Program 3 - Politics & International Relations

Dates: Sun 26th July - Sat 8th August

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £4295£4045 - apply before 25th November

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.

Hear from our past students:

All the staff were so lovely and welcoming. I felt so safe with them and they were always willing to have a chat.

Student, Politics & International Relations, 2017

The program was life changing, and I would give up anything for 2 more weeks like this!

Hadiya, Politics & International Relations, 2017

I learned so much more about all types of topics, and I learned loads from listening to the perspectives of people from around the world.

Student, Politics & International Relations, 2017

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

Reach Cambridge made me feel like a college student. The program mixed fun and study and we felt like one big family. Thank you for offering me the best summer of my life!

Kristy, Politics & International Relations, 2014

See below for an example day on each of our programs. Please note, these are only intended as a rough guide and are subject to change at any time.

A typical Summer Program

Weekday   Excursion Day
Time Activity   Time Activity
8-9am Breakfast   8-9am Breakfast
9-1pm Subject classes   Full day excursion
1pm Lunch-free time   Past excursions have included:

  • London
  • Brighton
  • Oxford
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Warwick Castle
2.30pm Workshop/activities  
6-7pm Dinner  
7pm Evening lecture   Dinner Own arrangements
8pm Evening activities   8pm Evening activities
10.30pm Curfew   10.30pm Curfew

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.


All our students reside in one of the colleges of Cambridge University, or in our central Cambridge headquarters ‘Reach Hall’, and have ample opportunity to interact with present undergraduates and post-graduates. Our teachers are academics and researchers from Cambridge and other top UK universities, as well as including professionals where relevant for the course (e.g. barristers for the Law course, journalists for the Journalism & Media course). All courses take place either in college buildings, Cambridge University Department buildings, or buildings in central Cambridge.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Accommodation in rooms at a Cambridge University college or in our central Cambridge headquarters, ‘Reach Hall’
  • Weekdays are half board (One meal (either lunch or dinner) a day (students can either visit tea-rooms, cafés, or restaurants in Cambridge.)). This allows students more freedom to explore Cambridge city centre and sample the many food options on offer. On weekend excursion days we provide breakfast only.
  • All tuition
  • Excursions to local areas of interest in Cambridge, and further afield; in the past we have visited London, Brighton, Oxford and Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Extra-curricular activities in the college and around Cambridge e.g. sport, drama and arts
  • Lecture and Workshop series

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Flights
  • One meal (either lunch or dinner) a day (students can either visit tea-rooms, cafés, or restaurants in Cambridge.)
  • Souvenirs, phone calls home etc.
  • Insurance and Visas

Note: this is not an exhaustive list of inclusions and exclusions, but indicates the main items.

Evening Lectures

DSC_8038All 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 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 and lectures 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 they have commenced their studies. 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 our supervisor team.

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 deciding which types of institution and courses are right for them.



Our experienced team of supervisors puts together a varied activity timetable, so that all Reach Cambridge students have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of activities. Not only does this give students a way to relax after classes, it also provides a fantastic opportunity to meet other students and form long-lasting friendships. Our activities include a variety of different sports in which students are encouraged to participate.

For those interested in the Arts, we offer a drama group, dance workshops and art sessions run by our dedicated supervisory team. A wide variety of other activities, which may range from debating to photography and from music to talent shows, are also available for all students to enjoy. A highlight of the extra-curricular aspect of the Reach Cambridge program is the World Fair, a special event during which students share their cultures and learn about one another’s countries, making the most of the program’s international environment.

Students will also have plenty of time to explore Cambridge with their new friends in a safe and supervised environment.


IMG_9060Reach Cambridge programs involve experiencing more than just Cambridge and academic life – they also provide an opportunity to visit some of the most celebrated historic and cultural sites in England.

We run excursions to some of the country’s most famous places; in the past, these have included London, Oxford, Brighton, Warwick and Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon. Taken to see the best that these places have to offer whilst also given supervised free time to explore, there’s no better way to experience this endlessly fascinating country!

Reach Cambridge students also have plenty of time to explore the inspiring and beautiful city of Cambridge.P1010759

The city is home to a number of impressive art galleries and museums that cater to all interests, whether you’re into Archaeology and Anthropology or the Visual Arts. Students also have the opportunity to try their hand at punting along the River Cam, a Cambridge tradition which offers views of famous Cambridge landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs and King’s College Chapel.





Where better to enjoy the dramatic arts than in the country that produced the world’s greatest playwright?

Generally, many students will get the chance to see some sort of performance during the summer. Past students have watched Shakespeare’s plays in the Globe Theatre in London or the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. These productions have included: Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Macbeth, Richard III, Anthony & Cleopatra, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet. England is world-renowned for its theatre, and on Reach Cambridge programs you will be able to see why!



The safety of our students is our number one priority.  Reach Cambridge staff are on hand 24 hours a day to supervise and assist students, however 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 to carry this card with them at all times.

In order to ensure that they enjoy their free time safely, students are given:

  •  geographical parameters
  • a curfew for their return to accommodation
  • instructions that they must remain with at least one other person from the program 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.

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