Frequently asked questions

In the USA, they emphasize project teaching and a flexible schedule, and students have the option of choosing between study, sports and other specializations. In Canada, teaching is very similar but only more academically oriented. In the United Kingdom, on the other hand, study comes first and the choice of subjects is more limited. In addition to studying at a very high level, Swiss universities work with the largest and most important companies [in the country/world?], which offer our students internships that allow them to learn from the most experienced professionals in the field. Academic life is very well connected here with real experience in foreign companies.
Studying abroad has countless advantages, the main ones being learning a foreign language, meeting new people and cultures and gaining greater independence. In order to provide this experience to students, we have established partnerships with dozens of high schools and universities in the USA, Canada and Europe (especially the United Kingdom and Switzerland). Our partner schools offer quality education, plenty of extracurricular activities and an individual approach to each student. During their studies, great emphasis is placed on the development of the student's strengths, the use of modern technologies and alternative teaching methods. At the same time, studying at our schools opens up the possibility for students to find a career in the world.
 
Our partner high schools are located in the USA, Canada and Europe. Twenty of our nearest partner schools are represented at our JK Education EXPO fair, but in the past we have placed students at over a hundred different boarding schools around the world. And our own network of American Academy schools in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is definitely worth mentioning.
 
Boarding school is the best type of residential school. Since our founding, we have sent hundreds of students to this type of school who are now continuing their studies at top foreign universities, and many who have been accepted for promising jobs around the world. Boarding schools are characterized by a varied and imaginative curriculum, a long tradition and the success of their graduates. Students of these schools live on campus, which creates an ideal environment for student development, both academically and socially.
Unlike public schools, boarding school students stay in America on a student F1 visa (in Canada it is a study permit), which allows them to achieve study results that are recognized in Europe.
 

Our partner schools in the US and Canada fall into two basic categories: Universities and Community Colleges.

Community colleges are smaller than universities, their cost of education is lower and their admission demands are less rigorous. Community colleges offer fewer specializations but a large number of courses that lead to a variety of certificates and diplomas. At these schools, students most often study a two-year program which ends with an Associate Degree. After these two years, students can move to a classical university, which will recognize their already completed subjects, and after another two years, they can obtain a bachelor's degree.
 
At the classical university, a student can study the so-called Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor's study) or Graduate Degree (Master's and Doctoral studies). The requirements for the admission procedure are higher than in the case of community colleges, but the teaching and quality of professors are at a very high level, students have modern classrooms and technologies, research centers and laboratories and can engage in a variety of extracurricular activities. At a traditional university, students could potentially tryan internship in a multinational company as well.
 

Our boarding schools do not strictly focus on one area but offer their students a wide range of different subjects, clubs and activities. Students have the opportunity to try what interests them and find out what they are good at. Thanks to the individualized approach of professors, they have the opportunity to change their schedule at any time and to study areas of less interest either only at the basic level or not at all.
Popular programs on offer include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), medical programs, robotics, nutritional counseling, sports medicine, hospitality, business, economics, foreign languages ​​and much more -- with these programs very often in collaboration with prestigious universities, research centers and even famous companies via internships, competitions and year-round projects.
 

Our partner universities offer a diverse range of disciplines and programs, from favorites such as marketing, management, (computer) technology, business, healthcare, history, languages ​​or various artistic specializations, to more specialized programs that vary from university to university. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy themselves -- one popular university field, for example, is sports management.
The American university system allows students to pursue more specializations, as the student can choose what is called their ‘major’ (the main field of study) and their ‘minor’, or secondary field. In this way, it is possible to obtain education in two completely different fields, such as criminology and musicology, at the same time. We also cooperate with schools where it is possible to study, for example, in aviation, including obtaining a pilot's license.
European universities do not allow such a degree of flexibility; the student usually devotes him or herself to one field, which is chosen at the beginning of his or her studies.

Location
As a rule, schools in more attractive / warmer locations are more expensive.
Offered programs
Usually, the more prestigious the programs, the higher the price. Therefore, if the school offers top sports academies (golf, hockey, football, etc.) or above-standard academic programs where only a few of the best students are accepted, they rarely offer scholarships.

 

At most of our schools, we are able to provide partial scholarships and reduce the original price by up to several tens of percent. The specific amount always depends on the age, achievement and level of English of the student and the financial situation of the student’s family.
Tuition fees include studies, extracurricular activities, sports, trips, accommodation and three meals a day.
 

Most of our partner universities support international students in some form of scholarships. These are usually sports, merit or, in some cases, artistic scholarships.

Sports scholarship

These scholarships are offered to very talented students who excel in the sport that is represented at the school. To obtain them, it is necessary to contact the school in advance. Schools need to be sent student statistics, videos and tournament results. If the student really excels in the sport, they have a chance to get a very high scholarship (in some cases up to 100% tuition coverage).

Merit scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to students automatically and depend on students' marks on their high school report cards, the quality of their essays, participation in extracurricular activities, test results (TOEFL or IELTS, SAT) and letters of recommendation from high school teachers.

Artistic scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to students of art disciplines (e.g. music, film). However, they are not provided at all schools, so please always contact our consultants. They will be happy to provide you with more information on all available scholarships.
 

The admission process is a little different for each school. In general, however, it is a completed application, translated certificates, teacher recommendations, essay, entrance interview, in some cases a test (English / mathematics / general knowledge) and an application for financial support.
Subsequently, we help our clients arrange visas, air tickets, insurance, vaccinations, medical documents and transport to school. We then take care of our clients throughout the year and help them deal with issues related to school programs.
 

Each school sets its own conditions for admitting students separately, but what schools typically require for admission includes a completed application form, all previous high school certificates translated into English, the result of a language test (student can choose between TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or Cambridge certificates), motivational essays, one to two letters of recommendation from high school teachers and, in some cases, an SAT or field test.
The deadlines for submitting applications to boarding schools vary from school to school. Some schools have an application deadline of January 15 or February 1, while other schools have a so-called rolling admission, meaning they accept students for the entire previous school year. We also have experience with the admission procedure taking place during the holidays before starting a new school. If the school in question requires tests (TOEFL, SAT, etc.), it is also necessary to pay attention to those deadlines.
 
The deadline for submitting the application is set by each school individually. Most schools require the submission of the application and all its requirements in January or February of the same year in which the student plans to start his / her studies. However, many of our partner schools are more flexible in terms of application deadlines, and students can apply to schools until May and June -- again, of the same year in which they wish to begin their studies.
 
Boarding schools start teaching between mid-August and mid-September. Upon arrival at the nearest airport, students are provided with a transportation to the school campus, where they will be given space to acclimatize. Orientation days / weeks are also planned for new students where they have the opportunity to get to know their classmates, the school environment, its employees and to secure everything they need for the upcoming school year.
 
It is possible to start studying at universities in the winter and spring semesters. Most international students begin their studies in the winter semester, which usually begins in late August. The spring semester begins in the first half of January. Vocational colleges offer more terms than universities, so students can start their studies throughout the year.
 
After graduating from high school and university abroad and obtaining a high school or university diploma, it is not a problem to have it recognized by one’s domestic authorities. We have experience with nostrification in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; it is an official process that can be done in about four weeks. We will help you get all the necessary documents, and then the last step -- a visit to the regional office -- will be up to you. If a foreign school does not directly meet the Czech or Slovak curriculum, the Office may order a so-called nostrification examination in the given subject. The exam can be repeated several times, so the diploma will always be recognized.
 

Safety is a top priority for all our schools. Since the campuses are isolated from the surrounding cities and are often located on the outskirts, students are not exposed to large numbers of people. Established hygiene measures (spacing between students in classes, sufficient facilities, limited numbers of students on campuses, etc.) are respected as well. We can highly recommend studying abroad at the moment. This year we have placed approximately 90 students in our schools. These schools operate under a "hybrid model" and offer both on-campus classroom and online classes to students. 
 

To come to the US, Canada or the UK, it is advisable to have a negative test for COVID-19. Schools also test their students upon arrival. Until test results are available (which normally takes a day or two), students are in isolation. Even then, they are allowed to move around the campus and participate in minor activities while observing hygiene measures. Hygiene measures have been reinforced in schools, with strict attention to cleanliness and early detection of possible infected persons. Based on the experience of the last spring, schools have implemented online parts of the curriculum. Should conditions deteriorate again, schools are prepared to move to fully functional distance learning.

JK Education monitors the global situation in terms of health and travel regulations, and is also in regular contact with all schools where it has students placed. 
We always act in the interests of the safety of our families, with whom we also maintain regular contact.
 

During the interview, you will find out how the school works with students. You will get to know a person from admission office, who knows the school campus and the community at school and can best show you how the study is going and what your day would look like as a student.
During the interview, you will get an idea of ​​whether this school is right for you and whether it meets what you expect from your dream school. The great advantage of these interviews is that during you can also consult your chances of admission to school.
 
The meeting takes the form of a friendly conversation and is informal.
Start by introducing yourself. It gives a good impression if you can name your study and sports achievements, which can be anything such as obtaining certificates, or participation in various competitions, races, etc. Be sure to tell the representatives about your interests and hobbies. Don't be afraid to mention the seemingly unimportant extracurricular activities and everyday activities - reading, sports, creative or voluntary activities, etc. You can really mention anything you do when you come home from school.
A school representative will always tell you exactly what your normal day at school will look like. In general, the more the representative knows about you, the better they can introduce and describe the study, sports and extracurricular programs offered.
If you have already chose a specific field of study or sport that you want to focus on, we recommend that you pay close attention to this topic and prepare questions in advance.
Athletes are advised to ask about the frequency and load of training, the level of sports at school, various sports rankings and the university's location in tournaments, and what opportunities are out of season and how to combine sports and study in general.
 
If you are not an athlete - ask more about the opportunities that study offers, what internships you can participate in, which universities the schools work with, where around the world the school’s campuses are. For example, even if the school is based in the US, you can often visit Asia or Europe during your studies.
 
If you do not have a specific focus yet, be generally interested in the community at the school, the location of the school, its level, the variety of programs offered, trips and leisure activities.
 
A good first impression and good English during the interview can help you to impress the
representative, however, this will not be decisive for the admission procedure. Try to relax and don't be afraid to ask questions. If you do not understand something, ask. Be active and show interest in the conversation.
In addition, if you are unsure of your English, a member of our team will be happy to attend the meeting with the representative together with you and help you with communication and translation. Parents are also welcome to speak.
 
Our team will help you with the final selection of a school, or several schools that you will apply to. We will jointly agree on the financial conditions and start the admission procedure for all selected schools. We will guide you through the entire process, from filling out the application, through applying for a scholarship, to obtaining visas and fill the enrollment documentation. We will personally take care of the success of the admission process, and thanks to long-term relationships with our schools, this is usually not a problem.
 
Cooperation with us does not end with admission to school. Even during your studies, we are ready to help you with academic topics. Thanks to the fact that we have personal relationships with schools, we can communicate quickly and respond to the situation if necessary.