Has there ever been a more interesting time to study international relations? Trade wars, national identity and the refugee crisis resulting from ongoing conflict are just some of today’s hot political topics shaping government policy. And few places in the world can match the insight offered into these subjects than Oxford.
The city is famed for the quality of its international relations courses and research output. Not only does Oxford University boast a world-renowned Department of Politics and International Development – it also claims prominent world leaders and thinkers from Bill Clinton through to the free market economist Adam Smith among its alumni. Whatever your interest in international relations, you will be treading in the footsteps of some of the field’s biggest influencers.
Match your passion to your academic pursuit. Find a course that makes you never want to stop learning.
Past students talk about what made this Oxford summer course in International Relations unique in this short video…
Oxford attracts some of the best tutors in international relations field who will be leading you through your studies.
Our international relations course is likely to be much more interactive than what you are used to. It is not about memorising historical facts. Far from it, you will embark on a much more interactive study experience based on the tutorial system used at the world-renowned Oxford university.
From class debates to playing mock international trade games, this Oxford summer course is designed to get you thinking. The intimate group sizes mean you get chance to raise and defend your own arguments. You’ll be studying and working with students from all over the world, giving you the benefit of many different backgrounds and points of view. You’ll take your ideas from the theory of the tutorials early in the week, where you’ll discuss everything from neo-liberalism to post-structuralist theory. Your interests will then shape the remainder of the week’s discussions in small seminar groups.
Sa’eed Husaini is a doctoral candidate at Oxford’s Department of International Development (ODID). He studies democratization and political culture in contemporary Nigeria through focusing on how local political party branches organize and retain voluntary members across an election cycle. He has taught masters’ students on the ODID Core Course in International Development, and has tutored undergraduates in African Politics for Stanford House, Oxford. He also works on research projects related to natural resource governance, security, and public sector reform in sub-Saharan Africa.
Angela Remus is reading for a Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the Department of International Development and Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the concept of ‘informal asylum as it relates to undocumented immigrants in the United States. She previously practiced immigration law in the United States as a Department of Justice accredited representative, where she worked with refugees and other immigrants. She has traveled widely, including study and research in Cambodia, Malawi, and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Rochester in International Relations and Spanish.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
Join us this summer! Study International Relations in any of the following cities:
"The tutor asked us questions that I wouldn’t normally ask myself, and I feel like I really grew during the course."
"I studied international relations and helped that we had such a diverse group so when we were talking about theories regarding global affairs in class everyone could provide an example that correlated with the region that they came from"
"After the first seminar, I could practically feel my mind expanding. The tutorials gave me useful feedback to improve my writing, but also gave me the opportunity to make sure that I had understood the topics we worked with in the seminars."
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