Newsletter March 2019

Newsletter March 2019

KE March newsletter

As spring arrives for those of us in the cooler parts of the northern hemisphere, we at KE start to make our more detailed plans for the coming summer.  We’re discussing visits and presentations with universities, arranging coach travel, confirming staff appointments for another season…  It’s getting busier!

While most of our students decide to visit universities as part of our ‘University Focus’, we would like to remind you that, new for 2019, is our ‘Discovery Focus’.  Here students can choose to visit places of cultural or historical interest instead of going to the universities, and also learn more about the contemporary cultural scene in the country visited.  When you enrol, we invite you to choose one ‘Focus’ or the other.  The choices for most of the courses (as opposed to the visits) are the same for everyone.

At this stage, although bookings are coming in solidly, we do still have vacancies on all our programmes – in the UK, the USA and Canada.  But we do also suggest that students just considering an enrolment should decide soon in order to ensure a place on all their preferred course options.

KE and sports star coaching!

Would your school be interested in coaching from a former British Olympic swimmer?

James Goddard represented the UK at many international events, including three Olympic Games, and is the holder of British, Commonwealth and European Gold Medals.  He currently holds four British records and one Commonwealth.   Over a period of 12 years as a competitive swimmer, he came up against some of the world’s most famous athletes, including Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.  James has a great knowledge of stroke technique and of the mental approach needed to compete at the highest level.  He doesn’t compete now, but works extensively with schools, training their swimmers, at all ages, from primary upwards.

This year, KE has been working with James to bring free coaching sessions to schools.  Would you and your swimmers be interested in receiving a visit?
Similar arrangements are currently being planned with other sports stars.  More information to follow…

It’s worth adding that KE is now working with a number of partners to link talent in sport with a university career.  Many universities, especially in the USA, offer sports scholarships, and KE is developing pathways for gifted teenagers through swimming, golf, soccer, tennis and athletics.

Just contact as at for more information!

The presentations we offer

At this time of the year, KE managers are visiting schools around the world to talk about the value of our academic summer programmes.  So far this season, we have visited…  France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Bulgaria, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman, China with Hong Kong and Macao, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia… Phew!  (And with more to come…)

When we visit schools, we like to talk about our academic summer programmes, of course, but we do also offer other talks of more general interest.  These include:

  • The 8 characteristics of successful people
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people, for teens
  • The happiness advantage

Others bridge the gap between general interest and some of our programme contents and include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Prepare for the future!

Please let us know if you feel that your school would welcome one of these presentations.

The realities of university life

As we visit schools and meet students, there’s usually a time for questions and answers.  Sometimes we invite previous students to join us and answer the questions.   It’s interesting that the questions they are asked about the university experience are often different from the questions that we are asked, and tend to be along the lines of:

  • Do I have to share a room?
  • Do I have to share a bathroom?
  • What if I don’t like the person I’m sharing with?

Well, the simple answer is that the arrangements vary quite a lot from university to university.  But KE students and regular university students have the same accommodation (though at different times, of course!), so a KE programme gives you a taste for what it will be like.

In actual fact, the accommodation used by KE is generally at the higher end of what you can expect at university.  It’s all been inspected by our team.  Sometimes you have a single room, sometimes you share (but in nearly every case with just one other person).  Sometimes there’s an en suite bathroom, sometimes bathrooms are outside the room and a little way down the corridor.  This is the way it works!  And actually, it’s a great experience.  You meet new people, you try to get on with new people.  That’s the path to a happy time later on at university.

And if you really don’t like the person you’re sharing with?  Well, come and talk to us: we’ll see what we can do.