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Law, Politics & International Relations

  • Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
  • Suitable for 13-15 year old students
  • Oxbridge style teaching
  • Personal Project and Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation
  • University preparation workshops
  • Inclusive of excursions
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Overview of course

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018
  • Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
  • Classes designed and taught by University tutors
  • A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
  • Expert introduction to Law, Politics & International Relations
  • Dedicated university and subject specific advice
  • Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
  • Diverse range of international participants
  • Participant Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation


Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.

The Cambridge Immerse Law, Politics & International Relations course for 13-15 year olds is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. Students are taught university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand.

The Cambridge Immerse Law, Politics & International Relations course is perfect for those who have an interest in current affairs, and exploring the way the world works at a number of different scales – national and international. As well as introducing students to topics explored at university, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study disciplines related to Law, Politics & International Relations in the future.

Academic Content & Learning Objectives

The Cambridge Immerse Law, Politics & International Relations Programme will provide an unparalleled insight into the global social, political, and economic issues that the modern world is faced with – and the legal frameworks and political institutions that influence these issues. Participants will learn to analyse and assess current affairs through the lens of different disciplines: modern political theory, international relations, philosophy, law, and politics. Our aim is to help students develop an introductory understanding of some of the most important theoretical frameworks in International Relations, Politics, and Law and to familiarise them with the key advances and debates within the discipline. Students can expect to study topics as wide-ranging as the United Nation and Supra-national organisations, to ethics and philosophy of Law.

This course introduces motivated 13-15 year old students firstly with the principle frameworks and theories within Law, International Relations and Politics, and then with case studies that develops students’ analytical skills. Not only does the course provide insights into topics that students have never studied before, but it develops the transferable skills that are necessary for success in any related disciplines.

A diverse range of topics are explored during the programme, and a sample of previous topics that have been explored can be viewed by clicking on the boxes below:


This class will look at the two dominant spheres of IR analysis: Neoliberalism and Realism. It will also touch upon the critical schools of thought, such as marxian, feminist and post-colonial theories.

Neoliberalism – this theory asserts that states are not the only actors on the international sphere, and that the movement of capital by private individuals and corporations are also of great significance. The most influential theorists in the school of thought are Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. Policy makers have pioneered their work, led by the radical stances held by Margret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan during the 1980s. They argued that markets are the motors of economic power, the primary agent in dictating international relations. The state in fact places a barrier on global markets, preventing capital from flowing between different economies efficiently. If states drop economic regulation, then the market will be able to function at maximum efficiency. This will create an environment of economic interdependence between states, reducing the likelihood of conflict.

Realism – this theory argues that states are the primary actors on an anarchic international sphere, and are self interested, sovereign actors. The primary theorists in this field stem from the work of Machiavelli, Hobbes and Lock, and extend today to the work of Samuel Huntington, Kennith Waltz with the policies of Henry Kissinger being a prime example of Realism in action. One of the key theories within Realisim is the security dilemma, which draws on the build up of armies and weapons by rival factions during the Cold War, and beyond.


In the morning class participants will consider a variety of different issues concerning international law including its historical development, its primary institutions, the powers of those institutions and their available legal instruments. The morning class will conclude by analysing the relationship between the international and national legal systems in respect of a variety of different States such as the UK, Australia and the United States.

The afternoon class will invite participants to critically consider a variety of the issues raised above. Issues which will be analysed include the extent to which the international legal order contains similar legal structures to national legal orders and whether international law is in fact law at all. To aid such analysis, participants will be required to discuss a series of problem based and essay style questions with both the tutor and other class members. These questions will be distributed in advance.

Students' favourite moments at Cambridge Immerse Summer School

Exceptional teaching

We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Cambridge Immerse are taught by tutors who are current or previous members of Oxford University or Cambridge University, and have tutored undergraduate students. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive – and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.

Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.

Participant Assessments

Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant’s understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

Extracurricular Activities

Cambridge Immerse provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.

Activities organised as part of the programme include:

  • A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
  • A day trip to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
  • Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.

Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.


The Cambridge Immerse schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day..

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08:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic discussion / debate
18:00 - 19:15
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Unrivalled support system

We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.

Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.


Cambridge Immerse takes place in one of Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges, Queens’ College.

All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms or twin rooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.

Practical Information

Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.

For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.

Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.

Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Cambridge Immerse. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.

Participate in 2018

Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge. The Medicine & Biological Sciences programme for 13-15 year olds at Cambridge Immerse runs for the following 2 week session:

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018

We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:


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