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2020 Spring Programs

1 Week Programs - £1450

  • Sunday March 29th - Saturday April 4th
  • Sunday April 5th - Saturday April 11th

2 Week Programs - £2350

  • Sunday March 29th - Saturday April 11th

2020 Summer Programs

2 Week Programs - £4295

  • Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 11th
  • Sunday July 12th - Saturday July 25th
  • Sunday July 26th - Saturday August 8th

4 Week Programs - £7295

  • Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 25th
  • Sunday July 12th - Saturday August 8th

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd - 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Want to save some money on the cost of your program? Try our Refer a Friend discount where you can each save £100.

Travel to & from the Program

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd - 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Your arrival options are:

1) Meet and Greet - this is for students flying in on their arrival day. A member of our team will meet you at the airport and accompany you on our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. This service is available for flights landing at London Heathrow or London Gatwick between 6.30am - 11.30am on your arrival day.

2) Shuttle Only - this is for students who will already be in the UK but wish to join our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. You will need to meet us at London Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals at 10am on your arrival day. We will be unable to meet you elsewhere at the airport, and this option must be pre-booked and indicated on your travel page ahead of time.

3) Self Travel - Arrive independently at Cambridge. Details on specific arrival times/location will be emailed to you just before the start of your Program.

Your departure options are:

1) Airport Dropoff - students will be dropped off at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. You should book flights that depart between 12pm - 2pm. Reminder, as per our Terms and Conditions, students with departure flights after 2pm, but who travel early via the Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

2) Self Departure - Depart independently at Cambridge. You should aim to leave Cambridge at 9.30am.

Flights

Because Reach Cambridge students come from all over the world to form an international cohort, we're unable to organise a formal ‘group fare’ from each hub. Instead, students should book their own flights (and let us know their details on the online form in their online account) to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, aiming to arrive between 6:30am and 11.30am in order to be guaranteed a Reach Cambridge transfer from the airport to the Cambridge campus. Equally, on the return journey, students should aim to book flights between 12pm and 2pm in order to have a guaranteed Reach Cambridge transfer. Any students that arrive/depart outside these specified times will need to arrange their own transfers (we recommend booking a taxi transfer at www.airportlynx.co.uk).

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, those students with departure flights outside of the times stated on the website, but  who travel early via Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

Visas

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than six months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa. For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service).

You can also read our visa guidelines found here: Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.


Senior Staff

Our experienced senior staff work together with our supervisors and teachers to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. They are onsite and on-call to oversee all aspects of the programme; their primary duty is to look after the health and safety of everyone involved, as well as to ensure every student feels welcome, and every program is enriching, inspiring and unforgettable.

Academic Staff

Our inspiring team of teachers works closely with our Director of Curriculum to provide the highest quality subject courses. Many of our teachers are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford or London universities. They usually are Fellows, Professors, researchers or postgraduates and specialists in their field. Here at Reach, our teachers have significant autonomy in creating their courses so that they can utilise their expertise fully.

Meet the Academic Team

Supervisory Staff

Reach Cambridge supervisors live on-site alongside the students and are available 24 hours a day. Many of our supervisors are current undergraduates and are the students’ first point of contact to attend to their questions or concerns. Supervisors run an amazing schedule of daily activities and take part in weekend excursions with the whole community of students. They also look after a dedicated small group of students who live in the accommodation with them.

Staff & Supervision

The safety of our students is our number one priority: Reach Cambridge has experienced staff who are on hand 24 hours a day to supervise and assist students. 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

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. Students are taken care of by our amazing team of supervisors, made up of enthusiastic and responsible individuals studying at some of the UK’s top Universities. During courses, supervisors live alongside the students on their corridors, providing support, guidance and a first port of call early in the morning and late at night if need be.

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.

CambridgeCambridge views

Cambridge is a prestigious centre of academia and a beautiful place to live and study. The world-famous University of Cambridge is over 800 years old, and has been home to some of the most respected authors, scientists, thinkers, and even royalty. The city boasts some of the country’s finest architecture, art galleries and museums, as well as a vibrant theatre scene. Running through it is the River Cam: colleges glimpsed from the banks of the Backs, students punting along the water, and rowers practising at high speed, are all part of the Cambridge experience.

Our Accommodation

Students are accommodated in same-sex dormitories. Whilst students are grouped with others of the same gender and a similar age, there is a mixture of subjects and nationalities, allowing students to make friends from across the world. Reach Cambridge students stay on-site. Students stay in either a Cambridge University college or in Reach Hall, our grand Victorian property situated in the centre of Cambridge. 

History Of Cambridge - Before the University

The Romans were first to build a town in Cambridge, although archaeologists have found evidence of habitation as far back as 1500BC. It was a convenient crossing point for the River Granta now known as the River Cam. Throughout Anglo-Saxon and Norman times, settlements tended to centre on what is now known as Castle Hill‚ for its fortification potential. William the Conqueror was the first to build a castle on the hill and his son, Henry 1st, gave the town its first charter. The oldest structure in Cambridge, St Bene’t’s Church, dates from the 11th Century.

History Of Cambridge - The University Itself

It was in 1209 that scholars, taking refuge from hostile townsmen in Oxford, settled in Cambridge. Students soon flocked to Cambridge, although in its early years, these were largely clerks or clergymen in holy orders of some sort. It was not until 1284 that the first Cambridge College (of which there are now 31), Peterhouse, was founded. Colleges sprang up in the centuries to follow‚ the result of benefactions from donors including King Henry VIII. The most famous structure in Cambridge – King’s College Chapel – was built by a succession of Kings, starting with Henry VI in 1446 and finishing with Henry VIII is 1515. Cambridge is the top-ranked University in the UK and has produced 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

History Of Cambridge - Famous Scholars

In 1627, a clergyman by the name of John Harvard entered Cambridge, before emigrating to America in 1638 and founding Harvard University. Numerous other influential scholars have passed through Cambridge: Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron and Lord Tennyson, several signatories of the American Declaration of Independence, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, F.R. Leavis, John Maynard Keynes, Crick & Watson, Sylvia Plath, Frederick Sanger, Ted Hughes and Stephen Hawking to name but a few!

All Reach Cambridge students have the opportunity to live and study in this inspiring environment, walking in the footsteps of great scholars who have changed the way we see the world.

Groups

Every year we are delighted to welcome school groups from around the world to Reach Cambridge programs. Some groups join our existing programs in Spring or Summer, benefiting from the special international nature of a Reach Cambridge program with over 60 countries represented and the infrastructure that comes from joining one of our pre-existing programs. Other groups have specific needs and require a bespoke program at a particular time of year. Our Cambridge headquarters, Reach Hall, enable us to meet the needs of any educational group at any time of year.

Spring/Summer Groups

Bring a group of students to one of our Spring or Summer Programs and benefit from our substantial group discounts!

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Groups Venue

Learn about our central Cambridge residential study venue – the perfect setting for short courses and conferences.

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Bespoke Courses

Learn more about our Bespoke programs and design your perfect residential course with us in stunning Cambridge!

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BAC Accreditation

Reach Cambridge is proudly accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider. This is an extract from our most recent interim report –

The senior leadership team is cohesive, collaborative and responsive. Teaching and learning are of a high quality, using highly qualified, experienced and engaging teachers. Programmes are well-designed to offer participants a well-rounded mix of academic and personal development opportunities. Programmes are designed to enable participants to benefit from the wider learning and development that arises from mixing with participants across a wide range of ages and cultures.

In order to achieve BAC accreditation, we have had to demonstrate that we meet the BAC’s rigorous standards in four inspection areas:

  • Management, Staffing and Administration
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Participant Welfare
  • Premises and Facilities

Education experts from the BAC inspectorate assessed the institution against our standards during a formal inspection visit. The Inspection team wrote a report for the independent Accreditation Committee who subsequently awarded accreditation, which is valid for four years. The inspection report is available in the Directory and Inspection Reports section on the BAC website.

About the BAC

  • BAC was established by the UK’s Department of Education and the British Council in 1984 to oversee independent further and higher education in the UK. They are a registered charity and a not for profit organisation. As a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
  • BAC currently accredits more than 230 institutions across 21 countries.
  • We have been externally assessed on our organisation’s standards and processes.

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Travel to and from Reach Cambridge

Travel to & from the Program

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd - 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Your arrival options are:

1) Meet and Greet - this is for students flying in on their arrival day. A member of our team will meet you at the airport and accompany you on our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. This service is available for flights landing at London Heathrow or London Gatwick between 6.30am - 11.30am on your arrival day.

2) Shuttle Only - this is for students who will already be in the UK but wish to join our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. You will need to meet us at London Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals at 10am on your arrival day. We will be unable to meet you elsewhere at the airport, and this option must be pre-booked and indicated on your travel page ahead of time.

3) Self Travel - Arrive independently at Cambridge. Details on specific arrival times/location will be emailed to you just before the start of your Program.

Your departure options are:

1) Airport Dropoff - students will be dropped off at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. You should book flights that depart between 12pm - 2pm. Reminder, as per our Terms and Conditions, students with departure flights after 2pm, but who travel early via the Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

2) Self Departure - Depart independently at Cambridge. You should aim to leave Cambridge at 9.30am.

Flights

Because Reach Cambridge students come from all over the world to form an international cohort, we're unable to organise a formal ‘group fare’ from each hub. Instead, students should book their own flights (and let us know their details on the online form in their online account) to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, aiming to arrive between 6:30am and 11.30am in order to be guaranteed a Reach Cambridge transfer from the airport to the Cambridge campus. Equally, on the return journey, students should aim to book flights between 12pm and 2pm in order to have a guaranteed Reach Cambridge transfer. Any students that arrive/depart outside these specified times will need to arrange their own transfers (we recommend booking a taxi transfer at www.airportlynx.co.uk).

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, those students with departure flights outside of the times stated on the website, but  who travel early via Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

Visas

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than six months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa. For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service).

You can also read our visa guidelines found here: Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.


 

BAC Accreditation

Reach Cambridge is proudly accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.

In order to achieve BAC accreditation, we have had to demonstrate that we meet the BAC’s rigorous standards in four inspection areas:

  • Management, Staffing and Administration
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Participant Welfare
  • Premises and Facilities

Education experts from the BAC inspectorate assessed the institution against our standards during a formal inspection visit. The Inspection team wrote a report for the independent Accreditation Committee who subsequently awarded accreditation, which is valid for four years. The inspection report and more information on the BAC can be found at their website.

How to Apply?

Applications are made online at www.reachcambridge.com.
The process is straightforward:

  1. Complete a simple application form.
  2. Payment of the deposit holds your place on the program.

 
Once this is done, we ask students to submit both a short personal statement, which will also help indicate to us your level of English, and a copy of your latest school transcript to help us assess the teaching level of the subject courses. Completion of further sections, including medical information and insurance details, as well as the full balance payment, is required by the application deadline.

How will these programs prepare me for the future?

Your experiences on a Reach Cambridge program will help you prepare for the future in more ways than can possibly be listed here. We recommend you read or watch some of our testimonials to hear from our students about how a Reach Cambridge summer school has helped them. Alternatively you can read some of our ‘where are they now’ blog posts or our ‘Hear from past students’ reports from students who have reflected on how a Reach Cambridge program prepared them for the future. Living away from home in a supervised environment with people from all over the world is a key stepping-stone for many of our students, and this experience is complemented with workshops on key skills that will be essential for whatever you decide to do in the future, whether in your career or further education.

When are the programs?

 

The Spring Program runs over two weeks, from 29th March to 11th April 2020, with students able to join us for one week or both weeks:

  • Week 1 is 29th March - 4th April 2020
  • Week 2 is 5th April - 11th April 2020

We have three programs during the summer:

  • 28th June - 11th July 2020
  • 12th July - 25th July 2020
  • 26th July - 8th August 2020

We also offer 2 four week programs during the summer:

  • 28th June - 25th July 2020
  • 12th July - 8th August 2020

If I choose the same subject across two combined programs, will the material covered be repeated?

Although a small amount of material may appear across programs, syllabi for the same subjects in each program are significantly different. If you decide to study one subject throughout your time with us, you will be learning about something new every day.

Can I choose different subjects when I combine programs?

Students who combine our summer programs can choose one subject per program. Students who join us for two weeks during the Spring program can choose one subject per week. This is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons and expand your interest.

What is the age limit?

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

What are the entry requirements?

All Reach Cambridge programs 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 during our summer programs 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.

What is the timetable for an average day at Reach?

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
Breakfast   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  
Dinner  
7pm Evening lecture   Dinner Own arrangements
8pm Evening activities   8pm Evening activities
Evening curfew   Evening curfew

A typical Spring Program Weekday

Time Activity
8am Breakfast
9am Subject classes
1pm Lunch - plenty of time to explore Cambridge
2.30pm Workshop
6pm Dinner
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
10.30pm Curfew

A typical Spring Program Excursion Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast
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
10.30pm Curfew

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

What is the program cost?

We are offering 3 two-week programs in Summer 2020. The cost for each two-week program is £4295. You can also combine concurrent two-week programs into a four-week program for £7295. Our additional add-on ''Taster Courses'' are priced at £395.

The Spring Program runs over two weeks, with students able to join us for either one or two weeks in March/April 2020. The cost for one week is £1450. The cost for two weeks is £2350.

We have great early-bird discounts available, as well as a refer-a-friend discount whereby both students can save £100. For further information, please get in touch - use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com or phone us (+44 8708 031 732).

Does Reach Cambridge offer any scholarships or financial assistance?

Reach Cambridge runs a yearly Scholarship Essay Competition, which is designed for academically excellent students who would otherwise not be able to attend our programs.
Please note that scholarship prizes are only awarded to a very small number of students who write truly exceptional essays, and that you must also supply a letter of recommendation from your school highlighting your suitability for the scholarship.
Details for the Scholarship Essay Competition can be found here: https://www.reachcambridge.com/scholarship-essay-competition

What do I need to include in my personal statement?

Your personal statement is an opportunity to find out more about you. We would love to know why you would like to come to Reach Cambridge and what has motivated you to choose your particular subject course. This personal statement will need to be uploaded to your online account, where more details on length and content can also be found. 

How do I send you my school transcript?

You will need to get a copy of your recent transcript from your school and you can then upload this onto your online application account.
If your teacher or guidance counsellor wants to send us the school transcript directly, the easiest thing to do is ask them to scan it and email it to marie@reachcambridge.com

What is a school transcript?

Your school transcript is a recent school report or assessment.

How do I know if I have been accepted?

By paying a deposit, your place on the program is provisionally reserved. When you have completed all of the program requirements as stated in your online account, including payment of your balance, you will receive an email confirming that your place on the program is secure.

What is your cancellation policy if I am unable to attend?

By English law, the contract may be cancelled by the parent or student within fourteen days of reserving your place on the program by paying your deposit. If a contract is so cancelled, Reach Cambridge will reimburse any deposit paid within fourteen days of receiving notice of such cancellation.

To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post) addressed to Reach Cambridge Ltd, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH, or via email to: info@reachcambridge.com.

To download a copy of our cancellation form, please click here.

Please note, however, there is no obligation to use this form.

There is no cancellation charge for cancellations received with more than 200 days before the start date of the course, but Reach Cambridge is entitled to retain a deposit if one has already been paid. The charge for cancellations received between 200 days – 100 days before the course start date is 50% of the total program price and the full program price will be charged with less than 100 days to go before the course start date. Students who cancel for medical reasons may be financially protected if they have purchased appropriate trip cancellation insurance.

What is the payment schedule?

The final payment deadline for Spring Program fees is January 15th. The final payment deadline for summer program fees is March 31st. Late enrolments may be accepted after these dates, but after these deadlines places cannot be held for students that have not paid their balance.

How do I get from the airport to the program?

If you arrive/depart within the specified times, then we will meet you at the airport and transport you to the program. If you are traveling independently, it is your responsibility to organize transport from the airport to the campus in Cambridge. We can advise you of appropriate taxi firms.

What time should I aim to arrive in / depart from Cambridge if I am travelling independently?

Students should aim to arrive at the campus between 10am and 2pm on the arrival day. All students need to depart campus by 10am on the final day of the program.

What type of Visa do I need?

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than 6 months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa.

For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website page (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service) - https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa.

You can also read our visa guidelines found here - Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.

Who makes my travel arrangements?

Students make their own travel arrangements. As long as you arrange your flights so that you arrive between 6.30am and 11.30am and depart between 12pm and 2pm, we can guarantee to meet you at the airport (London Heathrow or London Gatwick) and transfer you to Cambridge (and vice versa).

Do we visit other Colleges / Universities on the program?

A Reach Cambridge program is about preparing you for the future and for some of our students, this means looking into university options in the UK and beyond. On a Reach program, students are able to glimpse university life outside of Cambridge on weekend excursions to places like Oxford and London.

What is a typical day like?

During the summer programs, a typical weekday would begin with breakfast and morning classes. Lessons finish in time for lunch, at which point students are free to explore the city of Cambridge or the campus grounds. Depending on the program, the afternoon is spent enjoying activities and workshops laid on by the supervisors, or further classes.
After dinner, students attend an evening lecture, after which they are free to enjoy the evening entertainment organized by the supervisors, spend time socializing or catch up on homework (those on Credit Courses). Curfew is typically at 10.30pm at which point students must be on their staircases or corridors to sign in with their supervisors. At the weekends, students enjoy excursions; in the past these have included Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Oxford, Brighton and more.
During the Spring Program, the schedule is more varied, with each day either a Subject Class Day, an Excursion Day, or a Sample Skills Day. The Spring Program combines the essential elements of all Reach Cambridge programs: classes, activities, workshops, lectures, excursions and free time.

What do I do in my free time?

Your time out of class is structured so that there is always something you can be doing – be it sport, art or a plethora of other activities. All of these activities are supervised. On the other hand, in providing a university experience, we also encourage independence in our students. Students may choose to stroll into Cambridge and relax in one of the tea rooms, explore the famous sites around the city centre or go shopping in the city’s market place and retail district.

What happens at the weekends?

There are activities, excursions and free time on offer at the weekends (though these can also occur during the weekdays too). No visit to the UK is complete without a trip to London, and there are also excursions to places of cultural and historic interest; in the past these have included London, Brighton, Oxford and Shakespeare’s birthplace - Stratford-upon-Avon. All students are expected to attend these amazing excursions.

What activities are offered?

The aim of the activities schedule is to help you make the most out of the campus facilities and the Reach Cambridge community. Activities during the day vary from team sports such as Football (Soccer!), ultimate Frisbee and basketball to arts-based activities such as painting, photography or drama. Evening activities tend to focus more on the social side of things with talent shows, world fairs, quiz shows and film nights. The evening is also typically the time that we schedule university lectures and workshops. These can be equally sociable with discussion during and particularly after the presentation.

Do I have to attend activities?

Lectures and some afternoon and evening activities are compulsory for all students. In general, students are encouraged to make the most of their time in Cambridge by engaging in as many activities as possible with other students. We offer a wide variety of activities including sport, art, drama and big events such as a talent show and an international world fair so there is something for everyone!

Do I have to attend excursions?

All students should attend excursions - not only are they an exciting way to explore some of Britain's most famous sites but they are a great way to make new friends.

How much time is spent working? Is there much homework?

While the structure of the subject courses depends on the program, in every program we maintain a good balance between work and play – activities run every day of the week, alongside excursions away from campus.
We have designed the courses to allow plenty of time for class discussion and interaction. Homework is kept to a minimum, although work that is set is expected to be completed to a high standard. 

How will Reach Cambridge prepare me for college?

A Reach Cambridge program is great preparation for your future. For many of our students, this means going on to study at Universities all over the world. During the program, you gain  an awareness of what university study entails in particular subjects, how to interact with other students and academics and how to manage your time responsibly. Preparing for the future is as much about learning to manage your new independence responsibly as it is about experiencing a new environment.

Can I get credit if I am not taking one of the Reach credit programs?

For all subjects, you will receive a Reach Cambridge certificate at the end of the program with an overview of the course and some suggested further reading so the learning journey can extend beyond the summer. This may or may not be sufficient to earn you a Credit (check with your school in advance), but could certainly be included in application to university .

Who are the faculty?

Reach Cambridge combines the world-class knowledge and ‘critical-thinking’ teaching style of Cambridge academics and the exceptional classroom experience of our teachers, with the most recent pedagogical techniques tailored to young people. The majority of our teachers are academics, lecturers and PhD students from Cambridge University or other top academic institutions.

What is the average class size?

Class sizes vary according to subject. The average class ratio is twelve students to one teacher, which ensures that all students are able to interact with the teachers and teaching assistants as the lesson progresses.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of the program?

All students receive a certificate of attendance no matter which program they have attended. If you are taking a Credit class, you will receive your final grade directly from the school board.

Do you cater for students with disabilities?

Reach Cambridge aims to provide a suitable environment to meet each student’s individual needs taking into account the resources available and the physical restraints we work within. All students have the opportunity to define their own special needs, difficulties and disabilities at registration.
Reach Cambridge, in conjunction with the colleges, will make best efforts to accommodate the specific needs of students. However, given the nature and age of most campuses, buildings are not always adapted to accommodate students with mobility issues.
Reach Cambridge undertakes to refer students for independent specialist diagnostic testing where appropriate. When confirmed by independent specialist assessment, Reach Cambridge also undertakes to provide specialist support, where agreed, appropriate and possible.
In all cases, please get in touch before application so we can discuss what might reasonably be done to accommodate your needs. You can use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com or phone us (+44 8708 031 732).

Where do students come from?

Our programs are open to all international students; in 2017 we welcomed students from 50 different countries. Although students taking different subject courses will be engaged in different ways at points during the day, we bring students from all courses together on a daily basis for activities, excursions, lectures and workshops.
We take great pride in the truly international environment that we have at Reach Cambridge. In the past, countries represented have included: USA, Canada, Singapore, Haiti, China, Switzerland, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ghana, Qatar, France, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon, India, Jordan, Romania, England, Germany, Guatemala, Australia plus many more.

Do I need to bring a friend?

There is no need to bring a friend. In fact, sometimes students find it easier to make new friends when they attend alone. If you would like to attend with a friend or a relative, it is always nice to have a familiar face around the campus. Either way, the social activities, the structure of the program and the free time you have will make it incredibly easy to make friends.

Will my religious commitments be catered for?

Reach Cambridge welcomes students of all faiths. We make the effort to cater for individual needs, and the most expedient course is for students to advise us of their specific needs ahead of time. We prefer that students attend religious services out of class times and so schedule classes and compulsory activities so as to avoid conflict. This is not always possible and although we discourage students from missing class, it is permitted under these circumstances. Where Kosher or Halal food is not available (for instance, in the college dining halls), there is often enough of a selection of other foods for a student to get by (such as vegetarian food). Alternatively, students can purchase their own meals from the wide range of shops and restaurants in Cambridge.

Where will I live?

All students reside in one of the 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge or in our Reach Cambridge headquarters, 'Reach Hall'. Reach Hall is a beautiful, grand Victorian property in central Cambridge which was previously University of Cambridge graduate accommodation. Reach Cambridge students experience a real taste of student living in one of the world’s most famous and historic university cities!
In the University colleges and Reach Hall, students are accommodated in same-sex dormitories of single or shared rooms. All students have access to shared bathroom facilities. Students are grouped on their corridors with others of the same gender and a similar age, but a diverse mixture of courses and nationalities, allowing them to make friends from across the world!
Reach Cambridge staff are resident on-site in case of emergencies and to give support to the students 24 hours a day.

What is the difference between a Cambridge "College" and Cambridge University?

Many visitors to Cambridge remark that they have seen the Colleges and Faculties but are yet to see the University. In fact they have seen the University – it is the collective name for all departments, accommodation, “Colleges”, libraries and lecture halls spread around the city. There are 31 Colleges that accommodate Cambridge’s 15,000 students. You can find more information about Cambridge here.

Does every student have their own room?

All students will be accommodated in either a single or shared room. Single rooms are only guaranteed by paying for the Single Room Guarantee; please note that this does not constitute a room upgrade - all rooms are standard student accommodation with shared bathrooms.

Do I get to choose the person I share a room with?

All students will be accommodated in either a single room or shared room. Reach Cambridge cannot guarantee any shared rooming requests but we will do our best to accommodate them where possible. Only requests submitted via the student's online account in the rooming request section will be considered; phone call and email requests to Reach Cambridge staff are not considered valid.

Are boys and girls housed separately?

Yes. We assign girls and boys to separate staircases or floors, each with a resident supervisor. These supervisors are available 24 hours a day. There is a curfew and at this time, students must sign in with their supervisor and remain on their floor until 7am the following morning.

How do you decide which students are put on which floors / staircases?

We match students together on corridors and in rooms based on their age, the course they are taking, and we will also take into account any requests to share with friends made before the program. Each corridor will comprise a mixture of nationalities, creating a culturally diverse environment.

What about food?

Half board is included in the program price, with either breakfast & lunch or breakfast & dinner each day, apart from the Weekend Excursion days, where it will be Bed and Breakfast.  Students will have the opportunity to eat together on campus, as well as to explore Cambridge city centre with its wide variety of restaurants, cafes and tea rooms.
Vegetarian options are available. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements before the program so we can ensure that we can cater for you.

What if I get sick?

Should a student need to see a doctor there are a number of local GP surgeries close to the accommodation. For any more serious situations, Addenbrooke's Hospital – one of the top hospitals in the UK – is also within easy reach. Supervisors and senior staff are first aid trained and are available 24hrs a day to make sure any students that get sick are taken care of and kept comfortable. We encourage all students to take out full medical insurance and travel insurance prior to their arrival on the program.

Do I need a laptop?

You do not have to bring a laptop to the program, unless you are studying the Computer Science and Maths course for which a laptop is required. Students are welcome to bring laptops if they feel they will help with their academic work. If you choose not to bring a laptop then you may use one of the Reach Cambridge computers to contact home during office hours. Please note that neither Reach Cambridge or the College can be held responsible for lost, stolen or broken laptops.

Do I need to bring a cell phone?

Students are required to have a cell phone for use in case of emergency. Every student will be allocated an Emergency Card with a list of emergency contact numbers, which they are expected to carry at all times. Some students choose to buy a ‘pay-as-you-go’ cell phone upon arrival in Cambridge, and many bring their own cell phone from home. Cell phones are not to be used during class time or during the lectures and workshops. The Reach Cambridge office telephone is manned by staff during the day and evenings, and parents are welcome to leave messages which will be passed on swiftly to students.

What clothes should I bring and how much luggage?

We recommend that you bring casual clothing and comfortable footwear for regular use, sports clothing (optional), at least one dressier outfit for special occasions like the Departure Party, a hat, and a waterproof coat. Clothes should be appropriate for an academic environment. We recommend that students flying to the UK check their luggage allowance with their airline before departing. We will include further details of what to bring in a Welcome Pack sent out to students prior to the program.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes. All students have access to washing machines on-site.

What about safety / security?

Our foremost concern at Reach Cambridge is to ensure the safety, security and health of all students. We have a clear set of regulations for students and staff and detailed preparations regarding medical support. Risk assessments have been carried out on the campuses.
All supervisors are:

  • Trained in first aid and safe organization of activities.
  • Subject to a rigorous DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) check as per the legal requirements for working with young people in the UK.
  • Experienced at working with young people. As current undergraduates and recent graduates, they also have a perfect idea of the pressures and strains on young people living in a new university environment.
  • In addition, Reach Cambridge is regularly inspected by the British Accreditation Council

What supervisory staff do you have?

Our inspiring team of teachers work closely with our Director of Curriculum to provide the highest quality subject courses. Many of our teachers are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford or London. They usually are Professors, researchers and postgraduates, all of whom are specialists in their field. We also draw upon practising professionals to share their expertise and experiences. Here at Reach, our teachers have significant autonomy in creating their courses so that they can utilise their expertise fully.

At Reach Cambridge, the safety and welfare of our students is our number one priority. Our experienced senior staff work together with our supervisors and teachers to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. Many of our staff are first-aid trained and we have dedicated welfare staff, all of whom operate under clear procedures and guidelines to ensure that we can provide the students with the highest level of care and support.

All Reach Cambridge activities and excursions are supervised, and Reach Cambridge senior staff and supervisors live on-site alongside the students and are available 24 hours a day. Many of our supervisors are current undergraduates and are the students’ first point of contact to attend to their questions or concerns. Upon arrival, students are given a welcome talk, which outlines curfew times, program structure and safety procedures. All students are given emergency cards with the contact details of the Reach staff and the students’ accommodation. Students must carry these emergency cards at all times.

What happens if I break one of the rules?

One of the aims on a Reach Cambridge program is to encourage independence. There are not very many rules, but the ones we do have are strictly enforced. Students will sign up to the rules and regulations on application, but the main rules are as follows:
Students must attend all classes; you must report to your supervisor at curfew; you cannot leave your dormitory after curfew; you may not possess or consume alcohol or drugs; you must treat other students, staff and the public with respect.
The consequences for breaking one of the rules vary depending on the circumstances. However, particularly in the case of alcohol or drug related misconduct, the penalty can be severe: should a student violate any of the rules and regulations of the program, Reach Cambridge have the right to dismiss and repatriate them at their own expense without refund of the program fee (see Terms & Conditions).

How safe are the dormitories?

All of the accommodation is in the centre of Cambridge, a small and very safe city. Reach Cambridge staff are on hand 24 hours a day and live alongside the students on-site at all times. All of the supervisory staff are first-aid trained.
Upon arrival, students are given a welcome talk, which further outlines the key aspects of health and safety to be aware of, and adhere to, during their time on the program. In addition, all students are encourage to take sensible actions to help such as locking their bedrooms and keeping their windows closed when they are not in their bedrooms.

What about medical insurance?

Students must fill in a medical insurance form via their online account once they have applied, with full details of their Health Insurance Carrier. Please make sure that your policy covers you abroad.

Will I have fun?

Yes! With so many like-minded students around you, a committed staff and a superior schedule of classes, activities, lectures, workshops and excursions, your time in Cambridge will be full of fun. That is not to say that there will not be challenges – settling into a different culture anywhere in the world can sometimes be difficult. However, with our attentive staff and the friends you will inevitably make almost immediately, these challenges can be easily overcome. Discover even more about our programs! Take a look at our videos testimonials, see the nice things people have said about us, read our blog, and check out our gallery.

Are Reach Cambridge programs like summer camp?

Yes and no. In that our programs are all about building a thriving community, Reach Cambridge is similar to summer camps. However there are many differences – not least that we encourage students to reach out of the Reach Cambridge community as well as reach into it. Explore the city of Cambridge in your lunchtimes. Interact with the Cambridge students that are around you out of workshop and class time. Make the most of the extensive grounds and facilities that the Campus has to offer.

Which Reach Cambridge subject course should I choose?

In all of our programs, students choose a subject course to study. During the summer programs, students attend in-depth daily academic classes in their chosen subject, whereas the Spring program offers three half-day personalised 'supervision-style' study sessions each week combined with personal academic development with essential learning and leadership skills.
All of the programs include the main features at the heart of a Reach Cambridge program: academic sessions with researchers, fellows and lecturers from Cambridge and other prestigious universities, pre-college preparation, lectures, workshops, activities and excursions. So the good news is that whichever subject course you choose, you won't miss out on these key elements. We offer a range of both Sciences and Arts & Humanities courses, from English Literature to Law, and from Physics & Engineering to Computer Science & Maths.
During the summer programs, we also have a range of Taster course subjects to supplement the academic courses. If you want to work on a project that makes a difference, whilst gaining Community Outreach hours, then the Community Outreach course is for you. If you are interested in applying to a UK university, sign up to our University Advance taster course and get the chance to visit and tour other UK university campuses.
You can find out more about all our courses and Taster courses here, and contact us if you need any further information.

How much spending money do I need?

This will vary from person to person. Students will need money primarily for their lunches, incidentals and souvenirs. Something in the region of GB£100 – £150 per week should be sufficient, although some students do enjoy the wide array of shops in Cambridge and on the trips to London!

Can parents visit?

Parents are more than welcome to visit, though we do ask that they let senior staff know in advance and sign in and out at the program . Students may leave the program for a pre-arranged period with close family, in which case an exeat form will need to be completed, although it is worth bearing in mind that you will be very busy during the program. The ideal situation is for family trips to be scheduled before or after the program. Students may leave the program with the agreement of Reach Cambridge senior staff and the permission of their parent/guardian in order to visit a family friend or relative who is an adult over 25 years old. Students are released from the care of Reach Cambridge during the Exeat period, and Reach Cambridge can accept no responsibility for students during that time. Permission must be received in writing at least 48 hours before the trip and must specify the name, address and contact number of the friend or relative.

What is not included in the price?

It is important to note that, unlike many summer schools, the vast majority of items on Reach Cambridge are included: All excursions, lectures, theatre trips, workshops and tuition are included.
The main exclusions are as follows:

  • Flights These should be booked independently
  • Some meals – 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.
  • Spending money – Students should bring an allowance for shopping, free time etc.
  • Insurance and Visas – Reach Cambridge strongly recommends that students take out comprehensive insurance ahead of their trip. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

Why Reach Cambridge?

Top 5 reasons our students will never forget their Reach Cambridge
experience…
1. Academic Excellence: Learn from leading scholars and experts; engage
    with dynamic classes, lectures and workshops.
2. Inspiring Surroundings: Live, learn and grow in the historic and world-
    famous University City of Cambridge.
3. Excursions & Activities: Explore the UK with culturally enriching
    excursions and engage in fun, inclusive activities.
4. International Experience: Meet people from all over the world, learn
    about different cultures and make friends for life.
5. The Perfect Balance: Manage your own free time and balance it with your
    studies. Grow in confidence, understanding and independence.

What is Reach Cambridge's mission?

Since 2005, Reach Cambridge has given thousands of young people from all over the world the opportunity to prepare for the future in a university environment Based in the historic city of Cambridge, our inspiring and varied program comprises academic subject courses, group activities, lectures and excursions.
Our team is dedicated to offering our students the international experience of a lifetime within a safe, positive and inspiring community.

What does your Latin motto mean?

‘Sic Itur Ad Astra’ is a line from Virgil’s Aeneid and means ‘Thus Reach For The Stars,’ which is a sentiment we believe in at Reach Cambridge and pass on to our students.

What experience does Reach Cambridge have in running academic programs?

Reach Cambridge has been providing academic residential study programs in the historic city of Cambridge since 2005. We have gone from strength to strength and welcomed thousands of students from around the world to our programs.

Our focus has remained on Cambridge throughout the years, so we have an in-depth knowledge of the city and a great relationship with the university's colleges. Many of our supervisory and teaching staff return year on year, committed to offering our students the experience of a lifetime within a safe, positive and inspiring environment.

The senior staff team has extensive knowledge of the education world and travel industry, as well as many years of invaluable first-hand experience of the University of Cambridge and British education systems. This, combined with years of promoting further education to the international community, makes Reach Cambridge a superior choice for a residential study program.

In addition to our many years of experience, Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council who provide a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK. This is a testimony to the high standards we set ourselves regarding the planning, preparation and procedures we follow to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students and staff.

Who Are We?

Reach Cambridge has been successfully running summer schools and study programs in Cambridge since 2005. It is a private company that specialises in study courses and is entirely independent of the University of Cambridge. Broadly speaking, our staff divides into three departments – academic, supervisory and senior staff. Our teaching body is made up of Fellows, Professors, researchers, post-graduates, and specialists in their field; many of our academic staff are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford or London universities.

The supervisory department is made up mainly of Cambridge University students with an intimate knowledge of the city, the University and its workings. The senior staff bring together many years of experience in international schools, Cambridge University and the European education system.

At Reach Cambridge, the safety and welfare of students is our number one priority, an our experienced staff team work together to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. Parents can be understandably cautious about sending their children abroad for a study program, and so a member of our senior staff would be more than willing to answer any questions and allay any concerns over the phone. If you would like to speak to a member of the senior staff, please use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com, phone us (+44 8708 031 732).

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2020 Spring Programs

1 Week Programs – £1450

  • Sunday March 29th – Saturday April 4th
  • Sunday April 5th – Saturday April 11th

2 Week Programs – £2350

  • Sunday March 29th – Saturday April 11th

2020 Summer Programs

2 Week Programs – £4295

  • Sunday June 28th – Saturday July 11th
  • Sunday July 12th – Saturday July 25th
  • Sunday July 26th – Saturday August 8th

4 Week Programs – £7295

  • Sunday June 28th – Saturday July 25th
  • Sunday July 12th – Saturday August 8th

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd – 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Want to save some money on the cost of your program? Try our Refer a Friend discount where you can each save £100.

Travel to & from the Program

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd – 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Your arrival options are:

1) Meet and Greet – this is for students flying in on their arrival day. A member of our team will meet you at the airport and accompany you on our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. This service is available for flights landing at London Heathrow or London Gatwick between 6.30am – 11.30am on your arrival day.

2) Shuttle Only – this is for students who will already be in the UK but wish to join our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. You will need to meet us at London Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals at 10am on your arrival day. We will be unable to meet you elsewhere at the airport, and this option must be pre-booked and indicated on your travel page ahead of time.

3) Self Travel – Arrive independently at Cambridge. Details on specific arrival times/location will be emailed to you just before the start of your Program.

Your departure options are:

1) Airport Dropoff – students will be dropped off at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. You should book flights that depart between 12pm – 2pm. Reminder, as per our Terms and Conditions, students with departure flights after 2pm, but who travel early via the Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

2) Self Departure – Depart independently at Cambridge. You should aim to leave Cambridge at 9.30am.

Flights

Because Reach Cambridge students come from all over the world to form an international cohort, we’re unable to organise a formal ‘group fare’ from each hub. Instead, students should book their own flights (and let us know their details on the online form in their online account) to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, aiming to arrive between 6:30am and 11.30am in order to be guaranteed a Reach Cambridge transfer from the airport to the Cambridge campus. Equally, on the return journey, students should aim to book flights between 12pm and 2pm in order to have a guaranteed Reach Cambridge transfer. Any students that arrive/depart outside these specified times will need to arrange their own transfers (we recommend booking a taxi transfer at www.airportlynx.co.uk).

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, those students with departure flights outside of the times stated on the website, but  who travel early via Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

Visas

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than six months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa. For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service).

You can also read our visa guidelines found here: Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.


Senior Staff

Our experienced senior staff work together with our supervisors and teachers to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. They are onsite and on-call to oversee all aspects of the programme; their primary duty is to look after the health and safety of everyone involved, as well as to ensure every student feels welcome, and every program is enriching, inspiring and unforgettable.

Academic Staff

Our inspiring team of teachers works closely with our Director of Curriculum to provide the highest quality subject courses. Many of our teachers are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford or London universities. They usually are Fellows, Professors, researchers or postgraduates and specialists in their field. Here at Reach, our teachers have significant autonomy in creating their courses so that they can utilise their expertise fully.

Meet the Academic Team

Supervisory Staff

Reach Cambridge supervisors live on-site alongside the students and are available 24 hours a day. Many of our supervisors are current undergraduates and are the students’ first point of contact to attend to their questions or concerns. Supervisors run an amazing schedule of daily activities and take part in weekend excursions with the whole community of students. They also look after a dedicated small group of students who live in the accommodation with them.

Staff & Supervision

The safety of our students is our number one priority: Reach Cambridge has experienced staff who are on hand 24 hours a day to supervise and assist students. 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

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. Students are taken care of by our amazing team of supervisors, made up of enthusiastic and responsible individuals studying at some of the UK’s top Universities. During courses, supervisors live alongside the students on their corridors, providing support, guidance and a first port of call early in the morning and late at night if need be.

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.

CambridgeCambridge views

Cambridge is a prestigious centre of academia and a beautiful place to live and study. The world-famous University of Cambridge is over 800 years old, and has been home to some of the most respected authors, scientists, thinkers, and even royalty. The city boasts some of the country’s finest architecture, art galleries and museums, as well as a vibrant theatre scene. Running through it is the River Cam: colleges glimpsed from the banks of the Backs, students punting along the water, and rowers practising at high speed, are all part of the Cambridge experience.

Our Accommodation

Students are accommodated in same-sex dormitories. Whilst students are grouped with others of the same gender and a similar age, there is a mixture of subjects and nationalities, allowing students to make friends from across the world. Reach Cambridge students stay on-site. Students stay in either a Cambridge University college or in Reach Hall, our grand Victorian property situated in the centre of Cambridge. 

History Of Cambridge – Before the University

The Romans were first to build a town in Cambridge, although archaeologists have found evidence of habitation as far back as 1500BC. It was a convenient crossing point for the River Granta now known as the River Cam. Throughout Anglo-Saxon and Norman times, settlements tended to centre on what is now known as Castle Hill‚ for its fortification potential. William the Conqueror was the first to build a castle on the hill and his son, Henry 1st, gave the town its first charter. The oldest structure in Cambridge, St Bene’t’s Church, dates from the 11th Century.

History Of Cambridge – The University Itself

It was in 1209 that scholars, taking refuge from hostile townsmen in Oxford, settled in Cambridge. Students soon flocked to Cambridge, although in its early years, these were largely clerks or clergymen in holy orders of some sort. It was not until 1284 that the first Cambridge College (of which there are now 31), Peterhouse, was founded. Colleges sprang up in the centuries to follow‚ the result of benefactions from donors including King Henry VIII. The most famous structure in Cambridge – King’s College Chapel – was built by a succession of Kings, starting with Henry VI in 1446 and finishing with Henry VIII is 1515. Cambridge is the top-ranked University in the UK and has produced 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

History Of Cambridge – Famous Scholars

In 1627, a clergyman by the name of John Harvard entered Cambridge, before emigrating to America in 1638 and founding Harvard University. Numerous other influential scholars have passed through Cambridge: Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron and Lord Tennyson, several signatories of the American Declaration of Independence, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, F.R. Leavis, John Maynard Keynes, Crick & Watson, Sylvia Plath, Frederick Sanger, Ted Hughes and Stephen Hawking to name but a few!

All Reach Cambridge students have the opportunity to live and study in this inspiring environment, walking in the footsteps of great scholars who have changed the way we see the world.

Groups

Every year we are delighted to welcome school groups from around the world to Reach Cambridge programs. Some groups join our existing programs in Spring or Summer, benefiting from the special international nature of a Reach Cambridge program with over 60 countries represented and the infrastructure that comes from joining one of our pre-existing programs. Other groups have specific needs and require a bespoke program at a particular time of year. Our Cambridge headquarters, Reach Hall, enable us to meet the needs of any educational group at any time of year.

Spring/Summer Groups

Bring a group of students to one of our Spring or Summer Programs and benefit from our substantial group discounts!

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Groups Venue

Learn about our central Cambridge residential study venue – the perfect setting for short courses and conferences.

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Bespoke Courses

Learn more about our Bespoke programs and design your perfect residential course with us in stunning Cambridge!

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BAC Accreditation

Reach Cambridge is proudly accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider. This is an extract from our most recent interim report –

The senior leadership team is cohesive, collaborative and responsive. Teaching and learning are of a high quality, using highly qualified, experienced and engaging teachers. Programmes are well-designed to offer participants a well-rounded mix of academic and personal development opportunities. Programmes are designed to enable participants to benefit from the wider learning and development that arises from mixing with participants across a wide range of ages and cultures.

In order to achieve BAC accreditation, we have had to demonstrate that we meet the BAC’s rigorous standards in four inspection areas:

  • Management, Staffing and Administration
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Participant Welfare
  • Premises and Facilities

Education experts from the BAC inspectorate assessed the institution against our standards during a formal inspection visit. The Inspection team wrote a report for the independent Accreditation Committee who subsequently awarded accreditation, which is valid for four years. The inspection report is available in the Directory and Inspection Reports section on the BAC website.

About the BAC

  • BAC was established by the UK’s Department of Education and the British Council in 1984 to oversee independent further and higher education in the UK. They are a registered charity and a not for profit organisation. As a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
  • BAC currently accredits more than 230 institutions across 21 countries.
  • We have been externally assessed on our organisation’s standards and processes.

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Travel to and from Reach Cambridge

Travel to & from the Program

Students should arrive in Cambridge for their chosen program on the start date listed on the website, and depart campus by 9.30am on the end date listed on the website. You do not need to arrive the day before or depart the day after the program dates. For example, if your program dates are 2nd - 15th, then you should arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 15th (not the 1st and the 16th).

Your arrival options are:

1) Meet and Greet - this is for students flying in on their arrival day. A member of our team will meet you at the airport and accompany you on our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. This service is available for flights landing at London Heathrow or London Gatwick between 6.30am - 11.30am on your arrival day.

2) Shuttle Only - this is for students who will already be in the UK but wish to join our airport transfer shuttle to Cambridge. You will need to meet us at London Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals at 10am on your arrival day. We will be unable to meet you elsewhere at the airport, and this option must be pre-booked and indicated on your travel page ahead of time.

3) Self Travel - Arrive independently at Cambridge. Details on specific arrival times/location will be emailed to you just before the start of your Program.

Your departure options are:

1) Airport Dropoff - students will be dropped off at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. You should book flights that depart between 12pm - 2pm. Reminder, as per our Terms and Conditions, students with departure flights after 2pm, but who travel early via the Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

2) Self Departure - Depart independently at Cambridge. You should aim to leave Cambridge at 9.30am.

Flights

Because Reach Cambridge students come from all over the world to form an international cohort, we're unable to organise a formal ‘group fare’ from each hub. Instead, students should book their own flights (and let us know their details on the online form in their online account) to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, aiming to arrive between 6:30am and 11.30am in order to be guaranteed a Reach Cambridge transfer from the airport to the Cambridge campus. Equally, on the return journey, students should aim to book flights between 12pm and 2pm in order to have a guaranteed Reach Cambridge transfer. Any students that arrive/depart outside these specified times will need to arrange their own transfers (we recommend booking a taxi transfer at www.airportlynx.co.uk).

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, those students with departure flights outside of the times stated on the website, but  who travel early via Reach Cambridge coach to the airport for departure, will only be guaranteed supervision by a Reach Cambridge staff member until 2pm. Please note that after this time, the students will be unaccompanied.

Visas

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than six months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa. For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service).

You can also read our visa guidelines found here: Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.


 

BAC Accreditation

Reach Cambridge is proudly accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.

In order to achieve BAC accreditation, we have had to demonstrate that we meet the BAC’s rigorous standards in four inspection areas:

  • Management, Staffing and Administration
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Participant Welfare
  • Premises and Facilities

Education experts from the BAC inspectorate assessed the institution against our standards during a formal inspection visit. The Inspection team wrote a report for the independent Accreditation Committee who subsequently awarded accreditation, which is valid for four years. The inspection report and more information on the BAC can be found at their website.

How to Apply?

Applications are made online at www.reachcambridge.com.
The process is straightforward:

  1. Complete a simple application form.
  2. Payment of the deposit holds your place on the program.

 
Once this is done, we ask students to submit both a short personal statement, which will also help indicate to us your level of English, and a copy of your latest school transcript to help us assess the teaching level of the subject courses. Completion of further sections, including medical information and insurance details, as well as the full balance payment, is required by the application deadline.

How will these programs prepare me for the future?

Your experiences on a Reach Cambridge program will help you prepare for the future in more ways than can possibly be listed here. We recommend you read or watch some of our testimonials to hear from our students about how a Reach Cambridge summer school has helped them. Alternatively you can read some of our ‘where are they now’ blog posts or our ‘Hear from past students’ reports from students who have reflected on how a Reach Cambridge program prepared them for the future. Living away from home in a supervised environment with people from all over the world is a key stepping-stone for many of our students, and this experience is complemented with workshops on key skills that will be essential for whatever you decide to do in the future, whether in your career or further education.

When are the programs?

 

The Spring Program runs over two weeks, from 29th March to 11th April 2020, with students able to join us for one week or both weeks:

  • Week 1 is 29th March - 4th April 2020
  • Week 2 is 5th April - 11th April 2020

We have three programs during the summer:

  • 28th June - 11th July 2020
  • 12th July - 25th July 2020
  • 26th July - 8th August 2020

We also offer 2 four week programs during the summer:

  • 28th June - 25th July 2020
  • 12th July - 8th August 2020

If I choose the same subject across two combined programs, will the material covered be repeated?

Although a small amount of material may appear across programs, syllabi for the same subjects in each program are significantly different. If you decide to study one subject throughout your time with us, you will be learning about something new every day.

Can I choose different subjects when I combine programs?

Students who combine our summer programs can choose one subject per program. Students who join us for two weeks during the Spring program can choose one subject per week. This is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons and expand your interest.

What is the age limit?

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

What are the entry requirements?

All Reach Cambridge programs 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 during our summer programs 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.

What is the timetable for an average day at Reach?

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
Breakfast   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  
Dinner  
7pm Evening lecture   Dinner Own arrangements
8pm Evening activities   8pm Evening activities
Evening curfew   Evening curfew

A typical Spring Program Weekday

Time Activity
8am Breakfast
9am Subject classes
1pm Lunch - plenty of time to explore Cambridge
2.30pm Workshop
6pm Dinner
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
10.30pm Curfew

A typical Spring Program Excursion Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast
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
10.30pm Curfew

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

What is the program cost?

We are offering 3 two-week programs in Summer 2020. The cost for each two-week program is £4295. You can also combine concurrent two-week programs into a four-week program for £7295. Our additional add-on ''Taster Courses'' are priced at £395.

The Spring Program runs over two weeks, with students able to join us for either one or two weeks in March/April 2020. The cost for one week is £1450. The cost for two weeks is £2350.

We have great early-bird discounts available, as well as a refer-a-friend discount whereby both students can save £100. For further information, please get in touch - use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com or phone us (+44 8708 031 732).

Does Reach Cambridge offer any scholarships or financial assistance?

Reach Cambridge runs a yearly Scholarship Essay Competition, which is designed for academically excellent students who would otherwise not be able to attend our programs.
Please note that scholarship prizes are only awarded to a very small number of students who write truly exceptional essays, and that you must also supply a letter of recommendation from your school highlighting your suitability for the scholarship.
Details for the Scholarship Essay Competition can be found here: https://www.reachcambridge.com/scholarship-essay-competition

What do I need to include in my personal statement?

Your personal statement is an opportunity to find out more about you. We would love to know why you would like to come to Reach Cambridge and what has motivated you to choose your particular subject course. This personal statement will need to be uploaded to your online account, where more details on length and content can also be found. 

How do I send you my school transcript?

You will need to get a copy of your recent transcript from your school and you can then upload this onto your online application account.
If your teacher or guidance counsellor wants to send us the school transcript directly, the easiest thing to do is ask them to scan it and email it to marie@reachcambridge.com

What is a school transcript?

Your school transcript is a recent school report or assessment.

How do I know if I have been accepted?

By paying a deposit, your place on the program is provisionally reserved. When you have completed all of the program requirements as stated in your online account, including payment of your balance, you will receive an email confirming that your place on the program is secure.

What is your cancellation policy if I am unable to attend?

By English law, the contract may be cancelled by the parent or student within fourteen days of reserving your place on the program by paying your deposit. If a contract is so cancelled, Reach Cambridge will reimburse any deposit paid within fourteen days of receiving notice of such cancellation.

To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post) addressed to Reach Cambridge Ltd, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH, or via email to: info@reachcambridge.com.

To download a copy of our cancellation form, please click here.

Please note, however, there is no obligation to use this form.

There is no cancellation charge for cancellations received with more than 200 days before the start date of the course, but Reach Cambridge is entitled to retain a deposit if one has already been paid. The charge for cancellations received between 200 days – 100 days before the course start date is 50% of the total program price and the full program price will be charged with less than 100 days to go before the course start date. Students who cancel for medical reasons may be financially protected if they have purchased appropriate trip cancellation insurance.

What is the payment schedule?

The final payment deadline for Spring Program fees is January 15th. The final payment deadline for summer program fees is March 31st. Late enrolments may be accepted after these dates, but after these deadlines places cannot be held for students that have not paid their balance.

How do I get from the airport to the program?

If you arrive/depart within the specified times, then we will meet you at the airport and transport you to the program. If you are traveling independently, it is your responsibility to organize transport from the airport to the campus in Cambridge. We can advise you of appropriate taxi firms.

What time should I aim to arrive in / depart from Cambridge if I am travelling independently?

Students should aim to arrive at the campus between 10am and 2pm on the arrival day. All students need to depart campus by 10am on the final day of the program.

What type of Visa do I need?

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Cambridge, lasting less than 6 months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa.

For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website page (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service) - https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa.

You can also read our visa guidelines found here - Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.

Who makes my travel arrangements?

Students make their own travel arrangements. As long as you arrange your flights so that you arrive between 6.30am and 11.30am and depart between 12pm and 2pm, we can guarantee to meet you at the airport (London Heathrow or London Gatwick) and transfer you to Cambridge (and vice versa).

Do we visit other Colleges / Universities on the program?

A Reach Cambridge program is about preparing you for the future and for some of our students, this means looking into university options in the UK and beyond. On a Reach program, students are able to glimpse university life outside of Cambridge on weekend excursions to places like Oxford and London.

What is a typical day like?

During the summer programs, a typical weekday would begin with breakfast and morning classes. Lessons finish in time for lunch, at which point students are free to explore the city of Cambridge or the campus grounds. Depending on the program, the afternoon is spent enjoying activities and workshops laid on by the supervisors, or further classes.
After dinner, students attend an evening lecture, after which they are free to enjoy the evening entertainment organized by the supervisors, spend time socializing or catch up on homework (those on Credit Courses). Curfew is typically at 10.30pm at which point students must be on their staircases or corridors to sign in with their supervisors. At the weekends, students enjoy excursions; in the past these have included Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Oxford, Brighton and more.
During the Spring Program, the schedule is more varied, with each day either a Subject Class Day, an Excursion Day, or a Sample Skills Day. The Spring Program combines the essential elements of all Reach Cambridge programs: classes, activities, workshops, lectures, excursions and free time.

What do I do in my free time?

Your time out of class is structured so that there is always something you can be doing – be it sport, art or a plethora of other activities. All of these activities are supervised. On the other hand, in providing a university experience, we also encourage independence in our students. Students may choose to stroll into Cambridge and relax in one of the tea rooms, explore the famous sites around the city centre or go shopping in the city’s market place and retail district.

What happens at the weekends?

There are activities, excursions and free time on offer at the weekends (though these can also occur during the weekdays too). No visit to the UK is complete without a trip to London, and there are also excursions to places of cultural and historic interest; in the past these have included London, Brighton, Oxford and Shakespeare’s birthplace - Stratford-upon-Avon. All students are expected to attend these amazing excursions.

What activities are offered?

The aim of the activities schedule is to help you make the most out of the campus facilities and the Reach Cambridge community. Activities during the day vary from team sports such as Football (Soccer!), ultimate Frisbee and basketball to arts-based activities such as painting, photography or drama. Evening activities tend to focus more on the social side of things with talent shows, world fairs, quiz shows and film nights. The evening is also typically the time that we schedule university lectures and workshops. These can be equally sociable with discussion during and particularly after the presentation.

Do I have to attend activities?

Lectures and some afternoon and evening activities are compulsory for all students. In general, students are encouraged to make the most of their time in Cambridge by engaging in as many activities as possible with other students. We offer a wide variety of activities including sport, art, drama and big events such as a talent show and an international world fair so there is something for everyone!

Do I have to attend excursions?

All students should attend excursions - not only are they an exciting way to explore some of Britain's most famous sites but they are a great way to make new friends.

How much time is spent working? Is there much homework?

While the structure of the subject courses depends on the program, in every program we maintain a good balance between work and play – activities run every day of the week, alongside excursions away from campus.
We have designed the courses to allow plenty of time for class discussion and interaction. Homework is kept to a minimum, although work that is set is expected to be completed to a high standard. 

How will Reach Cambridge prepare me for college?

A Reach Cambridge program is great preparation for your future. For many of our students, this means going on to study at Universities all over the world. During the program, you gain  an awareness of what university study entails in particular subjects, how to interact with other students and academics and how to manage your time responsibly. Preparing for the future is as much about learning to manage your new independence responsibly as it is about experiencing a new environment.

Can I get credit if I am not taking one of the Reach credit programs?

For all subjects, you will receive a Reach Cambridge certificate at the end of the program with an overview of the course and some suggested further reading so the learning journey can extend beyond the summer. This may or may not be sufficient to earn you a Credit (check with your school in advance), but could certainly be included in application to university .

Who are the faculty?

Reach Cambridge combines the world-class knowledge and ‘critical-thinking’ teaching style of Cambridge academics and the exceptional classroom experience of our teachers, with the most recent pedagogical techniques tailored to young people. The majority of our teachers are academics, lecturers and PhD students from Cambridge University or other top academic institutions.

What is the average class size?

Class sizes vary according to subject. The average class ratio is twelve students to one teacher, which ensures that all students are able to interact with the teachers and teaching assistants as the lesson progresses.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of the program?

All students receive a certificate of attendance no matter which program they have attended. If you are taking a Credit class, you will receive your final grade directly from the school board.

Do you cater for students with disabilities?

Reach Cambridge aims to provide a suitable environment to meet each student’s individual needs taking into account the resources available and the physical restraints we work within. All students have the opportunity to define their own special needs, difficulties and disabilities at registration.
Reach Cambridge, in conjunction with the colleges, will make best efforts to accommodate the specific needs of students. However, given the nature and age of most campuses, buildings are not always adapted to accommodate students with mobility issues.
Reach Cambridge undertakes to refer students for independent specialist diagnostic testing where appropriate. When confirmed by independent specialist assessment, Reach Cambridge also undertakes to provide specialist support, where agreed, appropriate and possible.
In all cases, please get in touch before application so we can discuss what might reasonably be done to accommodate your needs. You can use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com or phone us (+44 8708 031 732).

Where do students come from?

Our programs are open to all international students; in 2017 we welcomed students from 50 different countries. Although students taking different subject courses will be engaged in different ways at points during the day, we bring students from all courses together on a daily basis for activities, excursions, lectures and workshops.
We take great pride in the truly international environment that we have at Reach Cambridge. In the past, countries represented have included: USA, Canada, Singapore, Haiti, China, Switzerland, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ghana, Qatar, France, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon, India, Jordan, Romania, England, Germany, Guatemala, Australia plus many more.

Do I need to bring a friend?

There is no need to bring a friend. In fact, sometimes students find it easier to make new friends when they attend alone. If you would like to attend with a friend or a relative, it is always nice to have a familiar face around the campus. Either way, the social activities, the structure of the program and the free time you have will make it incredibly easy to make friends.

Will my religious commitments be catered for?

Reach Cambridge welcomes students of all faiths. We make the effort to cater for individual needs, and the most expedient course is for students to advise us of their specific needs ahead of time. We prefer that students attend religious services out of class times and so schedule classes and compulsory activities so as to avoid conflict. This is not always possible and although we discourage students from missing class, it is permitted under these circumstances. Where Kosher or Halal food is not available (for instance, in the college dining halls), there is often enough of a selection of other foods for a student to get by (such as vegetarian food). Alternatively, students can purchase their own meals from the wide range of shops and restaurants in Cambridge.

Where will I live?

All students reside in one of the 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge or in our Reach Cambridge headquarters, 'Reach Hall'. Reach Hall is a beautiful, grand Victorian property in central Cambridge which was previously University of Cambridge graduate accommodation. Reach Cambridge students experience a real taste of student living in one of the world’s most famous and historic university cities!
In the University colleges and Reach Hall, students are accommodated in same-sex dormitories of single or shared rooms. All students have access to shared bathroom facilities. Students are grouped on their corridors with others of the same gender and a similar age, but a diverse mixture of courses and nationalities, allowing them to make friends from across the world!
Reach Cambridge staff are resident on-site in case of emergencies and to give support to the students 24 hours a day.

What is the difference between a Cambridge "College" and Cambridge University?

Many visitors to Cambridge remark that they have seen the Colleges and Faculties but are yet to see the University. In fact they have seen the University – it is the collective name for all departments, accommodation, “Colleges”, libraries and lecture halls spread around the city. There are 31 Colleges that accommodate Cambridge’s 15,000 students. You can find more information about Cambridge here.

Does every student have their own room?

All students will be accommodated in either a single or shared room. Single rooms are only guaranteed by paying for the Single Room Guarantee; please note that this does not constitute a room upgrade - all rooms are standard student accommodation with shared bathrooms.

Do I get to choose the person I share a room with?

All students will be accommodated in either a single room or shared room. Reach Cambridge cannot guarantee any shared rooming requests but we will do our best to accommodate them where possible. Only requests submitted via the student's online account in the rooming request section will be considered; phone call and email requests to Reach Cambridge staff are not considered valid.

Are boys and girls housed separately?

Yes. We assign girls and boys to separate staircases or floors, each with a resident supervisor. These supervisors are available 24 hours a day. There is a curfew and at this time, students must sign in with their supervisor and remain on their floor until 7am the following morning.

How do you decide which students are put on which floors / staircases?

We match students together on corridors and in rooms based on their age, the course they are taking, and we will also take into account any requests to share with friends made before the program. Each corridor will comprise a mixture of nationalities, creating a culturally diverse environment.

What about food?

Half board is included in the program price, with either breakfast & lunch or breakfast & dinner each day, apart from the Weekend Excursion days, where it will be Bed and Breakfast.  Students will have the opportunity to eat together on campus, as well as to explore Cambridge city centre with its wide variety of restaurants, cafes and tea rooms.
Vegetarian options are available. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements before the program so we can ensure that we can cater for you.

What if I get sick?

Should a student need to see a doctor there are a number of local GP surgeries close to the accommodation. For any more serious situations, Addenbrooke's Hospital – one of the top hospitals in the UK – is also within easy reach. Supervisors and senior staff are first aid trained and are available 24hrs a day to make sure any students that get sick are taken care of and kept comfortable. We encourage all students to take out full medical insurance and travel insurance prior to their arrival on the program.

Do I need a laptop?

You do not have to bring a laptop to the program, unless you are studying the Computer Science and Maths course for which a laptop is required. Students are welcome to bring laptops if they feel they will help with their academic work. If you choose not to bring a laptop then you may use one of the Reach Cambridge computers to contact home during office hours. Please note that neither Reach Cambridge or the College can be held responsible for lost, stolen or broken laptops.

Do I need to bring a cell phone?

Students are required to have a cell phone for use in case of emergency. Every student will be allocated an Emergency Card with a list of emergency contact numbers, which they are expected to carry at all times. Some students choose to buy a ‘pay-as-you-go’ cell phone upon arrival in Cambridge, and many bring their own cell phone from home. Cell phones are not to be used during class time or during the lectures and workshops. The Reach Cambridge office telephone is manned by staff during the day and evenings, and parents are welcome to leave messages which will be passed on swiftly to students.

What clothes should I bring and how much luggage?

We recommend that you bring casual clothing and comfortable footwear for regular use, sports clothing (optional), at least one dressier outfit for special occasions like the Departure Party, a hat, and a waterproof coat. Clothes should be appropriate for an academic environment. We recommend that students flying to the UK check their luggage allowance with their airline before departing. We will include further details of what to bring in a Welcome Pack sent out to students prior to the program.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes. All students have access to washing machines on-site.

What about safety / security?

Our foremost concern at Reach Cambridge is to ensure the safety, security and health of all students. We have a clear set of regulations for students and staff and detailed preparations regarding medical support. Risk assessments have been carried out on the campuses.
All supervisors are:

  • Trained in first aid and safe organization of activities.
  • Subject to a rigorous DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) check as per the legal requirements for working with young people in the UK.
  • Experienced at working with young people. As current undergraduates and recent graduates, they also have a perfect idea of the pressures and strains on young people living in a new university environment.
  • In addition, Reach Cambridge is regularly inspected by the British Accreditation Council

What supervisory staff do you have?

Our inspiring team of teachers work closely with our Director of Curriculum to provide the highest quality subject courses. Many of our teachers are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford or London. They usually are Professors, researchers and postgraduates, all of whom are specialists in their field. We also draw upon practising professionals to share their expertise and experiences. Here at Reach, our teachers have significant autonomy in creating their courses so that they can utilise their expertise fully.

At Reach Cambridge, the safety and welfare of our students is our number one priority. Our experienced senior staff work together with our supervisors and teachers to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. Many of our staff are first-aid trained and we have dedicated welfare staff, all of whom operate under clear procedures and guidelines to ensure that we can provide the students with the highest level of care and support.

All Reach Cambridge activities and excursions are supervised, and Reach Cambridge senior staff and supervisors live on-site alongside the students and are available 24 hours a day. Many of our supervisors are current undergraduates and are the students’ first point of contact to attend to their questions or concerns. Upon arrival, students are given a welcome talk, which outlines curfew times, program structure and safety procedures. All students are given emergency cards with the contact details of the Reach staff and the students’ accommodation. Students must carry these emergency cards at all times.

What happens if I break one of the rules?

One of the aims on a Reach Cambridge program is to encourage independence. There are not very many rules, but the ones we do have are strictly enforced. Students will sign up to the rules and regulations on application, but the main rules are as follows:
Students must attend all classes; you must report to your supervisor at curfew; you cannot leave your dormitory after curfew; you may not possess or consume alcohol or drugs; you must treat other students, staff and the public with respect.
The consequences for breaking one of the rules vary depending on the circumstances. However, particularly in the case of alcohol or drug related misconduct, the penalty can be severe: should a student violate any of the rules and regulations of the program, Reach Cambridge have the right to dismiss and repatriate them at their own expense without refund of the program fee (see Terms & Conditions).

How safe are the dormitories?

All of the accommodation is in the centre of Cambridge, a small and very safe city. Reach Cambridge staff are on hand 24 hours a day and live alongside the students on-site at all times. All of the supervisory staff are first-aid trained.
Upon arrival, students are given a welcome talk, which further outlines the key aspects of health and safety to be aware of, and adhere to, during their time on the program. In addition, all students are encourage to take sensible actions to help such as locking their bedrooms and keeping their windows closed when they are not in their bedrooms.

What about medical insurance?

Students must fill in a medical insurance form via their online account once they have applied, with full details of their Health Insurance Carrier. Please make sure that your policy covers you abroad.

Will I have fun?

Yes! With so many like-minded students around you, a committed staff and a superior schedule of classes, activities, lectures, workshops and excursions, your time in Cambridge will be full of fun. That is not to say that there will not be challenges – settling into a different culture anywhere in the world can sometimes be difficult. However, with our attentive staff and the friends you will inevitably make almost immediately, these challenges can be easily overcome. Discover even more about our programs! Take a look at our videos testimonials, see the nice things people have said about us, read our blog, and check out our gallery.

Are Reach Cambridge programs like summer camp?

Yes and no. In that our programs are all about building a thriving community, Reach Cambridge is similar to summer camps. However there are many differences – not least that we encourage students to reach out of the Reach Cambridge community as well as reach into it. Explore the city of Cambridge in your lunchtimes. Interact with the Cambridge students that are around you out of workshop and class time. Make the most of the extensive grounds and facilities that the Campus has to offer.

Which Reach Cambridge subject course should I choose?

In all of our programs, students choose a subject course to study. During the summer programs, students attend in-depth daily academic classes in their chosen subject, whereas the Spring program offers three half-day personalised 'supervision-style' study sessions each week combined with personal academic development with essential learning and leadership skills.
All of the programs include the main features at the heart of a Reach Cambridge program: academic sessions with researchers, fellows and lecturers from Cambridge and other prestigious universities, pre-college preparation, lectures, workshops, activities and excursions. So the good news is that whichever subject course you choose, you won't miss out on these key elements. We offer a range of both Sciences and Arts & Humanities courses, from English Literature to Law, and from Physics & Engineering to Computer Science & Maths.
During the summer programs, we also have a range of Taster course subjects to supplement the academic courses. If you want to work on a project that makes a difference, whilst gaining Community Outreach hours, then the Community Outreach course is for you. If you are interested in applying to a UK university, sign up to our University Advance taster course and get the chance to visit and tour other UK university campuses.
You can find out more about all our courses and Taster courses here, and contact us if you need any further information.

How much spending money do I need?

This will vary from person to person. Students will need money primarily for their lunches, incidentals and souvenirs. Something in the region of GB£100 – £150 per week should be sufficient, although some students do enjoy the wide array of shops in Cambridge and on the trips to London!

Can parents visit?

Parents are more than welcome to visit, though we do ask that they let senior staff know in advance and sign in and out at the program . Students may leave the program for a pre-arranged period with close family, in which case an exeat form will need to be completed, although it is worth bearing in mind that you will be very busy during the program. The ideal situation is for family trips to be scheduled before or after the program. Students may leave the program with the agreement of Reach Cambridge senior staff and the permission of their parent/guardian in order to visit a family friend or relative who is an adult over 25 years old. Students are released from the care of Reach Cambridge during the Exeat period, and Reach Cambridge can accept no responsibility for students during that time. Permission must be received in writing at least 48 hours before the trip and must specify the name, address and contact number of the friend or relative.

What is not included in the price?

It is important to note that, unlike many summer schools, the vast majority of items on Reach Cambridge are included: All excursions, lectures, theatre trips, workshops and tuition are included.
The main exclusions are as follows:

  • Flights These should be booked independently
  • Some meals – 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.
  • Spending money – Students should bring an allowance for shopping, free time etc.
  • Insurance and Visas – Reach Cambridge strongly recommends that students take out comprehensive insurance ahead of their trip. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

Why Reach Cambridge?

Top 5 reasons our students will never forget their Reach Cambridge
experience…
1. Academic Excellence: Learn from leading scholars and experts; engage
    with dynamic classes, lectures and workshops.
2. Inspiring Surroundings: Live, learn and grow in the historic and world-
    famous University City of Cambridge.
3. Excursions & Activities: Explore the UK with culturally enriching
    excursions and engage in fun, inclusive activities.
4. International Experience: Meet people from all over the world, learn
    about different cultures and make friends for life.
5. The Perfect Balance: Manage your own free time and balance it with your
    studies. Grow in confidence, understanding and independence.

What is Reach Cambridge's mission?

Since 2005, Reach Cambridge has given thousands of young people from all over the world the opportunity to prepare for the future in a university environment Based in the historic city of Cambridge, our inspiring and varied program comprises academic subject courses, group activities, lectures and excursions.
Our team is dedicated to offering our students the international experience of a lifetime within a safe, positive and inspiring community.

What does your Latin motto mean?

‘Sic Itur Ad Astra’ is a line from Virgil’s Aeneid and means ‘Thus Reach For The Stars,’ which is a sentiment we believe in at Reach Cambridge and pass on to our students.

What experience does Reach Cambridge have in running academic programs?

Reach Cambridge has been providing academic residential study programs in the historic city of Cambridge since 2005. We have gone from strength to strength and welcomed thousands of students from around the world to our programs.

Our focus has remained on Cambridge throughout the years, so we have an in-depth knowledge of the city and a great relationship with the university's colleges. Many of our supervisory and teaching staff return year on year, committed to offering our students the experience of a lifetime within a safe, positive and inspiring environment.

The senior staff team has extensive knowledge of the education world and travel industry, as well as many years of invaluable first-hand experience of the University of Cambridge and British education systems. This, combined with years of promoting further education to the international community, makes Reach Cambridge a superior choice for a residential study program.

In addition to our many years of experience, Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council who provide a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK. This is a testimony to the high standards we set ourselves regarding the planning, preparation and procedures we follow to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students and staff.

Who Are We?

Reach Cambridge has been successfully running summer schools and study programs in Cambridge since 2005. It is a private company that specialises in study courses and is entirely independent of the University of Cambridge. Broadly speaking, our staff divides into three departments – academic, supervisory and senior staff. Our teaching body is made up of Fellows, Professors, researchers, post-graduates, and specialists in their field; many of our academic staff are working or studying at high-level academic institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford or London universities.

The supervisory department is made up mainly of Cambridge University students with an intimate knowledge of the city, the University and its workings. The senior staff bring together many years of experience in international schools, Cambridge University and the European education system.

At Reach Cambridge, the safety and welfare of students is our number one priority, an our experienced staff team work together to ensure that our students have the opportunity to grow in confidence and enjoy their independence in a safe and supervised environment. Parents can be understandably cautious about sending their children abroad for a study program, and so a member of our senior staff would be more than willing to answer any questions and allay any concerns over the phone. If you would like to speak to a member of the senior staff, please use our contact form, email us at info@reachcambridge.com, phone us (+44 8708 031 732).