Oxford International Relations Summer School

Join our International Relations Summer School on the Oxford University campus, or online, to develop the confidence and knowledge to put you ahead of the curve – in your university application and beyond.
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Get excited about international relations

Imagine spending two weeks in historic Oxford exploring fascinating topics – from how states gain power, to how negotiation works.

Learn from world-class international relations tutors

Our Oxford International Relations Summer School lets you explore international relations, politics, philosophy, and economics.

Be inspired

You’ll feel inspired as you encounter big new ideas. And, you’ll make friends with fellow students from around the globe who have different perspectives. You’ll meet a successful professional from this field, take part in a United Nations challenge, and learn about different political systems.

Get the Oxford experience

You’ll leave this experience with the knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions about your future. And you’ll achieve all of this while enjoying the magic that Oxford has to offer.

Browse our Oxford Summer International Relations Courses

Our summer international relations courses are two weeks long and are held on the world famous Oxford University campus. Whether you’ve studied aspects of international relations before, or are totally new to it, our International Relations Summer School offers a perfect course to suit your needs.
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In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Debate & Public Speaking

Want to improve your public speaking and debate skills? This Oxford debate summer programme will help you develop confidence, learn persuasive techniques, and practise the art of rebuttal — skills that are essential in many careers and day-to-day life. You’ll learn what made famous speeches so powerful and put your skills to the test in our international diplomacy challenge.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience International Relations, Politics & Debate

This course helps students better understand the importance of relationships between nations and cultures. We’ll explore case-studies of international relations in action — and how it’s created significant change. You’ll also put your new-found diplomacy skills to the test in our United Nations challenge.
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Browse our Online International Relations Courses

Drawing on the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s years of experience of running world-class summer schools, our online international relations courses combine Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.
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Live Online | 12-14 Year Olds

Politics & Debate

This course will enable you to explore politics, international relations and systems of government. Along the way, you’ll practise your debating skills, writing speeches and debating with your peers about political ideas that interest you. You’ll leave the course with more confidence in your public speaking abilities and with a greater understanding of government and politics.

On this course, you’ll:

  • Practise debating and public speaking
  • Learn about key ideas in political theory
  • Understand how countries work together in international organisations
  • Be “Prime Minister for a day” and make a plan for tackling issues you care about

Live Online | 15-18 Year Olds

International Relations, Politics & Debate

What does it take to negotiate the greatest challenges facing our world – from COVID-19 to poverty to climate change? What role do governments, international organisations and activists play? On this course, you’ll debate key issues, such as what you, your country and the global community can do to prevent and respond to catastrophes.

To further develop your debating and public speaking skills, you’ll discuss:

  • International Law and Organisations, such as the UN, NATO and the WHO
  • Political theory
  • Diplomacy and crisis management
  • Revolutions and political change
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Students from up to 85 different nationalities chose to experience our international relations courses last year:

9 out of 10 said our international relations summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

9 out of 10 said that our high school summer international relations courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

94% of students said they had a greater certainty over their future academic and career choices

Why choose one of our Oxford International Relations summer school programmes?

The Best Courses

We’ve designed our high school summer international relations courses to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – regardless of your existing subject knowledge.

The Best People

Your international relations course will be taught by tutors that are current or former students and faculty of world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Your Future Success

Our international relations summer school is designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future personally, academically and professionally.

Get the Oxford Experience

You’ll be taught international relations on the prestigious Oxford University campus, where many world-famous figures in the field began their own career journeys.


Headshot of Radhiyya, an Oxford summer school technology student
This programme has truly been a valuable and memorable experience for me. Not only did I broaden my knowledge about Technology but I’ve also developed my self-management and communication.


Indonesia, Technology
Headshot of Maria, a Oxford summer school psychology student
For the second year in a row my daughter had an unforgettable summer break in the magical setting of Oxford! A fascinating course with an untold amount of fun things to do. Oxford Scholastica has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences my daughter has ever had.


Parent of Sofy, Italy, Psychology
Headshot of Mubasher, a Oxford summer school debate and public speaking student
Two of my children have now attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life with a purpose and confidence that is so essential. One of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to have sent them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy.


Parent of Fajar, Pakistan, Debate & Public Speaking
Headshot of Prutha, an Oxford summer school business student
I attended the Oxford Scholastica Academy and I can genuinely say it was the best summer of my life. Not only were we exposed to different subjects and courses but also so many different cultures and people. I hope I can go back!


India, Business
Headshot of Salma, an Oxford summer school law student
I absolutely loved my Oxford Scholastica experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone who either knows what they’re doing and want better preparation, or even students who have no idea who they want to be when they grow up! I was both at some point and Oxford Scholastica filled that gap for me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!


United Arab Emirates, Law
Headshot of Lina, an Oxford summer school law student
The Law course was challenging but extremely rewarding, as it assured me that it was the path I wanted to choose at university. The Oxford Scholastica community also leaves you with an excellent support network even after the programme. Overall, it was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.


Finland, Law
Headshot of Ravi, an Oxford summer school law student
Those two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were a really wonderful experience. I got the chance to explore what Law is really all about through this programme. Classes were very interesting and I loved how the tutor made the classes very interactive!


Indonesia, Law
Headshot of Richard, an Oxford summer school international relations student
My son, Alexander, truly enjoyed his experience. He was academically and intellectually challenged while also making friends from around the world. We highly recommend this programme.


Parent of Alexander, USA, International Relations
Headshot of Abdul, an Oxford summer school medicine student
My two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were two of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends that I know I will stay in touch with for a very long time.

Abdul Rahman

UK, Medicine

What You’ll Get From Our International Relations Courses

Our international relations summer courses are a perfect introduction to global affairs. Prepare for your future success by joining one of our fully-accredited international relations courses. We will:

  • Help you decide whether a career in international relations is the right choice for you, and introduce you to the wide variety of career options available in this field
  • Give you the opportunity to be taught by subject experts so you can see what it’s like to study international relations at university
  • Give you an insider’s view of international relations through our Hero sessions, where you’ll meet someone who has built a successful career in the international relations field
  • Give you hands-on experiences, where you test your leadership skills by taking on the role of a UN Diplomat
  • Explore many topics – such as the role of global institutions, the key features of democracies, global financial crises, and many more
  • Help you choose the international relations degree for you, and show you how to prepare a strong application
  • Invite you to take part in a simulation UN Security Council
  • Give you the chance to build an international network of fellow students and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
  • Enable you to graduate when you’ve successfully completed your international relations course – you’ll attend a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Get an Authentic University Experience

We believe that learning should be interactive and fun, and this belief fuels our approach to teaching. As a student on one of our courses you’ll:
Oxford-style teaching
You’ll learn in small, dynamic classes just as you would be at Oxford or Cambridge University. You’ll be taught by our first-class teaching faculty thereby ensuring you have the very best international relations summer school experience.
University-style independence
You’ll have the opportunity to study and socialise on the Oxford University campus, and take part in legendary activities such as punting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with ambitious students like you from all over the world.
Real-world skills
You’ll leave equipped with key skills for the future – like public speaking, how to prepare for your future career and how to bounce back from failure – thanks to our Masterclass programme.

Reserve Your Spot

Ready for a life-changing educational experience? Apply in minutes and reserve a spot for Oxford’s #1 rated summer school and online programmes.