Study International Development with Oxford Summer Courses

International Development Summer School

The world we live in has become more connected than ever before, and crisis in one country or region can have significant consequences even on a global level. News headlines about the refugee crisis, global income inequality and poverty, climate change, political changes and conflicts in certain regions is just one way to capture the interdependencies that are unique to the 21st century.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your International Development course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

The International Development course will give you an opportunity to learn about and review the most popular theoretical approaches and highly debated case studies in the field, providing you with tools to analyse and assess the effectiveness of international and regional solutions to different global challenges. Our International Development course is inter-disciplinary, and covers themes from Politics, History, International Relations, and Economics. It is also practice-orientated, using case studies from many different countries and continents.

You will also engage in a critical debate with your tutor and peers about the role and agenda of different actors: international organizations and networks, businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and volunteer groups. This will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the challenging process of bi-lateral and multi-lateral negotiations related to international cooperation.

This interactive course is a great opportunity to learn about the recent cutting-edge research from the top-level experts and academics in the world.

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    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

The International Development course will provide you with knowledge about key concepts and approaches in the field, thus equipping you with tools to analyse and understand global development processes. You will also engage in a critical debate with your tutor and peers about the role and effectiveness of different development actors: international organizations, businesses and donors, governments, and diplomats, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers.

At end of the course you will have answers to questions about differences between international aid and humanitarian aid, the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals, North-South divide, the idea behind the Gini coefficient, effectiveness of a community participation approach in development, and many more. Also, through questioning different approaches to measuring country’s development, you will get a chance to develop your own definition, and who knows, perhaps it will become even more popular than the currently debated Human Development Index or Gross National Happiness approach?

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

We offer a specialised combined International Relations and Politics course for 13-15 year olds - you can find out more by clicking the course page link below

Staff

Ivaylo Iaydjiev

Ivaylo Iaydjiev

Ivaylo Iaydjiev is a D.Phil. student in Public Policy with the Blavatnik School of Government and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His doctorate focuses on International Political Economy, and in particular the politics of the European financial crisis and the role of international institutions and he has published several articles, working papers, and policy briefs on this subject. He holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA in French and Politics (First-class) from the University of Bath. He is currently a Senior Researcher with the European Policy Institute and was previously an adviser to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, an analyst for the Office of the President of Bulgaria, and a trainee at the European Commission, gaining first-hand experience of International Relations and public policy.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 24th June to 7th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 1st July to 14th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 8th July to 21st July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 15th July to 28th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group) limited availability
    • • 22nd July to 4th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 29th July to 11th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 1st July to 21st July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 24th June to 21st July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • Oxford, (16-17 and 18-24 age group) contact Admissions Office to check availability at info@oxfordsummercourses.com

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 1st, 8th and 15th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 1st and 8th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 1st

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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