The Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen’s University challenges students in grades 5-12 to go beyond the classroom and experience university. Explore your future with our spring and summer in-person programs, Reaching Higher: Online Resource, and Online Sampler program. Come and experience Queen's University!
For more than 30 years, the Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen’s University has connected students in grades 5 to 12 with challenging and inspiring academics alongside the dynamic learning and living environment of university life. Providing an inclusive and unmatched mix of opportunities, ESU makes an unmistakable difference: nurturing curiosity, fostering development, and enriching the potential of all students.
Reaching Higher is a free online learning resource catalogue featuring the best resources on the internet for grade 5-12 students. This teacher curated resource is for students, parents, and educators. Reaching Higher is a free online learning catalogue curated by their experienced team of Ontario Certified Teachers. esu.queensu.ca/reaching-higher
ESU Online Learning Sampler challenges students to learn about topics and university studies presented in our in-person courses. esu.queensu.ca/esu-online/
In-Person Programs on the Queen’s University Campus:
Three to five-day programs in academics and leadership are offered during the spring and summer. Students take a course of their choice, stay in residence, experience campus life in a supervision environment with an undergraduate mentor.
Spring Programs: Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) for grade 9-12 students, Seven Eight Enrichment Days (SEEDS) for grade 7-8 students, and Five Six Enrichment Days for grade 5-6 students.
Summer Programs: Summer Enrichment Experience @ Queen's (SEEQ) for students going to grades 8 to 12 and Leadership Training for students going into grades 6 to 10.
Highlights of our programs:
ESU is an accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association
Choice of one academic course from a variety of disciplines with 15 hours or 20 hours of classroom instruction over 3 to 5 days
Intensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities with Courses taught by Queen's students, faculty, and community professional who are experts in their field
Mentorship provided by Queen's University undergraduate students with full supervision at a 8:1 student:supervisor ratio
Program fees are inclusive of all costs, activities, and fees. Bursaries are available to qualified students
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During 6th and 7th grade I was fortunate enough to have participated in the E=MC2 and Seeds in Residence programs run by the Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's University. As a kid, I struggled to connect with the regular programing taught through my elementary school and often found myself board and unmotivated. When the ESU program was presented to my class I jumped at the opportunity to attend classes in a University setting! During my first year I completed the 'drama and dance' program and after an incredible experience I decided to come back to Queen's to study the 'medical studies and anatomy' program. The educators for this program were so incredible. They made science accessible and fun all while teaching me content that I would have never had the opportunity do learn at school. The ESU program impacted me so strongly that I decided (at age 13) that I was going to do whatever it took to attend Queen's University. I am now 24 and have completed a BAH in Sociology and am in the middle of an MSc in Epidemiology.- both at Queen's. This program is so important and I could not stress enough what ESU has given me. Thank You!