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Bader International Study Centre

The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle is in East Sussex, England. Students can expect a rich culture and historical environment in a quiet country setting.

The program offers field trips in England and to the continent to complement classroom study. During your international experience at the BISC, you will attend classes in the castle for Monday through Thursday. Friday, and potentially into the weekend, students travel with a professor to sites related to their studies, where they will engage in experiential learning for each course.

Dalhousie University students study here through the Canadian University Study Abroad Program (CUSAP). CUSAP students come to the Castle primarily from Canadian universities as well as from other countries.

Study program 

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) offers an upper-year program for students in their 2nd or higher year of an undergraduate degree.


Upper-year Dalhousie students may attend the BISC for one of the following academic terms:

  • Fall Term: September–December (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
  • Winter Term: January–April (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
  • Summer Term: Early May–mid-June (2-3 courses = 6-9 credit hours)


This amazing academic experience is also the most highly funded! You may not realize it, but depending on your level of financial need, participating in the BISC program can cost the same or less than staying at Dalhousie for a term! If finances are your primary concern, this program is an excellent choice!

Students who apply for nomination to this program through the International Centre will automatically be considered for a scholarship of approximately $7,000 CAD from Dalhousie's Bader International Study Centre Grant.

To be considered for this grant, it is critical that you apply for nomination be the following deadlines:

  • January 1 – Deadline for Summer BISC Nominations
  • February 1– Deadline for Fall BISC Nominations
  • October 1 – Deadline for Winter BISC Nominations

Note: Students who demonstrate financial need are given priority for this award. Please submit the funding application (link to funding page) in addition to your application for nomination to the BISC program.

Should your demonstrated financial need exceed what the BISC grant can provide, we will also consider you for Dalhousie’s George Burris Study in England Award. You may also qualify for funding through Queen's University.


Fees are set annually by the BISC and are paid directly to Dalhousie. The amount owing to Dalhousie will reflect any scholarship that is applied to your account.

For more information on these fees visit the BISC website.

Apply for funding

Meet our Study Abroad & Exchange team!

Study Abroad & Exchange Advisor


Gillian MacDonald

Study Abroad & Exchange Advisor 

Gillian's best piece of advice for exchange students? Take the leap! The world is a beautiful place to explore. 

Gillian grew up in Nova Scotia, but has travelled the globe and lived in many special places. It was leaving the province to go explore the world that has helped her to realize just how truly special Nova Scotia is and she is happy to be living in the area again after many years away from home. 

She has a passion for group facilitation and activities, meaningful and heartfelt discussions over coffee, and loves sharing all that the city of Halifax has to offer. Playing games, gardening, book club and movies, as well as drinking cappuccinos on Monday morning and baking the perfect cookie are some of the things that put a smile on her face. 

Gillian can be reached at: gillian.macdonald@dal.ca

Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant - Inbound

Tara Mody

Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant (Inbound)

The Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant can be reached at inboundexchange@dal.ca  

Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant - Outbound

Delainey Wescott

Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant (Inbound)

The Study Abroad and Exchange Assistant can be reached at outboundexchange@dal.ca