International Online School in Forced Migration
This five-day course took place on 14-18 March 2022, 4-8 July 2022, and 11-15 July 2022.
2023 dates for the in-person Summer School and the separate Online School are yet to be announced.
Oxford University’s renowned International Summer School in Forced Migration is now online! To meet growing international demand for the course, the school will be held three times online this year, once in March and twice in July. Join us and a diverse group of participants from around the world as we take some of the best features of the Summer School and offer them in new engaging and accessible format.
The Refugee Studies Centre has always set the highest academic and pedagogic standards in all its research and teaching. The new Online School offers a programme of study that is theoretically rigorous, empirically informed, and inclusive. Participants will have early access to pre-recorded lectures and readings which will be followed by live online seminars and discussions. The School’s engaging academic content will be complemented by a range of social and networking opportunities for participants.
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About the School
The Online School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It enables people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the worlds of displaced people. The course combines Oxford’s tradition of academic excellence with a stimulating discussion-based method of teaching, learning and reflection. The Online School will cover subjects including: Conceptualising Forced Migration, The Moral Foundations of Refugeehood, International Law and Refugee Protection, and The Politics of Humanitarianism, as well as a choice of optional modules. All the sessions will be run and organised by experts in the field of forced migration studies.
Participants - who is the School for?
The Online School is principally designed for policymakers and practitioners working on refugee protection and related issues, normally with several (usually at least five) years of 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. Those from refugee backgrounds who work for refugee advocacy and community groups are particularly welcome.
Participants may 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.
A survey of participants on the 2021 Online Schools found that 100% believed the Schools had “deepened their knowledge” of forced migration. Participants describe the Schools as “life-changing” and “a huge inspiration” that featured lectures of the “highest quality” and were “exceptionally well-organized and efficiently run”.
Testimonials from the March 2022 School
It was amazing to be in a virtual classroom with people from all over the world, all united in our efforts to deepen our understanding of working for and with refugees. I'm so happy to have had the exposure not only to the professors and tutors, but to my fellow students who are doing incredible work and expanded my own views on how to approach forced migration. – Terra Judge
I really enjoyed the dialogue with the other participants and their different perspectives, which really enriched my personal understanding of forced migration. This was possible only thanks to the lecturers who, like an orchestra conductor, were able to unite the participants' thoughts in a harmonious chorus without losing the uniqueness of each individual participant perspective. – Z. N.H.
Conceptualizing forced migration was an eye opener to the rest of the other modules which followed. All the modules were engaging and helpful. The readings brought out the breadth of knowledge and the discussions were fantastic. – Ricardo John Munyegera
The seminar discussion without a doubt. They were very inspiring and thought-provoking. They have left me with a renewed energy to apply my experience and work to the field of forced displacement. – Mina Rauschenbach
Online School tutors
The success of Online School has always been built on the quality of its teaching and lecturing staff.
As always, the School will be anchored by its academic tutors. The tutors for the 2022 Online Schools are:
Dr Catherine Briddick (Departmental Lecturer in Gender and International Human Rights and Refugee Law, RSC)
Professor Matthew Gibney (Director of the Refugee Studies Centre & Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration)
Professor Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, RSC)
The 2022 Schools also feature an impressive range of speakers from academia and international organisations.
- Professor Alexander Betts (RSC)
- Professor Dawn Chatty (RSC)
- Professor Cathryn Costello (Hertie School, Berlin / RSC)
- Dr Madeline Garlick (Chief of Section, Protection Policy and Legal Advice, UNHCR)
- Ali Al Ibrahim (investigative journalist and researcher).
- Dr Anne Irfan (UCL)
- Alphonsine Kabagabo (Women for Refugee Women)
- Dr Maryanne Loughry AM (Boston College)
- Professor James Milner (Carleton University)
- Dr Caroline Nalule (international law and human rights consultant, Uganda)
- Victor Nyamori (Amnesty International / refugee rights lawyer, Kenya)
Dates and deadlines
2022 March School
Monday 14 March to Friday 18 March 2022
Closing date for applications: 28 February 2022. Please enquire after this date about any remaining places. *Please note that bursary applications will not be reviewed until after this date*
Closing date for receipt of course fees: 4 March 2022
2022 July Schools
First School: Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022
Second School: Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2022
Closing date for both July Schools applications: 6 June 2022
Closing date for bursary applications for both July Schools: 30 May 2022
Closing date for both July Schools receipt of fees: 13 June 2022
The 2022 fee is £600.
This covers access to online materials, videos and content, access to live classes, break-out sessions and the Online School’s extra-curricular events.
We are pleased to offer fifteen fully funded places across the three Online Schools to refugees. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Applications are now CLOSED.
Instructions for payment of the course fee will be sent with your offer of a place. Your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. Offers are made on a first-come-first-served basis to suitably qualified and experienced applicants. Each school has a maximum of 50 spaces.
Applicants should have:
- substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
- a first degree;
- proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of: TOEFL iBT: 88 / TOEFL PBT: 570 / IELTS: 6.5.*
*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.
For all enquiries, please contact:
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728