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Join students from over 135 nations at Oxford Royale Academy and enjoy a truly international learning experience this summer.
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Join students from over 135 nations and enjoy a truly international learning experience this summer.
See why thousands of students join us on our UK summer schools each year.
This course combines politics and international relations with the study of successful leadership. Through debate, written assignments and lectures, students will learn all about the contemporary issues that dominate world politics.
Why have some countries developed stable state institutions, whereas others have degenerated into failed states? What explains regime change and regime stability? How can we strengthen international security and prosperity in a time of terrorism and civil wars? Many of the most pressing global challenges are inherently political in nature, and attendees on this course will gain a greater understanding of the reasons behind political manoeuvres.
This course provides students with a theoretical and methodological toolkit, academic skills and empirical expertise to systematically engage with political questions. In grappling with these questions, the course explores a wide range of topics that are covered by university courses in comparative politics and international relations. Discussion is enhanced by the numerous different perspectives offered by you and your fellow students, who come to Oxford Royale Summer Schools from all over the world. The course begins by establishing a rigorous theoretical and methodological foundation so that students are equipped with the fundamental skills to engage in the study of comparative politics and international relations. We then apply and expand on these skills by studying seven substantive topics.
Each session combines rigorous academic training with empirical case work and data analysis. It thus establishes a valuable foundation for university studies. By training students to apply academic skills to well-defined political problems, the course also prepares students for a career in political consultancy and policy development.
If you are constantly considering the questions of modern-day politics, and would like to be instrumental in changing the world for the better, then this course is for you.
During this course, students will examine:
By the end of the course, students will have:
Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.
Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.
As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.
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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.