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 –06 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

Living

  • 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

Breakfast

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

Lunch

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

Snacks

Vending machines are located throughout the campus.

Facilities

  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Plenty of outdoor areas for games and activities
  • Astro turf sports pitch
  • Conference room available

Learning

  • Taught by friendly and informative English teachers
  • 20 x 45 minute 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
  • Trinity exam preparation available

Programme

Arrival

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.

Welcome

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

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
london
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

Oxford, Bridge of Sighs
Optional
  • 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

Extra

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
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals

On-site activities

Optional trip to London
Testing/Induction

Lessons
Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full day excursion to Cambridge with walking tour and college visit
Afternoon Half day visit to Canterbury City Half day visit to Whitstable town Rounders

Zumba
Half day visit to Chatham Dockyards Mini Olympics
Evening Welcome games

On-site activities
Disco or karaoke Photo scavenger hunt Disco or karaoke Multi sports Disco or karaoke Film night
Week 2
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals

On-site activities

Optional trip to Margate
Half day visit to Canterbury City Half day visit to Rochester town Lip dumb challenge

Ultimate frisbee
Half-day visit to Broadstairs house and Dickens house Capture the flag Full-day trip to London with Westminster walking tour and National Gallery visit
Afternoon Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
Evening Welcome night Disco or karaoke Arts & crafts

Dodgeball
Disco or karaoke Talent show Disco or karaoke Film night
Week 3
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals

On-site activities

Optional trip to Hastings
Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day trip to Brighton with walking tour and Sea Life Centre visit
Afternoon Half day visit to Canterbury City Half day visit to Canterbury City Dance

Volleyball
Half day visit to Leeds Castle Egg Drop

Yoga
Evening Welcome games

On-site activities
Disco or karaoke Multi sports Disco or karaoke Trashion show Disco or karaoke 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.

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

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

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

SAFE 
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

Location

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