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.

You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. This cancellation period will expire after 14 days from the day of the conclusion of the contract. For the avoidance of doubt, the contract is deemed to be formed and legally binding from the moment of receipt of the deposit. The 14-day cancellation period runs from the date of receipt of this deposit.

To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or by e-mail) addressed to Reach Cambridge Ltd, 23 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1AH, or via info@reachcambridge.com. To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

Effects of Cancellation

If the contract is cancelled during the 14-day statutory cancellation period, Reach Cambridge will, without undue delay and no later than 14 days after notification of cancellation, reimburse all payments made (including the deposit). No fee will be incurred in respect of the reimbursement.

Reach Cambridge will make any reimbursement via the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless there is an express agreement otherwise.

For cancellations made outside of the 14-day statutory cancellation period, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

Summer 2017 Courses –

  • There is no cancellation charge for cancellations received before September 30th 2016 and the deposit is refundable.
  • The charge for cancellations received between September 30th 2016 and February 28th 2017 is 50% of the total program price.
  • The charge for cancellations received after February 28th 2017 is 100% of the total program price.

If a program is cancelled by Reach Cambridge or the college due to insufficient enrolment before February 28th 2017, applicants will receive a full refund. Thereafter refunds will be subject to the Reach Cambridge cancellation policy.

Depending on your insurance cover, you may be financially protected by appropriate insurance in the event of cancellation. Please verify with your insurer.

The final payment deadline for fees is February 28th 2017. A late fee of $200 per month will be applied to all applications received after this point. If you have an outstanding balance 45 days prior to departure, your application will be cancelled and you will not receive a refund. If you wish to be reinstated, a fee of $175 will be applied in addition to higher costs, subject to availability. No exceptions. We do not accept check payments. Your bank may charge you additional international transfer fees which are unrelated to Reach Cambridge programme costs.

Save $100 when you refer-a-friend. There’s no limit to this offer – refer five friends who go on to join the program and save $500 (and the best part is that your friend will save $100 too)! There are a few simple steps to redeeming this offer:

1) Sign in to your account (you will be given a username and password when you fill out your application)

2) Click ‘Save $100’ on the left hand side bar of your profile – you’ll see your unique reference code on the right of the page

3) Email/Facebook/Tweet your code for your friends to use

4) Your friend inserts their referral code when they fill out their application – remind them to do this!

5) You both receive a $100 discount on your course cost when both deposits are paid

In the past, students have made the most of this offer by sharing their unique code with their classes -just hand out the link to the website along with your code to those in your classes. Why not ask if you can make a short announcement about the program in your current classes? You can always ask your instructors for spare brochures to share with your friends, as well as making the most of social media to spread the word about the program and the discount. Remember – 5 successful referrals would mean a $500 saving!

Apply and *pay your deposit* by the advertised date, and the discount will automatically be deducted from your remaining balance on your Reach Study Abroad profile. Simple as that!

As if spending the summer in Cambridge isn’t enough, you will also have the opportunity to spend one weekend in Paris ($895) and one weekend in York ($450)* Each excursion will be accompanied by at least one member of the Reach Study Abroad team who will help you explore these amazing cities!

Please note: these ‘Add-Ons’ are *not* included in the price of the program. To sign up, choose ‘2017 Paris Add-On’ and/or ‘2017 York Add-On’ when filling out your application. You must sign up to these add-ons BEFORE you pay your final balance.

For more detailed information on what’s included in the trip cost and what these wonderful cities have to offer, please refer to our ‘Add-On Excursions 2017‘ ‘ pdf, and check out the Gallery to see photos from our previous trips.

*Please Note: The York excursions is subject to a minimum enrollment of 15 students. Should this excursion fail to meet minimum enrollment, Reach Study Abroad reserves the right to cancel the excursion and return any payment in full.

Once you have submitted your application form you will receive a welcome email from Reach Study Abroad (please check your junk mail folder if you do not receive this email shortly after making your application). This will contain your username and password as well as details on how to pay your deposit to secure your place. Please note: your place on the program is not secure until your deposit is received.

Please keep your welcome email safe, as you will need your username and password to consult your Reach Study Abroad profile several times before you make your journey to the UK. Important notices will be posted on your student profile and will need to provide us with some important information before you arrive (emergency contacts, medical and dietary information, insurance details, etc).

It is important that you fill out all the sections of your student profile by the deadlines stated on your profile, so be sure to read any email reminders from your instructor(s) and the Reach Study Abroad team.

This will depend on what you want to spend your time (and money!) on during the trip. In the past, students have spent as little as $800 and as much as $3000 – it all depends on your interests, priorities, and (of course…) your bank balance!

Unlike many other programs, this course includes breakfast and dinner Monday-Thursday. This is great news, as it means that you have already paid a major cost of travelling before you leave the US! Costs you will incur whilst in the UK include additional meals (lunches and weekend meals), independent excursions (for example, if you want to spend a weekend in Europe, independent of the program), activities (such as going to the theatre or catching a movie, punting on the River Cam, or spending an afternoon in the Botanical Gardens), as well as souvenirs.

Please rest assured – there are plenty of free and low-cost things to do in Cambridge! Many of the art galleries and museums in the UK are free – check out our Cambridge page for more details of things to see and do during the summer. In addition, and our on-site team can recommend cheap (and delicious!) places to eat and drink – they are a fountain of local knowledge! Picnics in college gardens, splitting the cost of a punt with other students and spending the day on the river, and playing Ultimate Frisbee or soccer in the beautiful public parks are just a few of the many low-cost ways to enjoy the city.

If you would like to hear more about budgeting for your trip, attending a preview meeting might be most helpful – you’ll have the opportunity to hear from past students about their experiences, and the cost of living in the UK for the length of your program. Keep an eye on the Reach Study Abroad Facebook page (preview meeting time and dates will be posted there) or email your lead instructor to register your interest in the program and receive email updates about upcoming program events.

This program is open to students who will be 18 years of age or over at the time of departure to the UK. There is no upper age limit to the program – any enthusiastic students are welcome! Although each course is run by an instructor linked to a specific college, students from other colleges are more than welcome to join the program. It is recommended that students contact their lead professor directly to check that the credits will transfer.

Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a first-time adventurer, you will be welcome on the program. Please be aware that if this will be your first trip out of the USA, you will need to apply for your passport in good time! If you have never been abroad before, don’t worry – you needn’t be too nervous! Your instructor and the on-site Reach Study Abroad staff will be available to help if you have questions or concerns, and there will be plenty of other students on hand to point you in the right direction.

For more details, check the ‘Eligibility’ section of the ‘Program Details’ section for your program.

Each year a number of students opt to stay in the UK beyond the end date of the program. Once students have settled into the culture and feel confident travelling in the UK (part of what the program is all about!), some students stay for an extra week or two, *independent of the program* to explore for a while longer, meet up with friends or family, or travel to Europe before going home.

Details of how to book onto the group flight will become available in November 2016. Once the information is released, it will be possible to speak directly with the travel agent to arrange a later return date, for students who would like to stay longer. Please note that additional charges may apply, and that airport transfers cannot be arranged for students who do not travel on the group flight back to the United States.

Please note that Reach Study Abroad cannot provide accommodation or other services associated with the program beyond the end date of the program. Students who wish to stay in the UK beyond the end date of the program do so as independent travellers. Reach Study Abroad will not be responsible for any aspect of a student’s trip beyond the end date of the program.

 

It is strongly encouraged to bring a laptop on this trip, since you will be required to complete assignments for your class.

If you wish to have further information about the work you will be required to complete, please contact the trip professor: Jarren Gonzales

We understand that taking students out of the classroom and into a foreign country can seem daunting. The good news is that with Reach Study Abroad, from the moment you meet us at the airport, you and your students are in safe hands. With an emergency contact available 24 hours a day and supervisory teams on hand daily to share pastoral responsibility with trip leaders, you can rest easy in the knowledge that the safety and security of students is a priority of the UK team.

Academically, the impact of experiencing a different culture first hand has often helped students to expand and adapt their mental framework and significantly enhance their interest in the subject area. With a plethora of field-trips and guest-speakers available, options for interactive and ‘hands-on’ learning is available to more actively engage students in their studies.

We have also found that for those students seeking to establish a stronger sense of identity and direction, study abroad can have a positive influence. Encouraging social confidence and inspiring a choice of major are examples of impacts that study abroad had on past students – professors are often thanked several years down the line. One professor was even the best man at the wedding of a former student, and officiated at the marriage of another!

For more details on how studying abroad has impacted students in the past, take a look at these hidden benefits of studying abroad.

Our flexible design process ensures that trip leaders are able to build a program which will allow for as much or as little free time as they choose. We can balance your needs, the needs of your students and your budget to produce a course which allows you enough free time to thoroughly enjoy your trip to the UK.

Our supervisory teams organize and supervise daily extra-curricular activities. Faculty are more than welcome to join these – whether a group goes punting on the Cam, to a local theatre to see a play or to the local sports pitches for a game of volleyball – but are not obliged to do so. This leaves plenty of opportunities to engage with the students outside of classes, but also for ample amounts of free time.

In the past, faculty have brought spouses and children for the duration of the trip, and spent quality time with their families exploring the UK and Europe alongside their teaching responsibilities.

In short, no! But we know where you’re coming from – at first glance the paperwork and recruitment effort can look daunting. That’s why we’re here to help. From liaising with your home institution to assisting with student recruitment strategies, we’ve got the experience and dedicated staff to support you every step of the way. And with access to a myriad of teaching locations and accommodation options in Cambridge, we’re confident in our ability to provide support in the design and delivery of an outstanding study abroad program for you and your students.

Reach Study Abroad arranges a group flight for students through Liberty Travel – a US based approved travel agent. A place on the group flight for 2017 will cost $851.46. To complete your booking, you will need to download and complete this Group Flight Booking Form and either fax it to 201-488-9295 or scan and e-mail to Jaime Levine levinej@libertytravel.com quoting ‘Reach Study Abroad – [Name of Course & Professor] – 2017 Program’. This booking form can be downloaded from your profile on the Reach Study Abroad website (an account will be created when you fill out an application – the ‘flights’ tab is located on the left sidebar). Liberty Travel will provide you with further details on how to secure your place on the flight and the full terms and conditions for flight bookings. The final deadline for flight bookings is February 28th 2017.

 

Please note, all questions regarding our group flight and all completed forms should be directed to Liberty Travel.

Please note: if you book your flight independently, you will need to organise and pay for your own transport between the airport and Cambridge.

Finally, please remember that you’ll need a valid passport in order to travel to England. If you do not have a passport, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. If you are not a US passport holder, please check the UK Government website to see if you will need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa.

The group will depart one day before the course starts on July 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm, and arrive at London Heathrow the next day on July 3rd at 12:55pm. 

The return flight will depart from London Heathrow on 7th August 2017, at 1pm and arrive at LAX on the same day at 4:10pm.

The group flight details are as follows: 

Outbound:
Virgin Flight: VS 142
Departing LAX: Sunday 2nd July at 6:30pm,
Arriving LHR:    Monday 3rd July at 12:55pm

Return:
Virgin Flight VS 141
Departing LHR: Monday 7th August  at 1pm
Arriving LAX: Monday 7th August at 4:10pm 
Airfare – $851.46 ROUND TRIP – All taxes and fees included in ticket price, however taxes & fees are subject to change. Flight schedules are subject to change as well.

To sign up for the group flight, please complete this Group Flight Booking Form and return it to Jaime Levine: levinej@libertytravel.com no later than February 28th, 2017. 

Accommodation will be finalised by February 2017, but you will be in University accommodation in the centre of Cambridge.

Please visit your specific course page and specific course FAQs to find out more, you can also contact your lead instructor directly.

The price includes accommodation in central Cambridge, tuition, optional activities, dedicated Reach Study Abroad staff, arrival and departure parties, sports equipment, and office materials . You will need some extra money for other optional activities, trips abroad, and some for your third meal each day.

Flight costs vary depending on the time of year of your program. Please see your specific course page for more details.

If you aren’t a student of CCCD you must still purchase the CCCD insurance. Instead of an Orange Coast College student ID number, you can use your Social Security number without dashes. All program participants are required to purchase short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance through an approved district insurance provider. For more information see ‘How do I organise insurance for my trip?’ Program participants must purchase this study abroad medical insurance no less than 60 days prior to program departure. Please contact your program instructor for more details.

Reach Study Abroad (part of Reach Cambridge Ltd) strongly recommends that students take out Travel Insurance protection. We have affiliated with Travel Insurance Center to ensure that students are directed to the most appropriate cancellation and medical insurance for their needs on a Reach Study Abroad program.

As there are several travel insurance options, the Travel Insurance Center recommend searching for the best option for you via this link: https://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/Eng/index.cfm?affiliate=reachcambridge

You can also call the Travel Insurance Center directly on +1 866-979-6753. Please ensure you reference ‘Reach Cambridge’ in all correspondence.

You must complete the medical information accurately through your online account before attending the program.

Please note that all  CCCD students (and non-CCCD students joining the program) must purchase short term study abroad insurance prior to departure through an approved District provider. See ‘How do I organise insurance for my trip?’ for more information.

Reach Study Abroad (part of Reach Cambridge Ltd) strongly recommends that students take out Travel Insurance protection. We have affiliated with Travel Insurance Center to ensure that students are directed to the most appropriate cancellation and medical insurance for their needs on a Reach Study Abroad program.

To find out more please see our ‘how do I organise insurance for my trip?’ question.

All program participants are required to purchase short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance through an approved District insurance provider. The District will provide the Program Leader with details of how to purchase this 3-4 months before the program state date. The Program Leader will then provide a link to all students through which the insurance can be purchased. Program participants must purchase this study abroad medical insurance no less than 60 days prior to program departure. If you aren’t a student of CCCD you must still purchase the insurance outlined above. Instead of an Orange Coast College student ID number, you can use your Social Security number without dashes.

Reach Study Abroad (part of Reach Cambridge Ltd) strongly recommends that students take out Travel Insurance protection. We have affiliated with Travel Insurance Center to ensure that students are directed to the most appropriate cancellation and medical insurance for their needs on a Reach Study Abroad program.

As there are several travel insurance options, the Travel Insurance Center recommend searching for the best option for you via this link: https://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/Eng/index.cfm?affiliate=reachcambridge

You can also call the Travel Insurance Center directly on +1 866-979-6753. Please ensure you reference ‘Reach Cambridge’ in all correspondence.

Yes, you can fly separately. However, if you are booking your flight independently please be aware that airport transfers between London and Cambridge cannot be guaranteed for those who are not booked on the group flight. Please also note that Reach Study Abroad reserves the right to cancel the trip by February 28th (of the year of travel) if minimum enrollment numbers have not been met. It is therefore advised that students travelling independently should purchase a fully refundable ticket or wait until after February 28th to purchase their ticket, to safeguard against financial loss in case of this eventuality.

Please note, we are also unable to provide accommodation in college before or after the program dates. You must notify us via your online profile if you plan to travel independently.

We provide at least one excursion that is included in the total cost but we also offer some optional excursions which you can include in your program for a fee. Please visit your specific program page or specific FAQs page for more information.

This depends on availability and the difference in costs. If you would like to do this then please email info@reachstudyabroad.com for more information.

Please contact your program instructor and refer to your specific course page to review how much teaching time will take place each week, and how much time you will need to spend on assignments outside of class. Teaching usually takes place in the mornings during the week but you will be set some assignments to do outside of the classroom.

Cambridge is a wonderful place to explore and the college grounds are beautiful. There will be activities organised by the Reach Study Abroad staff such as sports, local excursions, museum & theatre visits and different social activities in the evenings. There will also be time for you to do your own exploration of Cambridge and further afield during the weekends.

There are sports facilities either on site or nearby and equipment is provided. For more information on the specific sports available please email us.

You are not allowed to hire a car whilst on the program. However, there is an excellent train network in the UK and you are very close to international airports should you wish to discover more of Europe during your free time. The ‘Independent Travel Opportunities’ section of our Cambridge page offers some great ideas for weekend excursions.

There will be at least one excursion included in the price of your program; check your specific course page for more details. There will also be a choice of optional ‘Add-On’ excursions that students can choose to take part in for an additional fee. The excursions provided by the Reach Study Abroad program are designed to show you the cultural highlights of the destination and to enhance your learning experience.

Should you plan to do more travelling whilst you are in the UK during your free time, this is up to you. Cambridge is ideally located for weekend travel throughout the UK and Europe (see the ‘Independent Travel Opportunities’ section of our Cambridge page for more information). Please note that you would be responsible for managing your own time and any necessary travel arrangements.

You will have wired internet or wifi in your accommodation and it will be provided free of charge. Please note that for wired internet you will need a laptop rather than an ipad or iphone to access the internet.

Yes there are laundry facilities on site in college or nearby. The study abroad staff will explain this to you on your arrival in Cambridge.

Family are more than welcome to visit you in Cambridge during your stay. Overnight guests, however, are not permitted in your rooms. It is possible to book a college room through http://www.cambridgerooms.co.uk/ However, we ask you please not to book at any of the following colleges: Downing, Trinity Hall, Christ’s College and Sidney Sussex, as these are the colleges where our students stay and we make it a policy to ask parents not to stay at the same location; it can be distracting for both the student whose parents are visiting, and hard for other students whose parents are not there. There are also plenty of small hotels or bed and breakfast places in Cambridge and it is quite a small city, laterooms.com or hotwire might be good places to look.

To find out more about the academic requirements, please see the FAQs on the specific course pages.

You simply have to enrol at the college through which your program is accredited – it’s incredibly easy. For example, if you are taking a course with an OCC instructor, just fill out the application on the OCC website. Done? You are now a registered student at OCC! Once you complete your application, you will receive a student ID number and a registration date. You will need the ID number to register so jot it down and put it someplace you won’t lose it. For the trip to Cambridge, we will have our own registration dates, and we will update you on those when we get closer to the trip.

Most likely, yes – we do recommend that you check with the course leader for the trip and your transfer institution though. Usually courses at community colleges in California are written and designed to comply with the CSUs and the UCs (called an ‘articulation agreement’). Basically, OCC writes and teaches it’s classes as the CSUs and UCs want, and they in turn accept OCC classes as they would their own. The course numbers may be different, but if the contents are the same, the courses can be ‘found equivalent’ and are transferable.

If you’re at a different community college, you should be able to either a) transfer your OCC credits to your community college, or b) send in your OCC transcript when you do your transfer application to the CSUs or UCs. Again, it’s worth checking with your home institution and the course leader for the trip you’re interested in but, again, if the description and the content are the same, the courses can generally be ‘found equivalent’ and are transferable.

There might be a little paperwork for you when the trip is over – you’ll have to go to your home institution and show them your OCC transcript. They may make you fill out a form to recognise the class, but if you are hoping to transfer to a UC or CSU, they should accept the OCC transcript without you needing to transfer it to your ‘home’ community college.

If you are intending to transfer, the best thing to do is email the course leader to double-check!

Most likely, yes – we do recommend that you check with the course leader for the trip and your home institution though (see FAQ ‘Are the credits transferable?’). You will have to fill out a form or two with your ‘real’ school when you get back from your epic UK adventure. The forms should be simple – they’ll probably ask you to submit a syllabus and a course outline (both should be available from your course leader).

This process will be most simple if there is a directly equivalent course at your institution. For example, all UCs and CSUs have a course equivalent to English 101 – this should be easy to transfer. Other courses might not have a direct equivalent (eg. English 148), but will still meet a requirement. In this case, there will be a different form that you will need to complete to make it ‘equivalent’ to a course at your home institution.

The application process is very easy. Complete and submit the application online form via our website www.reachstudyabroad.com. You will then receive an automated email with instructions on what do to next. Please note that in order to provisionally book a place on the program you must also pay your deposit after submitting your application. The first students who apply & pay their deposit will be given priority if the program is oversubscribed. Those who pay within 7 days will save the credit card processing fee.

In order to secure your place on the program you should adhere to all payment deadlines. However, if you do have any questions or issues regarding payment please email our finance department at info@reachstudyabroad.com and we will try to help.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept payment by installments. In the past, students have set up separate savings accounts via their own bank and managed their payments that way.

There is a small percentage charge for credit card payments (Although if you pay your deposit within 7 days of application we waive the fee). Any other charges are either from your bank as it is an international transfer or due to currency conversion.

You will need to talk to your bank directly in order to find out the process as it can vary.

Reach Cambridge was founded in 2004 and we have been running Reach Study Abroad courses for US college students since 2008 with great success. We also run summer school programs for high school students, as well as tailor made courses throughout the year for school groups and adults. Our company is recognised by the BAC (British Accreditation Council) as providing excellent study programs with high quality teaching and student support.

Reach Study Abroad is part of Reach Cambridge, a company specialising in residential study programs in Cambridge, UK. The senior staff bring together many years of experience in international schools, Cambridge University and the European education world. The supervisory department is made up of Cambridge University students (or alumni) who have in depth knowledge of the city of Cambridge, the different colleges, the University and its workings. The course leaders are experienced professors and instructors from CCCD in Orange County, CA and have a wealth of teaching experience.

Our mission is to widen the horizons of its students with inspiring experiences, world-class teaching and integration with British culture. Reach Study Abroad brings together the wealth of knowledge necessary to create an unparalleled summer experience. The classes are combined with activities and excursions to give students a broad and enriching cultural experience. There are chances to travel to London, as well as Oxford, Edinburgh, York and Paris (selected programs only). A plethora of activities will be planned, including sport, museum and theatre trips, punting on the river Cam and local excursions as well as free time. Reach Cambridge is unique in combining all of the following features in the prestigious surroundings of a Cambridge College:

  • Accommodation in historic Cambridge: Bedrooms in University Halls or local guest houses with meals provided on class-days (see individual program pages for more info)
  • Teaching & Transfer Credits: Earn transferable credits in the inspiring atmosphere of Cambridge
  • Activities: Sport onsite or nearby, activities and free time to explore Cambridge.
  • Excursions to places of cultural interest: Many are on your doorstep or a short train ride away, and most of Europe is easily accessible within a few hours!
  • UK Excursions: We provide opportunities to explore the best that the UK has to offer!
  • Local Excursions: There are numerous local excursions to sites around Cambridge from Museums to the famous Orchard at Grantchester

The Reach Study Abroad program is for those students aged 18 or over who wish to gain transfer credits whilst living and learning in the world famous university town of Cambridge, England. This course will be taught by experienced Professors from the CCCD group of colleges in Orange County, CA. For more information on the particular courses available, see our specific course pages.