Featuring small classes and integrated field studies, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) offers students the opportunity to earn Queen's credits in an international setting. Courses focus on British, European and International themes, and are open to all students attending Queen's University and students from other post-secondary institutions. The BISC offers programs for both first-year and upper-year students. The BISC is located at Herstmonceux Castle in Hailsham, East Sussex in the United Kingdom.
Students may opt to spend their first year at the BISC. The First-Year Program offers a selection of introductory courses that maximizes access to many popular Arts and Science degree concentrations, and provides opportunities for students to engage in field studies while interacting with an international community of scholars. Upon completion of their first year, students come to Queen's in Kingston to begin second-year studies and complete their degree programs.
Whether or not they spend their first year at the BISC, students may spend one or more terms in the BISC Upper-Year program. The Upper-Year Program offers students the opportunity to attend the BISC for one or more academic terms while earning Queen's credits towards degree programs. This program is available to qualified students worldwide and is offered during the Fall (September-December); Winter (January-April); Summer (May to June-July) terms.
Upper-year courses offered at the BISC are carefully selected and designed to take advantage of the many exceptional opportunities afforded by the Castle's British and European location. While the intimate nature of the Herstmonceux estate limits the number of courses that may be offered in any given term, special effort has therefore been invested in developing a streamlined program that is accessible to students from a range of diverse disciplines.