For ages 14-17, the Future Leaders University Preparation course is designed to develop a range of academic and soft skills that prepare students for studying at an English-speaking university.


Available in summer. 

Arrival day: Wednesday

Covering the core aspects of the UK higher education system and the admissions process, the course also aims to develop essential life skills such as money management to help students succeed when living away from home for the first time.


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Course summary

Ages 14-17
Location Cambridge
English level B2 (upper intermediate) and above
Course length 2 weeks
Season Summer


Course content

The course takes place at Murray Edwards College, a women-only constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

The core elements of the course will be delivered on the college campus, including the extracurricular activities; however, the programme also includes several trips around Cambridge and further afield. The two-week course is aimed at 14-17-year-old students, who have a minimum B1+ level of English and have an interest in studying abroad.

The course is designed to help them gain an overview of the education system in the UK, enable them to make intelligent decisions about universities and courses in the UK, understand the admissions process, and explore the core differences between their own education system and that of the UK. In addition, the course is designed to develop core skills that are sought by universities and employers, such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, adaptability, and presentation skills – all within an international context, but with a focus on the UK education system.

The course is designed as an international conference for students to develop their intercultural communication skills. During the two weeks of the course students, in small groups, will work on developing projects and thematic ideas, as well as attending a series of workshops and talks, given by inspiring experts in their field. At the end of the two weeks, students will present their projects to a panel of judges and one group will be crowned champions and join the IH London Future Leaders Hall of Fame.



Guest speakers

Previous Future Leaders Speakers Include: 


Fidelma Meehan is a regional Community Fundraising Manager at Save the Children, based in Swindon in Wiltshire and heads up community fundraising in South Central England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Fidelma works alongside colleagues in the Humanitarian department who put their own lives on the line to help save the lives of children and their families suffering from poverty, disease, starvation and conflict.



Lara is a Greenpeace Speaker from the UK who has volunteered with Greenpeace since 2020. She is passionate about the environment and making a difference however she can. She is currently
finishing her Master’s in Environment, Politics and Society at UCL, after which she hopes to continue advocating for the environment.


Learning summary (per two-week course)

Lessons: 42 hours

Study trips: 2 full-day trips and 1 half-day trip

Other activities, including sports, arts and evening activities: 40 hours


Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop a range of core skills and learning strategies required for academic success at university.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the UK higher education system and university admissions process.
  • Begin preparing their university applications and draft a personal statement.
  • Develop techniques to express themselves powerfully in English and present with confidence.
  • Enhance interpersonal skills and broaden vocabulary.
  • Master the four Cs of 21st Century Skills – Collaboration, Critical thinking, Creativity and Communication.
  • Develop problem solving skills that can be applied to any area of academic study.
  • Network and make new friends from around the world.
  • Gain an awareness of the importance of research and develop some basic research skills.

There are two full-day trips and one half-day trip as part of the course, including a walking tour and entry to a University of Oxford college, London with a walking tour, and Cambridge with entry to King’s College, a walking tour and punting on the River Cam. 

What’s included in Cambridge?

  • All tuition
  • All class materials
  • All activities
  • Full and half day trips to exciting destinations 
  • Evening activities organised and supervised by IH staff at the school
  • On-site residential accommodation at the school
  • All meals
  • Regular drinks and snacks
  • 24/7 support and supervision by our on-site IH team
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

Location: Cambridge

IH London’s Cambridge Young Learner Centre is held in the prestigious Murray Edwards College. The college is part of the University of Cambridge, and is home to the largest collection of women’s art in Europe. Learn more about our Cambridge centre.

Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Charles Darwin all studied at Cambridge.

DNA was discovered in Cambridge in 1953.

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209.

In 1848 the first rules of football were written in Cambridge

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