The program cost will be $7,495 + flights. At first, it sounds like a lot. But look again. Okay, it may still sound like a lot. But it won’t be – the price represents great value for 4 weeks in Cambridge. 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:
PSYCHOLOGY A110 Psychology of Adjustment
We often encounter change in our lives, including changes in our relationships, jobs, living arrangements, and at school. These changes bring about varying levels of stress and require us to adapt and make decisions about how to live with the new circumstances. This course examines the psychological concepts and principles that underlie personal and social adjustment to the changes in our lives, with particular attention paid to healthy adjustment and the minimization of harmful stress. Theories and research pertaining to personality and adjustment will be explored, and you will be invited to reflect on and describe your experiences abroad using your newly acquired knowledge. Studying abroad in Cambridge may very well change your daily routine, worldviews, and how you view yourself and your future, and this course offers you a terrific opportunity to actively reflect on the exciting new world that will open up to you next summer!
PSYCHOLOGY A190 and A190H Cross Cultural Psychology and Honors Cross Cultural Psychology
Our world increasingly provides opportunities for cross cultural interactions, and your summer abroad will be an opportunity to immerse yourself in a place that is, indeed, cross cultural in nature. Our behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs are greatly influenced by our cultural environment, and when we enter new cultural surroundings we have the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. In this course, you will be invited to explore how a variety of fundamental theories in psychology help us to better understand our experiences at home and abroad, allowing for a concentrated and comprehensive examination of the new experiences you will encounter. By studying these concepts and dynamics of cross cultural interactions, you become better equipped to contribute to a global community in your work and personal life. An Honors option is also available for this course.
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 local event (TBC)
● 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.
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.
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.
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 ‘Hidden Benefits of Study Abroad‘ for a handy overview of how studying abroad has impacted students in the past.
Anyone with an interest in studying abroad 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 psychology, 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!