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Forthcoming Dates

6–24 July 2015


Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB /
Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN

About the Summer School 

The International Summer School in Forced Migration fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and forced migrants.  

The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

The three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection. 

The Summer School is intended for:

  • Mid-career and senior policymakers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.
  • Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • a first degree as a minimum;
  • proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.


Limited Asfari Foundation and Saïd Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues and who are normally resident in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Arab world).

Candidates wishing to be considered for bursary support must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not contact the funding body directly.

Please note, the deadline for bursary applications was 1 March 2015, which has now passed. We are therefore no longer accepting bursary applications.


Fee for 2015: £3,300. The fee includes 19 nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; and a range of social activities. Lunches, evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee.

Click here to complete the online application form

Closing date for applications: 1 May 2015.

Closing date for receipt of all course fees: 15 May 2015.

Please note: a non-refundable deposit of £150 is required to confirm acceptance of a self-/employer-funded offer of place. Places cannot be guaranteed after 15 May without full payment of course fees.

In the event of cancellation by the participant, the following terms apply: cancellations received after the closing date but before 1 June – 10% of the course fee is non-refundable. Cancellations received 1–14 June – 50% of the course fee is non-refundable. Cancellations received after 14 June – 100% of the course fee is non-refundable.

Data will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1984 and used for internal purposes only.


For all enquiries, please contact:

Heidi El-Megrisi 
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728