2018 Literature, Film & Creative Writing

Course 2018 Literature, Film & Creative Writing
Instructor Professor Raymond Obstfeld
Dates 3rd July - 6th August 2018 (TBC)
Course Length 5 weeks
Price $6995 + flights

What’s Included

  • Accommodation in the stunning university town of Cambridge
  • Half Board (two meals a day), Monday – Thursday
  • 2-day/1-night trip to London, including accommodation, a ticket to a play, and many other sightseeing opportunities
  • Local field trips in and around Cambridge
  • Airport transfers (if travelling on the group flight)
  • 24/7 on-site support
  • Flights are not included. Students will be given the option to book onto a group flight at a reduced rate
  • Lunches & weekend meals (students often choose to travel Friday-Sunday)
  • CCCD Tuition Fees (approx $46 per unit) & CCCD mandatory insurance (usually $55-$65)

Program Overview

Do you want to spend the summer exploring the UK (and maybe some of Europe!) whilst making great friends and earning transfer credits with a great professor?

This is the trip for you! Join Orange Coast College instructor Raymond Obstfeld for a 5 week study abroad program in summer 2018! This trip will give students the opportunity to earn transferable OCC credits in Cambridge, England, over summer 2018. Students will spend two weeks taking the first classes of the course on the Orange Coast College campus, and the remaining 5 weeks in the beautiful town of Cambridge, home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

In addition to taking a class, students will have plenty of time to explore the local area, the UK, and the rest of Europe. This is an amazing opportunity to meet some great people and have the adventure of a lifetime!

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Give friends and fellow students your unique discount code to claim this great 'refer-a-friend' discount - the more students you refer, the more you save!

How to claim your discount

When you apply, you’ll create a username and password for your Reach Study Abroad online profile.

Simply login and click ‘Save $100’ for details of how to share your unique discount code with fellow students

Meet Your Instructor

Prof. Raymond Obstfeld
Prof. Raymond ObstfeldOrange Coast College
This will be Ray’s 11th trip to the UK with students! Ray is an expert at running successful programs and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer (having taught at Orange Coast College for over 30 years). You won’t only see Ray in class – the staff vs students volleyball games are infamous on his programs, and he’ll also join the group on excursions. In the past he’s organised punting trips, pot luck dinners and some hilarious game nights.

Ray (raymondobstfeld.com) is also the author of over 45 published books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as a dozen screenplays. His most recent works are ‘What Color Is My World’ and ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’, both New York Times bestsellers co-authored with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Together they won the 2012 NAACP Image Award. His screenplay, A Little Christmas Con, is currently in production. He received an Edgar nomination for his mystery novel, Dead Heat and won the Delacorte Young Adult fiction award for The Joker and the Thief. If you want to improve your writing (critical or creative), taking a class with Ray provides a unique experience!

If you have any questions or would like to meet with Ray to talk through the program, just drop him an email on robstfeld@cox.net or call him on 714-730-9074 (Home) or 714-293-3765 (Cell) and he’ll be happy to give you more information about the program! Ray’s trip has filled quickly the last three times, so don’t procrastinate too long – get in touch today!

Program Details

The program cost will be $6,995 + flights. We know that this price is a big commitment, but it represents great value for 5 weeks in Cambridge. From our last program, 100% of students said they would return again. The cost includes:

  • Accommodation in the stunning university town of Cambridge
  • Half Board (two meals a day), Monday – Thursday
  • 2-day/1-night trip to London, including accommodation, a ticket to a play, and many other sightseeing opportunities
  • Local excursions in and around Cambridge
  • Airport transfers (if travelling on the group flight)
  • 24/7 on-site support from the Reach Study Abroad team
  • Flights are not included. Students will be given the option to book onto a group flight at a reduced rate
  • Lunches & weekend meals (students often choose to travel Friday-Sunday)
  • CCCD Tuition Fees (approx $46 per unit) & CCCD mandatory insurance (usually $55-$65)

Before we get too carried away, remember: there’s the whole “school” thing. Courses offered will include (yes, they are all English classes):

Eng. 148: British Film as Literature. In this class, we’ll watch some of the classic examples of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish films and learn why they are so well regarded. Past films have included: Trainspotting, The Third Man, The Commitments, Remains of the Day, etc. (UC & CSU transferable, 3 units)
Eng. 101: Advanced Composition/Writing about Literature. Students will be taught how to think critically and write essays about literature.(UC & CSU transferable, 3 units)

In addition, the following independent studies will be offered:
Eng. 119: Introduction to Creative Writing
Eng. 122: Novel Writing
Eng.127: Scriptwriting
Other independent studies can be arranged. Previous courses included British Literature before 1800, British Literature after 1800, Contemporary British Literature, etc.

Classes will be held Monday-Thursday, and each class will meet twice a week while you’re in the UK. You’re only required to take one class (although sometimes students do take two), so there will be plenty of time to travel and explore with other folks on the program.

Included in the price of the program is a 2 day, 1 night excursion to London. This will include:

● Round-trip transport between Cambridge and London
● Accommodation in central London (1 night)
● An introduction to the London Underground system (Oyster Card provided)
● A ticket to a play (chosen by Professor Obstfeld)
● Art Gallery & Museum visits (options include: the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the British Museum)

London is a great place to explore – not only is there a massive selection of art on display in galleries such as the Tate Modern and the National Gallery, students often also head off the beaten track to take in some of the Street Art of the East End or catch a matinee at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum have surprised many a student – check out the gallery images to see some of the highlights!

London is only a 45 minute train-ride from Cambridge, making it a great destination for students hoping to explore some of the UK outside of their class time. On this excursion, students will be introduced to public transport in the city so that they feel comfortable and confident navigating the stunning capital of the UK.

Add-On Excursions
A 3-day, 2-night optional weekend in Paris  and a 2-day, 1-night optional weekend in York will also be available. Details can be found in our Add-On Excursions 2018 pdf– which will be uploaded here in the coming months be sure to select any ‘add-on’ options when you fill out your application!

This trip will most likely be different to anything you’ve done before. Cultural experience is central to the program, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the UK and Europe on group excursions (London is included, and you can add Paris and York trips too) as well as taking independent trips. On top of this, classes are smaller than on campus, so the academic experience is much more personal. Close friendships are formed during both class time and free time

Cambridge is a beautiful and inspiring place for students to live and study – check out our Cambridge page, Gallery and Facebook page to see for yourself! There are many optional group activities that have been very popular in the past, including co-ed basketball, weekly movie nights and pizza parties. There’s lots to do and plenty of great people to do it with.

Personal Growth
There’s more to studying abroad though – it’s an incredible opportunity for personal growth. People think they know who you are. You think you know who you are. But a trip like this is an opportunity to define who you are away from all the influences of well-meaning friends and family. It’s a chance to breathe. Meet new people. Try on different versions of you. Past students often comment on how much the trip changed them – some changed their majors as a result of the trip, others applied to grad school, and students often feel more confident in making life choices.

Hidden Benefits
If you’re checking out this website, you’re probably already pretty keen on taking part in a study abroad program. But if you need help explaining your choice to friends and family, check out these ‘Benefits of studying abroad‘ for a handy overview of how studying abroad has impacted other students.

Anyone with an interest in Film, Literature or Creative Writing is welcome on the program! Alongside students from Orange Coast College, students from other community colleges often attend (in the past students from Golden West College and Irvine Valley College have joined our programs).

And remember, you don’t need to be a current student to enroll in this program! If you have an interest in creative writing or film, all you’ll have to do is enroll for the one class for the summer session. So, if you’ve recently (or not so recently!) graduated, or you never finished college but have an interest in these classes, you are more than welcome to apply too! Students just need to be over 18 years old by the time they fly to the UK. Each year several students on the program are not in full-time education, but are hoping to improve their writing or finish a screenplay in a stunning and inspirational environment.

So, if you have friends at a different college who want to participate in the program (and friends who aren’t in college at the moment too), pass on the link for the website – they’re eligible to join too. If they decide to apply, be sure to claim your $100 refer-a-friend discount!

A mixture of students from community college, 4-year institutions and private universities alongside those who join simply out of interest in the subject is part of what makes the trip so interesting. You’ll meet some interesting people, and always have someone who wants to join you for a coffee in Cambridge or an adventure weekend to Paris!

What do I have to do to join the program?

When you fill out your application, you will create a username and password for your online profile. This profile is where you can find details about discounts, pay your deposit and balance, and fill out your student details.
Paying your deposit secures your place on the program. You can do this online with a credit card (this will incur a small surcharge, but this is waived if you pay your deposit within 7 days of making your application), or via wire transfer

Save $100 when you successfully refer another student. When you sign into your online account, simply click ‘Save $100’ to find your unique discount code. Pass this onto friends/family/classmates/strangers in the coffee line… If they apply and pay their deposit, you’ll each receive a $100 discount! See FAQs for more details.

It’s always best to sign up for your add-on excursions when you make your initial application (places are first come, first served), but if you decided later to add an additional add-on excursions to your booking, you can do this via your online profile or by emailing your name and your request to info@reachstudyabroad.com.

The deadline for final payments is February 28th 2018 You can pay online with a credit card, or by wire transfer (see your online account for details). Please be aware that international wire transfers can take up to 2 weeks to clear. Be sure to have selected any add-on excursions before you pay your final balance.

The first step to joining the program is to fill out an application by click the ‘apply now’ button below. Then simply follow the steps outlined to the left and you’ll have taken the necessary steps to get you to England for Summer 2018!

Places are limited, and are reserved on a first come, first served basis; your place is secure when you pay your deposit to indicate your commitment to the program. The program has filled fast in previous years, so don’t procrastinate too long! In the meantime, start the ball rolling by applying for your passport–just in case.

To get more information about the course, contact course leader Prof Raymond Obstfeld via email at robstfeld@cox.net who will be able to invite you to preview meetings and let you know his office hours. Alternatively, contact Reach Study Abroad by emailing info@reachstudyabroad.com.

We know you might also want to share details of the program with friends and family, so feel free to request a brochure in addition to sharing a link to this page.


Made me feel at home

The Reach team were so friendly, sweet and considerate and really made me feel at home here


An amazing experience

It was an amazing experience to travel and make new friends. I learned so much about myself and about other people. I would suggest this trip to absolutely everyone!


Once in a lifetime

This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I would go again in a heartbeat – the best summer of my life!



The program was life-changing; a great opportunity to learn, grow as an individual and experience new cultures


2018 Literature, Film and Writing (Raymond Obstfeld) - FAQ

As per our Terms & Conditions, obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian, not Reach Cambridge.

For courses such as Reach Study Abroad, lasting less than 6 months, our students are eligible to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Reach Cambridge is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, which means that we can supply you with a letter to support your application for a Short Term study visa.

For further information, please visit this link from the UKVI website page (United Kingdom Visas’ and Immigration Service) https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa.

You can also read our visa guidelines found here Visa Guidelines.

We strongly urge you to check with your local embassy before travelling, read the information here carefully and click on the website links provided.