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Politics & International Relations (Summer)

Politics & International Relations (Spring)

The Reach Cambridge Politics and International Relations Course provides students with a fascinating introduction to the world of national and international political systems, giving them the opportunity to discuss and debate the fundamental questions of political life. Covering a broad range of topics within the discipline, the course examines key political thinkers, current global problems,… Learn more
The Spring Program is a personalised study program, with students able to join us for either one or two weeks. Combining academic subject study, leadership and study skills, our classes and workshops are complemented by excursions to historical and cultural sites, both within and outside of Cambridge, as well as group activities. Students gain insight into ... Learn more

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Availability

1 Week Programs
March 29th - April 4th
Unavailable
 
April 5th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
2 Week Programs
March 29th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
June 28th - July 11th
£4295
 
July 12th - July 25th
£4295
 
July 26th - August 8th
£4295
 
4 Week Programs
June 28th - July 25th
£7295
 
July 12th - August 8th
£7295
 
If you are here for 2 weeks in Spring or 4 weeks in Summer, you will have the opportunity to choose two courses (2 x 1 week courses in Spring, or 2 x 2 week courses in Summer).

Want help choosing your second course? Click here to see our full list of available courses.
1 Week Programs
March 29th - April 4th
Unavailable
 
April 5th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
2 Week Programs
March 29th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
June 28th - July 11th
£4295
 
July 12th - July 25th
£4295
 
July 26th - August 8th
£4295
 
4 Week Programs
June 28th - July 25th
£7295
 
July 12th - August 8th
£7295
 
If you are here for 2 weeks in Spring or 4 weeks in Summer, you will have the opportunity to choose two courses (2 x 1 week courses in Spring, or 2 x 2 week courses in Summer).

Want help choosing your second course? Click here to see our full list of available courses.

What’s included?

At Reach Cambridge, we provide the full package. We aim to make things as easy for our families when planning their summer experience.

The program cost includes:

  • Accommodation in University Colleges or our headquarters ‘Reach Hall’ in central Cambridge
  • 24 onsite supervision
  • Supervised airport transfers to and from Gatwick & Heathrow to Cambridge (See our travel page for more info)
  • 20 hours tuition per week in your chosen academic course
  • Guest Lectures by leading academics on global themes & University Life
  • Practical workshops (including leadership, interview skills and public speaking)
  • Two meals a day*
  • Fun, inclusive & exciting activities and events every afternoon and evening
  • 2 coach excursions to exciting cultural highlights in the UK
  • End of Program Graduation Celebration
  • Course Certificate
  • Course report including a suggested academic reading list for the future
  • End of program photo or postcard (designed by students on the program)

For peace of mind:

  • 24 hour onsite supervision
  • Dedicated welfare staff
  • Students accommodated in small corridor groups
  • Reach Cambridge dedicated program office
  • Daily program blog for all friends, family and students

*breakfast only at weekends

Course Outline

The Reach Cambridge Politics and International Relations Course provides students with a fascinating introduction to the world of national and international political systems, giving them the opportunity to discuss and debate the fundamental questions of political life. Covering a broad range of topics within the discipline, the course examines key political thinkers, current global problems, and the principles of the state and the international system. Students engage in practical exercises such as a mock Parliament and a Model United Nations. Past years courses included study visits to the British Parliament, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and embassies in London, through which students gained first-hand insights into the political decision- and policy-making. The course is taught by researchers from the University of Cambridge Department of Politics and International Relations, and practitioners with the experience of working in national administration, EU institutions and the United Nations. Whether interested in the subject at university or intrigued by political questions, this course will provide students with an enormously enriching understanding of national and international politics.

Want to study more than one course? Choose two subject courses to study if you apply for a 4-week Summer program.

Upon application, select your desired program length and you will be prompted to choose a second course subject when completing your application form.

Tasters Courses

Why not enhance your experience by adding a couple of Taster Courses to your program? Click on this link for more details.

The following Taster Courses are available alongside this Course during the summer. You can add one Taster Course for each week you will be in Cambridge (i.e. for a two week course, you can add two Tasters):

Community Outreach (£150)

Reach Cambridge is proud of its excellent links with UK- based charities. Through this exciting taster, students can earn ten community outreach hours, learn valuable skills in teamwork and project management, and take part in a project that makes a real difference.

Creative Writing (£395)

During the Creative Writing taster course, students learn a range of strategies that help them develop as a writer. With activities designed to spark creativity and exercises aimed at advancing composition skills, this taster helps students to explore their full creative potential. Whether students are interested in writing fiction, poetry or articles, they will find this enriching taster to be a perfect addition to any one of our summer programs.

History (£395)

There may be no better place to look at past, present or future, than the heart of Cambridge where medieval buildings have long been paired with cutting-edge research to help drive the UK and the world onwards. Taking students out of the classroom to look at history in person as well as in theory, this taster examines where we’ve come from, in order to understand where we are going. War, politics, monarchy, discovery – the past is always within us, even in the cobbles beneath our feet!

International Espionage (£395)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a real spy? How much truth there is in James Bond movies? What is really happening behind the scenes in international politics? This taster course gives you an insight into what real-life spies and agents do, including code-breaking, contact boxes and the various dangers of the trade. It also introduces you to some of the most (in)famous personalities in the history of espionage!

Introduction to Architecture (£395)

Cambridge is a beautiful University City, boasting 800-year-old architecture, modern structures, and everything in between. This provides an inspiring backdrop for introducing students to the study of architecture as an academic practice. From the creative and expressive to the technical and precise, this taster course provides a fascinating introduction to the way in which architects think and design. Students have the opportunity to create their own basic designs and find out more about the different career opportunities in architecture.

Introduction to Coding (£395)

Learning to code is essential for all those who wish to stay on track with the rapid technological advances of the modern world. In this taster course, students learn the basics of programming and create their own algorithms, similar to the ones behind our computers, iPhones and webpages. It’s perfect for those who have no prior experience with programming and want to learn this useful and fascinating 21st century skill!

Introduction to Economics (£395)

Which nation will be the next economic powerhouse? What is money? How do banks work? If you want to find out answers to these questions while also learning the foundational principles of economics, this taster course is ideal for you. No previous knowledge required!

Introduction to Filmmaking (£395)

Short films have become one of the basic means of communication and presentation – from vlogs made by social media in influencers to Snapchat and Instagram movies. And it has never been easier to do it from home – documentaries shot on iPhones have been known to win Oscars! Improve your filmmaking skills with this practical taster course which will allow you to learn valuable skills for filmmaking and editing.

Introduction to Robotics (£395)

Fancy becoming the next Elon Musk? Start with our Introduction to Robotics taster where you will learn the basics of electronic circuits by building them with your own hands. You will design and construct your own device, and emerge with knowledge and skills needed to begin your journey towards building your own self-driving car!

Music Composition (£395)

Have you ever wondered how lm scores and music for advertisements are developed? If so, this taster course is for you! Put your creative hat on and incline your ears in order to make your own music under the supervision of professional musicians and composers.

Philosophy & Ethics (£395)

Do you ever wonder about the big questions like what it means to be alive, or how to be good in a world as complicated as ours? Philosophers have been asking these questions for centuries and some of their suggestions may surprise you. This taster asks students to dig in deep and bring their thinking caps with them for sessions all about reality and our place in it. Based on lively, respectful debate and deep contemplation, this taster is perfect for anyone looking to challenge their assumptions and expand their mind.

Photography (£395)

Can’t help but look at the world as through a frame? Get stuck staring at each perfect beam of light? For everyone who has ever used a camera to interpret the world, or anyone who wants to, the photography taster course proves that you don’t need the most expensive tech to get that breathtaking shot. Bring along your smartphone, and head out to capture beauty, emotion, and all those thousand-word-stories waiting to be snapped in the world around you.

Pre-Hospital & Emergency Medicine (£395)

Have you always wondered what really happens inside the ER? What to do in case of an accident? How to help a person collapsing in the subway? Taught by passionate professionals with extensive experience in teaching emergency medicine, this fully practical taster course will help you to gain life- saving skills whilst having fun

Young Leaders (£395)

What does it take to be a young leader? In a world as bustling and busy as ours is today, stepping up to make a difference can be a daunting task. In the Young Leaders taster course, students explore these questions with experienced leaders in their own rights. Together, students ask the hard questions, mind-map techniques they can use to make the impact they want to see, and feel empowered to be mature, outspoken and passionate young people in the world today.

Testimonials

It has been a life-changing experience, in which I had the chance to do things I’ve never done before, meet people I’ve never met, and learn valuable lessons.

Caroline, Politics & International Relations, 2019

It was such a pleasure and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be part of this team! I’m always gonna carry this lovely family in my heart!

Isa, Politics & International Relations, 2019

Two weeks ago, I was an entirely different person. I don’t recognise that insecure, shy teen anymore. Reach has done wonders for my confidence.

Ivana, Politics & International Relations, 2019

Reach Cambridge breaks national barriers and brings other nationalities together.

Larissa, Politics & International Relations, 2019

The course showed me that Politics & International Relations is something I’m very passionate about and something I would like to pursue as a career path.

Rebecca, Politics & International Relations, 2017

t’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, 2015

Timetable

Our Summer Programs feature a strong focus on your chosen subject, and leave plenty of time for excursions.

A typical Summer Program weekday
Time Activity
8am Breakfast
9am – 1pm Subject Courses
1pm Lunch/free time
Afternoon Activities or Taster Courses
Varies Dinner
7pm Evening Lecture
8pm Evening Activities
10.30pm Curfew
A typical Summer Program excursion day
Time Activity
Varies Breakfast
Full day excursion
Past excursions have included: London, Brighton, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and many others!
Lunch & Dinner Own arrangements
8pm Evening Activities
10.30pm Curfew

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

Availability

1 Week Programs
March 29th - April 4th
Unavailable
 
April 5th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
2 Week Programs
March 29th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
June 28th - July 11th
£4295
 
July 12th - July 25th
£4295
 
July 26th - August 8th
£4295
 
4 Week Programs
June 28th - July 25th
£7295
 
July 12th - August 8th
£7295
 
If you are here for 2 weeks in Spring or 4 weeks in Summer, you will have the opportunity to choose two courses (2 x 1 week courses in Spring, or 2 x 2 week courses in Summer).

Want help choosing your second course? Click here to see our full list of available courses.
1 Week Programs
March 29th - April 4th
Unavailable
 
April 5th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
2 Week Programs
March 29th - April 11th
Unavailable
 
June 28th - July 11th
£4295
 
July 12th - July 25th
£4295
 
July 26th - August 8th
£4295
 
4 Week Programs
June 28th - July 25th
£7295
 
July 12th - August 8th
£7295
 
If you are here for 2 weeks in Spring or 4 weeks in Summer, you will have the opportunity to choose two courses (2 x 1 week courses in Spring, or 2 x 2 week courses in Summer).

Want help choosing your second course? Click here to see our full list of available courses.

At Reach Cambridge, we provide the full package. We aim to make things as easy for our families when planning their spring experience.

The program cost includes:

  • Accommodation in our headquarters ‘Reach Hall’ in central Cambridge
  • 24 onsite supervision
  • Supervised airport transfers to and from Gatwick & Heathrow to Cambridge (See our travel page for more info)
  • 3 half-day subject classes/supervisions
  • Lectures on global themes & University Life
  • Leadership workshops
  • Two meals a day*
  • Fun, inclusive & exciting activities and events every afternoon and evening
  • Coach excursions to famouse, exciting locations in the UK
  • End of Program Graduation Celebration
  • Course Certificate
  • Course report including a suggested academic reading list for the future
  • End of program photo

For peace of mind:

  • 24 hour onsite supervision
  • Dedicated welfare staff
  • Students accommodated in small corridor groups
  • Reach Cambridge dedicated program office
  • Daily program blog for all friends, family and students

*breakfast only at weekends

Course Outline

The Spring Program is a personalised study program, with students able to join us for either one or two weeks. Combining academic subject study, leadership and study skills, our classes and workshops are complemented by excursions to historical and cultural sites, both within and outside of Cambridge, as well as group activities.

Students gain insight into how to prepare for higher education anywhere in the world, equipping them to become a successful leader and scholar in the 21st century. Workshops and lectures include team-building, presentation skills, debating, study skills, interview skills and community outreach.

Each week there will also be three half-day personalised study sessions. These offer students the chance to explore some of the topics taught at undergraduate level, and access excellent academics in their discipline of choice – the perfect opportunity to experience what it would be like to study their dream course or land their dream job.

Subjects available:

  • Biotechnology
  • Business Management & Economics
  • English Literature
  • Computer Science & Maths
  • Law
  • Medicine & Life Sciences
  • Politics
  • Physics & Engineering
  • Psychology

Teaching consists of lectures, workshops, discussions as well as individual and small group work. This mix gives students a feel for how teaching and learning take place at universities all around the world.

Choose two subject courses to study if you apply for a 2-week Spring program. Upon application, select your desired program length and you will be prompted to choose a second course subject when completing your application form.

Students will be accommodated in Reach Hall, our grand Victorian headquarters situated in the centre of Cambridge next to the river Cam; the perfect location from which to visit Cambridge’s many Colleges and museums.

The Spring Program is perfect for students looking to combine personal academic development with essential learning and leadership skills.

Tasters Courses

Taster Courses are not available in our Spring Program.

Testimonials

It has been a life-changing experience, in which I had the chance to do things I’ve never done before, meet people I’ve never met, and learn valuable lessons.

Caroline, Politics & International Relations, 2019

It was such a pleasure and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be part of this team! I’m always gonna carry this lovely family in my heart!

Isa, Politics & International Relations, 2019

Two weeks ago, I was an entirely different person. I don’t recognise that insecure, shy teen anymore. Reach has done wonders for my confidence.

Ivana, Politics & International Relations, 2019

Reach Cambridge breaks national barriers and brings other nationalities together.

Larissa, Politics & International Relations, 2019

The course showed me that Politics & International Relations is something I’m very passionate about and something I would like to pursue as a career path.

Rebecca, Politics & International Relations, 2017

t’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, 2015

Timetable

Our Spring Programs feature a strong focus on your chosen subject, and leave plenty of time for excursions.

A typical Spring Program weekday
Time Activity
Breakfast
Morning Subject Courses
Lunch/free time
Afternoon Workshops/Activities
Dinner
Evening Evening Lecture
Evening Activities
Curfew
A typical Spring Program excursion day
Time Activity
Morning Breakfast
Full day excursion
Past excursions have included: London, Brighton, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and many others!
Lunch & Dinner Own arrangements
Evening Activities
Curfew

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