Our study visits are an important, and very popular part of our programmes. In the UK and the USA, you choose between two types of study visit: university study visits and cultural study visits. KE study visits typically have two elements:
- Visit to a university or a place of cultural interest.
University study visits. We arrange visits to a range of high-ranking universities. Very often, there is a presentation by the university admissions staff; sometimes, our staff conduct the visit, or we engage someone from the university to do this for us.
Cultural study visits. If you choose this option, you will visit some leading museums and galleries or other places of particular interest. (not offered in Canada)
- General sightseeing (usually in the afternoons). You’ll see the sights that everyone wants to see! So if you go to the UK, you’ll see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London etc. etc…
Just before every visit, you’ll join a seminar, usually with a powerpoint presentation. This is a really valuable introduction to what you’ll be seeing, and it shows you what to look out for. Also:
- Because these are not conventional excursions, our special KE study visits generally don’t include visits inside places like the Tower of London – we don’t have the time for that. But you do have the opportunity to look around the outside – and take a lot of photos!
- The trips organised by most summer school providers tend to devote a lot of time to shopping. We have to say that we don’t do this! There is at least one free afternoon on every programme for shopping, but this is definitely not the focus of our study visits.
Photo tour (UK programmes)
This is a slightly different type of study visit. We use a photo competition to help you to explore the best sights of some of the places where you’re staying.