Design A Study Abroad Program
What’s on offer?
Cambridge is a beautiful and inspiring place for students to live and study. The world famous Cambridge University is over 800 years old and the city boasts some of the country’s finest museums, art galleries and theatres. In previous programs, instructors have used the unique environment of the town to plan exceptional field trips and excursions.
Students are also often able to incorporate their everyday experiences into their classwork; they can take in a play where Hugh Laurie (House, Blackadder) began his acting career, or have lunch at The Eagle Pub where the discovery of the structure of DNA was announced. It’s not uncommon for students to spot famous Cambridge University fellows and alumni, such as Stephen Hawking, whilst spending their free time in Cambridge!
Cambridge is also ideally located for students and instructors alike to plan trips to other UK and European destinations. London is a mere 45 minutes away by train, opening up the possibility of sightseeing at some of the world’s most famous attractions (Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and, of course, the Harry Potter Studio). Edinburgh, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam have been popular weekend destinations for students for several years.
Traditionally, we have successfully worked in partnership with US professors to design 4-6 week courses for an average of 40 students. These summer programs enable students to combine the acquisition of US study credits with the experience of a summer abroad. US instructors are able to teach their own classes in university teaching facilities whilst extra-curricular activities – tailored to the interests of the group – are organized and supervised by a team of dedicated Reach Study Abroad staff.
In our most recent programs, instructors have worked closely with our expert program coordinators to link the unique educational environment of Cambridge with in-class discussion and assignments, resulting in outstanding levels of student engagement (and enjoyment!). In addition to local visits to explore the sights of the historic university town of Cambridge, students have the opportunity to travel further afield; current trips include London, Paris, York and Edinburgh.
The partnership between US educators and Reach Study Abroad continues to produce high quality trips which enable students to engage with their curriculum in an environment that both promotes academic excellence and provides a rich experience of British education and culture.
Study abroad need not be limited to the summer; from two week enrichment courses to longer-term programs, Reach Study Abroad operates throughout the year. Whether you would like to teach a Cambridge course yourself, or design a trip to be taught by our excellent network of Cambridge academics, we can provide the perfect tailor-made course.
We can offer a wide range of accommodation and teaching locations, from our own dedicated hall of residence in central Cambridge, to the facilities of the University of Cambridge itself. In addition, the academic content of each course can be complemented by inspiring cultural excursions in Cambridge, as well as destinations further afield such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Edinburgh.
If you have an idea for a specialist course, we’re confident in our ability to assist with the design and delivery of a wide range of programs– at any time of year, for any duration and in any subject.
A range of program enrichment options are available for our courses. Consistently positive student feedback suggests that these features often make the difference between a good study abroad program and an outstanding educational, social, and cultural experience. In the past, instructors have worked with Reach Study Abroad program coordinators to offer their students:
Local Field Trips & Excursions: Trips to local museums, art galleries, historic buildings, and Cambridge Colleges offer students a refreshing and interactive learning experience.
National & International Excursions. Student feedback from trips to London, Edinburgh, Paris, York, Bath, and Stonehenge continues to be extremely positive.
Local Faculty Lectures: Reach Study Abroad works with an exceptional network of local academics, allowing for the possibility of guest lectures, often based on recent research at the University of Cambridge.
Extra-curricular activities: The Reach Study Abroad supervisory team are on hand throughout the duration of the program offering daily activities to students. These can vary from punting trips on the River Cam and sports in local parks to evening trips to outdoor theatre.
The logistics for program enrichment features can be organised by Reach Study Abroad, who will work together with course leaders to develop ideas and plans for the program. Our supervisory team will be on hand throughout the program to accompany students on any trips or excursions that are organised, helping to ensure their safety and well-being.
A range of teaching spaces and accommodation options are available for our programs, from university facilities to our very own Hall of Residence. Our venue is owned, managed, and maintained by Reach Cambridge staff. As such, we are able to discuss individual and group requirements to ensure a high-quality tailor-made experience.
107 Chesterton Road
Our home in the heart of Cambridge is ideally located overlooking the River Cam and is adjacent to local shops and restaurants. Our facilities include:
● On-site accommodation for up to 25 students and teachers. All rooms are newly refurbished and many are en-suite.
● Additional local accommodation is also on offer, allowing us to cater for larger groups
● Classrooms and break-out spaces on-site
● Wi-Fi access throughout the accommodation
● 24-hour access to study spaces
● A variety of catering packages available
● A short walk to the shops, restaurants, and Cambridge Colleges of the historic city center
We understand that running a study abroad trip can be a considerable responsibility for course leaders; this is why we pride ourselves on the level of support provided for our groups. Our expert Program Coordinators will help plan the perfect course for your group and will be on hand every step of the way – from planning the trip to providing airport tranfers and around-the-clock supervision.
With ears of experience, we can design a course using blueprints from one of our many successful past courses, or create the perfect tailor-made course for any specialist interests.
It speaks volumes that all of the instructors who have worked with us to date would not only recommend us to others, but are also planning return trips in the coming years.
Why Reach Study Abroad?
What’s the first step?
“Developing a program like this has been a dream of mine since graduate school. I can’t thank Reach enough for helping me to make it a reality. The impact on students is amazing – far beyond what I was anticipating”
“There’s something about being in a place where learning has existed for centuries, and feeling like you’re part of it… it’s something I don’t think students can get in California”
Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Trip Leaders
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.
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.