Questions

FAQs


Below are frequently asked questions about our programs. Hopefully this provides you with the answers you're looking for!
 


Tuition and Financial Aid


Do you offer financial aid?
We believe that personal finances should not inhibit ambitious students from participating in TKS. Students who are accepted to TKS are eligible to receive financial aid on a case-by-case basis. Financial aid can range from 20%-75% of the total program fees. If you require financial assistance, please apply, and in your application select “yes” for financial assistance.

How much does the program cost?
The tuition fee for each program varies depending on the city. Please go to the city page and click “fees” to learn more about the costs of the program.

Program Questions


Do I need to have any prerequisite knowledge or coding skills before applying to 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. However, you should be curious, driven, and want to create an impact.

What age should I be to apply?
The typical age range of TKS students are between 13 - 17 years old (grade 8-12). Students can apply when they are 12 years old, turning 13. We do not accept students in university.

What’s the time commitment?
There are mandatory 3-hour in-person sessions once per week. Usually these sessions are on the weekend. You are required to attend these sessions. We do not provide homework, however, students who grow the most in our program invest time outside of the sessions into the projects they create while in TKS. Typically, this is usually 5-10 hours each week, but it depends on the student. The more time students spend working on their research outside of the program, the more they benefit from it. There is also the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and exclusive events through TKS, which happen outside of the sessions.

Where can I access the application?
Go to the program page and click “Apply”, or click the “Apply Now” bar on the right side of this page. We will email you the application.

Who are the instructors?
Each city has its own director that will be instructing the sessions. Directors are executives who have unique experiences leading emerging technologies and innovations in their respective areas, which may vary from startups to large organizations. Our directors are handpicked and have strong expertise, knowledge, and skill sets.

What happens in the sessions?
There are two types of sessions: you’ll either be learning, or you’ll be doing. Within a “learning” session, you’re discussing and researching emerging technologies and sciences, applications, and implications of how they will impact the next 5-10 years. During a “do” session, you’ll either be solving global problems or working with a real company on big problems they’re currently facing. We’ve worked with companies like Microsoft, Walmart, and Airbnb to provide students a valuable learning experience that is not found anywhere else in the world.

How can I get an internship through TKS?
TKS has partnerships with companies that have provided internship opportunities to 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 the students and are not guaranteed.

When are the sessions?
Sessions are usually held on the weekends. The specific time and day will be determined based on which cohort you are accepted into. Each cohort is strategically designed based on interests and personality types to maximize relationships between students. For example, there are 4 cohorts in Toronto: Saturday 11-2pm, 3-6pm; Sunday 11-2pm; 3-6pm. The days and times may vary for each city.

Where are the sessions held?
Sessions are held in unique environments where students can be creative and think big. We have corporate partners in each city where we host the program, which exposes students to world-class work environments. Locations can be found on the program page. The locations are usually in a central area.

Application Process


What is the application process?
There are 2 steps before being accepted into TKS. First, you’ll need to submit an application. Then, based on your application, we may invite you for an interview, which could be in-person or over video chat. If we think you are the right fit for TKS after your interview, we will extend an invitation for you to join the program.

How can I prepare for the application?
Be thoughtful, detailed, and authentic. We want to know what your interests are and what drives you. Show your ambition, curiosity, and uniqueness through your answers.

When can we know about our application status?
We will email you directly. If you don’t hear from us, that doesn’t mean you weren’t accepted. We email everyone on their status, accepted or not. Also, remember to check your spam if you think it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us.

What are the differences between the three application deadlines?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, having three deadlines helps us separate the review and interview process. Students who apply early have a higher chance of being accepted, since we accept students on a rolling basis.

What is the likelihood of getting accepted into TKS? How many people apply to the program? How many people get in?
This program is different than many others. 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 13-20%.

Other Questions


Is TKS an extracurricular or a substitute for school?
TKS is an extracurricular program. Students attend school during the week and attend TKS sessions on the weekend.

How will this help my son/daughter get 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. TKS students have gone on to attend world-class universities, while others have taken a gap year to work at leading companies in areas like Blockchain and Quantum Computing - some actually started their own companies!

Is there a program for adults?
We get this question a lot, but unfortunately we don’t have a program for adults… yet.

TKS isn’t in my city, what can I do?
You can request TKS to come to your city! At the bottom of the homepage, click the button that says “Want us to come to your city?”
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