Oxford Global Young Leaders summer program is a flagship leadership course designed to provide key skills required for ambitious, highly motivated students to become future leaders of their generation.
This program is taking place at Pembroke College of Oxford University on the banks of the River Thames. Centred round a weekly themed project, the Global Young Leaders syllabus comprises 28 hours of leadership tuition each week which includes theory lessons, interactive lectures, project research, debate club and real-life case studies in order to provide a stimulating and varied learning experience, and to build students’ confidence and competence in life skills such as project management, team-building, negotiation, formal presentations, critical thinking, logic and problem solving.
Weekly themes include Law, Politics, Journalism, Business Innovation, United Nations, and Marketing, which are delivered through interactive lectures, case studies, projects and workshops. Negotiations, public speaking and debating are key competencies needed in the modern world. On this course, students take part in workshops specifically created and adapted to develop these skills. Research skills, critical thinking and problem solving are all essential for leadership and these are integrated onto the young leaders programme through case studies. In addition, a well balanced weekly activities and excursions are integrated to the course, and toward the end of the course, students will also be invited to dress up and attend a traditional Oxford University three course Formal Dinner.
The weekly academic workshops will be held in iconic locations, including Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Oxford Union of University of Oxford, Houses of Parliament in central London, and Cambridge Union of University of Cambridge.
Based at the college of Oxford University, this programme is also a prefect preparation for students aiming for top universities such as Cambridge and Oxford University. Students will have opportunities to seek advice from Oxbridge graduates or mentors on interview technique, personal statement and choices of courses and colleges.
This programme is also offered for students aged 13-16 at Tonbridge School, one of the most exclusive and prestigious independent boarding schools in the UK.
Oxford Global Young Leaders Program consists of a well-balanced programme of Young Leader tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 28 hours tuition per week, including lectures, seminars, case-studies, workshops and presentations.
- 2 full day excursions and trips per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme including games and cultural activities and the chance to explore Oxford with friends.
- Traditional Oxford University “Formal Dinner”
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Staff to student ratio is 1:7
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-22:00 GMT)
Outside Young Leader tuition, students will interact through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Quiz Night
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Media Night
- Sports Tournaments
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Film Night
- The Cube
- Film Making
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK. Students will have 2 full day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmund’s
- Stratford and Warwick
- Shepreth Wildlife Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Oxford Global Young Leaders Program.
Students take residence in the Sir Geoffrey Arthur building, a charming facility situated on the banks of the River Thames, with classrooms, accommodation and catering all available on-site. Bedrooms are all singles, with separate male and female accommodation. All bathrooms are shared between 4 – 6 people.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals are provided. All students will also enjoy a traditional Oxford University “formal dinner” – a set menu evening meal which lets students taste the sample life as a real undergraduate of Oxford University.
Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Large, modern auditorium and student computer room. TV room & common area. Wi-Fi available throughout the College and student computer room. Sports field, including tennis courts a short walk away.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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