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Global Leadership Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also available in Cambridge | London |
St Andrews | Yale

Join students from around the world this summer and hone your leaderships skills while studying in colleges of the University of Oxford.

Oxford Royale also offers an Introduction to Leadership summer course for ages 13-15

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • 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 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 will focus on the study of political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations, and will examine the economic context of current affairs. They 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.

What to expect from the Global Leadership Programme

This course has clear long-term career benefits to students with leadership ambitions, whether in the fields of business, politics, economics or science, 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 school studies, university applications and longer-term job prospects.

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.

Boost your future career

Oxford Royale Academy have 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 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.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Understood the key issues facing global leaders today and in the future
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Examined the economic context of current affairs
  • Studied political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations
  • Examined case studies of contemporary world leaders
  • Participated in interactive workshops and seminar-style discussions
  • Increased intellectual awareness and confidence
  • Improved their university applications and interview skills
  • Built up their confidence

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).

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

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 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction to Essay Writing skills and selection of topics
Lesson 2: Key issues in Politics
Lesson 3: Introduction to debating and interactive workshops
Field trip or guest speakers
Tuesday Lesson 4: What is global politics?
Lesson 5: Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
Lesson 14: Essay feedback session
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 7: Nation, nationalism and their internationalization
Lesson 8: The art of debating
Lesson 19-20: The Global Economy
Thursday Lesson 9: Inequality research & Equality and social justice
Lesson 10: Are equality and liberty incompatible?
Lesson 21-22: Global Ideology Activity
Lesson 23: The Art of Debating
Friday Lesson 11: Political Ideologies
Lesson 12: Challenge to Western ideologies
Lesson 24: Final Review

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 politics, and what this really entails.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

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 very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors 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 Admissions Team on [email protected] 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 Admissions Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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Benefits of the Global Leadership Programme

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Global Leadership Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a university setting, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:

  • developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
  • confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
  • responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
  • communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.

Whom is the Global Leadership Programme aimed at?

Oxford Royale Academy’s Global Leadership Programme is aimed at ambitious students aged between sixteen and eighteen, who typically see themselves pursuing a career in politics – perhaps in government or as a diplomat. This course is for you if you’re an aspiring politician and/or global leader; perhaps you even have your sights set on becoming Prime Minister or President one day.

If you’re the sort of person who can’t tear yourself away from watching political debates on BBC Parliament, or can’t stop reading the political comment section of your favourite newspaper, you’ll fit right in on the Global Leadership summer programme. Similarly, you’ll probably already know exactly which political party you’re going to vote for when you reach voting age (if you haven’t already), and you’ll have an awareness of political situations in other countries as well as your own. You’ll also have an interest in international relations, and perhaps also in the economy.

You don’t have to see yourself as a future President of the United States to take this summer course, however. You would also benefit from attending the Global Leadership Programme if you simply want to learn more about the fascinating subject of global leadership and international relations, perhaps in support of a related interest in a subject such as economics or sociology. It’s a summer programme that teaches awareness of global issues, so it would enable you to develop a deeper understanding of current affairs as well as enhancing your general knowledge (which is invariably a good thing regardless of the extent of your ambitions).

How will the Global Leadership Programme help me achieve my ambitions?

We’ve carefully put together our Global Leadership Programme with the express intention of helping you take practical steps towards achieving your career ambitions. Attending this course puts your summer to good use, both in growing your knowledge of politics and international relations, and in developing the vital skills you’ll one day need for success in a political or leadership position. These skills include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

Debating – you’ll learn to articulate your views in a persuasive manner, an essential skill in a leadership position of any kind. In a seminar environment, you’ll take part in debates on a variety of subjects and learn how to present your argument effectively, with reference to political theory and to the knowledge you’ll build on during your time with us. An excursion to London’s Houses of Parliament and Churchill War Rooms should provide ample inspiration for budding leaders of the future.

General communication skills – debating isn’t the only communication skill you’ll pick up through attending the Global Leadership summer school. You’ll also have the chance to develop your written communication skills by writing compelling arguments, and you’ll work on your listening skills by hearing and understanding the views put forward by your fellow students. Successful leaders are all characterised by their ability to listen, understand and express themselves, and you’ll go a long way towards growing your own communication skills on this course.

Working alone and in groups – good leaders are able to function effectively by themselves, but are equally comfortable when working with others. That’s why our Global Leadership Programme mixes individual study with group work, including interactive workshops and seminars that allow you to get involved in tasks with other students. This is designed to simulate situations you might face as a leader yourself, when you’ll be required to work with people whose perspectives – religious, cultural, economic, political – may differ from your own.

Intellectual awareness – this course also teaches you to be more intellectually aware of the theory and philosophy behind political issues and situations. This increased awareness is vital for understanding the issues affecting global leaders, and will mean you’re better able to understand political situations and come up with appropriate responses or solutions to them. You’ll look not just at politics, but at philosophy, economics and sociology as a means of getting to grips with the international political stage.

Analytical skills – the situations that global leaders must deal with are frequently complex, and they require strong analytical skills for understanding the multi-faceted issues affecting them. During your time at Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll be involved in discussions about a range of issues affecting global politics, and you’ll get plenty of practice at analysing these issues in order to achieve a deeper understanding of what’s driving them.

Why attend the Global Leadership Programme now?

As someone aged between sixteen and eighteen, you’re at just the right age to start thinking about developing the skills we’ve discussed above. This course has clear long-term career benefits to your political ambitions, but completing this summer programme will also be an advantage to you in the short-term, because the knowledge and transferable skills you’ll pick up during your time with us will also benefit your A-level studies and your shorter-term job prospects. For example, the increased intellectual awareness and confidence you’ll develop 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.

What’s more, your attendance on the Global Leadership Programme is an impressive achievement to discuss in your personal statement when applying for university, showing that you’re someone who’s serious about studying this subject and that you’re proactive in pursuing your goals. Universities will recognise the value of your having attended this course in terms of what you’ve learned and the skills you’ve developed, as this gives you a headstart to the way in which you’ll work and think when studying for a degree. What’s more, the confidence you’ll build through attending the Global Leadership Programme means that you’ll feel more comfortable in an interview situation. Having worked on your oral debating skills during your time at Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll be in a better position to argue a point with an admissions tutor and put your opinion across in a clear and articulate way that’s sure to impress the interviewer.

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

(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 admissions team)

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