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The Bader International Study Centre (BISC), located at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, is truly a fusion of history and innovation. The setting may be a picturesque 15th century castle, but our focus is on developing students who are prepared to lead in the 21st century through hands-on learning and by small class sizes.

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[aerial view of castle]

Why Study at the Castle?

From Arts to Sciences to Concurrent Education, when the world is your classroom, you will be able to explore a variety of academic options that will lay the foundations for success. Learn in a small class environment – benefiting from direct access to your professors – and get out of the classroom with field studies to places such as the offices of the Bank of England or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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By the numbers

21 students per class (average)

27 first-year courses offered at the Castle

500 acres to explore on the Herstmonceux Estate

100% of students live in residence

Our Facilities

Herstmonceux Castle is hundreds of years old, but the amenities on the estate have been renovated to offer the modern facilities you would expect, such as fully-equipped classrooms and conference rooms, a gym and work-out facilities, music practice rooms and a library that seems right out of a movie set. The on-campus residence features kitchenettes and laundry facilities, along with wi-fi, a TV lounge and study rooms. The Castle’s dining hall offers three meals per day while both the Headless Drummer Pub and Chestnuts Tea Room offer traditional British food and drink when you need a snack.

Learn by Doing

[BISC students at Brighton Beach]Every course at the Castle reflects its desire to anchor the academic experience in direct observation and participation. Field studies and guest speakers are key components of the courses we offer.

Built into your tuition fee, and into each term, you will have the opportunity to go on both one-day and multi-day excursions designed to enhance your learning experience.

Just imagine discussing Art History while standing in front of the actual paintings in the Louvre in Paris, or Biology in the lab where Louis Pasteur carried out his experiments. Cultural studies trips include outings to cities such as Bath, Oxford, and Brighton. Two mid-term trips per year allow first-year students the opportunity to explore major historical, cultural and scientific landmarks in cities such as Edinburgh, Liverpool and Paris.

First-Year Program

The first-year program at the Castle is very similar in structure as those studying in Kingston – with two main differences: classes are small (fewer than 30 students) and experiential learning opportunities offsite abound. Students completing their first year at the castle will declare their major at the same time and in the same way that those studying in Kingston do and will have a large range of program paths open to them.

A signature part of the first-year program at the BISC is the courses BISC100/101: Thinking Locally/Acting Globally. These courses draw together several disciplines: History, Film, Drama, Languages, Literatures and Culture, Sociology, Geography and Health Studies.

[BISC students in class]

First-Year Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QIA

From courses in Global Development studies to Philosophy, Politics and Economics, to Film and French, the classroom experience will be rich with debate, discussion and immersive experiences only available when studying in such a historical place. The BISC offers full academic support for its students, including one-to-one instruction from professors, skills sessions and a dedicated on-site Academic Success Coordinator.

First-Year Science

Bachelor of Science, Honours (BScH)
OUAC code: QIS

The core courses of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Geology, Math and Astronomy are offered at the Castle – opening up many science majors including Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Life Sciences. The small class setting not only provides a prestigious opportunity for the resumé, but a learning environment designed for excellence. Biology and Chemistry labs take place at the state-of-the-art facilities at nearby Battle Abbey School.

[student working outside at the Castle]

First-Year Concurrent Education / Arts

Concurrent Education / Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH/B.Ed.)
OUAC code: QIB

With observations at local schools, the international experience you gain will set you apart from your peers. Our dedicated Careers Evening will allow you to network with Canadian teachers now working in the UK and give you a competitive edge by encouraging you to think about your future career opportunities.


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