In order to best facilitate the transition of students studying at Hertsmonceaux Castle in their first year, NEWTS Orientation Week provides specific individuals who themselves have studied at the castle. The First-Year Program at the Bader International Study Centre is the only program of its kind in Canada in which students spend a full year studying abroad at Queen’s University’s campus in the UK. The highlight of this campus is Hestmonceaux Castle, a 15th century brick castle that was purchased in 1993 by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, and donated to Queen’s University, Alfred’s Alma Mater, with the intent to establish it as a centre of international education. Student’s in the First-Year Program are admitted to a full university degree program at Queen’s University, completing their remaining years of undergraduate study at the Kingston campus.

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) Mentors are a select group of student leaders who attended the BISC in their first year of undergraduate studies and have completed their second year of undergraduate studies here in Kingston. The Mentorship program aims to ease the transition from first year at the BISC to second year on the Kingston campus, by providing support for returning BISC students and creating safe social environments. Mentors host social activities for incoming BISC students throughout the academic year, such as Wolfe Island Corn Maze, a night out bowling, or skating in Market Square, all designed to welcome students and to help them integrate into the Queen’s Community.