The Castle's location — offering a base for experiencing the UK and Western Europe — is one aspect of its international orientation, but another is the opportunity to engage with students, staff, and faculty from around the world. Building on such links remains a key way of realizing Alfred and Isabel Bader's vision of the Castle as a diverse and truly international centre of learning and cultural exchange. The universities shown below are amongst those recently linked to the Castle.
Given the history of the Castle, Canadian students from Queen's or other Canadian partners are still the most numerous national group of students, and several faculty and staff are Canadian or have Canadian ties.
A significant minority of Castle students are from the USA, with a few also from Mexico and the Caribbean. Several American professors (e.g. from Elizabethtown and Milwaukee) have taught at the Castle, as has a Mexican professor from Monterrey (David Sarquis). Our current Executive Director, Bruce Stanley, is American.
China, South Korea, and Japan (especially China) are important sources of students. During 2010, Castle professor Eric Litwack spent a sabbatical at Nagoya, facilitated by Nagoya professor Saho Matsumoto-Best (who has taught twice at the Castle) and Japan-resident Robert Hyland (who will teach a course on "Discovering Japan" at the Castle in Fall 2011).Fudan University
The Castle has had students from Australasia and from India and Pakistan, and currently has an Australian politics professor (Alan Bloomfield). A few European students (e.g. Russians) have studied at the Castle, and the past and current faculty and staff include many British professors, as well as others from France, Germany, Spain, and Greece.University of Groningen