The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) is located on the historic 500-hectare Herstmonceux Castle estate in East Sussex, U.K., about 100 km south of London.
The estate was donated to Queen's in 1993 by Queen's alumnus Dr. Alfred Bader and his wife, Dr. Isabel Bader. After extensive renovations to the moated 15th century castle (which housed the Royal Greenwich Observatory until 1988), the BISC now offers an ideal setting for innovative international undergraduate programs and a post-baccalaureate law program that involve extensive use of integrated field study activities both in the British Isles and in continental Europe.
While the BISC is owned and operated by Queen's, its award-winning first-year undergraduate program is offered in conjunction with a consortium of top-ranking Canadian universities that include University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Dalhousie University, and Huron University College.
This unique Fall/Winter First-Year Program (courses in the Arts, Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences) is offered alongside a four term, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Upper-Year Program (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce), as well as a Spring International Law Program.
The BISC campus includes Herstmonceux Castle (housing classroom, conference, computing, library, study, office and dining facilities), Bader Hall (a modern three-story residence for students, faculty and guests), the David Smith Hall (for additional faculty accommodation), formal Elizabethan gardens, and an extensive wooded medieval park.
While the academic programs are the central focus of activities in the fall, winter, spring, and summer terms, at other times, the BISC also serves as a centre for academic and business conferences, a venue for festivals, weddings, concerts, plays, workshops, exhibitions, as well as a bed and breakfast facility and a tourist attraction for visitors when the grounds are opened to the public between Easter and October.
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