Reach Cambridge Program at University of Cambridge
Just wanted to chime in on the Reach Cambridge program. I first found out about it on this site a couple of years ago when I was looking for a summer program in Cambridge to take a group of students to (I'm a school counselor and involved with my school's global studies programs). I visited the program in the summer of 2012 and was impressed enough by it that I recruited a group of students to go to the July program this past summer (2013). This is an outstanding program, with a range of interesting courses, excellent supervision, and excursions to London and other sites on the weekend. Reach is run by a British staff, utilizes graduate students and other academics from Cambridge and elsewhere as instructors and Cambridge undergraduates as "supervisors": sort of like camp counselors who keep the kids engaged and monitored in the afternoon and evenings. Unlike similar programs: Reach recruits students from many countries and this makes for a very international/intercultural experience. My students made fast friends with kids from Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Belgium, Italy, etc. (over 30 countries represented). They have maintained these connections since returning, thanks to social media, and are planning future reunions and trips. It was an enlightening experience for American students to be "under represented" in a program! Reach Cambridge is less expensive than similar programs such as Oxbridge (which I believe consists mostly of both American students and instructors) and is competitively priced when compared to US-based university summer programs.