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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.


  • “The entire experience was superb from start to finish and I felt a real sadness on its ending. I can easily say it far exceeded my expectations. Best parts were the high level of intellectual stimulation, informed and open teaching staff/tutors and beautiful campus.” 2014 participant
  • “The course fully met my expectations and I really did enjoy it. I especially appreciated the work in the tutor groups which were not only fun but also very effective in deepening the topics addressed. I learned a lot in these 3 weeks. Thank you!” 2014 participant
  • “I am very happy that I was able to attend the summer school. It has been such a wonderful learning experience. I felt I was unprepared academically but it has been more than I expected it to be in a good way. I am going back to my job with so much information and wisdom and I am really inspired to go back to school. Thank you to all the RSC staff! It’s been absolutely wonderful and thank you for giving me this opportunity.” 2014 participant

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.*

*Please note that if your first language is not English, or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher or standard level before any offer of a place can be confirmed.  The requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived in cases where you have successfully completed or are currently completing a degree-level or postgraduate course that is: full-time, at least nine months long, undertaken at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English.


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.

You can apply using the online application form or by downloading the Word form and emailing the completed form to us:

1: Fill in the online application form

2: Download the Word application form

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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.

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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