Cambridge Global Leadership Summer Programme
Are you interested in politics, current affairs, international relations, economics, and philosophy?
The Immerse Education Global Leadership Programme is a unique one week multidisciplinary academic summer course designed by leading experts at the UK’s top universities including the University of Cambridge. By introducing students to a variety of different disciplines and allowing scope for discussion and debate this leadership summer course will develop the leadership skills of promising young students whilst helping them form their own opinions about the world around them.
Our expert academic team have designed our leadership programme which imparts both specialist knowledge and theoretical frameworks, equipping participants with the skills needed to succeed in future leadership roles The Global Leadership summer course will provide future leaders with an unparalleled insight into the global social, political, and economic issues that the modern world is faced with. Participants will learn to analyse and assess current affairs and global challenges through the lens of a variety of disciplines: modern political theory, international relations, philosophy, economics, and geography.
What topics will be covered on the Global Leadership summer course?
Our leadership summer course is a unique opportunity for driven and ambitious students to understand, question and challenge the ideas and views of leading academics – all of who work at the forefront of their respective disciplines. By creating an environment similar to an Oxbridge lecture this course aims to transform its students, creating more educated and confident individuals, well versed in the very topical nature of global affairs, which will in turn, assist with interviews and applications to the world’s leading universities.
Examples topics that the Global Leadership summer programme will explore:
Democracy comes from the ancient Greek word dēmokratía which literally means “rule of the people”. Democracy is thought by many to be the ultimate style of political – but is this true? Whilst democracy has sustained many promises of freedom and development, the expectations in the fields of politics, economy, and society have also caused discontent. Students will have the opportunity to link empirical evidence to theoretical questions regarding the ideological and substantive elements of democracy (such as freedom, equality, rights, or representation) and discuss these critically.
Whilst human rights have become a powerful idea as well as a leading concept in international law, there have been critiques of its potential, practice, and future role as a key concept in international politics. Students can expect a short history of the concept and look at the potential of a moral category in a world of power.
Students will gain a basic understanding of European cooperation in foreign policy making and how the EU and its member states aim to influence international affairs, whilst identifying useful concepts for analysing international actorness, such as legitimacy, impact, normative power, or leadership. These concepts will then be applied to real examples to assess critically how well the European Union puts its proposed objectives into practice.
Terror attacks, Brexit, police shootings, Syria, Trump, and climate change: was the year 2016 a ‘moment of rupture’? What happened, and how can we make sense of our world today?
Amidst reports that people today are living longer, better lives, that crime and poverty are decreasing and that wars are fewer than at any time in history, why do we increasingly feel that we live in fractured times? Is the world falling apart, or is our sense of malaise a grand illusion? This seminar will look back on some of the major events that shook the world in 2016 and attempt to place them in historical context. We will examine terrorism in the post-9/11 world, and explore the ‘clash of civilisations’ and ‘end of history’ theories to discover whether they have anything meaningful to say about our current moment. We will analyse Brexit and the problems of political polarisation to ask whether the rise of the far-right in Europe and the election of President Trump in the United States are part of the same phenomenon.
We will look back in time to other moments of rupture – 1968, 1989, 2001 – and think about previous experiences of unrest and upheaval in global politics. We will confront our era’s gravest threats – nuclear war, climate change, weapons technology – as we think about what lies ahead. Drawing on international relations, politics, and history, this seminar will address some of the most pressing concerns of the day.
What are the benefits of the Global Leadership summer course for high-school students?
The Global Leadership summer programme will benefit students who wish to study international relations, law, economics, politics or related social sciences at top universities across the university and the world a top UK university. This summer course will develop students debating skills, improve their essay writing, and broaden their knowledge of international current affairs. Our leadership summer course will benefit students in their career as well as in their university preparation, for students who see themselves as future leaders be that in politics, in industry, or in business this course is a fantastic way to begin developing the skills necessary to succeed. Students can expect to perfect their critical thinking skills in this multi-discipline summer programme.
Developing future leaders: helping you understand today in order to impact tomorrow!
We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Immerse Education are taught by tutors who are current or previous members of Oxford University or Cambridge University, and have tutored undergraduate students. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive – and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.
Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.
You will be encouraged to delve into and explore the current debates and issues within your chosen discipline in carefully planned classes that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate. This is an approach that goes beyond the superficial and provides unique insights that are both refreshing and intellectually stimulating.
What is certain is that you will emerge undoubtedly far more confident and knowledgeable in your chosen discipline, tackling challenging yet interesting topics that we hope will further your academic passions.
Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant’s understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.
Interview Skills Workshops (Optional)
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview, in addition to addressing debates surrounding some of the most pertinent issues within the discipline at the moment. The Interview Skills workshops are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Personal Statement Consultations (Optional)
Over the duration of the Immerse Education course, students will have the opportunity to develop drafts of their personal statements required for access to universities across the world with the expertise and assistance of the trained mentor team. Students learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Immerse Education provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.
Activities organised as part of the programme include:
- A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
- Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.
Visit our activities page to view the full range of activities on offer.
The Immerse Education schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.
Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.
The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.
Unrivalled support system
We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Immerse Education. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.
Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.
Immerse Education takes place in Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges. To find out which college you will be accommodated in, contact us.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.
Travel Information: The fee for Immerse Education is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.
For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.
Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Immerse Education, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.
Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Immerse Education. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.
Participate in 2018
Immerse Education is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge.
The Immerse Education Global Leadership Programme runs in the following 1 week session: 1st July – 7th July 2018
We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:
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