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Tuition and Fees
WHAT IF I CAN'T AFFORD IT?

We believe that personal finances should not stop ambitious students from joining TKS. Accepted students can apply for needs-based financial aidonce they’re accepted into the program. We also provide merit-based scholarships for exceptional students who are identified during the application process.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

The fee for the in-person program is $589 CAD /month (+ $1000 deposit). If paid in full, a $500 discount will be applied, making the total $6390 CAD for the program.

The fee for the virtual program is $489 USD / month (+ $1000 deposit). If paid in full, a $500 discount will be applied, making the total $5390 USD for the program.

We offer financial aid (up to full-ride) for those who need it and merit-based scholarships for exceptional students who are accepted into the program. Students may apply for financial aid after they apply and are accepted into the program. There is no obligation to joining TKS if you submit an application and are accepted.

WHAT DOES MY TUITON GO TOWARDS?

TKS tuition helps fund a world class team and program experience, and unlocking exciting opportunities, like internships, employment opportunities and University scholarships, for Innovators in the program.

TKS offers merit-based scholarships and needs based financial aid to ensure the program is accessible.

Program
COVID-19 RESPONSE

We understand the risks of COVID-19. As an organization, we have taken the precautions that governments and authorities are advising to reduce the spread of the virus.

We are planning to have in-person city programs operating in September 2021. We will also offer the ability to attend any session virtually for students registered in a city program. This option is for those who might be uncomfortable attending in-person programs for a period of time.

In the event of regional lockdowns, we will host sessions online. We’ve worked hard this year to optimize our online delivery of sessions using our innovative platforms as well as new learning techniques to minimize screen time and maximize team building.

If more than 70% of the in-person sessions are held virtually, we will reduce the in-person tuition price to match our virtual tuition price. The refund of the difference between the in-person and virtual tuition will be provided in June 2022.

We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”). From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here are some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we will deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives.

Our full COVID-19 policies and procedures are available here.

DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TECH OR CODING BEFORE JOINING TKS?

No, you do not require any prior knowledge about technologies or coding. Many of our students get exposed to these areas for the first time in TKS.

Students work on tech or science projects outside of sessions. We have online tools and resources to help anyone learn — no matter the level.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROGRAM RUN FOR?

TKS is a 10-month program (Sept-June).

Students can re-apply for the program each year. Many students stay in the program for several years.

WHAT'S THE TIME COMMITMENT?

There are 3-hour sessions every week. Usually, these sessions are on the weekend.

The students who grow the most in our program invest the most time outside of the sessions into the projects they create while in TKS. Typically, this is usually 6-10 hours each week.

There’s no homework in TKS. But, we’ve built our own learning platform for students to dive into emerging technologies/sciences and build their own projects. Students participate in project-based learning at their own pace.

HOW IS TKS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STEM PROGRAMS?

TKS isn’t just about STEM; our goal is to train the world’s next thought leaders, CEOs and innovators to impact billions. This isn’t a tech boot camp. We’re a human accelerator.

We believe leveraging exponential technologies is the best way to scale impact. TKS trains students on developing both hard skills and soft skills.

We provide students with guidelines, resources and mentors to build expertise in fields of emerging technologies and sciences.

Our secret-sauce is the emphasis on soft-skills. We model our curriculum after top innovation institutions like MIT, Google and Stanford. Students learn about:

  • Networking
  • Presenting
  • Building confidence
  • Philosophy
  • Having thoughtful discussions
  • Consulting frameworks
  • Design
  • Negotiation
  • Mindsets
  • Mental models
  • Branding
  • Leveraging curiosity to explore various areas of STEM
  • Building friendships

WHAT CAN I STUDY IN TKS?

TKS has 40+ internal learning modules where students can learn about a variety of emerging sciences and technologies.

Each student can “explore” these learning modules. They include a few hours of hand-picked learning articles and videos.

After some exploration, students choose a “focus” area. We provide them with guidance on how to complete a “focus.”

Within each focus, students develop depth of knowledge in the topic through our project-based learning approach. This includes creating articles and videos around technical research, building algorithms/computer projects yourself, or interviewing researchers in the field. By joining TKS, students have access to our learning frameworks, guidelines and approaches.

Students typically complete two focuses in one year of the program. Some examples of topics we offer:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Material Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain-computer Interfaces
  • Viruses
  • Cellular Agriculture
  • Blockchain
  • Space Exploration
  • Cancer treatments
  • Virtual Reality
  • Metabolomics
  • … The list goes on.

Students can study whatever interests them. If the topic they’re passionate about isn’t available, they’re still able to complete a “focus” in it.

IS TKS AN EXTRACURRICULAR OR A SUBSITUTE FOR SCHOOL?

TKS is an extracurricular program. Students attend school during the week and attend a TKS session on the weekend. However, we do have optional opportunities that may pop up during the week. Again, these are optional.

After TKS
WILL TKS HELP WITH GETTING INTO UNIVERSITY?

Our priority is to prepare students for the real world. During the program, students work on unique projects and create a personal portfolio that can be used when applying to university.

Some TKS students have gone on to attend world-class universities, and many have gotten incredible scholarships. We do not have a university feeder program, but TKS focuses on building skills to prepare students for life.

Examples of schools our students attend:

  • Harvard University
  • University of North Carolina, Morehead Cain Scholars Program
  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University
  • Minerva Schools at KGI

WILL I GET AN INTERNSHIP THROUGH TKS?

TKS has partnerships with companies that may provide internship opportunities to select students. During TKS, we work with students to secure internships with leading companies like Microsoft, Deloitte, and KPMG, while also training them on how to be successful in these positions. This enables students to add tremendous value to the organizations they work with, while also maximizing their learning experience. Internships must be earned by their portfolios and the work they put into the program by the students and are not guaranteed.

However, throughout the program, we teach students value skills like networking and building their own projects.cold-emailing got a slight negative impression from a parent.

WHAT HAVE TKS STUDENTS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE PAST?

Our students are re-defining what teenagers can do. Some examples are:

To learn more, check out our student spotlight page.

HOW DOES TKS SUPPORT ITS ALUMNI?

TKS doesn’t stop after the 10-month program. We want to support our alumni during their journey towards impacting billions.

We have an online platform and global community for our past and current students. They have access to our TKS resources, learning modules and mentors.

We are also building an investment fund for startups founded by TKS Alumni, while also creating relationships with top-tier organizations to help them recruit talent to solve hard problems.

Sessions
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A SESSION?

If a student is unable to attend a session due to conflict in schedule, they’ll have to let their program directors know at least 48 hours in advanced so that Directors can place them in another session time in that week, either in-person in their city, or join a virtual cohort.

WHEN ARE THE SESSIONS?

Sessions are held at various times throughout the week and weekend and accomodate for students living in different time zones. Once you are accepted into the program, you will choose which cohort time works best for you.

Check out each program page to view the exact sessions time for the 2022-2023 program.

Application
WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR TKS?

Any high school (or gap year) student that is ambitious, driven, curious, and wants to make an impact on the world.

If you aren’t a great presenter or you don’t have technical programming skills, don’t worry. Those are skills we train.

But you DO need to be open to learning new skills by pushing yourself and committed to putting in the effort! (Seriously, this isn’t going to be a random extracurricular you go to once a week).

WHAT IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF GETTING ACCEPTED INTO TKS?

We don’t have a “quota” for the number of students we select. We only select students who we think can grow exponentially in our program and have a high degree of drive and curiosity. As a result, acceptance rates vary based on the number of applications and the city. Historically, the average acceptance rate has varied from 10-20%.

WHAT IF I'M TOO OLD FOR TKS?

Students can join TKS while they’re in high school and on a gap year.

We get this question a lot, but unfortunately, students who will be in University during the program are not eligible.

Other
TKS ISN'T IN MY CITY, WHAT CAN I DO?

We have a Global Virtual Program that is fully online! Students from around the world are able to join our Virtual program and learn together.

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