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London Summer School 2018

Global Leadership Programme Ages 16-18

London Summer School 2018
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge | St Andrews


Join students from around the world on this fantastic summer course dedicated to politics, international relations and leadership skills.

2 weeks | Available July-August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Talks and debates with expert guest speakers
  • A truly international environment
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

The Global Leadership Programme is designed to provide the young leaders of tomorrow with a summer course consisting of lectures, discussions and workshops that tackle the key issues faced by global leaders today and in the future. The Global Leadership Programme introduces students to the international community of which all leaders are a part, and the ways in which changing social, political and economic conditions shape the role a leader plays within the context of current affairs.

Students will focus on the study of political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations, and will examine the economic context of current affairs. On this programme students will think about the challenges faced by today’s leaders, and will examine case studies of contemporary world leaders. Students will be encouraged to consider their own responses to these challenges, and will be asked to apply these ideas in interactive workshops as well as seminar-style discussions. The programme is suitable both for those seeking general exposure to the subjects covered and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of politics and related subjects.

The course will broadly be taught in two ways:

1. Theoretical consideration and discussion of relevant contemporary political debates (teacher-led).

2. Interactive workshops (student-led).

Where could the Global Leadership Programme lead you?

Why choose the Global Leadership Programme for 16-18 years?

This course has clear long-term career benefits to students with political ambitions, but completing this summer programme will also be an advantage in the short-term. The knowledge and transferable skills acquired during students’ time with us will benefit their A-level studies and longer-term job prospects. For example, the increased intellectual awareness and confidence developed during this course will prove invaluable for tackling A-level exam questions, both in politics or international relations papers, and in questions for any subject.

Attendance on the Global Leadership Programme will put students in an excellent position for university applications, developing the knowledge and skills that universities value. In addition, the confidence built through attending the Global Leadership Programme will help students feel more comfortable in an interview situation.

Having worked on their oral debating skills during your time at Oxford Royale Summer Schools, students will be in a better position to argue a point with an admissions tutor and put their opinions across in a clear and articulate way that’s is sure to impress the interviewer.

How will the Global Leadership Programme help me?

We’ve carefully put together our Global Leadership Programme with the express intention of helping students take practical steps towards achieving their career ambitions. Attending this course puts the long summer holiday to good use, both in growing knowledge of politics and international relations, and in developing the vital skills students will one day need for success in a political or leadership position.

Debating, general communication skills, analytical skills, intellectual awareness, and working alone and in groups - all are skills required of a modern-day global leader. The situations that global leaders must deal with are frequently complex, and they require strong personal skills for understanding the multi-faceted issues affecting them. During your time at Oxford Royale Summer Schools, students will be involved in discussions about a range of issues affecting global politics, and they will get plenty of practice at analysing these issues in order to achieve a deeper understanding of what’s driving them.

Is this course for me?

If you consider yourself one of the leaders of the future, and would like to explore a career in politics, and what this really entails, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

The Global Leadership Programme will tackle a wide range of issues and questions, such as:

  • Human nature, the individual and society
  • Equality, social justice and welfare
  • Power and the art of government
  • Political ideologies and economic globalisation
  • Attitudes to the changing world order in the 21st Century
  • Identity, culture and challenges to the West
  • Nuclear weapons, proliferation and the politics of disarmament
  • Global futures and the world in 2035

What will you get out of the Global Leadership Programme?

By the end of the course students will have understood the key issues facing global leaders today and in the future. They will have become familiar with the principal theoretical debates underpinning these issues from the perspectives of politics (inclusive of political theory/political philosophy) and global politics (international politics) and political economy.

They will have developed and refined their ability to analyse contemporary global issues from various theoretical perspectives and their ability to argue a case confidently and convincingly, as well as advanced their analytical, presentation and debating skills, both written and oral.

Students will leave the course with improved ability to work individually, as part of a small group and as a class, and will have developed leadership skills such as debating, preparing and delivering speeches and managing others.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

A view of the skyline of London, including the Gherkin and the Shard buildings, with a bright blue sky

The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Students posing for a photo in front of Tower Bridge
The entrance to the Apollo Theatre, with signs for Wicked the Musical

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Global Leadership Programme for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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