All our students reside in one of the colleges of Cambridge, and have ample opportunity to interact with present undergraduates and post-graduates. Teachers are normally researchers, Fellows or PhD students from the University and courses take place on campus. Students stay in either single, twin or triple rooms.
The programme fee includes the following:
- Accommodation in rooms at a Cambridge University college
- Half board meals (normally Breakfast & Dinner but sometimes Breakfast & Lunch to better complement the programme schedule)
- Tuition each morning (and afternoon where applicable)
- Excursions at weekends to key sites such as London, Brighton, Stratford plus local excursions around Cambridge
- Extra-curricular Activities in the college and around Cambridge e.g. sport, drama
- Lecture and Workshop series
- Theatre trips
The programme fee excludes the following:
- Lunch (students can either visit tea-rooms, cafés and restaurants in Cambridge or eat in the College Dining Hall)
- Additional excursions or activities in time off such as the cinema
- Souvenirs, phone calls home etc.
Note: this is not an exhaustive list of inclusions and exclusions, but indicates the main items.
All Reach Cambridge students come together in the evenings for thought-provoking lectures from inspiring people. Students invariably say that the evening lecture series is one of the highlights of the course.
Our lecturers speak on subjects that fall under three categories: British Culture, International Social Responsibility and Inspiring Life Stories. Highlights have included lectures on Climate Change, Britain in Music, Community Outreach, Journalism and International Criminal Justice.
Always interactive and engaging, the lectures include ample time for questions – students always enjoy asking speakers tough questions after listening to their talks!
The vast majority of our staff are Cambridge Undergraduates, Graduates or Post-Graduates, and are the ideal port of call for students who have any queries about Cambridge University or life at University more generally. Alongside daily contact with our staff team, students can also benefit from the excellent University Life workshops that we run during our courses.
These range from the practicalities of making a good University application to coping with the issues students invariably encounter once there. Students can work on their CVs (resumés) or personal statements with the help of staff, and develop their interview skills by attending a mock University or job interview with senior staff members.
Whilst of course we cannot guarantee that Reach Cambridge courses will get you a place at University, many former Reach Cambridge students have gone on to top universities and have remarked on how helpful their experience at Reach Cambridge was for making a winning application.
Work hard and play hard. Every spare moment, when students are not in class or at meals, our Cambridge Supervisors organize a smorgasbord of activities for our students to enjoy.
There are activities to match everybody’s interests: from photography groups to Ghost Tours, from football (soccer) tournaments to art clubs, every student is catered for.
Sporting activities are available both in the college grounds and in the city centre, including football (soccer), ultimate frisbee, tennis, basketball, volleyball and the Reach Olympics! There are also drama, music and art sessions as well as an opportunity to try punting down the River Cam!
Reach Cambridge programmes involve experiencing more than just Cambridge and academic life, but provide an opportunity to visit the most celebrated sites of England.
Every weekend we run excursions to the country’s most famous places: London, Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick just are a few examples. Taken to see the best that these places to have to offer whilst also given supervised free time to explore, there’s no better way to explore this endlessly fascinating country!
Where better to enjoy the dramatic arts than in Shakespeare’s country?
There is at least one theatre trip each week during the programme - students have the opportunity to see Shakespeare plays in the Globe theatre in London or the Royal Shakespeare Company in the famous Bard’s birthplace, Straford-upon-Avon. Past productions have included: Othello, Macbeth, Richard III, Anthony & Cleopatra, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet. England is world-renowned for its theatre, and on Reach Cambridge programmes you will be able to see why!
Reach Cambridge students have the opportunity to enjoy the best that the Cambridgeshire area has to offer.
Alongside plenty of time to explore the historic and beautiful city of Cambridge, students are also taken on a walk to Grantchester, famous for the number of well-known writers that have spent time there, and to Anglesey Abbey, a delightful old National Trust property near to Cambridge. In addition there are visits to the plethora of Colleges, Museums and Faculties in Cambridge city centre.
Reach Cambridge staff supervise students at all times. Obviously, students are given a certain amount of freedom and independence, and it is up to them to spend this time wisely. Cambridge, being a University town, is a very safe environment. We issue all students with an emergency contact card that displays contact numbers for both Reach Cambridge senior staff and the emergency services. It is compulsory for students leaving the College campus to carry this card.
In order to ensure that they enjoy their free time safely, students are given:
- geographical parameters
- a curfew for their return to the College
- instructions that they must remain with at least one other person from the programme at all times when off campus
- contact phone numbers for Reach Cambridge staff
Any actions that are perceived by Reach Cambridge staff to endanger a student will result in the student involved being repatriated. Please see our terms & conditions
for further details.