Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

When does the Summer School take place?

Annually in July. Dates for 2017 are 2-14 July.

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 2017 is £3,050. Early-bird fee (apply and register by 31 March 2017): £2,950.

What is included?

This covers 13 nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; 3 lunches each week; and a range of social activities including welcome and farewell dinners. 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 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.

Is there any funding available?

Please note, the Bursary application deadline for the Summer School was on Friday 10 February, and we are no longer able to accept bursary applications. If the details of this change we will update the website accordingly.

Asfari Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria (or Syrians and Palestinians resident in the Arab world or Turkey) who work on refugee-related issues. Candidates wishing to be considered for bursary support must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not contact the donors.[Application deadline now passed - see above.]

Refugee Studies Centre bursaries are available to exceptional 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  Those who have already submitted applications for the 2017 Summer School need not re-apply as eligible candidates will automatically be considered for these bursaries. [Application deadline now passed - see above.]

Should additional funding become available details will be provided 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.

application DEADLINEs

Closing date for bursary applications: 10 February 2017 [now passed].

Closing date for all other applications: 28 April 2017.*  [now passed]

* 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.