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Global Leadership Programme

Global Leadership Programme

Join students from around the world this summer and hone your leadership skills whilst studying in a top university.

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Course Summary

The Global Leadership Programme provides the young leaders of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills to tackle the key issues faced by global leaders today and in the future. The course 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 focus on the study of political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations, and examine the economic context of current affairs.

Participants are encouraged to think about the challenges faced by today’s leaders, and will examine case studies of contemporary world leaders. Students consider their own responses to these challenges, and are 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.

Boost your future career

Oxford Royale Academy has carefully designed the Global Leadership Programme with the express intention of helping students take practical steps towards achieving their career ambitions. Attending this course puts the summer holiday to good use, both in growing knowledge of politics and international relations, and in developing vital leadership skills.

Debating, analytical skills, intellectual awareness, independent working and teamwork are all important 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 their time at Oxford Royale Academy, students are involved in discussions about a range of issues affecting global politics, and they get plenty of practice at analysing these issues in order to achieve a deeper understanding of what’s driving them.

What to expect from Global Leadership for 16-18 years

This course has clear long-term career benefits to students with leadership ambitions, whether in the fields of business, politics, economics or science and completing this summer programme is also an advantage in the short-term. The knowledge and transferable skills acquired during students’ time with us benefit their school studies, university applications and longer-term job prospects.

Attendance on the Global Leadership Programme puts 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 helps students feel more comfortable in an interview situation.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

The course will be taught in two main ways:

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


Topics covered

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction to essay writing skills and selection of topics Field trip or guest speakers
Lesson 2: Key issues in Politics
Lesson 3: Introduction to debating and interactive workshops
Tuesday Lesson 4: What is global politics? Lesson 14: Essay feedback session
Lesson 5: Theoretical approaches in International Relations Lesson 15: Globalisation
Lesson 16: Group presentations
Lesson 17: Group presentations
Lesson 18: The art of debating
Wednesday Lesson 6: Origins of the state system & changes in world system Lesson 19-20: The global economy
Lesson 7: Nation, nationalism and their internationalisation
Lesson 8: The art of debating
Thursday Lesson 9: Inequality research & equality and social justice Lesson 21-22: Global ideology activity
Lesson 10: Are equality and liberty incompatible? Lesson 23: The art of debating
Friday Lesson 11: Political ideologies Lesson 24: Final review
Lesson 12: Challenge to Western ideologies


Take this course if…

Take this course if you consider yourself one of the leaders of the future, and would like to explore a career in leadership or politics, and what this really entails.


St Andrews University

  • Location St Andrews
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Superior single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1413


  • Location Yale
  • Ages Ages: 13-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & shared sets
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1701

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

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