Enrichment Studies at Queen's
The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) offers enrichment opportunities to above average and gifted students in Grades 6 to 12, within the Queen's University setting. We offer commuter programs targeted to students and schools in our local area, and residential programs which serve students from across Ontario and around the world. Each year we attract about 3000 students who spend from one to five days studying an academically rigorous course and experiencing university life.
Our programs offer a wide range of courses to suit a multitude of student interests. Each course explores a disciplinary area using equipment and materials not readily available to teachers through such things as hands-on experiments and activities, interactive lectures, guest speakers, discussions and video presentations. The instructors - typically graduate students - are experts in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the learning experience.
As well as studying an academic discipline in depth, students have the opportunity to meet other gifted, above average and highly motivated students, as well as interact with Queen's University student mentors. Residential programs offer the full university experience, including eating in a cafeteria, staying in a residence, and participating in extra-curricular activities. The university experience builds familiarity with university life and reduces anxiety about post-secondary opportunities.