibrant community, experiential learning opportunities and international setting.

Incoming students choose to enrol in the Arts, Science, or Concurrent-Education (Con-Ed) streams. But whatever program you choose to study at the BISC, small classes and active learning guided by subject specialists will nurture your knowledge and offer a strong academic foundation to support your further studies.

Your first year is packed with constant opportunities in and out of classes, including regular Experiential Learning Opportunities and two multi-day mid-term trips. Back on campus you will benefit from many student resources like a library, gym, various clubs to join and acres of land to enjoy. Our English countryside environment provides the ideal space and inspiration you need to develop your academic skills, become a well-rounded student and consider your future. And with excellent transport links nearby you’ll be well-placed to discover the local area, London, the UK, and Europe too.

Available programs

  • First Year Arts (OUAC code: QIA)
  • First Year Science (OUAC code: QIS)
  • First Year Concurrent Education (Arts) (OUAC code: QIB)
A view of Herstmonceux Castle from the south side looking over the drawbridge
  • Internationalize your degree by spending your First Year at the Castle
  • All programs include a multi-day mid-term trip in the UK (Fall semester) and Europe (Winter semester)
  • Experiential Learning opportunities in all courses (typically 2 per course)
  • Small class sizes: the average First Year class size is just 14 students
  • Learn from subject specialists and industry professionals
  • Financial aid up to $7500 for eligible students
Course codeCourse nameTerm offeredTerm offered
ARTH 116/3.0 Art and Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to 1700 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
BIOL 102/3.0 Introductory Biology of Cells Fall 2019 Fall 2020
BISC 100/3.0 Thinking Locally Fall 2019 Fall 2020
CHEM 112/6.0 General Chemistry Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
CLST 129/6.0 Introduction to Archaeology Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
DEVS 100/6.0 Canada and the Third World Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
ECON 111/3.0 Introductory Microeconomics Fall 2019 Fall 2020
ENGL 100/6.0 Introduction to Literary Study Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
FILM 104/3.0 Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
FREN 150/6.0 Francais Intermediaire Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
GPHY 102/3.0 Physical Geography and Natural Resources Fall 2019 Fall 2020
HLTH 101/3.0 The Social Determinants of Health Fall 2019 Fall 2020
MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
MUSC 171/3.0 Social History of Popular Music Fall 2019 Fall 2020
PHIL 151/3.0 Great Works of Philosophy Fall 2019 Fall 2020
PHYS 106/6.0 General Physics Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
POLS 110/6.0 Introduction to Politics and Government Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
PSYC 100/6.0 Principles of Psychology Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
SPAN 111/3.0 Beginning Spanish I Fall 2019 Fall 2020

NOTE

  • You will study five courses per term. Choose courses in your preferred disciplines from the wide range of courses available to you.
  • Courses worth six units must be taken in both Fall and Winter Terms to count as six units towards your degree.
  • Individual course selection appointments are available during the summer before you start, either at SOAR (our Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources held in Kingston), or via phone or Skype. Advisors from the Faculty of Arts and Science will provide you with guidance towards the end of your first year when you are considering which Plan to enter.
  • You are encouraged to check the Queen’s Arts and Science Academic Calendar and the Arts and Science website for the most up-to-date information about selecting Plans.
  • Course offerings are subject to change for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if changes impact their course selections. 
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities and mid-term trip are indicative and may change subject to operational and/or academic requirements. 
Course codeCourse nameTerm offeredTerm offered
ARTH 117/3.0 Art and Architecture 1700 to the Present Day Winter 2020 Winter 2021
ASTR 101/3.0 Astronomy I The Solar System Winter 2020 Winter 2021
BIOL 103/3.0 Introductory Biology of Organisms Winter 2020 Winter 2021
BISC 101/3.0 Acting Globally Winter 2020 Winter 2021
ECON 112/3.0 Introductory Macroeconomics Winter 2020 Winter 2021
GEOL 104/3.0 The Dynamic Earth Winter 2020 Winter 2021
HLTH 102/3.0 Personal Health and Wellness Winter 2020 Winter 2021
MUTH 111/3.0 Listening to Revolutions: History, Arts, and Performance 2 Winter 2020 Winter 2021
MUTH 232/3.0 Opera Winter 2020 Winter 2021
PHIL 259/3.0 Critical Thinking Winter 2020 Winter 2021
SPAN 112/3.0 Beginning Spanish II Winter 2020 Winter 2021

NOTE

  • You will study five courses per term. Choose courses in your preferred disciplines from the wide range of courses available to you. 
  • Courses worth six units must be taken in both Fall and Winter Terms to count as six units towards your degree.
  • Individual course selection appointments are available during the summer before you start, either at SOAR (our Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources held in Kingston), or via phone or Skype. Advisors from the Faculty of Arts and Science will provide you with guidance towards the end of your first year when you are considering which Plan to enter.
  • You are encouraged to check the Queen’s Arts and Science Academic Calendar and the Arts and Science website for the most up-to-date information about selecting Plans.
  • Course offerings are subject to change for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if changes impact their course selections. 
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities and mid-term trip are indicative and may change subject to operational and/or academic requirements. 

Student in National Gallery

Experiential Learning Opportunities

You will participate in course-specific ELOs, usually two each term per subject. ELOs take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the term.

Previous First Year ELOs include:

  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • The National Gallery
  • Churchill's War Rooms
  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Viewof the Eiffel Tower from a distance at night

Mid-Term Trips

Built into your tuition fees, the midterm trips are an outstanding, extended opportunity for you to explore global political, cultural and historical sites of interest. You will have the opportunity to visit sites relating to your courses and examine primary sources first-hand.

In your free time, you can explore the city at your own pace. First Year students have the opportunity to visit Liverpool and Edinburgh in the Fall Term, and Paris in the Winter Term.

The London Eye

Fall

DateActivity
Sep 5th Students arrive
Sep 6th - 8th Local Orientation
Sep 9th Classes begin
Weeks 1 – 6 Class
Week 7 Mid-term trip
Week 8 – 12 Class
Nov 28th Classes end
Dec 1st – 11th Revision/ Exam Period
Dec 12th Students depart

Stonehenge Page

Winter

DateActivity
Jan 3rd Students arrive
Jan 6th Classes begin
Weeks 1 – 6 Class
Week 7 Mid-term trip
Week 8 – 12 Class
Mar 26th Classes end
Mar 29th – Apr 8th Study/Examination Period
Apr 10th Students depart

First Year at a glance

Why BISC Arts?

BISC 100 / 101

Why BISC Science?

Co-curricular Framework

Why BISC Con-Ed?

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