International Politics Summer School 2017

United Kingdom
End Date

A two-week residential summer school tackling the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world with a regional focus.

  • Providing in depth analysis of key countries and regions outside of Western Europe and North America - the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Including a daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics.
  • Offering the opportunity to study at St Antony's College, Oxford University's only college to focus exclusively on international affairs.
  • There is one scholarship available to offset course fees, with an application deadline of 1 March 2017

The academic programme consists of

  • small seminar groups with a specialist tutor, which enable participants to study their subject in meaningful detail;
  • a daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics: previous lecturers have included best-selling authors, Emeritus Professor in Politics Archie Brown, Margaret Macmillan, Rosemary Foot, William Beinart, Laurence Whitehead, Rana Mitter; and
  • lively daily discussion groups led by current Oxford University doctoral students.

Applicants choose one course from:

  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Russia and the Former Soviet Union
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • International Relations of the Contemporary Asia-Pacific
  • Political Transformation in the Contemporary Middle East.
  • Each seminar has five two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 12 students.

Contact hours
The programme provides a minimum of 45 contact hours, comprising

20 hours of seminar meetings (10 meetings, each lasting 2 hours);
15 hours of lectures (10 lectures, each lasting 1.5 hours); and
10 hours of discussion group sessions (10 discussions, each lasting 1 hour).

Residential: Standard (shared bathroom) - £2,340; Residential: En suite (private bathroom facilities) - £2,760

Programme fees
Residential: Standard (shared bathroom facilities) - £2,340
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation in a standard single room with shared bathroom facilities for the nights of Sunday 30 July to Friday 11 August 2017 inclusive; meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 30 July to breakfast on Saturday 12 August 2017 (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday).

Residential: En suite (private bathroom facilities) - £2,760
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation in a single en suite room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 30 July to Friday 11 August 2017 inclusive; meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 30 July to breakfast on Saturday 12 August 2017 (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday).

There are no sources of funding (scholarships, bursaries, etc) available for applicants.

Before you submit your application

  • ensure you meet the admissions requirements (see 'Selection criteria', below);
  • make sure you have all the required supporting documents listed below;
  • ensure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of enrolment on the summer school, especially those relating to payment of fees and cancellations (see 'Payment', above); and
  • read the 'Important information regarding immigration and visa requirements' (see 'Level and demands', below).

The application process

Download, print and complete the application form.

Please ensure all sections are completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.

The form must be accompanied by:

  • A brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the programme, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of politics, international relations or political science courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to enrol on a specific seminar.
  • Copies of your university transcripts. These must be in English.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English, official evidence of English language competency.
  • A letter of recommendation, ideally from a person who knows your academic work, though in the case of those no longer engaged in courses of academic study, recommendations from other sources (eg your employer or head teacher) will be accepted. A reference from a family member is not acceptable. Please note that the letter of recommendation must refer specifically to your application to the Oxford University International Politics Summer School.
  • Four photographs (UK passport-sized - ie 4.5cm high x 3.5cm wide), with your full name printed on the back of each.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications should be posted to: International Politics Summer School, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK

You may wish to send your application by a courier service or registered post for speed and/or security of delivery.

We are currently unable to receive applications by email.

After you have submitted your application
You will receive an email from confirming receipt of your application materials, and informing you when your application will be reviewed by the Programme Director.

Application deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served or rolling basis until 15 April 2017.

There is a limited number of places available on every seminar, and in assigning successful applicants to classes the Programme Director will pay particular attention to applicants' personal statements.

Subject to the availability of places, late applications may be considered until 15 May 2017.