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 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.
As a rule, schools in more attractive / warmer locations are more expensive.
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.
Most of our partner universities support international students in some form of scholarships. These are usually sports, merit or, in some cases, artistic scholarships.
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).
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.
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.
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.