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Upper Year Programs

Have you completed at least one year of university? Are you looking to study abroad? The BISC offers six programs with over 60 courses for students in Arts and Science, Commerce, Engineering, Health Studies, Liberal Arts, Social Science and more.

A collegiate atmosphere defines the BISC's campus which houses up to 175 students. In this close-knit community, you will study alongside students in a variety of disciplines. There are plenty of opportunities to become involved, participate in networking events, and enjoy guest lectures from a variety of engaging speakers. Campus services including a library, gym, and student resources are located onsite.

And with excellent transport nearby you’ll be well-placed to discover the local area, London, the UK, and Europe.

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Study Abroad at Queen's Castle
February 8 - 3:00PM EST
February 17 - 6:00PM EST
March 1 - 6:00PM EST
March 10 - 3:00PM EST
April 5 - 6:00PM EST

  • Small class sizes: Average class size of 10 students
  • Course offerings are international in scope and interdisciplinary in nature
  • International student body, with participants from Japan, South Korea, USA, China and elsewhere
  • Primary and secondary research in many programs
  • Graduate-style contact with faculty
  • No credit transfer required for Queen's students as all courses are Queen's University courses; external students will require a Letter of Permission to transfer credits
  • Programs open to all students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited university who have completed one year of study
All programs are OSAP eligible (excluding Medieval Theatre)
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Castle Summer +

Build your research skills and boost your resume with impressive workplace skills. Gain up to three course credits (9.0) towards your degree and free up your Fall term.

Summer Term

Dates: May 9, 2022 - June 17 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply By: April 1, 2022

Students in Geneva

Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability

Explore concepts of health and disability within the expanding context of global norms. Interdisciplinary in nature, you will explore different perspectives in order to broaden your scope and understanding.

Summer Term

Dates: May 9, 2022 - June 17 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply By: April 1, 2022

 Archaeology Summer 2021

Archaeology Field School

Take CLST 408/6.0 Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum plus an optional 3.0 credit course during our six week summer term. Join an exciting dig at the site of the Castle's Gamekeeper's Lodge (built circa 1440).

Summer Term

Dates: May 9, 2022 - June 17, 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply by: April 1, 2022

Detail of miniature from the New Minster Charter, 966CE, showing King Edgar flanked by the Virgin Mary and St Peter

Field School in Medieval Performance Studies

Take part in this 3-week, 2-course program, culminating in performances at England's largest medieval festival. Students will explore a range of dramatic works from the Medieval period in England.

Summer Term

Dates: August 12, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply by: April 1, 2022

HealthSciences Fall2022

Upper Year Bachelor of Heath Sciences at the BISC

Combining the compulsory third year Health Sciences courses with the BISC’s characteristic small class sizes, one-to-one attention from instructors, and hands-on experiential learning, this opportunity adds global perspective to your studies.

Fall Term

Dates: September 2022 - December 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply by: March 31 2022

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of bursaries and awards is available for all Upper Year programs*, and some programs have extra funding attached. In addition, all programs are eligible for OSAP*
*Excluding Medieval Theatre

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Key Highlights

  • All courses include Experiential Learning opportunities
  • Unless indicated otherwise, all programs include a multi-day mid-term trip within the UK.
  • Average class size is 10 students
  • Learn from subject specialists and industry professionals
Winter Castle

Upper Year Winter Program

Take 5 electives, or core courses. Not sure what to take? Look at our Course Clusters in British History, Psychology, or Health Studies.

Winter Term

Dates: January 10 2022 - April 13 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply By: November 15, 2021

Scales of Justic on a world map

Specialised Program in International Law and Politics

Explore international criminal law and the law of armed conflict in this unique program. This focussed experience can only be achieved by studying abroad.

Winter Term 2022

Dates: > January 10, 2022 - April 13, 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply By: November 15, 2021

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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Gordon Hall, 74 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2218
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