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First Year Study Abroad Program

Dates: September 8 2020 - April 9 2021
Based: Herstmonceux, Oxford and London, UK
Apply by: Feb 1 2020

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, Health 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 Health Sciences (OUAC code: QIH)
  • First Year Concurrent Education (Arts) (OUAC code: QIB)
  • First Year Concurrent Education (Science) (OUAC code: QIF)
  • Internationalize your degree by spending your First Year at the Castle
  • All programs include a multi-day mid-term trip in the UK
  • 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

Introducing The BISC Skills Award.

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1  Academics

2  Self Development

3  Global Citizenship

4  Career Skills

Get the most from co-curricular activities at the BISC. Find out more

Course codeCourse nameTerm offered
ARTH 116/3.0 Art and Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to 1700 Fall 2020
ASCX 101/3.0 Learning and Working in a Digital World Fall 2020
BIOL 102/3.0 Introductory Biology of Cells Fall 2020
BISC 100/3.0 Thinking Locally Fall 2020
CHEM 112/6.0 General Chemistry Fall 2020/Winter 2021
DEVS 100/6.0 Canada and the Third World Fall 2020/Winter 2021
ECON 111/3.0 Introductory Microeconomics Fall 2020
ENGL 100/6.0 Introduction to Literary Study Fall 2020/Winter 2021
FILM 104/3.0 Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970 Fall 2020
FREN 150/6.0 Francais Intermediaire Fall 2020/Winter 2021
GLPH 171/3.0 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease Fall 2020
HLTH 101/3.0 The Social Determinants of Health Fall 2020
MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus Fall 2020/Winter 2021
MUSC 171/3.0 Social History of Popular Music Fall 2020
PHAR 100/3.0 Introductory Pharmacology Fall 2020
PHGY 170/3.0 Human Cell Physiology Fall 2020
PHIL 259/3.0 Critical Thinking Fall 2020
PHYS 106/6.0 General Physics Fall 2020/Winter 2021
POLS 110/6.0 Introduction to Politics and Government Fall 2020/Winter 2021
PSYC 100/6.0 Principles of Psychology Fall 2020/Winter 2021
SPAN 111/3.0 Beginning Spanish I 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 offered
ANAT 100/3.0 Anatomy of the Human Body Winter 2021
ARTH 117/3.0 Art and Architecture 1700 to the Present Day Winter 2021
ASTR 101/3.0 Astronomy I The Solar System Winter 2021
BIOL 103/3.0 Introductory Biology of Organisms Winter 2021
BISC 101/3.0 Acting Globally Winter 2021
BMED 173/3.0 History and Philosophy of Health & Healthcare Winter 2021
CLST 131/3.0 Introduction to Archaeology lI: Methods and Analysis Winter 2021
FILM 214/3.0 Mobile Communications Winter 2021
HLTH 102/3.0 Personal Health and Wellness Winter 2021
MUTH 111/3.0 Listening to Revolutions: History, Arts, and Performance 2 Winter 2021
MUTH 232/3.0 Opera Winter 2021
PHIL 151/3.0 Great Works of Philosophy Winter 2021
SPAN 112/3.0 Beginning Spanish II Winter 2021
STAM 200/3.0 Introduction to Statistics 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. 

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

You will participate in course-specific virtual experiential learning opportunities. The experiential and active learning activities that you will find embedded on your courses can lead you to, for example:

  • Discover how to work with primary sources -medieval manuscripts-, using 21st century digitalisation and transcription software.
  • Participate in exciting collaborative online international learning opportunities, in partnership with UK universities.
  • Experience traditional art museums under a different light, by discussing with worldwide researchers how colonialism shaped and funded national collections.

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Mid-Term Trips

Experiential learning will continue to be a key feature of the BISC academic experience. As our team begins to plan for your term, protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty is a primary concern. Due to current travel restrictions, the Winter 2021 Mid-Term Trip will not take place.

We will continue to monitor the situation in the New Year, and details of the Mid-Term Trip in Fall 2021 will be posted on this page as soon as they become available. Any decision to return to in-person learning at the BISC will of course be based on advice we receive from the UK public health authorities and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

First Year at a glance

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