Program 3 (Scholar): English as a Second Language

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Dates: Mon 7th August - Sun 20th August

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £2995

There is no place better to improve your English language skills than in the surroundings of Cambridge. Having produced innumerable authors and poets, and gained fame worldwide as a centre of culture and learning, it provides the perfect setting for English language study.

The Reach Cambridge English as a Second Language (ESL) and leadership program is designed for those who do not have English as their mother tongue. The course offers tailored support to ambitious young people seeking to develop their English and equip themselves with skills for university and beyond. The English tuition is offered in small groups and is taught by experienced TEFL-qualified teachers using the latest methodology. Students have four hours of structured teaching every weekday in July and five and a half hours in August, but, uniquely, the grounding in English does not end there.

The setting in Cambridge and the close interaction with other students on the Reach program means that the courses offer total immersion and opportunities to make lasting friendships with English-speakers from across the world. In addition to in-depth sessions of ESL tuition the course involves a leadership module designed to help students develop confidence and the skills for success in the wider world of academia and employment. This leadership module includes important topics such as successful team-working, goal-setting and academic skills such as essay writing and writing styles.

All Reach Cambridge courses are open to students aged between 14-18 years old.

All courses are taught in English. In order to get the most out of the learning experience, students are advised to have a level of English conducive to understanding sophisticated academic language and to converse with other students and staff in English at all times.

We do offer English as Second Language courses if you, or we, feel that this is more appropriate. Your personal statement will help indicate to us your level of English. We will also ask for a copy of your latest school transcript to help us assess the teaching level of the courses.

I really improved my speaking skills, and staying in Cambridge for three weeks also helped me to understand English better.

Estelle, English as a Second Language Student, 2016

The small class size meant the course was like an ongoing conversation.

Ralf, English as a Second Language Student, 2016

I would like to stay here for a longer time than 3 weeks, to learn a lot more!

English as a Second Language Student, 2014

I learned a lot of new vocabulary and also how to write personal statement, which was really helpful

English as a Second Language Student, 2014

I enjoyed the big variety of lessons like themes about environment, fracking, business and trials.

Nadine, English as a Second Language Student, 2014

A typical Scholar Program Subject Class Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Subject classes
1pm Lunch – plenty of time to explore Cambridge
2.30pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Subject classes
6pm Dinner – in College Dining Hall
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

A typical Scholar Program Excursion Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Full Day Excursion

Previous excursions have included:

London, Brighton, Oxford, Theatre trips, Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle

6pm Dinner – own arrangements
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

Please note, these are meant as a rough guide only and are subject to change.

Want to make your trip even more special? Why not choose one of our exciting Add-Ons?

Please note, there is a limit of 2 Add-Ons per Program (excluding Single Room Guarantee, which can be added as a third where available). Click on the relevant item for more details:


Community Outreach (£150)

Reach Cambridge is proud of its excellent links with UK based charities. Through this exciting add-on you could earn 10 community outreach hours, learn valuable skills in teamwork and project management, and take part in a project that really makes a difference. In 2014 Reach Cambridge worked with SABRE, a charity that helps build schools for children in rural Ghana. Community outreach students organised some excellent events and we raised over £2400 for the charity! This add-on takes place outside of class time across the course.


University Advance (£250)

One reason why you might join us in Cambridge is an interest in applying to university in one of the cities we visit. The university advance add-on will involve one day trip, either to the colleges of Oxford or to London universities (for example University College London, Imperial College, and the London School of Economics). Reach Cambridge will organise an accompanied tour of the university buildings and facilities, giving you the opportunity to explore your prospective campuses! Please note that this add-on will require you to miss one full day of classes.


Single Room Guarantee (£395)

Typically, students on Reach Cambridge share a room with someone of the same gender and a similar age. Whilst many find this to be a great way to make a lifelong friend, we understand that some people enjoy their personal space after a long day of exciting classes and activities. As such, we offer the single room upgrade, which guarantees that you will have your own private room.

Price: £2995

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