Leadership & International Relations Academy

The Leadership & International Relations Academy brings Leadership, Global Politics, International Relations and Philosophy to life.

At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, I was able to broaden my horizons in an excellent interdisciplinary course (Leadership & International Relations Academy) that stimulated me in ways that I have not experienced in high school beforehand. I was also able to practise independence and meet friendly and passionate people from all over the world. If I could stay another two weeks, I would!

Alana Scauzillo, Canada

Leadership

What do Obama, Benazir Bhutto, Steve Jobs and Mandela share?

Education

What can the Greeks, Machiavelli and Shakespeare teach us about leadership?

Conflict

What guides the United Nations to intervene in one conflict, but not in others?

Winston Churchill overlooking Big Ben
Mount Rushmore

Explore Types of Leadership

Find out about the different types of leader from world history, including Steve Jobs (Apple), Hillary Clinton (Politician) and the Dalai Lama (spiritualist).

Law

Explore Power and Justice in Society

Discover why people act in the cause of political change, and contrast Foucault and Chomsky’s understanding of human nature.

Democracy

Politics: Liberty, Equality and Democracy

Learn about the fundamentals of politics and the interplay between representation and democracy.

Economics

Explore the Economy

Understand the importance of economics in society, including case studies of economic responses to global financial crises.

Human rights

Explore International Relations

Find out about international law, human rights and the causes of war.

UN

Leadership in Global Institutions

Learn about the history of military intervention (the UN) and its legitimacy, as well as how global business leaders deal with crises.

New World powers

Ascendancy of New World Powers

Grapple with the changing world of new powers, including the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and the Middle East.

Leaders

Leadership in Practice

Learn about your individual leadership style and the art of working in teams.

Medical challenge

Model United Nations Challenge

Ever wondered how tense international issues are resolved? This Challenge gives you the opportunity to deploy the skills and knowledge you have gained in the Leadership Course in a simulation UN Security Council.
  • Research and take on the role of a diplomat for a country
  • Adapt to changing circumstances with an unexpected crisis
  • Learn how to develop solutions to world problems that gain the approval of other countries

GRADUATION CERTIFICATES

Graduation evening
OSA graduation evening
Said Business School graduation

On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded your Oxford Scholastica Academy Graduation Certificate at our Graduation Ceremony.

This is held on the final afternoon at the impressive Saïd Business School which we hire for the evening.

Parents are warmly welcome to attend, and the ceremony is followed by dinner.

Global Leadership course Oxford

Meet our Tutor

Ivo Gruev, MJur (Oxon), Dipl-Jur

Ivo holds a Law degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin (distinction) and a Diploma in Legal Studies (distinction) from Oxford. In 2015, he completed the MJur at the University of Oxford. Currently, he is pursuing an MSt to doctoral research degree in Law (Socio-legal Studies), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Merton College Oxford.

  • Ivo was awarded a ‘Best Position Paper’ prize by the United Nations Department for Outreach and Education
  • He is actively engaged with International Politics and Relations, and has participated as a chair, organiser, and delegate in numerous Model United Nations simulations, international political conferences, and moot courts.
  • Ivo is fascinated by the multiple connections between Politics, International Relations, Philosophy, History, and Law.

Please note, our Tutors and Heroes are subject to change.

Ben Wilkins

Meet our Hero

Ben Wilkins MA

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Ben, a local young Oxford leader.

  • Ben studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University
  • He is the leader of Sustainabus, which converts decommissioned city buses into solar powered hotels
  • Ben is Santander Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

MASTERCLASSES

In addition to your Leadership classes, you’ll get to experience our interactive and fun Masterclasses. These sessions will broaden your knowledge and skills.

stress busting

Oxford Scholastica is all about inspiring you to think about your future at an earlier stage.

You'll soon be faced with a job application process, and we think it's important for you to understand how such a process works. We'll let you know about:

  • The kinds of things employers are looking for
  • How to demonstrate and fulfil your potential in an application form or CV
  • The key stages of putting together a successful job application

debating at the oxford union

Do you want to sharpen your wits and be able to defend your point of view against bright opponents? Our Debating Masterclass is a fun, fast paced and memorable session where you learn to master the fine art of persuading your audience to believe your case. Led by expert debaters, this Masterclass will be followed by a Debating Competition in the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union - you'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Michael Jackson!

  • Develop your ability to think quickly on your feet to combat opposition points
  • Work collaboratively in teams to create and articulate solutions to the big problems
  • Improve your self-confidence, speaking and listening skills in this interactive session

Our Masterclass last year was led by Jo Cruse, who has recently been featured on BBC News talking about the use of emotion in public speaking:

Volunteering Masterclass
You'll be helping to make the world a better place as we take you to spend an afternoon helping out a local charity build a children's garden.

Amongst other things, you'll learn about sustainability and how to make a difference in a practical way.

  • Gain experience of volunteering
  • Develop a personal connection to the Oxford community
  • Leave a legacy of your time in Oxford
Many thanks to our friends at the great charity Student Hubs for facilitating the session for us.

changemakers
Want to change the world?

In this Masterclass you will explore examples of individuals affecting change in a global context, and then learn the tools needed to develop and enact a plan for changing the world yourself.

  • Learn some of the ways the world has been changed historically by audacious individuals and groups
  • Work with classmates to create an executable plan to create real impact in response to real issues
  • Develop real world skills and keep in contact with friends by continuing your cohort’s mission after the summer school ends

Presentation
What do Richard Branson, Charles Darwin, Elvis Presley and Michael Jordan have in common?

We see them as highly successful people, yet they all had a hard time achieving this success. In this masterclass, you will learn how to grow from failures and setbacks and use as a driving force and become smarter, stronger and better. 

  • Debunk the myths of overnight success and luck  
  • Reflect on why we are all so scared of failing
  • Learn how to use setbacks to create future success

OUR TIMETABLE

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First week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday ArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airport Dinner Icebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
Monday Breakfast Welcome Talk Introductory ClassYou'll get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questions LunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each day Private StudyEach day you'll be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete. Just like an Oxford student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms Oxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildings Dinner Quiz NightTonight we'll be testing your general knowledge in our Oxford Scholastica Academy Quiz - with prizes for the winning team
Tuesday Breakfast ClassesOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors Lunch Private Study Success MasterclassLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements. Dinner Ice Cream tastingWe'll be visiting George & Danver's (G&D's), Oxford's iconic ice cream shop to taste some of their ice cream - something many Oxford students do regularly!
Wednesday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Volunteering MasterclassVolunteer your talents to help the local community. We'll be helping to rebuild a children's garden in the south of Oxford, learning about sustainability in action. Dinner Shakespeare PlayWe'll be visiting the Saïd Business School's outdoor amphitheatre to watch an evening Shakespeare play as the sun sets
Thursday Breakfast London Day TripWe'll be visiting London today, spending the morning touring the trendy street art of East London. After lunch in the famous Spitalfields Market, where you'll have a chance to shop in their vintage shopping arcade, we'll be taking in a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre on the banks of the River Thames. We'll conclude with a trip on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel, where you'll see all the important sights of London Dinner London Trip
Friday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Debating MasterclassOur experts will give you a hands-on introduction to debating. You'll learn the technical side to debating, as well as how to formulate an argument and defend it against opponents. For many students this, and the subsequent competition, is the highlight of the summer school Dinner Debating CompetitionThe world-famous Oxford Union will be the scene for our debating competition. You'll be putting into practice what you've learnt in the afternoon, in the setting of the Union which has seen speakers from Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan to Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson to Dizzee Rascal!
Saturday Breakfast Classes Lunch The Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to filming a play (English) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun Challenges Dinner Oxford OlympicsThis evening we'll be hosting our very own Oxford Scholastica Olympic Games. There will be group and individual activities back at the house where we'll challenge you to see which teams can go Faster, Higher, Stronger!

Second week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday Breakfast Private Study Lunch Sports CompetitionsThis afternoon you'll have the option to take part in our sporting competitions, including our Football Tournament on an Olympic quality astroturf Ashmolean Museum visit/Bicester Village Shopping Trip/free timeYou've earned a well-deserved afternoon off! Go shopping with our trip to the Bicester Village designer outlet, or alternatively visit the cinema, or just relax with your friends - the choice is yours. We'll also be holding an optional tour of the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum Dinner Evensong/Film NightEach Sunday evening Christ Church Cathedral hold a Sung Evensong sung by the famous Cathedral choir. This event is optional. After evensong there will be a film night back at the accommodation
Monday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Punting IntroductionA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, passing Lady Margaret Hall and the University Parks, and this is one of our students' favourite events each year Dinner Riverside picnicAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
Tuesday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study You're Hired! Masterclass: Applying for JobsMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the jobs applications process Dinner Treasure HuntWe'll be exploring Oxford tonight, with our Treasure Hunt around the city - with prizes for the winning teams!
Wednesday Breakfast Windsor Castle and Eton College Day TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. We'll then visit Eton College, the most famous school in the world, founded by King Henry VI in 1440 Dinner Frisbee EveningWe'll be relaxing after our trip by playing frisbee in the local park, who will win our Frisbee Championship this year?
Thursday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Change Makers MasterclassYou're going to go on to do some amazing things in your life. Learn more about how you can make the world a better place in our Change Makers Masterclass, where you'll discover practical ways to realise your dreams. Dinner Oxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show. Which team will win this year's award?
Friday Breakfast Classes Lunch Graduation and Prize GivingWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Summer School Review which you can get your friends to sign (the equivalent to a Yearbook). Parents and friends are very welcome to attend! Dinner Ceilidh DanceDress up and see out our final evening in style ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
Saturday Breakfast Departures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change. For example, you may have your Classes in the afternoon and your Private Study in the morning.

Secure Your Place on the Leadership & International Relations Academy

This course is perfect for anyone interested in:

  • Studying politics, international relations, sociology, philosophy or PPE
  • A career in civil service, business, senior management, diplomacy or NGOs
  • Current affairs, and how big world issues are dealt with

Entrance Requirements:

  • You must be aged between 15 and 18 at the start of the course
  • You must be motivated and keen to learn
  • You must speak and understand English well. Please contact us if you want to discuss your English level

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