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Global Young Leaders

Now in its 15th year, GYL is a premier debating and critical thinking course which introduces debating and some of the world’s most influential thinkers to students from all over the world every summer.

Annually, participants from various countries are coached and mentored by staff recruited from elite academic institutions. Small class sizes allow Global Young Leaders to emulate the formula of Oxford and Cambridge supervisions, and empower students to make enormous progress within two engaging weeks.

Debating as a Key Life Skill

Competitive debating is now widely recognised within the academic community as a powerful tool for a student’s self-development. Helping a child to nurture an authentic and articulate voice enables them to thrive beyond the debating chamber, with many seeing a marked improvement in exam performance and day-to-day confidence. That confidence can prove invaluable in the classroom and beyond, with admissions offices for many of the world’s best universities identifying structured thought and communication skills as key indicators of a candidate’s potential.

The growing recognition of these considerable benefits has seen the World Schools Debating Championships move from strength to strength, with over 50 countries now participating annually. Global Young Leaders gives students comprehensive coaching within this debate format, providing them with a unique window into the World Schools environment.


Developing a Global Perspective

Global Young Leaders takes students with a range of debating experience and integrates them all within mixed classes which are structured in such a way as to encourage cooperation and mutual support across the student body. The international perspective of our students, a result of their diverse backgrounds, further emphasises the benefits of cooperative learning.

Debate is only one half of the course experience, with other lessons focusing on global themes such as politics, economics and law. The unique combination of critical thought with debate is
key to the Global Young Leaders approach and succeeds in giving students something they want to say whilst empowering them to say it.


Key Features

  • 15 hours of Debating classes per week
  • 15 hours of Critical Thinking classes per week
  • Varied social programme: disco, quiz, talent show
  • Two full day excursions per week to London, including a tour of Parliament, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Open to 14-17 year old native speakers and those with B2 level or above, no prior debating experience required

I had a really great time at Global Young Leaders. The classes, the competitions and the excursions were fun and I really hope to go back next year. I had the best time of my life in those two weeks.

Debora, Switzerland

Our Centres

Our centres are based in impressive schools, surrounded by beautiful countryside. They are located in London and the South East of England.

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Our Courses

Our range of courses embrace a combination of learning with leisure, so that each student has a memorable experience.

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Course Enquiry

If you have questions about any of our courses, please fill out our course enquiry form with your queries.

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Our centres are conveniently located so that both educational and personal trips are trouble-free. We also boast outstanding sports facilities.

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