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Politics and Leadership Summer School 2021

Study Politics and Leadership on the campus of the world’s most prestigious universities. Live, dine and study on the campus to get an authentic taste of university life; from the historic prestige of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, to the Ivy League excellence of Yale in the USA.

Why study Politics and Leadership?

Study Politics and Leadership this summer with Oxford Royale Academy. Unleash your leadership potential, get clued up and have a say in your future with our unrivalled programmes on the campus of the most prestigious universities in the world. In ORA’s Politics and Leadership programmes, you’ll discover the differences between socialism, capitalism and communism, and cover the basic principles of the varying modern day political systems in practice around the world, as well as their rich histories.

Not only will you discover more about these fascinating yet challenging subjects, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more about yourself and your potential to be an inspiring leader. Discover your brand as a leader and networker and which political issues get you most enthused. Accelerate your progress towards your personal and professional development goals with our comprehensive range of politics and leadership courses from Leadership and Team Building to Public Speaking and Global Politics. Take your knowledge and skills to the next level and experience student life at world renowned universities with Oxford Royale Academy.

Find the perfect Politics and Leadership course

Politics and International Relations Summer School in Oxford

This summer course is designed to introduce you to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing you to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.

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Global Leadership Summer School in Oxford

Our Global Leadership Programme gives you the knowledge and skills to tackle key issues faced by global leaders. You'll get to know the international community to which all leaders belong.

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Leadership and Teambuilding Summer School in Oxford

Our Leadership & Teambuilding course gives you strong skills in leadership and teamwork through compelling activities, games and exercises.

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International Law & Politics - Oxford

Join our International Law and Politics course, and gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge of international law and politics. You'll dive into the fundamental concepts of international law, the philosophy behind it and the challenges of putting it into practice.

Politics and International Relations Summer School in Cambridge

This Politics and International Relations course will introduce you to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate world politics.

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Global Leadership Summer School in Yale

The Global Leadership Programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to tackle the key issues faced by global leaders today and in the future.

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Global Politics & International Relations - Oxford

The aim of this course is to extend your knowledge and understanding of global politics and international relations and provide a strong grounding in contemporary and up-to-date thinking in critical areas.

5 reasons to choose the Politics and Leadership Summer School

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Innovative teaching methods

Harness cutting-edge and interactive methods of learning, including fun games, group problem-solving challenges, and team building, discussion and debate. Sharpen your academic writing style and receive invaluable critique from your peers. Hear from famous and inspiring guest speakers, and ask the burning questions you’ve always wondered about. Our past speakers have included Lord William Hague, Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales and member of the House of Lords.

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Global perspective

We’re proud to host students from over 150 different nationalities every summer, giving us a huge melting pot of cultures and languages to learn from. This is highly beneficial to our students as it enables them to exchange ideas and experiences with peers from all over the world. In politics, the opportunity to compare and contrast different political systems and decisions with those who have experienced these things first-hand is fascinating and invaluable.

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Exciting activities

Your learning will continue outside the classroom in whichever of our vibrant cities you choose. Explore world-class museums, galleries, theatre and music. Enjoy exciting excursions to well-known sights as well as unique local experiences with a native English speaker to guide you. Get involved in ORA’s rich programme of fun social activities, including dance workshops, sports events, quizzes and games, arts and crafts, and themed parties.

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Gain transferable skills

Whether you’re planning to take over the world, have your sights set on a career in politics, or simply recognise that the very transferable skills of leadership, debate, teamwork and public speaking will be highly useful to you throughout life, a Politics and Leadership course at ORA will unquestionably be of great benefit to you. This course will sharpen your critical thinking, logic, and reasoning skills, as well as improve your academic writing ability – essential for any future undergraduate course, although of particular importance for those considering studying Politics or International Relations.

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Politics matters

Politics is a fundamental part of our society and a living, breathing subject. Politics textbooks go out of date the year after they are published because our political landscape changes day by day, often becoming unrecognisable from one year to the next. Be at the very forefront of these changes and anticipate them before they even happen. An understanding of the way the world is run, the social and economical issues we collectively face, and why it matters to have your say (and vote) is incredibly important. Understand how the decisions being made will impact your life now and in the future.

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Useful Information

Information for Parents

Visit our parents page to find some useful information for parents and students about living and studying in our summer school centres. Further practical information will be made available through the ORA Portal in the months leading up to your summer school booking.

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

Arrivals and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Summer Blogs

Check out some of the best moments from our 2019 summer school through our student blogs. Get a taste of the ORA summer school experience through the pictures and words of our students as they describe the highlights of their summer programme

Visas and Immigration

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa prior to travelling, but can request assistance from Oxford Royale Academy if required. You can find some helpful information here

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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