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  • Welcome to the BISC!

    Welcome to the BISC!

    The Bader International Study Centre is the UK campus of Queen's University, Canada - based at historic Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex.

  • ELOs

    Leave the classroom behind!

    Our exciting Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are a feature of every program that we offer. Learn by going! Visit museums, galleries, or take a guided tour through the streets of London.

    The BISC firmly believes in learning that goes beyond the classroom.

  • Programs

    Choose the program that suits you

    First Years can spend a full year at the castle in our Arts, Science, or Con-Ed streams. Upper Years can take advantage of our course clusters in the Fall, Summer, or Winter terms.

    All students benefit from our small class sizes and personal contact with our professors.

  • Campus

    A vibrant, friendly campus

    All students live on the castle estate itself in our Hall of Residence, Bader Hall. The BISC is a small community that prides itself on its sense of inclusiveness and diversity. And with over 30 ratified student clubs, there's no excuse not to get involved!

    Find us on Twitter @QueensBISC #BISCLife

  • Castle

    A unique Study Abroad opportunity

    The 15th century castle of Herstmonceux will be your classroom. Nestled in the English countryside, with easy transport links to Brighton and London, the BISC is your gateway to the UK and beyond. Apply today!


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As well as native English-speaking students, the BISC currently enrols students from China, Japan, and Korea. Some North American students studying in the first year program are also ESL (English as a Second Language). While the BISC strictly respects all language requirements set by the UK government for foreign students, we recognize that some ESL students will find it easier to succeed with carefully-targeted linguistic and cultural help.

To assist with your experience BISC appointed one of our ongoing faculty members to deliver support for ESL students.  The BISC ESL co-ordinator, Dr. Isabelle Brent, runs ESL specific class that focuses on help with class readings, taking notes in lectures, and developing skills to participate fully in class seminars.

BISC also recognizes the other effects of living away from home in a new culture.  This term BISC hosted a social cooking event for ESL students. Students were able to cook some dishes that they had been craving from home and bonded with staff and other students that came to the event.  (Picture academics 3d cooking pic)

Other ways that BISC helps with the transition is by giving an academic induction to the castle during orientation week, pre- and post-course language tests, access to our ESL library, and by offering  the Academic Buddy Scheme. We also support faculty by offering them training sessions on teaching particular first language groups, and ongoing guidance on how to help particular students.

Faculty Contact Information

Dr. Isabelle Brent (The BISC's Student Success and ESL Coordinator)
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Academic Buddy Scheme

Where available, each ESL student interested in participating in the scheme will be paired with another student at the BISC in order receive support and help predominantly with their studies, and particularly in relation to their English language and structure, but also with their time at the BISC. Each pairing will be expected to arrange regular meetings or study dates and to work together within the bounds of academic integrity.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
Fax: +44 1323 834499
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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
Fax: (613) 533-6810
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