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Forthcoming Dates

4 - 22 July 2016


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

About the Summer School 

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.

Now in its 27th year, 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 principally designed for practitioners and policymakers working with and for refugees and related issues, normally with several years work experience. Participants typically include staff of the main refugee, migration and humanitarian international organisations; staff from refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, and government officials working on refugee protection and related issues.

Participants also include academics and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working directly on refugee and forced migration issues; practicing lawyers and advocates working in refugee and human rights law pertaining to forced migrants; journalists, commentators and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.


Testimonials from 2015 participants:

  • “Thank you very much for providing a life-changing opportunity. At the summer school, I’ve met so many wonderful people (inside and outside the programme!). I would never have thought that this programme would turn out to be such a wonderful experience... I will never forget this summer – thank you again!”
  •  “The atmosphere in our group/working dynamic, was excellent – we couldn’t have asked for a better tutor. The exercises that we do are really affective way to learn, rather than simply debate readings.”
  •  “The summer school contributed profoundly to my understanding of the global legal framework of refugee-issues, refugee-related institutions and the academic debates.”

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.


Saïd Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from 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 Summer School office and not contact the funding body directly.


The fee for 2016 is £3,380 (residential). Early-bird fee £3,205 (apply and register by 31 March 2016). 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.

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Closing date for bursary applications: 1 February 2016

Closing data for all other applications: 1 May 2016*

*Apply and register payment by 31 March 2016 to qualify for the early-bird discount.

As the Summer School is typically oversubscribed, we recommend that you apply early.


For all enquiries, please contact:

Tara-Sienna Hartman
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281729