Bader International Study Centre

BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Midterm Trips

Around the UK or on the continent, the midterm trips are an outstanding, extended opportunity for all students to explore global political, cultural and historical sites of interest. You will combine course-related analysis with cultural activities. These trips offer experiential learning opportunities that highlight the BISC’s commitment to delivering a range of academic opportunities that will allow students to explore numerous paths for potential future study. On previous trips, students have had the opportunity to explore such cities as Edinburgh, Liverpool,and Paris.

All students participate in these trips, irrespective of course selection and program.

  • Fall: a five-day midterm trip to Edinburgh and Liverpool for the First Year students, and Edinburgh and York for the Upper Year students. Students will visit sites such as Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and Hadrian's Wall.
  • Winter: for the First Year students, a five-day midterm trip to Paris and another European city. Students will visit sites such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and Versailles. There is also often a chance to go on a River Seine boat cruise. For the Upper Year students, the midterm trip visits Berlin for five days.
    • The main objective of the midterm trips is to introduce all students, irrespective of their program and courses, to British and European political, economic and cultural issues, and their links with North America and the world.
    • Coaches are used for transportation for these trips. The Upper Year midterm trip flies to Berlin.
    • Students will have the opportunity to see sites relating to their courses as well as time to explore on their own. The degree of time will vary according to the requests of the instructors and the courses in which students are enrolled.
  • Summer: midterm trips vary by program. For the Summer School there is no long, multi-day trip because of time constraints.
  • Law: both International Business Law and Public International Law students take part in a week-long field trip to key international institutions in Europe.

On the midterm trips and overnight field trips, travel costs, accommodation (bed and breakfast) and entrance fees for course-related field studies are covered. All other expenses (including lunch and dinner, and entrance fees to non-course-related sites and events) are your responsibility. 

Cultural Studies Trips

There is also at least one cultural studies trip per term that is open to all students at the Castle. Past cultural studies trips have included:

  • Day-trip to Canterbury, which includes a visit to Canterbury Cathedral
  • Day-trip to Bruges
  • Day-trip to Cambridge, including a walking tour
  • Day trip to London, including a boat ride on the Thames

Pre-trip talks ensure that all students have background on the sites; these talks are reinforced with academic handouts put together by instructors and issued to all on the trip. Course-related visits may also be integrated into the cultural studies trips. The costs of transportation, packed lunches and all entrance fees for day-long cultural studies trips are included in your tuition fees.