Chaucer College Canterbury was established in 1992 by the Shumei Foundation, a Japanese educational organisation, with the support of the University of Kent. It is based on the University of Kent (UoK) campus in Canterbury on land leased from the University, and is fully residential and self-contained. Its students are able to take advantage of various university facilities such as the Student Union, sports facilities and its health centre. The College was inspected by BAC in November 2008. Inspectors found Chaucer College to be an efficiently managed College in well-equipped and exceptionally attractive premises. Its students receive a high level of security, pastoral care and support. Its staff are appropriately qualified, experienced and enthusiastic. Its courses are well-planned and effectively delivered to meet its students’ needs and the requirements of their university. The location, course content and extra-curricular activities also combine to provide students with a rich and motivating experience of English and England.
13 April 2014 - The Virgin Money London Marathon
This is an internationally renowned race which is held annually to raise money for charities. This year, on a beautiful, sunny day, thirty eight Chaucer College students attended the Marathon to support the Wellchild and Cancer Research UK charities. From their grandstand seats on the finishing straight near Buckingham Palace, they cheered on the exhausted runners as they neared the line. For many of our students this was their first visit to London. They found the city packed with the largest crowds in the history of the Marathon as hundreds of thousands of people came along to support the 36,000 runners. A fantastic day!
9 April 2014 - Arrival
The students arrived tonight from Japan to begin their five months at Chaucer College. Their course offers a wide range of subjects from English Language, to Current issues and Business Studies. As well as lessons, there are trips to Dover and Cambridge, volunteering opportunities at Whitstable Oyster Festival, Folkestone Festival, Nottingham International Scout Jamboree and several visits to local schools to give workshops on Japanese culture. They also spend two weeks in homestay, which is always very popular.
19 March 2014 - Farewell Ceremony for the Teacher Education Students
After a very successful, very intensive course, the College held a Farewell Ceremony for the Teacher Education students before they returned to Japan. The course included visits to schools all over Kent, as well as in France, Germany, Holland and Poland. While abroad, students observed classes and gave workshops on aspects of Japanese culture and language, followed by trips to Paris, Bruges, Berlin, Tubingen or Krakow. Back in England, London was also a popular destination for weekend sightseeing and shopping trips. The students went home tired but hopefully stimulated by what they had learnt about life and education in other cultures.
12 March 2014 - Teacher Education European Trips
Starting at 02.40 when the first group of students left for Berlin, the Teacher Education course headed for Europe. Continuing their observation of European education systems, a group of students visited either schools in Poland, Holland, Germany or France. After spending time in the schools, the students also had time for some sightseeing, for example spending the day in Paris or Berlin. On their return, they completed group presentations comparing the different education systems in England, Japan and the country they visited.
Spring and Summer English Language Courses at Chaucer College Kingsgate
Our sister college, Chaucer College Kingsgate in Broadstairs (Kent) will be running Junior English Language Courses throughout the Spring and Summer each year. To find out more, please visit www.kingsgatecollege.co.uk.
Summer Accommodation for University of Kent Students
We are now offering a limited amount of single-sex, self-catering accommodation to University of Kent students from Sunday 22 June - Saturday 20 September 2014. For more information, please click here.
Accommodation for University of Kent Students
We are now accepting applications from students of the University of Kent for accommodation at Chaucer College for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. For more information please click here.
We have recently updated our course pages for the Shumei University Courses. View these pages here.