Kaplan International Colleges
Overview of the Institution
The Kaplan International Colleges is a name to reckon with when it comes to providing quality education abroad. They offer students an opportunity to study a range of programmes at a top university: Foundation leading to year 1, Diploma leading to year 2 and pre-masters leading to postgraduate programmes. Kaplan International Colleges have progression agreements with 9 universities in the UK and 4 in the USA. Students of Kaplan Colleges get guaranteed admission to the next level at a university of their choice after they successfully complete their study programme at the particular level.
The Kaplan International Colleges offer programmes in a wide range of subject specialisations that include Art and Design, Business, Computing, Engineering, International Relations, Law, Media, Petroleum, Science, and Social Sciences. All the partner Institutions in the UK offer pathway programmes at the foundation level. Diplomas are offered only at the Nottingham Trent University, University of Brighton, Bournemouth University, University of West of England Bristol.
The pathway programmes of Kaplan are meant to equip students with various skills. These include academic skills, knowledge in the key subject areas and English language requirements. Factors like small class sizes, extra pastoral support and the opportunity to experience university life in that country benefit the international students.
Location and facilities
Kaplan International Colleges offer Pathway programmes at embedded Colleges at any one of their partner Institutions in the UK:
- University of Glasgow
- University of Liverpool
- Cranfield University
- University of Westminster
- Nottingham Trent University
- University of Brighton
- Bournemouth University
- University of West of England Bristol
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Salford
KIC also has one international college with independent premises. Kaplan International College London prepares students for entry to many UK universities.
University partners in the USA:
- North-eastern University in Boston and Seattle
- Pace University in New York City, New York
- Merrimack College in North Andover (near Boston), Massachusetts
- Quinnipiac University near New Haven, Connecticut
The students use the facilities of the partner Institution. Most universities have an active student union which runs various activities on campus.
- Art and Design
- International Relations
- Social Science
KIC offers international student scholarships to ease the financial burden that they face when they choose to study in the UK. To make this progression easier KIC offers three scholarship schemes:
- Scholarships based on merit: Scholarships ranging from £1000-£2000 are awarded to students based on their academics, extracurricular activities and impressive personal statement.
- Full fee discount: A £500 fully-paid discount can also be added to the scholarship. Please note, however, that in order to qualify, Kaplan must receive full payment of fees before enrolment.
- Progression scholarships: Kaplan International Colleges are ready to reward a student's hard work and academic excellence. Many of its colleges will reward students with an international student scholarship to help with their academic fees if they receive grades of 70% or above.
As a quick guide, here is a summary of the scholarship opportunities available at two of its international colleges:
Liverpool International College (LIC)
The LIC Merit Award awards non-clinical undergraduates with £2,500 if they achieve marks of 70% or above. There are also faculty scholarships available for graduate diploma students, and also PGT awards for students from India and Nigeria.
Glasgow International College (GIC)
GIC awards undergraduate scholarships of £3,000 based on academic merit and performance, attendance and overall effort. Additionally, they offer £2,000 scholarships to high performing postgraduate students, and students progressing on to social sciences, science and engineering or veterinary and life sciences postgraduate degrees.
Careers: Unique student support
Kaplan International Colleges are attached to a number of prestigious universities in the UK and the USA to provide academic pathway courses for international students.
All students are assigned a Learning Support Tutor to regularly monitor their progress and provide additional support.
Each of these international colleges has a Joint Academic Advisory Board that comprises staff from the International College and the University affiliated. They develop curriculum in collaboration with the University and check the quality of the courses taught, thus making sure that the students meet the progression requirements.
The students also benefit from the career centres at the partner Institutions. The career services are available to all students irrespective of what level they are studying at.