2018 season – overview
The 2018 season saw our usual groups of lively and intelligent KE students keen to find out what university life could be like in the future. The season ran very smoothly, and the feedback we received from students was overwhelmingly positive.
So what were the highlights…?
In the USA, students were able to join us at our well-established centre at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and join us for our great study visits to Boston, New York City and the coastal cities of Providence and New Haven. It seemed that our trip to Boston this year was the most popular ever, with students really enjoying the university visits there.
On the other side of the country, we moved across the Bay in California to Santa Clara University. Previously, as you may know, we were based at UC Berkeley. While we still arrange a visit to Berkeley, all of us who were able to compare the two campuses felt that Santa Clara offered better accommodation, better classrooms and a more relaxed atmosphere. The campus is beautiful, and ideal for a summer programme. Our study visits took in San Francisco, Stanford University, and also Intel and Google, which was a real treat for our students.
There weren’t really any big changes in the UK. Our centres of Cambridge, Durham and St. Andrews were as popular as ever with our students. The study visits to places like London, Edinburgh and York are finely tuned and hugely successful. One slightly unexpected event was in fact… the temperature! July 2018 was the hottest month for years in the UK, and while the heat was a shock for some, for most it was a pleasant surprise…
In Canada, we embarked upon our new venture in the east of the country, with the University of Toronto as our main centre, but with shorter visits to McGill in Montreal and Ottawa. Students joining this programme were able to visit some of Canada’s top universities and to get a great feel for what the country has to offer. Other highlights of the programme included a tour of the Canadian Parliament, a boat trip to the Toronto Islands in the lake, and a short stop at Niagara Falls.
Our students in 2018
We’re always pleased to welcome students joining us for the first time from one particular country. In time, this list will inevitably get shorter, but for this year we can mention:
It was great to have you all on board!
And in other news…
- The UK is reporting an increase in numbers of students from EU countries enrolling at British universities this year (up around 8%). The UK government has promised that EU students starting in 2019 at least will continue to be treated in the same way as British students for the whole of their course.
- The USA remains the most popular destination for international students, with well over 1 million currently studying there.
- Of the three countries in which KE organises programmes, Canada is the one which is seeing the fastest growth in international student numbers, with numbers at university increasing by at least 20% year-on-year.
2019 coming soon!
We’re just finishing work on our programmes for next year, so please expect another newsletter in the near future. We’re not expecting any changes of venue… but we are planning some exciting new courses! If you’d like to register your interest in possibly joining us, just send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear what’s happening.