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Your First Year at a Glance

  • You will study 30.0 units over the course of the year (the equivalent of 5 courses each term) from the wide range of courses available to you. 
  • You will participate in course-specific Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs), usually two each term per subject. ELOs take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the term. Some ELOs take place on site, taking advantage of the Castle's extensive grounds and facilities. ELOs beyond the Castle include visits to a variety of sites of interest such as world-famous museums, unique archives, public debates and performances, festivals, and historic sites.
  • During mid-term, you will participate in extended ELOs to important cities in the UK. In the past students have visited London Edinburgh, and Oxford.

  • You will attend ELOs at the Castle, including guest speakers and skills seminars.
  • You will experience small seminar group sizes, with an average class size of 14, and close interaction with high-quality faculty.
  • The co-curricular framework of activities will enable you to become actively involved in campus life and to gain experiences outside the classroom.
  • Throughout your first year you will be able to rely on extensive academic and personal support from the many student-focussed services on campus.

Planning ahead

P Smiles2019In second year, you can go on to specialize in one or more subject areas. This is often intensive study in one subject, known as a Major, but you can include the option of less intense study in a secondary subject, the Minor.

At Queen’s, these different options are known as Plans of Study, and there are over 2000 combinations possible. Choosing to study at the BISC opens up a wide range of available Plans and allows you to tailor your degree to fit your needs.

The BISC First Year Program is deliberately interdisciplinary, with close contact with your professors, covering a wide range of expertise, so that you can choose the Plan of Study that works for you!

All students at the Bader International Study Centre are also 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. For additional course information, please contact the course instructor (contact details are available on each course description page).

The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Gordon Hall, 74 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2218
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