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‑12pm 12pm‑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 and Introductory ClassYou'll be introduced to Oxford Scholastica, and 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 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 Scavenger HuntPut your new found knowledge to the test in our Scavenger Hunt competition, and discover Oxford's secrets Dinner Ice CreamRelax after your first day with a sociable dinner, and some of Oxford's famous George & Danver's (G&D's) ice cream!
Tuesday Breakfast Classes and Independent StudyOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors. Each day you'll have a two hour class and be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete in your two hours of independent study. Just like a university student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms. Lunch Failure to Success or How to Be Great MasterclassesLearn 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 Outdoor ShakespeareTonight we'll be watching a Shakespeare play in the beautiful surroundings of the city.
Wednesday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch PuntingA 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, and this is one of our students' favourite events each year Picnic Dinner Parks' GamesAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic and playing games by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
Thursday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Windsor 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.
Friday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Applications MasterclassMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the job applications process, or the process for applying to UK universities for further study Dinner Active ActivitiesJoin our Activities Coordinators as they lead active activities outside, to make the most of the summer. Choices have previously ranged from yoga to rugby, dancing to football, frisbee to zumba, and many more!
Saturday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study 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 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 Film NightAfter a hard day of putting your learning into practice, chill out in your accommodation with your friends and watch a film. Popcorn provided!

Second week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑12pm 12pm‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday Breakfast Hero SessionYou'll get the opportunity to meet your course Hero, a young professional who has studied your subject and has gone on to some impressive things in his/her early career. You'll be inspired to discover a possible career you might like to go into, and what a day-in-the-life in this line of work entails. You'll also do a hands-on task related to the typical work you might do in this career, as well as the opportunity to ask your Hero lots of questions. BrunchYou'll eat a delicious brunch in the beautiful dining hall of Corpus Christi College Free TimeYou'll have free time this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore some of Oxford's famous museums including the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum, go shopping or alternatively relax and have some downtime Dinner OSA International BallJoin us for the much anticipated Oxford Scholastica Ball. Put on your finest clothes, represent your country in national dress, and experience a magical evening cruising down the river with your friends
Monday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Debating MasterclassIn the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union, sharpen your debating skills and put them to the test against your peers Dinner
Tuesday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Change the World MasterclassDo you want to make the world a better place? Our Change the World Masterclass will introduce you to the best ways to go about putting your ideas into reality and inspire you with stories of our alumni who have done just that! Dinner Conquering HappinessLearn from an expert exactly what it means to be 'happy' and how we can apply these ideas in our own lives
Wednesday Breakfast Cambridge TripSee the UK's other famous university city - Cambridge. Take a relaxing punt down the college backs, while learning about the town's history, and take the opportunity to visit some of its beautiful colleges.
Thursday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Bicester Village, Football Tournament or Free TimeYou'll have the opportunity to go to Bicester Village, Europe's luxury shopping capital, or take part in our football tournament at the famous Iffley Road Sports Centre (where the first sub four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954), or alternatively you can take the opportunity to have some free time and relax. Dinner Oxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show, and be amazed at the amazing skills of your friends.
Friday Breakfast Classes and Independent Study Lunch Packing and Feedback GraduationWe'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 Yearbook which you can get your friends to sign. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend! BBQ and CeilidhDress up and see out our final evening in style with a 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.

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