Summer courses and summer schools are very popular among high school and secondary school students who want to further develop their academic foundations and widen their horizons ahead of a new semester. It is widely researched that attending summer school brings immense benefits to students, and studying and spending time abroad, even for a couple of weeks during the summer, can be life-transforming for many young people.
Choosing to Study in Cambridge
The UK has always been a popular summer school destination for young people around the world. However, studying in Cambridge, a place of unparalleled academic excellence for over 800 years, is a privilege and not everyone gets the opportunity to do it. Not only do students benefit from studying in one of the world’s most prestigious university cities, but they also become part of a vibrant student scene that is built on rich cultural and historical heritage, like no other.
Students who study in Cambridge have access to world leading university teaching methods and research, delivered by experts in their field, and they get to know Cambridge behind the scenes. A stone-throw from London, Cambridge is also the ideal location to visit and discover this world famous capital city.
Setting out on your own to live and to learn in a new country can seem like a daunting prospect, however, the benefits of spending time abroad far outweigh the concerns you may have.
Here are three essential ways studying in Cambridge can broaden your horizons and make you flourish.
1. Make an Impression
Students today face tough competition when it comes to landing their dream university, or starting out on a career path. It is becoming increasingly challenging to differentiate yourself from other applicants and to stand out from the crowd. This is where spending time at summer school abroad comes in and can help you excel. Not only will it make your resume shine, but you will also acquire qualities and life skills that simply can not be taught in a classroom.
Studying abroad requires courage, determination and a great deal of self-motivation. Spending time in a new country and learning to operate in a new culture teaches you independence, empathy, resilience and self-belief. These are all highly sought-after life skills that universities and employers look for in their candidates, and they are guaranteed to set you apart.
2. Explore Your Options
At the end of high school you may already have particular subject areas that you are interested in and have a natural talent for. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to commit to studying it at university or build a career on it.
Attending a summer school abroad is a great way to explore some subjects in greater depth. You will be surrounded by Oxbridge-educated staff who will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you in your choices. Ask questions, talk through your options and seek advice from your teachers and peers. Spending time in a new culture and being surrounded by like-minded people is an excellent time to figure out what really motivates you, and what it is that you might like to do in the future.
You may find that you would like to go to university abroad, or you may wish to take a year out and gain some work experience in a new country before deciding on your next steps. Either way, spending time at summer school abroad is a great opportunity to explore your options and gain some valuable life skills.
3. Learn to Communication Effectively
Communication skills and the ability to be able to express yourself and convey your ideas is ranked as the most important skill by many employers today. High-quality classroom talk is essential to learning and thinking, and being a good communicator simply means that you are able to express yourself well. It is about having the vocabulary to say what you want to say, and the ability to structure your thoughts in a way that makes sense to others.
The Art of Oracy
At illuminate Cambridge we are passionate about the art of oracy and teaching our students how to communicate effectively in a competitive world. We understand that the benefits of oracy skills go far beyond the classroom. They affect a whole range of social, emotional and interpersonal skills such as self-confidence, self-awareness, empathy and resilience. Furthermore, according to research, having the ability to speak up for yourself and express your feelings directly leads to your overall happiness and wellbeing, and it is an invaluable life skill.
This is why, as part of our two-week summer course, we will be spending some time exploring the power of language, and bringing this important subject to life with exciting trips to some famous English landmarks in and around Cambridge.
Secure Your Place With Us
Our illuminate Cambridge summer programs mix academic rigour with expertise in empowering girls to reach their full potential both academically and socially. Through our two-week residential summer course, specifically designed for girls aged 13-17, our students will gain knowledge, skills and confidence and make lifelong memories with new friends.
We believe that illuminate is just the beginning for our students. Our carefully curated academic programme nurtures knowledge and independence and prepares our students to pursue their aspiration with confidence and drive.
To secure your place on our life-enriching summer program, please apply here.