EC Partners

Embassy Canterbury

University of Kent

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval streets and remarkable buildings located in the county of Kent.

Our centre is located on the modern campus of University of Kent, within walking distance from the city centre. There are excellent sports facilities available as well as large outdoor spaces on campus for additional activities.

Quick facts

Location: University of Kent

Dates available: 25 Jun – 20 Aug

Ages: 11–18 (18 year olds accepted as part of a group with a leader)

Accommodation: Single room with en-suite / Single standard room

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978


  • Single en-suites are refurbished and located in Tyler Court
  • Standard rooms are located in Darwin College and are arranged in flats of 5
  • Standard rooms have washbasins in each room
  • Room furniture includes a wardrobe, desk and chair
  • Rooms are cleaned weekly
  • Laundry available in each residence building. Cleaning is £2.70 per wash and drying is £1.30 per cycle
  • Meals are served in a large dining hall
  • Wi-Fi throughout
  • Bathrooms are cleaned every weekday and linen changed weekly
  • Students must bring their own towel
  • A deposit of £30 is required upon arrival and replacement of lost key is £35

Dining & facilities

Meals are served in a large self-service dining hall in Rutherford College


Continental breakfast including coffee, toast, jam, cereal and fruit


2 courses, 3 options including a vegetarian option and halal option
Packed lunches (provided at the weekend): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps, and biscuits/cake

Evening Meal

2 courses, 3 options, including a vegetarian and halal option


Vending machines are located throughout the campus.


  • Taught by friendly and informative English teachers
  • 15 hours (20 x 45 minutes) of English lessons per week, morning or afternoon.
  • Placement test on day 1 to ensure students in appropriate level
  • Maximum 17 students per class
  • Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Lecture style and standard classrooms
  • The majority of classrooms are in Darwin College or in nearby academic buildings
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Materials included as well as an end of course report and certificate



Students will be welcomed upon arrival at Darwin College where they will register and get their room keys so that they can check-in to their rooms.


On the first evening, there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet staff and other students and get to know more about the campus, its facilities and useful information which will help them during their stay.


Activities are organised before and after lessons and during evenings. These activities could be on-site or near to the centre. These may include:

  • Sports such as football, mini Olympics, rounders, table tennis, volleyball and basketball
  • Daytime activities such as scavenger hunt and drama workshops
  • Evening activities such as karaoke, talent shows, and team games
Excursions and Trips
Half-day Trips

Our students get to explore exciting places such as Whitstable, Chatham Dockyards, Leeds Castle, and Rochester 

King’s College Chapel and the Back Lawn, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
Full-day Excursions

London: explore the historic city of Westminster on your walking tour and visit the National Gallery

Cambridge: explore this charming, iconic city on a walking tour and visit one of the colleges

Brighton: enjoy this vibrant popular seaside city with beautiful architecture, visit the Sea Life Centre and the Palace Pier

Optional excursions

Oxford, Bridge of Sighs
  • London: Madame Tussauds or Tower of London
  • Hastings: explore this great seaside town famed for the Battle of Hastings and the Smuggler’s Caves
  • Margate: easily accessible from Canterbury, Margate is a great spot to enjoy some fish n’ chips on a sandy beach after enjoying the amusement park

3 Week Sample Programmes


Each 14-night stay will include 2-3 local visits to Canterbury on foot with attractions of interest, 3-4 half-day trips to other exciting places/cities and 2 full-day excursions to other major cities like London, Cambridge or Brighton. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport.

The programme is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to amendments or alterations.

Students may have lessons either morning or afternoon in their first week, alternating weekly after that and visits may change.

Week 1 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Sports/Local activities

Optional trip:
London with Westminster walking tour and visit to the National Gallery
Testing/Induction Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day trip:
Cambridge with walking tour and college visit
Afternoon Half-day trip:
Canterbury city, Canterbury Cathedral or walking tour
Half-day trip:
Whitstable Town with beach and view of the castle
On-site sports Half-day trip:
Chatham Dockyards
Mini olympics
Evening Welcome games
On-site activities
Marshmallow challenge Photo scavenger hunt Karaoke Multi sports Disco Film night
Week 2 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

On-site activities

Optional trip:
Margate and the Turner Art Gallery
Half-day trip:
Canterbury city, Canterbury Cathedral or walking tour
Half-day trip:
Rochester Town with Rochester Cathedral or Rochester Castle
On-site sports Half-day trip:
Broadstairs House and Dickens House
Capture the flag Full-day trip:
London with Westminster walking tour and National Gallery visit
Afternoon Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
Evening Welcome games
On-site activities
Game/casino night Arts & crafts Karaoke Talent show Disco Film night
Week 3 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Sports/Local activities

Optional trip:
Chessington World of Adventures
Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day trip:
Brighton with walking tour and visit to the Sea Life Centre
Afternoon Half-day trip:
Canterbury city, Canterbury Cathedral or walking tour
Half-day trip:
Dover with nature trail through the white cliffs
On-site sports Half-day trip:
Leeds Castle
Egg drop
Evening Welcome games
On-site activities
Kahoot quiz Multi sports Karaoke Trashion show Disco Film night

Student Welfare

We place the highest priority on care and supervision at all of our Embassy summer centres so you can rest assured students are well looked after. Members of staff are available 24 hours a day.

Student Services

Our student support staff can help you with:

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Information about local services
  • Assistance with individual and personal problems
  • Emergency contact

Medical information

If a student needs medical attention, an Embassy staff member will help make an appointment. Group leaders must accompany the student to an appointment. An Embassy staff member will accompany any student that is not part of a group. There is a medical centre located on the campus of the University.

University Medical Centre, Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7PB, Tel: +44 1227 765682

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Hospital, St Peter’s Rd, Margate CT9 4AN 

If a student does not have insurance to cover their time abroad, insurance is available to purchase through Embassy Summer.

A safe will be available for the storage of passports, travel documents and deposits.

In case of emergency

A 24 hour emergency telephone number is available all summer:

+44 7771 845978


Embassy Summer Schools
c/o Darwin College
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NY