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Benefits of International Development Summer School at Oxford Summer Courses


In a world that is more interconnected than ever, the challenges faced by the poorest countries are still deeply entrenched. From the complexities of poverty to the ongoing debates surrounding migration, the issues our global community confronts today and in the future are vast and impactful. If you are passionate about understanding the dynamics of international development and eager to explore the ways we can shape a better world for all, then the International Development Summer School at Oxford Summer Courses is the perfect opportunity for you! Delve into the significant issues that shape our planet and join us in unraveling the complexities of global development. Let's unveil the compelling journey that awaits you in the historic city of Oxford.


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Explore the World of International Development

Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating realm of international development! Our International Development Summer School is thoughtfully designed to explore a broad spectrum of critical topics. From questioning what it means to be a 'developed' country to understanding the gap between developed and developing nations, we will delve into the complex factors that influence global development. We will analyse the role of globalisation, examine the social and cultural contexts that shape societies, and assess the causes and impacts of world conflicts. Together, we will forge a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted challenges our world faces, and how we can drive positive change for a more equitable future.

Interactive Learning in Small Groups

Learning in a small, interactive group setting creates an engaging and enriching learning environment. For ages 13-15, our Biology Summer School accommodates no more than 8 students, ensuring quality time with your teacher and the freedom to ask as many questions as you like! Through interactive learning, our teachers will guide you through new concepts, assign practice tasks to build your knowledge and skills, and provide opportunities for group work and independent research. Small classes encourage active participation, allowing students to learn from one another's perspectives and engage in lively debates.

For ages 16-24, the teaching methodology is similar, with seminars in small groups of no more than 8 students. This fosters self-directed learning and critical thinking, providing an immersive and intellectually stimulating experience. During the course, you will complete two pieces of independent work, such as essays or problem sheets, which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will allow you to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor, enabling you to learn new perspectives from your classmates as well. After completing your course, you'll receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation from your tutor, showcasing your accomplishments and newfound knowledge.

Uncover the Beauty of Oxford

Immerse yourself in the enchanting city of Oxford, where history comes to life, and art flourishes in every corner. Wander through cobbled streets and ancient halls, where countless scholars have walked before you. Oxford's rich academic heritage makes it the perfect backdrop for exploring the wonders of International Development.

Oxford: A Tapestry of History and Culture

In Oxford, immerse yourself in centuries of history and culture. The city's allure extends beyond its literary connections, offering captivating experiences that may vary from year to year:

  • Blenheim Palace: Wander through the splendid halls of this historic palace, steeped in grandeur and rich with tales of the past.
  • Bristol: Discover the maritime heritage of Bristol, a vibrant city that has played a pivotal role in shaping British history.
  • British Museum: Delve into the rich tapestry of history and culture at the British Museum, gaining insights into the evolution of ancient civilisations and their enduring impact.

It's worth noting that the specific experiences available may change from year to year, ensuring each summer brings a new and exciting adventure. Additionally, students have the flexibility to choose their city of stay based on availability, allowing for a tailored experience that aligns perfectly with their preferences and interests. As you create lasting memories and form connections with peers from diverse backgrounds, your summer experience will become an unforgettable chapter in your journey toward a deeper understanding of international development.

Testimonials from Past Students:

"I attended the Biology Summer School at Oxford Summer Courses, and it was an incredible experience. The small group setting allowed for personalised attention from the tutor, and I learned so much from my classmates during our lively discussions. The course deepened my love for biology, and I'm grateful for the knowledge and experiences gained." - Alex, USA


Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey into the world of international development? Join our International Development Summer School at Oxford Summer Courses and gain a deeper understanding of the global challenges that shape our planet. This is an opportunity to explore critical issues, interact with expert tutors, and engage in immersive learning experiences that will empower you to make a positive impact on the world. Apply now and become part of a community of dedicated learners from around the world. Let's together create a brighter future for all!


Excited to delve into the world of international development? Apply now to Oxford Summer Courses and secure your spot in our International Development Summer School. Don't miss out on this chance to expand your knowledge, gain practical skills, and explore the complexities of our global society in the heart of Oxford. Apply here and take the first step toward becoming a catalyst for change in the world!


Disclaimer: Oxford Summer Courses is a specialist summer school that contracts with various universities, including the University of Oxford, for the use of their facilities and accommodations. However, please note that Oxford Summer Courses is a specialist summer school and has no formal connection with the University of Oxford.

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