My Summer at King’s: Vedika Kedia

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King’s College London Summer School is an appropriate opportunity for someone like me looking to discover, International Relations (IR). The course curriculum involves introducing basic concepts of power, democracy in IR and evolves to further nuanced study of the failed states, conflict regions and role of institutions like the United Nations. What made the course even more palpable were the class discussions, role-plays and other class activities. It gives an in-depth understanding of the perspectives of different stakeholders. Keats portal offers an access to a wide range of online material to further analyse any topic of interest. It significantly aids the course of study particularly during assignments.

The diversity within the classroom also fuelled the discussions. My peers belonged to various disciplines like History, Law, Journalism, Commerce and Mathematics. Through the short tenure of the course, we explored the concepts taught through the lenses of different stakeholders. The complexity of policy making in IR was evident through role-plays. In a scenario where groups have high stakes it is difficult to arrive at a consensus. In addition, being in India, we also discussed the impact of different policies on India and its take.

I comprehended the significance of evaluating the contextual variables. On doing so, I understood the uniqueness of each conflict and realised the futility of one–size-fits-all policies. I also learnt the importance of studying the history of a particular group or nation to assess its current position. History forms an important part of IR as many policies are framed keeping the nation’s past experiences in mind.

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The module has equipped me better to read between the lines. Knowing the IR theories, I can now better analyse the motives behind different IR policies and try to understand its impact. I came across new friends and a reliable guide in form of my professor.

Our Professor guided us vehemently throughout our course. She was always available on mail or in person to clear our queries promptly. At no point neither KCL nor the professor took the module in low intensity which clearly shows their high commitments level. This course was treated at par with any module during the usual graduate term in London. There could be many reasons to sway away, being it just a summer school, a short non – graduating course, geographically far away from main London campus and moreover no student opting for credit transfers. But it was all professionalism at work.

In a nutshell, I would describe the King’s College London, Delhi Summer School to be a memorable intrinsic didactic experience.

My Summer at King’s: Avantika Banerjee

berlin blog oneI was a part of the 2016 King’s College London India Summer School, where I took  Strategic Management. Even though it was a two-week program the amount of knowledge shared was tremendous.

The classes were full of discussions which brought new ideas and thoughts to the surface. The methodology was quite interesting. On our very first day, we were divided into groups of fives, which made discussions more comprehensive. Each day we talked about important issues and how to solve real-life problems in businesses using various tools and theories. The Summer School was a platform where I actually started to think critically and analytically. I also got an opportunity to work on my communication and presentation skills.

What also made the class interesting, was the diversity that it offered. My peers were not only from all over the country but also from across the world. This broadened the scope of our discussions since we all gained a perspective on global issues from our peers. Our professor was really helpful and was never restricted to just the course at hand. She told us about life at King’s and especially what the college and the city have to offer.

berlin blog one (1)The cherry on the top was the 5th anniversary of the Summer School. All the students were invited to the event at British Council, New Delhi. This was a golden opportunity for us since we got a chance to meet people at King’s in person. I got a chance to speak with Tayyeb Shah, Deputy Vice President (Global Business Development) . In the midst of a very interesting conversation that I had with him, I happened to share my interests in Data Sciences and IoT. He guided me to get in touch with Professor Mischa Dohler at King’s to gain a clear understanding of the field and see how I could translate my interests into ambitions.

My belief that professors at Kings were the most supportive was further strengthened when I got all the guidance that I needed. I got to know King’s much better and eventually fell in love with it! And so, here I am. At King’s. Pursuing Masters in Data Sciences. It really has been quite an interesting ride since June’16!

 

 

 

Applications Now Open- Undergraduate Summer School 2018

berlin blog oneWe are pleased to announce that applications for our 2018 Undergraduate Summer School are now open.

Our Undergraduate Summer School in London runs in two sessions. Session One will run from 2 July to 20 July 2018 and Session Two will begin on 23 July and end on 10 August 2018. You can choose to study with us for three weeks in either session one or two, or study for six weeks in both sessions. Choose from a range of Health & Science, Business, Law, Health, Governance and Culture modules. Take a look at our What Can I Study page for a list of modules.

The King’s Summer Programmes Teams are proud to announce that we are offering 8 tuition fee scholarships for students wishing to study on the 2018 Undergraduate Summer School. These scholarships will cover the tuition fee of £1,500 and the deadline to apply is 1 April 2018. If you would like more information about this and details on how to apply please visit our Summer@King’s Scholarships page.

You can submit an application now and you will have until 31 May 2018 to apply to the programmes. If you have any questions please take a look at our Undergraduate Summer School Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have a question concerning an application that you have submitted please email the admissions team through your King’s Apply account. If you have a question about accommodation, the e-store or any other aspect of the programme you may also find the answer to your query on our website. Alternatively you can contact us by email at summer@kcl.ac.uk or call the office during opening hours.

My Summer at King’s: Louise Peart

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Summer soon came around and before I knew it I was in a car headed to London to start my two weeks at the King’s College London Pre-University Summer School. Although not wanting to admit it, I was absolutely terrified- the thought of being thrown into a university-style course with complete strangers and expected to socialise filled me with anxiety, and I soon started to question precisely what I had let myself in for. What if nobody talked to me? How will I understand the content of a medicine course when I’ve only just taken my GCSEs? And, most importantly, what if there’s no WiFi?

These thoughts were immediately swept out of my mind the moment I walked into the Stamford Street apartments. I was greeted by ambassadors in orange t-shirts who welcomed me with huge smiles, and helped me take my luggage to my flat. They took the time to speak to my family and assured them (and myself) that I would be fine. After spending some time unpacking, I decided to take the plunge and knocked on the door of my neighbouring room. We managed to skip the awkward small talk and in fact learnt that I had visited her hometown in the US just two summers ago. We now Snapchat every day and are constantly having discussions of our reunion.

Without sounding cliché, the next two weeks were, without question, the best two weeks of my life. Coming from a small school I rarely have a chance to meet people my age from such an international background, but by the end of my time at King’s I had formed special bonds with friends from all across the globe. This gave me a taste of what studying at such an internationally renowned university would be like, and it is something that I cannot wait to be apart of. Academically, the course provided a very stimulating introduction into Medicine, through lectures, seminars and clinical skills sessions. At the beginning of my two weeks I was unsure whether medicine was for me, however now I am almost certain that I want to become a doctor.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this course to anyone who wants to make the most out of their summer, and spend two weeks exploring London- which I have come to adore. The hardest part was saying goodbye to my new friends, who almost felt like family, however I left with the confidence of knowing what I want to study, where, and perhaps most importantly, a set of friends for life.

IB World Student Conference 2017 Highlights

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This summer we were the proud hosts of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Student Conference. From 6-12 August students from around the globe studied the theme, ‘Well-being in a healthy world: personal responsibility and global health’.

During their time with us students were treated given talks by a number King’s faculty; Dr Jamie Barras from the Engineering Department, King’s entrepreneurs and Professor Anthea Tinker. As well as this they heard from an external relations officer for the UNHCR UK team.

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It wasn’t just academic talks that the IBWSC students took part in. On the first full day of programme it was out of the classroom and into London for a Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour. And lunch time was full of activities too with optional yoga lessons and a running club- which ended up in a group photo side the Houses of Parliament. A photography scavenger hunt along the Southbank and a goodbye party (with added Krispy Kreme’s) were some of the social highlights from the programme.

Undergraduate Summer School Students- What’s Next?

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Many congratulations and thank you to those of you who attended the King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School this year! This blog post is to update you on the next steps and what to expect over the next few months.

August
Examiners will have begun marking your work, and if you have met the minimum attendance you will be sent an official Record of Agreed Results (a transcript of your grades). To make sure this is sent to the right place please check that your home address is listed correctly on your Student Records account. If not, please log into your record online and edit the address by Sunday 27 August.

September
You should be able to see your assessment results on KEATS by the very end of this month.

October
Record of Agreed Results (a transcript of your grades) sent to your registered postal address by the end of October. You will be sent one copy of your transcript from King’s to the address you have supplied us in your original application. If you would prefer for this to be sent directly to your home institution please ensure this information has been updated fully in your King’s student record. You can visit our e-store via the King’s website if you need to purchase additional copies of your transcript.

November
If you are interested in coming back to King’s – the 2018 Summer School programme will be available to view online from the beginning of November.

We hope you have enjoyed your Summer School experience and we hope to see you again in the future.

My Summer in Berlin with King’s- Maxine Yu

Untitled designThis summer I was lucky enough to go to the amazing Berlin with King’s. It was an experience packed with excitement, fun and wonder. Every day was filled with activities that brought us closer to the history, culture and the people of Berlin.

I particularly enjoyed the bike tour around the city, although I had somehow managed to crash a stationary bike, we were taken on a journey of Berlin’s most iconic buildings and structures. The relaxing feeling of the wind blowing in my hair and the slightly panicked feeling of biking on the opposite side of the road, combined with astonishing views was what made it a unique and special experience for me.

Of course it wasn’t just the places we saw that made this trip such an experience, it was also the wonderful people that we met. Journalist and Editor, Gerd Appenzeller that told us about the reconstruction of Berlin, Integration Commissioner, Katharine Niewiedzial whom spoke to us about Berlin’s migration policy and Berlin’s most popular blogger, Mary Schweppes and her adorable dog that discussed Berlin as a European centre for the worlds young.

Not only did we get to learn about Berlin but we got to fully experience it, the food was delicious and it really brought us closer to Berlin as well as to each other. Whether it was the cutest bagel cafe, the sausages in the street stalls, or waiting in line for 2 hours for the world’s best kebab, some of my fondest memories were when we were relaxing and having fun as a group.

From the funny traffic lights to the unforgettable memorials, my favourite moment was when we were walking down the East Side Gallery at sunset, admiring at all the skillful street art. Watching the blazing sunset by the river, and taking a thousand pictures with everyone, it was a perfect last night in Berlin.

I had made some unbreakable friendships, travelled in time, from before World War II to modern day Germany, and made memories that I will cherish and never forget.

Summer School 2017: Session Two Highlights (Part One)

first dayHello from everyone in the King’s College London Summer Programmes team. This week began with welcoming our Session Two Undergraduate Summer School students, as well as over one hundred students who are studying on our JESIE programme.

We’ve held our second Instahunt, chatted with students at the welcome event, explored Trafalgar Square and attended a performance of Much Ado About Nothing with our Theatrical London class at Shakespeare’s Globe.

So here are just a few photo highlights from this week of the summer school. And if you you want to keep up to date with the goings on at the summer school you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Instagram.

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Undergraduate Summer School 2017: Session One Highlights (Part Two)

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Hello from everyone at the King’s College London Summer Programmes team. Today marks the end of the second week for our Session One Undergraduate Summer School students.

This week has been full of lots of exciting activities, both in and outside the classroom. We’ve held an Arts & Humanities, Law and Business careers panels- where professionals from those industries came in to speak to our students about their industry. Our Summer School promotional video has also been filming in and around campus, capturing students in the classroom and outside of it during their module excursions. And finally we’ve also had our Boat Party along the River Thames.

So here are just a few photo highlights from this week of the summer school. And if you you want to keep up to date with the goings on at the summer school you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Instagram.

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Berlin Summer Study Visit- Update

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We wanted to give you an update on our Berlin Summer Study Visit, which will be running from 3-7 July 2017. Details on the itinerary and accommodation have now been confirmed, and what’s more we have now streamlined our application process.

The study tour will use excursions, museum visits and discussions with Berliners to offer expert insight into both Berlin’s past and its present, enabling participants to profoundly experience this dynamic city whose future will influence the development of the Western world. Itinerary highlights include:

  • Walking city tour of 19th century Prussian Berlin
  • Lecture delivered inside the 1936 Olympic Stadium looking at the impact of Nazism on Berlin
  • Visit to the Holocaust memorial and a study of the fates of the Berlin Jewish community post-1945
  • Study of ‘two Berlins’ during the Cold War and how attempts have been made to reconcile these two identities and economic realities since reunification
  • Talk and Q&A on the 21st century Berlin migration policy and challenges/opportunities with Berlin City policymakers
  • Visit to a local start-up firm to highlight Berlin’s latest incarnation as a centre for the world’s young and creative communities

Students who are interested can now book their place on the study visit using the King’s estore, as opposed to the online application form that was detailed previously. This means it is quicker and easier to reserve a spot on this exciting programme. Registration will now close on 2 June 2017 and we advise early booking in order to secure a place, as spaces are limited. King’s students are able to apply for funding for this programme. Please see the Study Abroad Awards page for more information on how to do so.

If required students can book accommodation ( at an additional cost) at the Circus Hostel. This hostel is conveniently located in the Mitte district, which is a one minute walk from Rosenthaler Platz Metro station. If you would like to book accommodation for the Summer Study Visit to Berlin, please do so via the e-store.

If you have any questions about the programme please email us. Alternatively follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for up to date information about the Summer Programmes Team.