A glimpse into Kaplan’s excellence: Our tour of English schools in London, Oxford, and Cambridge

Verbalists Education students who studied at Kaplan Cambridge

26–NOV–2022 | Kaplan’s reputation as a leader in English language education has been reaffirmed by Verbalists Education management’s recent tour of their centers in London, Oxford, and Cambridge. These institutions are shaping the futures of aspiring students.

Our management just returned from the tour of the Kaplan International Languages centers in London, Oxford and Cambridge. We also visited Kaplan International College located in the heart of London where PRODIREKT and Verbalists Education students prepare for a university degree, and for a successful career.

Visiting Kaplan International Languages in London, Oxford and Cambridge

Upon the kind invitation by Kaplan, we spent seven fantastic days, getting to know the schools’ principals, teachers, and academic staff. At the same time, this was a great opportunity to meet with our students and get their first-hand impression of studying at one of the most respected schools in the UK. We are grateful to the Kaplan management who organized this wonderful and informative trip.

Verbalists visit to Kaplan in London, Oxford and Cambridge
Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager at PRODIREKT and Verbalists Education & Language Network, spent seven days experiencing Business English teaching at the London Covent Garden school and visiting the four Kaplan centers in the UK.

Kaplan International Languages is one of the largest providers of academic English language instruction in the world, with programs for beginning to advanced speakers in locations across the globe.

Our journey started with London Covent Garden English school, which is housed in a beautiful historic building with an outdoor courtyard for relaxing between classes. This school is a Trinity exam center as well as a CELTA training center.

When you step outside London Covent Garden school’s grand Georgian building you’ll find all London’s delights and contradictions on your doorstep: ancient monuments and gleaming skyscrapers, pop-up fashion boutiques and majestic museums, enticing nightlife and Royal gardens. The hectic cobbled streets of London’s famous Covent Garden market are also just minutes away.

On the second day we visited Kaplan’s center in Cambridge. What better place could there be to study English than one of the world’s oldest and greatest university cities?

Learning English and pathway programs, Verbalists students at Kaplan Cambridge
Kaplan Cambridge students

Kaplan’s Cambridge school is housed in a beautiful Edwardian building in the peaceful Newnham neighborhood, and less than ten minutes’ bike ride or a short bus journey from the city center. Students can buy delicious home-made food at the on-site café and in the summer enjoy barbecues in the private garden. Kaplan students studying more than 4 weeks can borrow bikes for free to travel around Cambridge, which is also known as the “city of cycling.” Some of our students loved this as they were able to fully immerse themselves in the culture of Cambridge.

Wednesday was reserved for our visit to Kaplan’s English school in Oxford and the “city of dreaming spires” that has been nurturing great minds for centuries: from John Locke to Oscar Wilde to Malala Yousafzai.

Verbalists Education visiting Kaplan Oxford School

In the early afternoon we arrived at the school which has found its home in a large Edwardian house in the elegant Summertown area where Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings. The school is located only five minutes by bus or bike from the center of town. The weather was nice so we got to enjoy a large private garden featuring a BBQ area, table tennis and an on-site café serving hot and cold food, including vegetarian and halal options. It is worth mentioning that this Kaplan school specializes in exam preparation programs, and like the London Covent Garden school, it is also a Trinity exam center.

The schools in London, Oxford and Cambridge have a dedicated social program, designed to help our students explore the city and build friendships, through organized events and activities.

All three Kaplan International Languages schools we visited are accredited by the British Council and are frequently inspected by regulatory bodies. All teachers have a level of education normally represented by a degree and they also have a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) or equivalent qualification. In addition, some may hold the higher level DELTA qualification, or MA in applied linguistics.

Pathway programs and degree entry

If you dream of studying at university abroad, but still don’t quite meet university entry requirements, our partner has a separate division, Kaplan International Colleges, offering pathway programs which will develop your academic skills, subject knowledge and English language to the level needed for degree entry. Or if you already qualify for entry, our academic advisors and Kaplan’s will help you apply for direct admission to a degree.

After just a short walk from the London Bridge station, we arrived at Kaplan International College London. The school’s location is ideally located for exploring the city and all its attractions, from Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to London’s many shops, theaters, pubs and restaurants. We should mention that in the same building Kaplan delivers its 30+ English Program, with the specially designed curriculum for career-driven learners with ambitious goals.

Pathway programs at Kaplan International College London, PRODIREKT
Kaplan International College London has a superb location (photo: the school’s building)

Kaplan International Colleges works in partnership with leading universities to prepare international students for studying a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the UK and US. Pathways to university with Kaplan include Foundation Courses, International Year One and Pre-Master’s.

Once you have accepted the offer to study with Kaplan, PRODIREKT advisors will provide you with all the information and support you need to apply for a visa and to make your journey to the UK. Our friendly staff will send you a pre-arrival guide for convenient reference, and will be ready to answer any questions you might have.

We will also help you find accommodation in London. One option would be living in the heart of London at the high-quality residences that are offered through Kaplan International College in London. The residences have private bathrooms and all modern conveniences, with great attention given to safety and security.

In your first week, before your classes start, you’ll meet Kaplan tutors, College staff and other international students. You will be shown around the College and its many facilities, as well as the university resources that you will have access to. If you need help setting up a bank account or finding a doctor, the student services team will be ready to support you.

Kaplan pathway courses are available for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and will fully prepare you for the British university experience. PRODIREKT is one of the world’s most reputable academic advisors and we can assist you with many study options, designed to help you gain entry to a degree or take the next step to academic success.

We are excited to be able to introduce you to Andy Quin, London College Director, and his presentation of the great facilities of Kaplan International College in London:

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Verbalists, a world-leading language network, is about connecting people to the power of languages and joy of journeys that inspire, surprise and entertain. Verbalists is a brand of PRODIREKT, a US based education group, which is a certified, and often exclusive representative of prestigious schools and colleges in world renowned university centers.

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