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.

Get excited about international relations

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

Learn from world-class international relations tutors.

Learn from world-class international relations tutors

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

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 Scholastica experience.

Get the Oxford Scholastica 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 the city of 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 politics and international relations courses combine the city of Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

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Online Courses | 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


Online Courses | 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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Online Internships | 15-18 Year Olds

International Relations Internships

If you’re interested in studying Politics or working in International Relations, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to get the work experience you need.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe. You’ll co-author a research paper on a cutting edge political topic for publication in an academic journal.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained hard-to-find political work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

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 Scholastica 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.

International Relations Testimonials

I loved my experience! I recommend it to anyone who knows what they’re doing and wants better preparation, or who has no idea who they want to be when they grow up! OSA has really helped me.


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UK, International Relations

This has been an amazing opportunity, a big thank you to Oxford Scholastica for creating these programmes! I have really enjoyed my experiences at Oxford Scholastica.


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Brooke ,
UK, International Relations

Two of my children have attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life – one of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to send them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy!


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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 top UK universities. 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 or our online programmes.