For those who aspire and achieve: a taste of university life in English-speaking countries

KE programmes are novel, exciting and stimulating. They’re specially designed for students aged 15-17 who like to be challenged – intellectually and creatively. Based on the campuses of leading universities in the USA, the United Kingdom (England and Scotland) and Canada, the programmes introduce students to future study at those universities, at one of the other universities which they’ll visit, or in fact at university in general. Many are multi-centre, so they see different sides of the country visited. They can even combine the USA with Canada.

(If you are a student, you can return to or check out our summary of the programmes here.)


Is your son or daughter, or maybe your student, planning to go to university?

This will be a huge investment – in terms both of time, and in most cases also of money. Make sure it’s the right investment! These are the questions which we think students should be asking themselves:

  1. Am I choosing the right subject, and am I preparing for it correctly?
  2. Which university would be right for me?
  3. Is it the right city for me to live in – or even the right country?

KE helps students to find answers to these questions by:

  1. Introducing them to a choice of subject area
  2. Taking them to see a selection of universities
  3. Showing life in the country and the cities visited

Is a KE programme suitable?

KE is definitely suitable for students who are looking for opportunities to:

  • Think in new ways
  • Challenge themselves
  • Meet interesting new people with ideas and imagination

Students don’t have to be committed to university study in the country visited: maybe they would just like a more focused, more rewarding summer porgramme. But they do need to be serious about study, and they also need a reasonable level of English. The programmes are suitable for local or international students – for whom we suggest minmum levels of English equivalent to: min. 5.5 [IELTS]/80 [TOEFL iBT]/B2 [CEF]/FCE.

KE programmes run just for 2 or 3 weeks, but they are full of activity and action. Students will be joined by bright people from different parts of the world, and often from the local area as well. Many students find friendships which continue into their university careers.

We must be honest: if you’re looking for programmes in which much of the time is spent on games and shopping, these might not be the right choice. But if you’re looking for an experience which will really change perceptions and prepare for the future, please continue.



The programmes

  • Offered in the UK (July), the USA (July), Canada (July-August)
  • Most run for two weeks or three weeks during university vacations
  • Generally multi-centre

Each programme has a number of different courses (one per week) and special features unique to KE.

Details of our dates and fees for 2018 are available here

The courses

Each programme includes different courses:

  • 2-week programmes include two courses, each lasting one week
  • 3-week programmes include three courses, each lasting one week

Course 1 (the order in which the courses are taken may vary)

Specialist subject – students choose one of these:

Course 2

‘Skills for learning’– students choose one of these, depending on their interest and level of English:

Course 3 (all 3-week programmes, plus 2-week programmes with St Andrews and UMass)

Each course includes 16 hours of classroom tuition, plus homework and project work, and the maximum class size is 15 (though most classes are smaller)


Special features – with university preparation

In addition to the courses just mentioned, each programme in the UK and the USA includes the following special features:

  • Applying to university – Five one-hour sessions to help students get a head start:
    • Choosing the right university
    • Making a good application
    • The personal statement or essay (followed by practice drafting a personal statement or essay)
    • The interview (followed by two 1-1 interviews)
    • Presentation skills
  • Study visits – Visits to famous cities, preceded by a seminar; there’s usually a university presentation, followed by some general sightseeing; in the UK and the USA, students not focused on university in the country visited may choose a cultural study visit instead, which could be to a museum, an art gallery – or something completely different.
  • Student mentors – Guidance and support from a team of carefully chosen, lively and enthusiastic students from top universities.
  • Tutorials – A weekly meeting in a small group in which students discuss their work and progress.
  • News reviews – A look at the day’s news, with discussion.
  • Special meals, with ‘dining & etiquette’ – A formal dinner, preceded by a seminar on dining and etiquette – plus an afternoon tea in the UK or a barbecue elsewhere.
  • Local sports and activities – A chance to take part in activities typical of the country visited, such as cricket, croquet, punting, baseball and (in St. Andrews) golf.
  • Presentations – Team presentations based on students’ experiences during the week.

(In Canada, we have two 10-day programmes, each with one course, plus a tour. Some of the special features mentioned above are divided between those two programmes; for full preparation, we suggest a combined 20-day programme.)

Study centres

With KE, students have the opportunity to live and study on the campuses of some of the leading universities in the English-speaking world, including:

UK: Cambridge, plus Durham and St. Andrews. Visits to London, Cambridge, York and Edinburgh.

USA: University of Massachusetts and/or Santa Clara University. Visits to New York, Boston, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Canada: Ten-day programme in the East (Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) and/or ten-day programme in the West (Calgary and Vancouver).

Australia and New Zealand: KE can also arrange university tour programmes for school groups in Australia or New Zealand between December and February. Please contact info@kefoundation.org for details.


Our mission statement

‘Our mission is to provide ambitious young minds with the foundations for success in a global context. To this end, we offer life-changing experiences at centres of academic excellence across the English-speaking world, together with guidance on applying to top universities and on pursuing top careers.
Our philosophy is that success depends not just on the ability to memorise and prepare for examinations, but also on critical and independent thought, on commitment and passion, on creativity and imagination, on teamwork and debate.’

© 2018 KE Foundation
Kingdom Education Group (UK) Ltd/Kingdom Education Group LLC/Kingdom Education Canada Ltd are independent companies trading in any country in which they operate as ‘KE’/‘KE Foundation’ or (previously) ‘Kingdom Education’. They are all 100% owned by or affiliated with the Kingdom Education Foundation, a non-profit/not-for-profit organisation. None of these entities has any religious or political affiliations, or any links with any other organisation which may have a similar name.

We organise accommodation, meals and classrooms with various universities in the UK, the USA and Canada. But we arrange our own programmes, and these are completely independent of the host universities.