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.

My Summer At King’s- Pablo Nolla

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Summer was arriving and I still hadn’t envisioned what I wanted to do after graduating. I kept thinking maybe university was not for me and I could get my own food truck and become a chef. After all, I still hadn’t found a subject to dedicate three years of my life to. UCAS applications were going to open in early September and I had to make the choice for the summer. I suddenly came to the realisation the best way to decide would be to attend a summer course.

I kept frantically searching and after trying to find the ideal summer camp I finally stumbled on the Pre-University Summer School at King’s. I had never studied politics but being given the opportunity to learn about what moves the world seemed like an amazing opportunity.

Summer came and before I could realise, I was on my way to Waterloo station. When getting to the Stamford Street Apartments I was greeted by a mass of bright orange shirted people, these were the ambassador, KCL students who would be our guides the two following weeks. I was taken to my room where I met my four other flat mates and Spencer, my ambassador. The room had a single bed, a wooden desk, a wardrobe and an inbuilt bathroom. Opposite to my room was the kitchen, which had all the basics and a table with 5 chairs. Aside from keeping some food in the fridge the only utility the kitchen had was to host our daily rendezvous.

Throughout the two weeks, the summer camp organised several activities which were all enjoyable. The first and most memorable was the icebreaker event where we went on a treasure hunt and had to take pictures around the city. Two and a half hours later we were lost somewhere around Borough looking for the London Dungeons. It came to us as a surprise when they announced we hadn’t won (everyone knew we took the best pictures) but the experience of learning about all my flatmates and Spencer was more than enough.

The politics course was taught in the building opposite our accommodation which made travelling easier. The course itself was extremely complete and interesting. We wrote an essay on “The tragedy of the Commons” and created a presentation on the sustainability of New Delhi. It was also during the course where I met students from all over the world such as two friends from New York and who I still keep in contact with. The course was also complemented with several lectures. One of them taught by a postgraduate philosophy student from Kings ended with the whole class arguing about Kant’s philosophy and the “trolley problem”. During this time, we also visited the “Imperial War Museum” where we saw the breath-taking WW1 exhibition which complemented the lecture on the “centenary of the Somme” by professor Spence.

Being fascinated by history and being able to attend the lecture finally made me settle to study War Studies and History at Kings. Since then, I have made KCL my firm choice and hope to meet my offer.

What truly made the experience memorable was the people. Living together and going to class with people you’ve never met before help create a strong friendship bond. Up to today I keep in contact with most of my friends from the summer course and we are trying to organise a trip for this summer. I urge everyone I know (who is in doubt or who wants to see what university life is like) to attend the King’s College summer camp as I believe it’s truly an amazing experience.

Pre-University Summer School in the USA

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New for summer 2017 is our Pre-University Summer School in the USA. This commuter programme is a unique experience designed for 16-17 year old students (typically in their last two years of study), which aims to provide higher education experience in a senior high school environment.

Teaching will take place in our partner school, Brooklyn Friends School in New York and will run from 7-18 August 2017. Students will have the opportunity to study one of two exciting modules- Into Space: Exploring Space Through Science and Politics and International Relations: From Grassroots to Global Impact.

The Into Space course will provide students with an overview of the physics and astronomy behind manned spaceflight, as well as the science needed to make leaving Earth possible. And the Politics and International Relations course will focus on the core aspects of studying Politics at this level, whilst examining political challenges when responding to current global issues.

The fee for the programme will be £1660 which is approximately $2000. This fee includes tuition, relevant course excursions and a certificate of attendance. There will also be scholarships available for this programme and more details will be announced on our website soon.

You can submit an application for the Pre-University Summer School in the USA now and you will have until 23 June 2017 to do so. 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.

Happy New Year from the Summer Programmes Team

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Happy New Year from everyone in the Summer Programmes team. We hope you have all had a relaxing holiday and are ready to begin the new school and university term.

For those of you who are already thinking about your plans for this summer we have a lot of exciting programmes on offer for you. If you are considering staying in London for the summer months, you may wish to take part in our Undergraduate or Pre-University Summer School, as well as our Pre-University Taster programme.

Choose to study one or two sessions with us on our Undergraduate Summer School. Session One will run from 26 June- 14 July 2017 and Session Two will run from 17 July- 4 August 2017. For each session you can study a module from a range of subjects areas. These include: Culture, Governances, Health & Science, Maths & Engineering, Law, Business and Ancient Languages.

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The Pre-University Summer School will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 5 August 2017. High school students who are in their final two years of study will have the opportunity to take part in this unique academic and social experience, whilst living and studying in the heart of London. Students studying on the Pre-University Summer School can choose from five exciting courses; Business Management, Law, Medicine, Politics and Psychology.

We are also excited to announce that applications are now open for our Pre-University Taster. This programme will run from 21-24 August 2017 and students can study in one of the following areas of study: Cultural History, Business Management, Law or Science. Use this experience to make the most of your summer and build your confidence ahead of university applications.

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Alternatively if you want to spend your summer living and studying in another country, we are also running a number of programmes for you too.

New to 2017 are our Summer Study Visits to World Cities. Students will have the opportunity to study in Mumbai and Berlin, where they will be able to delve intellectually and culturally into their city of choice. Details on fees and dates are yet to be confirmed, but please email us to register your interest.

We also have our two week India Summer School, which will be running from 29 May- 9 June 2017. The summer school will be held in Delhi and you will be able to study either International Relations or Marketing Management with International Marketing.

If you have any questions about any of the programmes mentioned in the blog please do contact us. Don’t forget to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates from the Summer Programmes Team.

Pre-University Summer School 2017

Untitled design 3The King’s College London Pre-University Summer School is back for 2017. High school students who are in their final two years of study will have the opportunity to take part in this unique academic and social experience, whilst living and studying in the heart of London.

The Pre-University Summer School will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 5 August 2017. The summer school is designed as a two-week residential experience, with students living in King’s College London accommodation. But non-residential place are also available if accommodation is not needed. The dates for the non-residential programme are Monday 24 July to Friday 4 August 2017 (Mon-Fri only).

Students studying on the Pre-University Summer School can choose from five exciting courses; Business Management, Law, Medicine, Politics and Psychology. For more information on each of these courses please see our website. The courses have an interactive approach and may include discussion groups, seminars, simulation games and Q&A sessions. Students will also enjoy at least one excursion, which is designed to complement classroom study.

Applications are now open for this intensive two-week programme, where students will enjoy combining academic classes, excursions, university preparation advice and wider skills sessions. You will have until 31 May 2017 to submit an application, although we do advise students to apply early.

If you have any questions about the Pre-University Summer School please do get in touch. You can send us an email or speak to someone from the team on live chat (you can find this function on our website). Or if you’re on social media send us a message on either Facebook or Twitter.

Summer 2017- Applications Now Open

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We are pleased to announce that applications for our 2017 Undergraduate and Pre-University Summer Schools are now open.

Our Undergraduate Summer School in London runs in two sessions. Session One will run from 26 June to 14 July 2017 and Session Two will begin on 17 July and end 4 August 2017. 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 Business, Law, Health, Governance and Culture modules, take a look at our What Can I Study page for a list of modules.

Or if you’re looking to gain a summer school experience in India, we are offering you the chance to study International Relations and Marketing Management in Delhi. The course will run from 29 May to 9 June 2017.

The Pre-University Summer School programme will run from 24 July to 4 August 2017. Students can choose to study Medicine, Law, Politics, Business Management or Psychology for two weeks. This experience will deepen your subject knowledge and give you the opportunity to test out a new discipline.

Applications are open now and you will have until 31 May 2016 to submit an application. If you have any questions please take a look at our programme specific FAQ pages on our website. Or if you would like to speak to someone from the Summer Programmes team you can send us an email or talk to us on Live Chat.

My Summer At King’s- Lucie Škopková

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This year marked the second time that I have attended the King’s Pre-University Summer School. After last year being such a wonderful experience I could not resist to come back.

During this year’s programme I have been studying Politics. I have never before engaged myself in this subject, and so I was hoping that by the end I would gain a detailed insight and overview of the subject. My expectations regarding the subject were exceeded throughout the programme and I have left feeling confident about the course and with plenty of information I would be able to use when deciding about my future studies at university. The Politics course was based on interactive lectures with student-led discussions and various small in-class projects and presentations. These activities allowed us to develop in terms of teamwork, presentation skills, but most importantly made us feel as if we were studying the subject under university conditions. In addition to our lectures and in-class activities we have visited the Houses of Parliament and the Imperial War Museum. Both of these trips were interesting and very enjoyable additions to our chosen subject. Overall, the course has been very well balanced, which encouraged our enthusiasm to participate and enjoy the academic experience.

The Pre-University Summer Programme also comprised of a social side. The ambassadors have organised a few icebreaker events for us to be able to interact with students we may have not yet been able to come across.  Then there was the day trip to Leeds Castle and the closing boat party, which were both very relaxing and pleasant activities where we could have fun and spend more time together before the two weeks came to an end. During the two weeks we have lived in flats with assigned pastoral ambassadors. It was amazing to see that by the end of the programme the flats were more like small families who would gather every evening to discuss the day and just chat around. It was lovely to meet so many new and unique people from all around the world and get particularly close with the students from my flat who will remain very close friends, as the plans for our reunions are on the way and being constantly discussed.

King’s has opened its arms and welcomed me for the second time and allowed me to gain such an unforgettable experience one more time. Studying a university subject, receiving additional talks on ethics and university related aspects, meeting amazing people and being able to live in a vibrant city like London for two weeks has made me a more confident, open-minded and enthusiastic person for which I am overly thankful. The Pre-University Summer School has been an authentic, dynamic and memorable experience full of engaging events and extraordinary people. It has been a privilege to be able to spend these two weeks in such a special way.

My Summer At King’s- Nicolás Bertoni

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This summer I had the pleasure of spending two weeks at King’s College London for their Pre-University Summer School programme. A perfect combination of stimulating academics, engaging activities and great geographical location, truly made this one of the best experiences of my life. I enrolled in the Business Management course and found it to be both engaging and informative. The academic experience was enhanced by the interactive teaching methods and expertise of our tutor, Michael Bedward, whom I’d like to thank for a truly enriching two weeks.

Throughout the course we were exposed to some of the material which would be covered in an undergraduate management course, and therefore took a peek at what awaits us after high school. It was therefore a useful experience for those who still need to decide what course to take at university, for it allowed the students to have first hand experience at what an academic lecture at university would entail and what sort of material would be covered.

This was also true for the non-academic aspects of university life. In fact, we were all based on one of King’s five campuses, and therefore got a taste of what university life at an urban campus would be like. King’s location in Southbank (central London) was also a determining factor in making these two weeks truly wonderful. In fact, all five campuses find themselves in the heart of London, therefore allowing the students to truly live and appreciate the city. Since London offers a plethora of activities and sites to appreciate, King’s location was perfect and it allowed us to truly enjoy our stay. Finally, the best aspect of my experience at King’s was being around students who share the same passions as I, and who strive to become contributing members of future society.

The fact that many different countries and cultures were represented at the summer school further allowed me to broaden my cultural horizons and gain new understandings about people and communities that are different from mine.

Overall, my time on the 2016 King’s Pre-University Summer School was a once in a lifetime experience!

My Summer At King’s- Ivana Skenderska

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Attending the Pre-University Summer School was an opportunity for me to get an early insight about the degree I would like to pursue at university as well as the industry I consider for my future career path. During the course I was able to explore not only numerous aspects of Business Management in the heart of London which is just a stone’s throw away from the City (one of the biggest financial centre’s worldwide) but also to improve my “soft” skills in terms of presenting or conflict management.

Moreover, at King’s I had the chance to interact with various people coming from truly international backgrounds. This collaboration let me build strong friendships for the future and get to know students from all over the globe. It helped me also to understand how to work in diverse teams and how to overcome the individual or cultural differences between the members in order to complete successfully and on time our group assignments. In my opinion this skill is really significant if an individual is considering making a career in business or any other related sphere and I am happy that the course offered me the opportunity to further develop it.

As a student at King’s I could explore as well first-hand the stories of two young entrepreneurs which for me was one of the highlights of the program. These were guest speakers who explained what it takes to be successful in terms of star-up companies in the real world judging by their own experience. Therefore, the meeting helped me to get a clearer image of how I can set up my own business or deal with the difficulties on the way to success. I also learned the importance of networking in the business world as a tool for building contacts and connections to people that might be useful for my professional development.

To sum up, being a student at the Summer School for two weeks gave me a taste of what is like to be at university and to live in London. The time at King’s passed quickly, but during the program my perspective changed thoroughly. Now thanks to the Pre-University course I am sure which degree to choose at undergraduate level and what kind of career will suit me the best.

I am looking forward to coming back to King’s and putting in practice everything that I learned from this action-packed as well as fun Summer School experience.

 

My Summer At King’s- Alexandra Blanter

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In all honesty, I started off my two weeks at King’s a little shy, a little introverted and very uncomfortable. The idea of speaking in front of fifty people, of being thrust into a group of teenagers and being expected to mingle, was terrifying to me, and as anybody in my psychology class could tell you, my motto for the first couple of days was “hide in the back” and hope to be spared of the awkward small talk.

The thing about small talk though, is that it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. All I had to do was start. After taking an embarrassingly long morning to muster the bravery, I said say hi to my desk partner, and next thing I knew, I was being introduced to people from Taiwan, South Africa, Dubai, Poland, Romania; people from all over the world. I even came across a guy my age who had been living twenty minutes away from me for the past 16 years.

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And as cheesy and cliché as it all sounds, the next two weeks were probably some of the most memorable and impactful I’ve ever had. Coming from a small school and never having studied psychology before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I got was an hour of meditation (yes, as a class), the opportunity to hold a human brain, which was strangely more exhilarating than I thought it would be, and a whole lot of talking about people and their minds. Without exaggeration, I loved every day. While I came in being unsure about my future prospects, I left almost positive that I wanted to pursue psychology.

But if I had to leave King’s with just one word, that word, I think, would be grateful. While at King’s, I realised that my life could, in fact, reach beyond just high school, that there were possibilities and opportunities waiting for me outside those that I had come to know at home. Meeting my teachers, my ambassadors, people from all over the world, allowed me to see a glimpse of what, if I worked hard, my future could become, and it was a future that I couldn’t wait to be a part of. I grew and I broke out of my comfort zone. I gave an oral presentation in front of my class and, surprisingly, didn’t die. I wrote a paper and, surprisingly, won a prize for it. I started conversations with people I didn’t know, and now we relentlessly poke fun at each other’s Facebook photos and send each other Snapchats while sitting on beds 3000 miles apart.

So yeah, you could say I’m pretty grateful.

Alexandra Blanter