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When does the Summer School take place?

Annually in July. Dates for 2020 are 5-17 July, with official teaching finishing on Friday 17 July and participants free to leave on Saturday 18 July. 

Where does it take place?

At the University of Oxford. The Summer School is held at Wadham College, Harris Manchester College and the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development.

How much does it cost?

The fee for 2020 is £3,500.

What is included?

This covers 13 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; 5 lunches overall; and a range of social activities including welcome and farewell dinners. Evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee. Participants will need to meet their own travel costs and arrange any country entry requirements.

What are the requirements?

Applicants should have:

  • 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.

What is the accommodation like?

Participants stay in student halls. Accommodation is of general student standard with shared bathrooms. Wifi is provided at Wadham College and there are computer facilities at the Refugee Studies Centre. There are no facilities provided for partners or other family members. Participants arriving before or staying on after the Summer School should make their own accommodation arrangements.

what amount of subsistence funds will I need?

As well as fees and travel costs, participants should budget for subsistence and incidental expenses during the course. We suggest a minimum of £20–£25 per day. In addition, you might want to add a books/photocopying allowance.

Can I find my own accommodation?

A very limited number of non-residential places are available. Priority will be given to applicants who are travelling with young children, or who live near Oxford.

Please note private rented accommodation for this time of year can often be very difficult to find, and expensive. Due to the early starts and late finishes that the Summer School programme demands (9:00am - 9:30pm on some days) we would not recommend commuting.

Should you have any questions about applying for a non-residential place, please do not hesitate to email the Summer School office:

Is there any funding available?

Refugee Studies Centre bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who:

-          are nationals of a developing country,

-          are resident in a developing country,

-          and whose work concerns refugees and/or forced migration.

Developing countries are defined as those with low or medium levels of human development as classified by the UNDP – see

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

All eligible bursary applicants are required to submit a 500 word bursary statement. Further details can be found on the application form.

Typical bursary funding covers the participation fee (including accommodation), return travel to Oxford in economy class, weekday lunches and a subsistence allowance.

Please note the deadline for a bursary application to the International Summer School 2020 is 21 February 2020.

Should additional funding become available details will be made available on this website.

Do I need a visa?

Please refer to the main University website for advice and guidance on the visa application process.

Do I need insurance?

Participants are responsible for their own insurance. Participants from outside the European Union should consider medical insurance if their country does not have a reciprocal agreement with the UK for free medical treatment.

What are the application deadlines?

Closing date for bursary applications: 21 February 2020

Closing date for all other applications: 30 April 2020.

Official closing date for receipt of course fees: 15 May 2020.

As the Summer School is typically oversubscribed, we recommend early application and payment to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee that there will still be places available by or on the fees deadline date, therefore we advise confirming your place as soon as possible.