Reach Cambridge

Reach Cambridge

About

Reach Cambridge is recognized for providing high quality residential summer school programs in Cambridge, England. High school students from around the world enroll in classes of their choice and live and learn in the historic and inspiring surroundings of Cambridge University, whilst making friends from across the world.

In addition to their academic classes, Reach Cambridge students participate in a variety of workshops and lectures as well as activities ranging from sports, arts, drama and visits to exciting places in the local area. At the weekend, all students go on excursions to places of cultural and historic interest in the UK, from London to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

23 King Street
Cambridge
CB1 1AH
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Vilija
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Even though I participated in the program for one week, it seemed like a month had passed - there were so many activities, amazing people and unique experiences that I truly did not want to go home. We had a chance to see how interesting and thought-provoking the lectures at Cambridge are and how many intelligent, kind-hearted and life-smart people there are on campus. The program left me with so many memories that I still remember how I felt every day at Reach - welcomed, happy and with limitless possibilities for me to explore.

What would you improve about this program?
Keep up the good work!
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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first experience in such an intellectually gratifying environment filled with students as passionate about the subject matter as I was. The English Lit class made me fall in love with my favorite subject matter all over again and I now know more than ever that I want to pursue this subject in my further education. The teachers were both so much fun and helped to guide us, but also let us share our own ideas and lead the class on our own to a certain extent. Our visits to museums and to see Macbeth really helped to enhance the class and broaden the experience past just sitting around a table. The program as a whole was fantastic and I particularly enjoyed the independence that came from staying in a university town.

What would you improve about this program?
The two excursions were rather sparse in terms of activities, but other than that there was never really a moment in which I found myself bored.
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Tabitha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My son attended the Summer 2018 program 3 (Medical and Life Sciences) and had a fantastic time. This was his first camp as a residential student. He and I were a little nervous. But the staff and organization of the program put him at ease. He made life long friends from all over the world. The administration of the program and his experience were beyond measure. He was sad that his time in the program had to come to an end. He will definitely attend next year. The speakers/lecturers were amazing. The children were able gain knowledge through hands-on processes and demonstrations. This experience helped our son confirm his desire to be an Orthopedic Surgeon in the future.

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Ava
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Reach Cambridge was by far one of the best experiences of my life. I have travelled across 10 countries and engaged in many academic programs, yet the amazing atmosphere of the program set it apart from any other. The courses were extremely informative and I learnt loads of new things. The teachers were caring and always pushed us to look at things from a different perspective. Our housing was extremely clean and nice and the supervisors were always around to help us out. Although our schedule was packed, we had the best time! The activities were fun and engaging (and also very competitive) I would 10/10 recommend this program. I made friends for a lifetime and we still video call or text! I left this program much more polished and happy!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was perfect!
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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time at reach learning about physchology and meeting new friends from all around the world. Through out the programme we were always doing fun activities to keep us busy. The college residential facilities were amazing in downing college. If I was to go again I would! It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. All the different teachers I had were amazing and the lectures made me very interested in certain topics that I thought I would never be interested in. I definitely reccomend this experience to the people who are thinking about it!

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Molly McKenna

Molly's been lucky enough to travel to several European countries, though she remains partial to the history and architecture of England. She has no qualms with the more popular tourist locations but is also content to simply stroll through the streets of a foreign country and just enjoy the atmosphere.

A group of people posing for a photo.

Why did you choose this program?

There were several factors that made me choose this program above others. First, I love England, so the location was a huge plus for me. I loved the idea of taking an English literature class in one of the most prestigious English universities in the world. I also really liked the international crowd the program promised, as well as the prospect of having the college experience in a proper university town.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Travel arrangements, be they by plane, train, or car are up to you, however, the program does offer pickups at Heathrow and Gatwick. Reach provided a lot of advice about how much money to bring, what to pack, and how to go about both arriving and leaving. They also held at least two Instagram live streams in the months leading up to the program so that you could ask whatever questions you wanted.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would tell you to be prepared to meet a crowd more international than any you've likely encountered before. Speaking as an American, I had never truly interacted with people my own age from other countries. By the time I left Reach, I had friends in San Francisco, Belgium, London, Iran, Austria, and Greece, many of whom I am still in contact with. This allowed many fascinating discussions where we compared our cultures as well as our school systems.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Breakfast starts between 7:45 and 8:00, and classes start at nine. It can take between zero and twenty minutes to walk to your class, depending on which college it is in. The classes then run until one, with a few fifteen- or twenty-minute breaks. Most afternoons, you are then completely free until dinner starts at 5:30. There are afternoon activities, such as sports, but most weren't mandatory.

Many days, though not all, there was a lecture in the evenings, which lasted from 6:30 to roughly 7:30. There were then evening activities, such as the talent show or the charity auction. On nights when there were no compulsory evening activities, Reach was usually still running something like Wii sports or a sing-along competition, to name a few. Curfew is at 10:30, but you're supposed to be back in your college at 10. It is then entirely up to you when you go to sleep.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I suppose my biggest fear was that I wouldn't make any friends and I would have to spend the program alone. It was sort of a nagging fear in the back of my mind up until the first day. As it happened, I did meet three people on the first day with whom I immediately connected, and over the next few days, three more joined our little group. However, even if I hadn't met those, Reach was a uniquely welcoming environment.

Breakfast and dinner are both eaten in a dining hall, where everyone sits at one or two long tables. This means that you couldn't sit alone even if you wanted to. Because everyone is let out from classes at the same time, there is a good chance someone would invite you out to lunch with them. I found the kids at Reach to be extremely socially proactive and inviting. I can only assume that this will also be true of future programs.

How is rooming decided?

Reach students will stay at one of two or three different colleges. Both colleges and rooms are decided based primarily on age group. I stayed at Downing, where the younger students were. There were about forty five kids between 14 and 17. The older students, the 17- and 18-year olds, stayed at another college.

Neither your course nor your nationality has any effect on where you stay. My roommate happened to be taking the same class as me, but that seemed to be unique. Corridors are single-sex, but the staircase as a whole is co-ed. My staircase had boys on the first two floors and girls on the third. You can also put in a request for your roommate if you know someone else who is going, or you can request a single room.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What position do you hold at Reach Cambridge? What has been your career path so far?

Interview with Jenny Evans, Director of Operations at Reach Cambridge

Jenny: I am the Director of Operations at Reach Cambridge and have held the post since 2009. I originally worked as an EFL teacher at Reach after having spent 2 years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Barcelona, Spain. Before that, I studied English Literature and Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University and then worked in marketing for a few years.

Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Jenny: When I was 16 years old, I completed my Duke of Edinburgh's award expedition in New Zealand. We spent 3 weeks traveling around the North Island, meeting and helping local people and climbing the mountains there. It was an experience I will never forget. I have more recently taught in Zambia, which was a brilliant experience where I met people from all over the world who shared the same goals and learned from the inspirational students and people living there.

What does the future hold for Reach Cambridge - any exciting new programs to share?

Jenny: This is a very exciting year for Reach Cambridge! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary so we are already planning ways of making the summer extra special! Our Global Leaders' Programme was new in 2013 and had brilliant feedback so we are excited to be offering it again in 2014. We are also updating some of our old courses as well as offering a new Psychology course.

What about the future of the high school abroad industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

Jenny: Due to the nature of communication and travel today, the world seems to be getting smaller. This allows us to have access to so much more than we ever could have imagined. Having said that, it is crucial that in doing so we try to understand other cultures and traditions, and traveling abroad in high school is one excellent way of doing this.

I would like to think that international education will continue to grow and adapt to these changes to allow students to experience life outside of their own comfort zone and find inspiration and understanding by meeting other people from across the world.