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UK University Preparation Programme

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Benenden School - University of Kent

UK University Preparation Programme

Immerse yourself in a distinctive educational adventure at Benenden School, proudly partnered with the University of Kent. Nestled in the idyllic Kent countryside, our school offers a harmonious blend of academic excellence and a dynamic learning environment. Experience a complete university academic journey, explore renowned UK campuses, delve into various subjects, live the life of an international student, and acquire the essential skills for success at a UK university.

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Programme Highlights


14 – 17 years


15 contact hours per week


Embrace university campus life alongside fellow international students


Explore leading UK university campuses, including our partner, the University of Kent


Engage in diverse university subjects such as Law, Science, Business, Computing, and Engineering

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About the programme

  • Seminar Session size: 12
  • Lectures: will include all students
  • English levels: Students with minimum English level B2
  • Additional options available**: Trinity GESE exam
  • Academic Benefits: Our comprehensive syllabus, “Insight into University Life,” offers a complete university academic experience. Students participate in a blend of study skills, guided study paths, and immersive university visits. The curriculum includes university-style lectures and seminars, project work with group and self-study components, and masterclasses delivered by distinguished academics and experts from top UK universities.

**(Supplements and minimum numbers may apply)

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Turn 1

09 July – 23 July


Turn 2

23 July – 06 August

What's Included:

  • Return shared transfers from London Heathrow airport
  • Full board accommodation in traditional boarding houses
  • Visits to the University of Kent with a student experience tour and subject masterclasses
  • Trips to London with university campus tours and subject masterclasses
  • Trip to Cambridge with a city walking tour and entrance to a university college
  • Trip to Brighton with a visit to the funfair on Brighton Pier
  • 24/7 supervision by trained residential staff

Safety and Security: Our top priority is student welfare, ensuring support, safety, and protection throughout their stay. All staff members undergo criminal record checks and safeguarding training. Individual coordinators and assigned staff members are present at all centres.

About Benenden: Established in 1923, Benenden is a leading British boarding school set in 250 acres of picturesque Kent parkland, just an hour from London. Princess Anne, King Charles’ sister, studied at Benenden School.


  • Sports: Extensive outdoor and indoor sports facilities, including tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, playing fields, and a newly built multi-functional sports pitch
  • Other: State-of-the-art teaching facilities, a stunning 300-seat theatre complex set within a unique mix of contemporary and traditional buildings
  • Accommodation: A mix of single and multi-bedded rooms with shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals: Full English and/or continental breakfast, salad bar, choice of 2 main courses (1 vegetarian), fruit/ice cream/yoghurt for lunch, pasta, choice of 2 main courses (1 vegetarian), and dessert for dinner

Local Transport:

  • Rail: Direct trains from Staplehurst to London Charing Cross, taking approximately 1 hour
  • Bus: Bus 297 travels between Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells via Benenden

Benenden School

Greenwood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4AA, UK

Staplehurst Train Station

Staplehurst, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0QR, UK

Central London

Charing Cross Underground Station, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DR, UK


Old Sessions House, N Holmes Rd, Canterbury CT1 1NX, UK


31 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, UK

London Heathrow Airport

Condor Way, Longford, Hounslow TW6, UK

London Gatwick

North Terminal, Departures Rd, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK

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Sample Programme

Day 1ArrivalsArrivalsCampus tour and ice-breaker activities
Day 2Introduction to courseHalf day excursion to local townWelcome Party
Day 3Study Skills Session from University of KentProject BriefProject Development Time
Day 4Visit to University of Kent for 'Student Experience'Excursion to Canterbury with walking tourOnsite Activities
Day 5Study Skills SessionProject Session 2Onsite Activities
Day 6Full day excursion to Cambridge with walking tour of the cityTour of Cambridge collegeCompetition Activities
Day 7Visit to University of Kent for 'Subject Masterclasses'Visit to University of Kent for 'Subject Masterclasses'British Quiz Night
Day 8Study Skills SessionProject Development TimeCompetition Activities
Day 9Visit to University with Masterclass and Introduction to SubjectExcursion to London with Politics and Royalty walking tourSouth Kensington Museums: Natural History, Science & V&A (depart London 8pm)
Day 10Study Skills SessionProject Session 3Competition Activities
Day 11Visit to University with Masterclass and Introduction to SubjectExcursion to London with Thameside walking tourVisit to TATE Modern and shopping in Covent Garden (depart London 8pm)
Day 12Study Skills SessionProject PresentationCompetition Activities
Day 13Full day excursion to Brighton by coachUnlimited Rides Wristband to use at Brighton PierOnsite Activities
Day 14Applying for a UK University by Oxford InternationalLecture - what next?Farewell Party
Day 15DeparturesDeparturesDepartures

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