Global Young Leaders (GYL)

Critical thinking and English language debating classes

Debating & Critical Thinking

13-17 years old, girls and boys, upper-intermediate English and above

The Global Young Leaders two-week course, now in its ninth year, offers students aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intellectually stimulating environment with like-minded young people from around the world.

Please note this course does not include English lessons, and is therefore NOT accredited by the British Council. 

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The Course

Guided by academically high-flying mentors, whose passion for debating and critical thinking is truly inspirational, many GYL students describe the experience as life-changing. It certainly provides a perfect preparation for application to top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and advice is available from Oxbridge graduates on interview technique, personal statements and choice of courses and Colleges.

The Global Young Leaders course is suitable for native speakers of English and those with an Upper-Intermediate level and above. It caters both for advanced debaters and beginners. In addition to the debating and critical thinking classes (54 hours across two weeks) and activities, there are full day trips to London, Oxford and Cambridge, offering a combination of culture, sightseeing and recreation. There is also a varied programme of social and sporting activities each evening.

Students must have a spoken level of English that is Upper Intermediate or higher - B2 on the Common European Framework, 5 plus on IELTS or Cambridge first Certificate level.  If a student who is booked on the course and her / his English is not of the correct level, we reserve the right to amend her / his course to the English & Activity course held at Dulwich College and no refund of the difference in fees will be made.


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What Pupils say about the Global Young Leaders course
"Till now GYL has been one of the most amazing, unique experiences I have ever had. I can't believe it's just been a week. It's such a fantastic feeling meeting new people of different cultures, making new friends and interacting with the coolest mentors." Shaun
"The GYL course is superbly crafted so that the beginners and the experienced alike may learn form it. Mentors are friendly and stupendously talented." Anant
"A beautiful and lovely campus with state of the art world class facilities.............enriching classes with wonderful mentors.......a very active summer school experience that comes only once in a life time." Jahnavi

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Course fees are fully inclusive:
  • Everything is Included
  • > All English Lessons
  • > Full Assessment of your Child's English
  • > Progress Monitoring
  • > End of Course Oral Test
  • > Course Text Books & Materials
  • > All Activities & Excursions
  • > A Full Social Programme
  • > Airport Transfers*
  • > Accommodation
  • > All Meals & Snacks
  • > Course Certificate
  • > Academic Report
  • > Photograph
  • > Insurance
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