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Fall Program

Dates: September 2021 - December 2021
Based: Herstmonceux, Oxford and London
Apply by: July 31 2021

The Fall semester offers you the opportunity to study abroad while taking advantage of the types of resources and supports typically found on larger campuses such as career-ready workshops, academic and personal support, social events, clubs and sports.

Our courses are international in scope and interdisciplinary in nature and you will benefit from close proximity to important cities such as Brighton and London, giving you access to sites such as Tate Modern gallery, Charles Darwin’s home, and Canterbury Cathedral.

Over approximately 14 weeks you will take 5 courses, each with experiential learning opportunities on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays. Our small class sizes facilitate a graduate-style environment uncommon in undergraduate programs, and as an upper year you will have the opportunity to carry out both primary and secondary research.

The highlight of the Fall semester is a 5-day trip to Oxford and London. And when you don’t have experiential learning opportunities you can use the weekends to explore other places in the UK or Europe. The BISC also often puts on pay-as-you-go trips to places such as Vimy Ridge, West End musicals, and Stonehenge.

Wherever you are in the world, the Upper Year Program at the BISC is open to all students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited university.

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BISC students at the Bath Christmas Market, where they got to ice skate and check out Roman ruinsBISC students at the Bath Christmas Market
  • Experiential Learning opportunities in all courses (typically 2 per course)
  • Program includes a multi-day mid-term trip in the UK
  • Small class sizes: the average Upper Year class size is 10 students
  • Learn from subject specialists and industry professionals
  • Financial aid up to $7000 for eligible students
Dates and fees based on 2018 and subject to change.

All students enrol in 5 courses to a maximum of 15.0 units.

Course codeCourse nameYear offered
ARTH 116/3.0  Art and Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to c.1700 Fall 2021
FILM 104/3.0 Film Form & Modern Culture to 1970 Fall 2021
FILM 340/3.0 Advertising and Consumer Culture Fall 2021
HIST 241/3.0 Issues in History: Medieval Europe: Castles, Kingdoms, and Religious Conflict Fall 2021
HIST 289/3.0 Britain since 1851 Fall 2021
HLTH 101/3.0 The Social Determinants of Health Fall 2021
IDIS 304/3.0 British Studies I Fall 2021
INTS 312/3.0 Journalism in the 21st Century Fall 2021
LLCU 206/3.0 Rebel Cities Fall 2021
LLCU 214/3.0 Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth Fall 2021
MUSC 171/3.0 Social History of Popular Music Fall 2021
PHIL 151/3.0 Great Works of Philosophy Fall 2021
SPAN 111/3.0 Beginning Spanish I Fall 2021


  • 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.
  • Queen's students: Grades will show on your Queen's University transcript and count towards your CUM GPA.
  • Non-Queen's students: Following the grade release date you can request a transcript from the University Registrar. Transcripts will be sent automatically to students from partner universities.

Not sure which courses to pick? Why not consider the combinations below? The BISC's course clusters allow you to take complementary courses towards your chosen degree. You then choose additional courses to a total of 15.0 units from the robust range of elective course offerings at the BISC.

British History


Gain a broad understanding of Britain through the ages

All 3 courses can be used to satisfy requirements in HIST Major and Medial plans.

HIST 241/3.0 Issues in History: Medieval Europe: Castles, Kingdoms, and Religious Conflict

HIST 289/3.0 Britain since 1851

IDIS 304/3.0 British Studies I

Cultural and Media Studies


Drive your academic and professional progress by taking this carefully curated cluster of courses.

LLCU 206/3.0 Rebel Cities

LLCU 214/3.0 Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth

FILM 340/3.0 Advertising and Consumer Culture

INTS 312/3.0 Journalism in the 21st Century

Winter semester

British Winter

We also offer a range of Clusters in the Winter semester, including Health Sciences, Psychology  and Law & Politics

The modern entrance to the British Museum

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 Trip

Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision not to run an in-person experience at the BISC for Winter Term 2021. The health and safety of our students is paramount, and we believe that under the current conditions, the best way we can serve students is to continue in our online and remote format for the remainder of the school year.

We will continue to monitor the situation in the New Year and update this page as soon as a decision is made with regard to in-person learning at the BISC for Fall 2021. Details of the Mid-Term Trip for Fall 2021 will follow in due course as soon as information becomes available.

Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites:
    • Minimum 1.6 GPA
    • Good academic standing
    • Level 2 standing (by time program starts)
  • Request to change campus
  • Receive campus confirmation from Undergraduate Admission
  • Register in class on SOLUS (pre-reqs may apply to some courses)
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Non-Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites for studying abroad at your home institution.
  • Apply online
  • Register online for your chosen program
  • Submit Letter of Permission
  • Accept your offer
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What is a Letter of Permission?


A Letter of Permission (LOP) is an official document issued by your home institution. The LOP allows you to take courses for credit at the BISC for a specified semester/program, transferring the credits back to your home institution for the purpose of completing your university degree.

Your academic advisor or the person issuing the LOP will typically look at the course content and your current transcript to assess whether you will be academically prepared for the course/program. Pre-requisite courses listed on the BISC website are therefore not necessarily mandatory for non-Queen's students, but may be used as part of the assessment process by your home institution when granting an LOP.

We will also make admission decisions based on current transcripts, but please note that without an LOP you may not be able to transfer credits back to your home institution.

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