Frequently asked questions
When does the Summer School take place?
Annually in July. Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.
Where does it take place?
At the University of Oxford. The Summer School is held at Wadham College and the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development.
How much does it cost?
The fee for 2016 was £3,380 (residential). Early-bird fee £3,205 (apply and register payment by 31 March 2016).
What is included?
The fee included 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.
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?
Accommodation is provided at Wadham College and is of general student standard. No en-suite accommodation is available. 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.
Is there any funding available?
In 2016, Saïd Foundation bursaries were 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). Application deadline: 1 February 2016 [now passed]
In 2016, Asfari Foundation bursaries were available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians normally resident in the Arab world). Application deadline: 1 March 2016 [now passed]
In 2016, three RSC bursaries were available to exceptional candidates who are nationals of a developing country, 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 http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries. Application deadline: 31 March 2016 [now passed]
Should additional funding become available, details will be provided on this website.
Candidates wishing to be considered for bursary support must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not contact the funding body directly.
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.
Closing date for Saïd Foundation bursary applications: 1 February 2016 [deadline passed]
Closing date for Asfari Foundation bursary applications (see above): 1 March 2016 [deadline passed]
Closing date for RSC bursary applications (see above): 31 March 2016 [deadline passed]
Closing date for all other applications: 1 May 2016.*
* Apply and register payment by 31 March to qualify for the early-bird discount.
As the summer school is typically oversubscribed, we recommend that you apply early.