International Young Leaders Summer Course at Cambridge University

This outstanding International Young Leaders summer programme at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College, combines workshops, seminars and interactive lessons to educate the potential leaders of tomorrow.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

Course format

  • Length of study: From 2 weeks
  • Hours per week: 28
  • Maximum class size: 11
  • Typical student age: 14-17
  • Typical student mix:
    43% European, 22% Far Eastern, 19% Middle Eastern, 26% South American

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 4 Jul 2017
    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 1 Aug 2017
    • 8 Aug 2017
  • Tuition fees: From 2859.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 2 weeks: 2859.00 GBP
    • 3 weeks: 4299.00 GBP
    • 4 weeks: 5729.00 GBP
    • 5 weeks: 7159.00 GBP
    • 6 weeks: 8599.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
  • Other expenses:


On this excellent leadership course students learn the important skills of team-building, public speaking, formal presentations, the art of negotiation, independent research and debating.

Course Content

Centred round a weekly themed project, the Young Leaders syllabus comprises theory lessons, interactive lectures, project research and real-life case studies provide a stimulating and varied learning experience.

Programme aims

The Young Leaders programme aims to:

  • Build language skills and confidence in public speaking and presentation English.
  • Develop negotiation, debating and leadership skills through a series of practical lessons.
  • Challenge students in time management scenarios and management tasks.
  • Gain a better understanding of global English and its application for future learning.

Theory Lessons

Theory lessons are uniquely designed to complement the weekly project. Weekly themes include law, politics, journalism, tourism, the UN, technology and marketing. Year on year the theory lessons are revised and newly created to represent current events centred round the theme of the week.

For example, typical law week theory lessons cover topics such as language of the courtroom, the UK judicial system and a focus on a leader from the world of law.

Interactive lectures

Taught in Corpus Christi College’s McCrum lecture theatre, the interactive lectures bring a mature element not experienced in other English Language summer schools. The interactive lectures are carefully constructed to benefit and correspond to the students’ project for the week.

Modelled on university style learning, interactive lectures provide content for discussion in groups as well as constant interaction between the tutor and the audience.

The benefits of this can be seen when students are able to apply the knowledge learned in the lectures within their project.



Project Work

The opening of every week is done through a project introduction session where the project is announced and students are divided into groups. Initial roles are assigned in this session and a project manager is elected.

Throughout the week, students work together to research their project before performing or presenting their projects in the final project session.

Project sessions promote learner autonomy and teamwork where students are required to manage themselves and sometimes other members of their group. Student strengths and ambitions are realised throughout the project and the project presentations are a testament to this.

Case studies

Research skills, critical thinking and problem solving are all essential for leadership and these are integrated onto the young leaders programme through case studies.

Case studies cover four hours of academic tuition every week. Initially, students are provided with input and material on a real-life case study such ‘Coca Cola’s marketing failure’. After which, small groups are required to research and present findings on similar real-life case.

Through case study research and reporting, students are better able to work independently in groups and expand the skills and aptitudes needed to become successful young leaders.



Sample timetable

Day → Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
07:15 to 08:30 Breakfast
Morning sessions: 08:45 to 12:30 Arrivals

Placement test

Course overview

Lessons: the UK court system, marketing strategies

Lessons: great British leaders, time management

Lessons: teamwork, public speaking workshop

Full day excursion to Oxford

Lessons and Case studies
12:45 to 13:45 Lunch
Afternoon sessions: 14:00 to 17:30 Arrivals

Half day: Bury St Edmunds

Case study: political debates

Full day visit to London

Project preparation

Full day excursion to Oxford

Project presentations
18:00 to 19:15 Dinner
Evening activities: from 19:30

Welcome meeting

Introduction talk

Project introduction Project preparation

Full day visit to London

Party night Sports evening Punting

Excursions and activities

Excursions are often the highlight of the week for many students and the school works really hard to make sure students have a great time as well as being fully informed about what they are going to see.

All students will have two full day excursions per week and 1 or 2 half day trips, depending on the chosen course. They allow students to explore some of the most famous places in the UK, including Oxford, Brighton, Stratford, Warwick Castle, Bath, the English seaside and of course, London. 



Most weeks will include one London visit because there is so much to see. London excursions will cover a famous landmark in the morning before giving the students a choice between an exciting attraction or simply a bit of free time to explore and maybe visit Oxford Street for some relaxing shopping!

Half day trips will involve visits to closer locations and will often involve activities such as swimming, bowling or ice skating. These vary according to the location and what each Activity Manager thinks the students as a group will most enjoy.

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