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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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The need to be respectful of the multi-religious nature of the BISC community is recognised as fundamental to the continued harmony of the community and the well-being of our students. At the BISC we do what we can to link students with local religious and faith based organisations, services and places of worship as well as inviting local religious leaders to the Castle to meet with the students in both formal and informal settings.

Find a local house of worship

Although our own facilities are limited, Student Services and the BISC will always endeavour to meet the spiritual needs of students. If you have a particular requirement or question, please contact Student Services: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exams and Observing Religious Holidays

The BISC has a duty to provide accommodation for students, staff and faculty where their religious observances create a conflict with their work/ study schedule. Also, the school calendar should not be seen to favor a particular religion.

Q: What constitutes a religious observance?

A: Whatever Holy Days are observed by a member of a particular faith eg: Weekly Sabbath, or festivals such as Easter, Ramadan, Passover, Divali, etc. If a member of a particular faith would be expected not to work on the date of a particular observance/Sabbath, and if the observance conflicts with a work or academic requirement, that person would be entitled to request religious accommodation.

Q: Will an exam be re-scheduled to a date of my choosing?

A: No. The exam will be re-scheduled at the earliest possible date, following the original scheduled exam, agreeable to the University exams office in consultation with Student Services. Rescheduled exams cannot be held earlier than the original schedule date unless the observance falls on the last day of exams. Exam rescheduling is not intended to create unnecessary hardship or inequality for students. However, given the complex arrangements involved in scheduling exams, students may find the re-schedule date less ideal than they may have hoped. The BISC's obligation is to provide an appropriate exam accommodation so as long as the offered date does not create an "official exam conflict" (that is three consecutive exams in 24 hours, containing one 9 am, one 2 pm and one 7 pm start time). The new date, while appropriate, may not be the student's preferred date.

Q: How is my membership in a religious community vetted?

A: To be frank, it is not. Under human rights legislation, a person need only demonstrate sincerity of belief in order to have their faith-based accommodation needs considered. Religious accommodations, then, are essentially granted on an honor system. We encourage students to ask only for accommodations that are legitimate based on their current commitment to practicing their religion. For example: if you have an exam scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, we expect that you will only request the accommodation if you are, in fact, a regular Sabbath Keeper. If you would normally study or do other work on the given day, there should be no barrier to you writing a scheduled exam on that day as well. Remember that the re-scheduling of exams, like other forms of accommodation, is intended to eliminate barriers, not to give students an advantage. Exams will not necessarily be rescheduled to a date/time that the student prefers. The BISC expects students to make requests for religious accommodation in good faith. 

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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