Program 3 (Scholar): International History & Politics

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Dates: Mon 7th August - Sun 20th August

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £2995

The Reach Cambridge International History and Politics course offers a unique opportunity for school students to experience university level teaching in the UK, studying issues of major contemporary importance in a thought provoking and participatory way. The course will encourage students to think critically about key issues that have and continue to face the international system – from terrorism to poverty, conflict, human rights and democracy – engaging with multiple different perspectives and using earlier historical periods as a tool for understanding the world we live in today.

Why is there such an enormous gap between the developed and developing world? How is power exercised across the international system and how has this changed over time? What are the historical roots of terrorism? How does the history of the movement of people across borders inform current debates about immigration? Have international organisations like the United Nations ever brought genuine order and security to the international system? These questions are a sample of the kind of ground that will be covered by the course, crossing multiple academic boundaries including history, international relations, economics, development and philosophy.

Rather than simply being lectured to, students will regularly be called upon to engage, to challenge and develop their own view through debate, role play, discussion and independent research, where they will be encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the various points of view being presented. The end of the course will give students the opportunity to participate in a Model United Nations debate, where the difficulties of diplomacy and power discrepancies of the international system will be laid bare.

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.

It’s not confidence I feel when I walk out of the room but rather a feeling of newfound passion and excitement. I learned so much from these couple of weeks and I hope to return again.

Joshua, International History Student, 2015

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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