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From campus to castle

High school summer courses will be held starting this year at the Queen’s University Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in England through a partnership with the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and MEI Academy.

High school students will now be able to earn secondary school credits inside the historic walls of Herstmonceux Castle, a 15th century castle in East Sussex, England.

“Queen’s is pleased to be able to share the beautiful BISC with high school students through the LDSB and the MEI Academy,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s. “Now, more high school students will have the unique opportunity to live and learn in an environment with a sense of community and a rich history located in the heart of the English countryside.”

Students will be able to choose from a variety of high school credit courses held at the BISC, including English, History, and IB Prep. The LDSB will provide all teaching staff.

The BISC is located on 600 acres of parkland with extensive gardens and trails just 80 minutes south of London.

It was donated to Queen’s in 1993 by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, with the intent to establish it as a centre of international education. In 1994, after extensive renovations to transform bedrooms into offices and work areas into classrooms, the first students arrived.

"Limestone is pleased to offer this new and exciting opportunity to secondary students interested in reaching ahead while exploring the rich culture and heritage offered by the Herstmonceux Estate," says Shawn Lehman, Supervising Principal of Student Success. "We hope students will consider this unique learning opportunity."

To apply, please visit: http://www.meiacademy.com/apply/ 

Follow these links for more information on the Bader International Study CentreMEI Academy and the Limestone District School Board.

This is the second partnership between Queen's and the Limestone District School Board to bring global perspectives to the Kingston institutions and their community partners. In 2013 a pre-admission initiative to provide international students who meet the university's academic and language requirements with a seamless path for completing their high school studies and obtaining entry into Queen's was launched. Learn more about the Limestone-Queen's Pathway here.