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Program Overview

2018 Term Dates

2018 term dates are May 4 – June 29, 2018.

The term is eight weeks long. Students arrive at the BISC on Friday, May 4, for orientation. Classes begin on Monday, May 7. The first five weeks of the program are spent at the BISC. The sixth week consists of a one-week field trip to the continent. The trip is followed by one more week of classes at the BISC, and an exam period ending June 27. Students depart from the BISC by June 29.

Certificate of Completion

Upon the successful completion of one of the International Law Programs, students will receive a "Certificate of Completion" in International Business Law or Public International Law from the Faculty of Law. The certificates of the students with the three highest averages in each of the programs will indicate that the students completed the programs "with First Class Honours".

Program Fees

2018 Program Fees: $14,415

It is the Faculty of Law’s policy that no Queen’s Law student should be prevented from attending the program for financial reasons, so we will do everything we can to make attendance possible for you. Please speak to Nicolas Lamp or Chantal Rousseau for more information.

The BISC program fees include:

  • Tuition: 3 36-hour courses of 3 credits each for a total of 9 credits
  • Room and board: shared accommodation (2 students per room) and full meal plan. (Students can request a single room for an additional cost of $400).
  • Welcome reception, orientation program, guest lectures, special events and final dinner
  • Field study trips: transportation and entrance fees; accommodation and breakfast on overnight trips
  • Access to BISC facilities and services including computing rooms, library, gym
  • Coach transfers: from and to Heathrow airport on designated days

Program Fees do not include return airfare to and from London, supplemental health insurance, textbooks and course supplies, personal expenses and laundry, and lunches and dinners on overnight trips.

Note re Fees for LL.M. and Joint Program Students: MPA/JD, MIR/JD and MA (Econ)/JD students who are completing the graduate year of their joint program are welcome to register in one of the International Law Programs, which will enable them to complete the degree requirements for both programs in three academic years.  LL.M. students are also welcome to register.  For the spring term, such students remain registered in the MPA, MIR, MA or LL.M. program, and pay tuition at that program's rate. They are also charged the field studies portion of the BISC fee, plus the full amount for the residence and meal plan.  The total amount payable by such students for the term is quite close to the amount paid in total by JD students.

Payment of Fees

Program Fees must be paid in full by May 4, 2018.

Financial Assistance

Queen's University, which is committed to making the BISC programs accessible, has established a number of awards and bursaries to assist students with the cost of attending the BISC. Bursary recipients also often access other forms of assistance such as government loans and grants or a personal student loan or line of credit.


BISC bursaries are non-repayable grants available to students from any law school who have demonstrated financial need above the maximum funding available through government student financial assistance. All domestic students must have applied for and be in receipt of government assistance in order to be considered for a bursary. The bursaries range in value.

Bursaries are available to both Queen's and non-Queen's students. Applicants from other universities are encouraged to investigate funding opportunities that may exist at their home institutions. In the past, a number of students from other universities have been successful in securing financial support from their home university to attend the International Law Programs.

How to Apply for Bursaries

Students are encouraged to submit a bursary application when they apply for admission to the BISC. Bursary applications will continue to be accepted until the beginning of the programs.

Bursary applications are available on-line at Queen's University Student Awards or from the Admissions Office. Law applicants should complete the application for the BISC upper year program. For questions about bursaries please contact Queen's Student Awards Office at bursary@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2216. 

Queen's Student Awards Office is a resource for all BISC students. Students seeking information or advice on any aspect of financing their BISC experience are encouraged to take advantage of the services available.

BISC Law Scholarships

Queen's Law students may apply for a BISC Law Scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest and/or experience in international law. The amounts of the scholarships may vary. 

Queen’s Law JD applicants will be considered for a BISC Law Scholarship on the basis of the material filed in their application to the international law program of their choice. For first-year JD applicants from Queen’s Faculty of Law, consideration will be given to relevant material in their application for JD admission as well, since grades in first-year JD studies may not be available at the time of first round admissions. 

Government Student Loan Extensions

Queen’s students who are currently on OSAP or another provincial plan can apply for a spring/summer extension. Information and the “2018 OSAP Summer Extension” form will be available on the Student Awards website in mid-February/early March. Non-Queen's students with government student loans should check with their home universities to determine the application process and deadlines.


LLM Students

LLM students who enroll in one of the programs begin their LLM studies in early May at the Castle and complete the requirements for the LLM at Queen's in Kingston over the remainder of the summer and in the fall term, with the possibility of completion as early as the end of December.

LLM students can choose the Public International Law or Business International Law stream, and much take all courses in the selected program. Graduate students attending the Castle will be required to pay the International Law Programs fee for the first two months of their LLM studies. This fee includes tuition, accommodation, meals, and field trips in Europe (but not airfare). After completing the spring term at the Castle, the monthly cost of tuition and other fees at Queen's in Kingston will be the same as for other graduate students. LLM students who attend the Castle are eligible for the same scholarships as other LLM students, and in addition will be eligible to apply for Bader International Study Centre bursaries awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to assist with the Castle fees.

Students who wish to attend one of the International Law Programs as part of their LLM studies must submit their application for admission to the LLM program by November 15, indicating clearly a wish to be considered for one of the International Law Programs. Space is limited and admission is on the basis of academic merit. LLM students apply to the International Law Programs through the Graduate Program, please contact Dianne Flint, Graduate Studies Assistant, for more information and application procedures.

More Information

For more information about the International Law Programs, please contact:

Chantal Rousseau, Manager, International Programs

Nicolas Lamp, Academic Director, International Law Programs

More information about BISC facilities, campus life, as well as immigration, what to pack, money matters, health, and other topics, is available on the BISC website