US degree preparation in London

With the US Pathway Program (USPP), you have the chance to experience 2 exciting cities — London and Boston — during your first year of bachelor’s degree studies. The program is ideal for British students, international students already in the UK, or if you want to study abroad in more than one country.

You will spend 2 terms studying at Palace House, our specialized education center in the heart of London, then progress to the Summer Bridge term in Boston. You can then transfer to the 2nd year of your bachelor’s degree studies at a top university in the USA.

Palace House in London

Your academic home in the city

Your first 2 terms in USPP will be spent at Kaplan’s Palace House in London. This state-of-the-art specialized education center features:

  • a variety of group and self-study spaces
  • a well-equipped lecture hall for larger classes and presentations
  • classrooms with impressive views of the River Thames
  • a spacious social lounge for socializing between classes
  • a computer room — a convenient place to check email and print assignments
  • free WiFi throughout the building

Excellent teaching and support

All USPP classes are taught using the same techniques and methods that professors use in the USA, so you’ll already be familiar with an American-style classroom before you move on to your destination university. You’ll also receive a lot of attention and support throughout your time in London, including:

  • Excellent academic resources and services, including individual tutoring sessions
  • Visits by university representatives
  • Expert guidance on how to choose the best university for your needs
  • One-on-one career counseling
  • Advice on applying for your US study visa

Social life

During your time in London, you will have lots of opportunities to explore this exciting city and to socialize with your classmates. Our staff organize several events and trips to nearby attractions, such as:

  • Visits to world-class museums and art galleries
  • Watching football (“soccer”) matches and other sports events
  • Evening outings to musicals and other theater productions
  • Day trips to nearby historic villages

A truly international experience

Students and staff at Palace House come from over 60 countries, and together speak more than 60 languages!

World-class education center

London ranks as the best academic city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2016).

Palace House image gallery

Student accommodation in London

Your home away from home

We offer modern student residences that are clean, safe and within easy reach of Palace House and the city center. You’ll live in comfort in a fully-furnished single bedroom with your own private bathroom.

Residences also feature many or all of the following:

  • fully-equipped private or shared kitchens for cooking your own meals
  • access to common rooms and other shared living spaces, where you can socialize with your friends
  • broadband and/or WiFi internet
  • access to on-site gym facilities
  • 24/7 security

Student starter pack

So you can feel at home as soon as you arrive in London, we provide a starter pack to all students living in our residences. You’ll be ready to go with bedding, cooking equipment, tableware, and other useful home items.


If you want to experience British culture up close, we can also arrange for you to live with a local host.


All bedrooms in our student residences include:

  • large single bed
  • study desk
  • chair
  • storage space
  • private bathroom facilities

Sample London accommodation images

Our location

Palace House is located in the heart of London, near the River Thames, Borough Market and the iconic Shard skyscraper. It is an easy journey to the city center by public transport, and an excellent place to explore the city’s incredible culture, history, entertainment and shopping.


Famous London attractions