In the world of Politics and Leadership, London has been through it all. The gradual transformation of a monarchy to a parliamentary democracy; the execution of a king; riots and revolutions; the rise and fall of an empire – so much of what has shaped politics around the world has its roots in London.
Studying here with Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll get to see the places where momentous decisions were made, debate them with your classmates, and learn about different approaches and viewpoints on some of the most fundamental questions societies can ask: who has the right to rule us? And what is the best way a society can be governed?
At Oxford Royale Academy’s Politics and Leadership Summer School you will learn alongside students from all over the world, you’ll have the opportunity to explore questions about different political systems, approaches to leadership, and ethics in politics. What’s more, you can learn what it takes to be successful in the world of politics and leadership, and what routes you might need to take in order to become a leader of the future.
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At Oxford Royale Academy, you can study alongside students from all over the world, and share your perspective with them just as you can learn from their experiences and viewpoints. Do you want to know what it’s like living in a Communist country? Under an absolute monarchy? In a country that has newly gained its independence? In a country that’s gone without a government, or had several elections in a year?
Chances are, one of your classmates will be able to tell you, based on their own fascinating firsthand experiences – and it’s likely that they’ll find your experiences of just as much interest.
A significant part of politics and leadership is knowing your own opinions and being able to defend them. If you’re more used to regurgitating the opinions of others, or carefully sitting on the fence, then our programmes will give you space to develop your own ideas, and help you with the tools to back them up. You’ll be encouraged to share your ideas and discuss and debate those of others in a courteous and respectful manner.
By the end of the programme, you’ll have considered challenging questions around the ethics of leadership, and will be able to better express your opinions, and respond to people challenging them.
Established by royal charter in 1907, prestigious Imperial College London ranks in the world’s top 10 universities. Focusing specifically on science, engineering, medicine, and business, the university cultivates excellence through its world-class teaching and research.
Imperial College London’s enviable location in South Kensington gives you the best of everything London has to offer. The Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums, the English National Ballet, and the Royal Albert Hall are right on your doorstep, as well as the green open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Effective leadership is more a matter of skills than knowledge, so Oxford Royale Academy’s Politics and Leadership programmes will ensure you have the opportunity to develop these skills, including how to build and motivate a team, how to be an effective public speaker, and how to articulate and defend your point of view.
You’ll learn and practise these skills in the classroom, through group activities, presentations and debates, gaining valuable feedback from your peers and teacher so that you can develop your abilities further. You’ll also give feedback to others, which can in itself be a valuable learning opportunity.
London’s history and culture is interwoven with questions about politics and leadership. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the city in your free time, but alongside enjoying some shopping and sightseeing, you can carry on thinking about questions that relate to your programme – for instance, if you visit the British Museum, you might like to consider the rights and wrongs of the protests that have taken place there in relation to artefacts like the Elgin Marbles, and sponsorship from companies such as BP.
You’ll also see how politics expresses itself in the city, such as political demonstrations outside the Houses of Parliament.
If your goal is to become a leading politician, or a leader in another context such as business, you no doubt already realise that it’s an ambitious aim. But at Oxford Royale Academy, we celebrate ambition, and our expert teachers can help advise you on what path to follow in order to achieve yours. For instance, our teachers and counsellors can talk you through university application processes, support you in interview practice, and – most importantly – help you develop the confidence you’ll need in order to see your ambitions through.
“ORA summer school was about learning and working hard, but it meant so much more. The people you knew there were special; the friends we made were special.”
- Sofia, Cuba
“In every topic, every student equally contributed his or her ideas and made each other see things from a different lens. It was this abundance of new perspectives and the chance to look at things from those different angles that made it an extremely fulfilling experience.”
- Minjinsor, Mongolia
“My two weeks with ORA were full of learning and challenging myself, gaining new experiences and forming friendships with wonderful people from around the world. Definitely two weeks I will remember forever!”
- Joy, Lesotho
“One benefit of a programme of this kind is the diversity and the fact that the students came from many different countries. In my opinion, that made discussions and debates more dynamic, as it wasn’t biased and we almost always saw multiple sides to the same story.”
- Danae, Trinidad and Tobago