The Refugee Studies Centre’s International Summer School fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and other forced migrants. It provides the time and space for them to reflect on their experiences and to think critically about some of the aims and assumptions underlying their work.
The brochure of the Summer School is available in PDF format.
Who is the summer school for?
Policy makers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.
Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.
The summer school offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.
Now in its 22nd year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning.
Annually. In 2011 the dates are 11–29 July.
At the University of Oxford. In 2011 the summer school will be held at Wadham College and the Oxford Department of International Development.
The fee for 2011 is £3,125. Pay by 31 March to qualify for a reduced fee of £2,950.
What is included?
This covers 19 nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation and all weekday lunches; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; and a range of social activities.Evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fees.
Applicants should have:
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 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.
Accommodation is of general student standard. 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.
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.
A number of bursaries are offered on a competitive basis. Conditions for their allocation are dependent on the bursary providers' criteria, and are usually linked to certain poorer countries or regions. Some past participants have been successful in obtaining sponsorship by dealing directly with funding sources that they have researched themselves. We strongly advise potential applicants to look for funding as widely as possible, as we always receive many more bursary applications than we are able to offer.
Use of the RSC’s library collection
The programme provides a course pack of reading materials. Many more documents are available in the University of Oxford’s Social Science Library, which houses the RSC collection.
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.
How to apply
You can apply online, or by fax/post. Please use the application form (available online or as a Word document). All applications are reviewed by a selection committee. The closing date for applications is 1 March 2011 for applicants requesting a bursary through the RSC, 1 May 2011 for all other applicants. As the summer school is typically oversubscribed, we advise you to apply in good time.
Please send all applications and enquiries to
The International Summer School Manager
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB, UK
tel: +44 (0)1865 281728
fax: +44 (0)1865 281730
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