More information on the current COVID-19 situation in the UK can be found at:
Arriving at the BISC
- As currently required by the UK government all students will complete a period of quarantine that will last at least ten days. In the event of the relaxation of the quarantine requirement the BISC maintains the right to implement a quarantine period
- Students will become one bubble unit within the Castle grounds, which will allow students to spend time outdoors in a socially-distanced setting during the initial quarantine period. Students are required to wear masks in all public areas when outside of their room at Bader Hall unless they are eating or drinking OR during personal grooming or showering.
- Students must comply with off-limit zones which will be clearly designated to enable staff to continue their work without contact with students.
- Students will be assigned to meal groups and meals throughout the Fall term will be served at assigned times to ensure socially distancing. Interactions with the catering team will be minimised where possible.
- Activities and events will be arranged in order to meet social distancing requirements. Use of the gym and sports hall will require advanced sign-up to specific time-slots. Time-slots must be adhered to in order to allow time for cleaning between sessions.
- Classes will start either virtually or in socially-distanced classrooms during the quarantine period.
- During the quarantine period students are prohibited from leaving Castle grounds, with the only exception being for medical care and must be pre-approved by ... Students who leave the Castle grounds during the quarantine period will be dismissed from the program and will be subject to any fines and/or criminal charges from the UK government.
- The BISC will not expect students to have received the COVID-19 vaccine by the time of their arrival at the start of the Fall 2021 term. We anticipate that students will be eligible to receive the vaccine through the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) during the Fall term.
- Students should ensure that their travel insurance provides coverage for COVID-19 related treatment, should the possibility of travelling to countries outside of the United Kingdom be an option.
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be required to self-isolate in their room and follow the procedure for testing through the UK’s NHS.
- In the event of a new lockdown being implemented by the UK Government, a feasibility review will be conducted by BISC and Queen’s University to assess how the remainder of the term will be conducted, and if necessary restricting students to the Castle grounds and tightening of social distancing and socialisation rules.
Travelling to the BISC
You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England.
If you arrive in England without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500.
From 15 February 2021 onwards, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:
- quarantine for 10 days
- take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining
- follow the national lockdown rules
Returning to Canada
As of February 21, 2021, you must meet the new testing and quarantine requirements when entering Canada.
You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you will quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.
Academic & Personal Travel
- BISC-sponsored travel will be offered within the parameters of the latest UK Government guidelines.
- ELO’s will run to destinations within the local area.
- The Mid-Term Trips will operate to destinations within the United Kingdom.
- Students must adhere to the current UK governmental restrictions regarding travel.
- Travel across borders within the UK and to countries outside of the UK is currently prohibited. Should travel restrictions be lifted, students must familiarise themselves with any local restrictions, entry and quarantine requirements that will apply both at their destination and upon their return to the UK. Travel and quarantine restrictions can be implemented at very short notice.
- Students who decide to travel to a country that then requires a period in quarantine upon their return may not return to the BISC to quarantine on the Castle grounds and must make alternate arrangements for the duration of their quarantine period.
Coronavirus COVID-19 and the BISC Fall 2021 plans
The BISC team is eagerly planning to welcome next year’s incoming class. The health and safety of students, staff, and faculty is a primary concern and decisions regarding precautionary health measures taken at the BISC will be made in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and UK public health authorities.
To best protect the BISC community, we have introduced a number of new health and safety guidelines in-line with current UK COVID-19 restrictions. These guidelines are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the current situation. As UK restrictions are lifted the guidelines will change to reflect this.
The UK is currently in a national lockdown and the information on the following pages is based on current restrictions in England. As we move through the “Roadmap out of lockdown” the current strict lockdown rules will be relaxed and as such we will update our guidance accordingly. Please be advised that guidelines issued by the UK Government and the BISC are subject to change and may be changed a very short notice.
Academics at the BISC
- Classrooms and labs will only have classes assigned that meet the maximum safe occupancy threshold. The wearing of masks or face coverings, and social distancing must be maintained in classrooms or labs.
- Students who are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend class.
- In the event of a new lockdown being introduced classes will pivot to online delivery.
- Hand sanitiser dispensers will be located throughout the castle and at the entrance to each classroom for staff, faculty and students to use.
- Cleaning supplies for staff, faculty and students to wipe down high touch points and surfaces will be available throughout the building.
- Housekeeping staff will provide an increased service to all areas of the Castle.
The Bader International Study Centre is located just minutes from England's southern coast. We take advantage of this proximity to key global cities such as London, Paris, and Berlin, in order to provide you with innovative and unique experiential learning opportunities. You can explore British culture and history in nearby cities such as Brighton, Eastbourne, Battle, Bexhill, and Hastings. Each has a vibrant culture that is on display in local shops, restaurants, and on colourful seaside piers.
Term life at the BISC
- During Fall 2021 term bedrooms in Bader Hall will be allocated on a single occupancy basis. We expect to move back to the regular twin occupancy format for Winter 2022 unless there is a documented medical need for a single room assignment.
- Students must follow all social distancing instructions, including maintaining a two-metre distance from others, the one-way or “keep-left” systems throughout the building, lift (elevator) capacity and Common Room capacities. Students will not be to have visitors in their bedrooms.
- Masks and face coverings must be worn in all public areas unless they are eating or drinking, OR during personal grooming or showering.
- Hand sanitiser dispensers will be located throughout the building for students to use.
- Cleaning supplies for students to wipe down high touch points and surfaces will be available throughout the building.
- Housekeeping staff will provide an increased service.
- No more than two people should be in the Laundry Room at one time and social distancing rules must be maintained.