We know that this decision is not easy and we are by your side all the way.
Classroom learning, clever apps, conversational groups, summer camps or summer courses abroad are all excellent ways to engage with a language, but trust us, they are not a definitive solution to learning and speaking English.
There are no shortcuts. Don’t waste time or money on offers of a magic silver bullet. Instead, commit to learning English through hard work, immersion, time and motivation
The opportunity to study and live in Canada does not just ensure immersion in the English language. It provides you with an amazing, life-altering experience that will change the way that you look at the world.
Now that it is within your grasp, imagine for a moment, that your command of English is the key that will open all the doors and new opportunities in your life. Surely it is worth the effort?
We believe so and we believe in you
Ten reasons to study a full academic year in Canada
1· Improve your level of English
2· Make new friends
3· Achieve personal goals
4· Learn and experience a new education system
5· Improve your academic CV and stand out
Why study English?
At Ken’s we know how important and reassuring it is to hear about the experiences of students who have studied in Canada and trusted in us. For this reason, before deciding, we will put you in contact with both students and parents so they can tell you all about their program experiences first hand.
“Aunque nuestra hija es una chica decidida que le encantan los nuevos retos, estudiar en Canadá también se convertía en un reto para nosotros. Pero todo transcurrió de forma pausada y natural, casi sin darnos cuenta. Nuestra hija continuó con sus aficiones y conoció a muchísima gente. La familia anfitriona la acogió como a una más y viajaron por diversas zonas del país. Ha sido una experiencia única para todos, tanto es así, que mi hija pequeña está deseando irse al extranjero el próximo curso”.
“El nivel de involucración de la gente es total en los High Schools canadienses. Todos se esfuerzan por hacer lo que se les propone de la mejor forma posible y siempre de buen humor. Recuerdo las alegrías y sufrimientos de los entrenamientos y las competiciones, o los preparativos de los bailes y los estrenos musicales. La vida dentro de un instituto canadiense es como una montaña rusa, llena de emociones y retos diarios”.
“Tenía claro que mis hijos debían estudiar en el extranjero. Hablar inglés de forma fluida les ha abierto muchas oportunidades tanto académicas como laboralmente. Es una gran inversión, pero merece la pena, ya que ayuda a los chicos a madurar y a tener una visión más definida de cómo enfocar su vida. Además, gracias a este programa, tenemos una familia canadiense con la que hemos hecho una gran amistad y a la que iremos a visitar el próximo verano”.
“Para mi viajar es sinónimo de aprender, de acumular recuerdos y de abrir nuevas puertas. Estudiar en Canadá me hizo madurar y crecer como persona, además de mejorar muchísimo mi inglés que era uno de mis principales objetivos. Vivir otra cultura, conocer otras formas de ver el mundo y rodearme de un ambiente tan multicultural hizo que decidiera mi futuro profesional y tuviera claro que estudiar en la Universidad”.
While knowledge is extremely important to advance in life, I firmly believe that our experience in life is as equally important and helps us establish a sense of who we are and helps us determine who we will be.
My family in Spain was very welcoming, and my exchange partner and I became really good friends. We’re already making plans for next summer!
We are not selling smoke and mirrors
We don’t sell programs to lazy or unmotivated students
We want you to learn English and discover all the doors that will open when you speak a language fluently, surpass intermediate level and confidently overcome the fear of speaking publicly. There is only one way to achieve this: effort, immersion and expert guidance. After just one year in Canada, we promise that your life will change radically.
We do not want to be a multinational corporation
We are not a company where you are seen as just a number
We only want to work with people who we can put a face to, and whose truth, needs, wishes, goals and interests we know. In this way we can guarantee to create high quality programs and thoughtful individual student placements that look after you and100% focused on your needs.
Canada, the best place to learn English
In Canada, a comprehensive education is a national priority. Canadian education is not limited by academic aspects, but instead encompasses a broad set of competencies, values, capabilities and principles, all with the fundamental objective of maximizing the student’s potential at all levels.
When do I need to register?
We recommend that you reserve your place as soon as possible, as there are some programs, districts and destinations with limited places and dates. As a general rule, we advise students to register and reserve their places between five and six months before beginning their program.
At the point when students register their interest for a program, we inform them of set deadlines for their registration so that together, we will manage the timeframes in the best way possible.
When does the school year start and finish in Canada?
The Canadian school year always follows the Labour Day holiday in early September and finishes at the end of May.
Must all study programs be validated even if the subjects are different?
All of Ken’s full year academic programs must be validated by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Academic programs that are LESS THAN A FULL YEAR do not require validation nor evaluation by their school. Though validation of grades is not a legal requirement for shorter programs, many schools have their own evaluation system. Some teachers keep student report cards from Canada, some opt to evaluate learning upon their return, and others simply transfer the grades obtained over to the next trimester. In the case of a full academic year, your grades must be validated from your program, by the grades obtained at your Canadian High School. We know that this is an area of concern for parents and students. For this reason, you can count on Ken’s as specialists to help and support you throughout the entire validation process.
Can I choose my destination?
In line with your personal profile and preferences; our education team will recommend a number of destinations that will meet your needs. You may have a choice of a school district, within a town or region. Each school district offers a number of great schools to consider. In some cases, you will be able to choose an area, district or school in order of your preference. The final decision of a school is taken by each district.
In the case where you have a specific destination in mind, we will consider this request alongside your profile and needs and the available places at that time.
What holiday periods are enjoyed by students in Canada?
The main vacation periods in Canada are similar to those in Spain: Christmas, Easter and the Summer. However you can enjoy different holiday and festival periods in Canada like Thanksgiving (a long weekend in October in line with Harvest Festival), Spring Break/Reading Week (2-3 weeks in March) and Long Weekends (May 24th, Canada Day July 1st).
Will we be able to visit our son or daughter during vacation times?
This will depend on the type and length of program they are registered in. There are courses where it is not recommended to visit, so as not to interrupt the adjustment, integration, immersion and cultural acclimatization of the student. This aside, you will be in contact with your son or daughter and with the Host Family, by phone and virtually, throughout the duration of the program, whenever is convenient for you. Canada is at least 6 hours behind Spain (provinces of Ontario and Quebec).
When will we have details about the Host Family?
As the selection process is a diligent one, it can be long. Normally parents and students will know details of their Canadian Host Family a few weeks before they travel. In some cases, this is clarified a few months before. As a general rule, we recommend that before the students travel to Canada, they establish contact and start to get to know their Host Family, making the adjustment process upon arrival even easier.
Is it essential to have a good academic record?
Although it is not an exclusive requirement, the majority of our programs require a good academic record and an intermediate level of English. In addition, students who follow the IB course (International Baccalaureate) must come from a school with a similar academic standing.
What is the most suitable program to study abroad?
This depends on the personality, experience, maturity, interests, motivation and preparation of each student. During the personal interview and after analyzing the needs of each student, we make an assessment of the best individualized program, adapted to the profile of each student.
Can my son or daughter continue with their sport or music practice?
Absolutely. In Canada, both sports and arts play a major part at the core of the education system. The majority of high schools have sports clubs, bands and choirs that students can immediately join.
Just 3 steps to register!
Request an appointment for a Personal Interview with one of our academic advisors. They will recommend the linguistic, cultural and academic program best suited to your needs and interests.
Fill in the registration form and contract.
We will help you...
By giving you wings:
You will learn English comprehensively, investing your time and money in the best possible way. In all of our programs, everything is included, with no hidden extras.
By looking after you:
You are not just another number. We will look after you throughout the program. You will have a personal advisor, a 24 hour hotline and Ken’s monitor who will meet you at the airport to accompany you.
By offering the one course for you:
You won’t go crazy choosing from hundreds of programs. Ken’s will design and offer a single program that best suits your needs.
By guiding you through the experience of a lifetime:
To speak a language is to live it. The activities and experience you will participate in will help you mature, alter your perspective and how you see life, the world and your place in it.
"Two roads diverged in the woods. I chose the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference."
The Road Not Taken