Politics summer school

Politics Summer School

Join our Politics Summer School held on the Oxford University campus and discover, experience and prepare for your future success. There’s no better time to study politics in our increasingly complex global world. There’s no better place to study it than Oxford, which has inspired Prime Ministers, Presidents and world leaders.

Oxford Politics Summer School

Want to spend part of your summer in the historical city of Oxford? Our politics summer courses for high school students take place on the Oxford University campus. If you’re fascinated by leadership, politics and the role of rising world powers, these hands-on courses are perfect for you.

Our Politics Summer School lets you explore politics, as well as international relations, leadership and philosophy. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a challenging programme. You’ll follow in the footsteps of famous political faces past and present – from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to campaigner and actress Emma Watson – when you speak at the historic Oxford Union during our Debating Masterclass. You’ll also make friends with students from around the globe who have different perspectives and cultures. 

Even more importantly, you’ll leave this Oxford experience with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make the best decision about your future education and career path.

Browse our Politics Summer Courses

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Experience Debate & Public Speaking (15-18 year olds)

Are you fascinated by the power of speech? This summer course develops your confidence and ability to persuade your audience. You’ll also find out how to use your new skills in various professional contexts. It’s perfect for those interested in a career in politics, law or media.

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Experience International Relations, Politics & Leadership (15-18 year olds)

Our summer course for international relations, politics and leadership is the perfect opportunity for you to combine your interests in these fascinating fields. You’ll develop your knowledge of important global issues, discover insights into what makes a great leader, and put yourself in a strong position to be able to understand the past, present and future of international politics.

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The Best Politics Courses

High school summer Politics courses designed to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – whatever your subject knowledge

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The Best People

Taught by tutors from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities

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Your future SUCCESS

A Politics Summer School designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future

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Get the Oxford Experience

Delivered on the prestigious Oxford University campus

Politics Summer School Testimonials

At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, I was able to broaden my horizons in an excellent interdisciplinary course (Experience International Relations, Politics & Leadership 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 Lidia Scauzillo

Canada, Experience International Relations, Leadership & Politics Academy

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Why choose our Politics Summer School?

Our Politics Summer School courses for high school students are designed to help you develop your political knowledge. Whether you’re looking for a high school summer leadership programme, want to learn more about international relations, or are keen to understand what makes political change effective, our politics summer courses will offer you this and much more.

By joining one of our politics summer courses, you’ll have access to:

  • An expert team of predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
  • Programmes that combine classroom-based study with hands-on experiences, such as meeting a successful social entrepreneur
  • Invaluable insights into how to put yourself in a strong position with your future university or college applications, along with subject knowledge that will help you get ahead in politics. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of high school students for future success
  • Transferable skills that will be prized by universities and employers whether you pursue a political career or not, such as the ability to work effectively with others, critical thinking and public speaking

What can you expect from our Politics Summer School?

Our politics summer courses are a perfect introduction to global politics. Prepare for your future success by joining one of our fully-accredited politics and leadership camps for high school students.

On our politics summer courses we will:

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Invite you to take part in a simulation UN Security Council

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Show you what it’s like to study politics at university, and the level of thinking required. You’ll receive teaching from our faculty of expert staff from world-class universities

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Give you an insider’s view of politics through our Hero sessions with real people

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Give you the chance to build an international network of students and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
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Give you hands-on experiences, where you test your leadership skills by taking on the role of a UN Diplomat

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Explore many topics, including whether democracies are the best system, the role of global institutions, financial crises, and many more

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Help you choose the politics degree for you, and show you how to prepare a strong university/college application

Student networks

Help you decide whether a career in politics is the right choice for you, and introduce you to the wide variety of career options available in this field

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Enable you to graduate when you’ve successfully completed your politics course. You’ll attend a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

On our Politics Summer School, whether you’re looking for the ideal summer leadership camp for high school students or the best politics summer courses, you’ll find a programme that’s perfectly suited for you. Our politics, leadership and international relations summer courses on the Oxford University campus are two weeks long.

How does our Politics Summer School offer you an authentic university experience?

  • Learn from a first-class team of tutors in small, dynamic classes inspired by the Oxford style of tuition
  • Study and socialise on the Oxford University campus, and have the opportunity to try traditional Oxford activities, such as punting
  • Be introduced to university-level thinking on a variety of political topics, as well as enjoying practical challenges
  • Start your future professional network by making friends with other ambitious students from around the world.

Why study Politics?

Many of our Politics Summer School high school students go on to apply for international relations, sociology, philosophy, or PPE. But what are the benefits of a politics degree?

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There are many possible career paths.

Although you could end up working in politics – perhaps as a researcher, special adviser or in local government, there are many other career options, from the media to charity work.

Skills are transferable.

You’ll learn a variety of high-demand and transferable skills, including the ability to conduct research, oral and written communication and IT. These skills are essential in the employment market.

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Politics summer school students at graduation

You could end up working for a global organisation.

Students who study politics could land jobs with organisations like the United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organisation, World Bank and World Health Organisation.

Opportunities to study abroad.

Politics is an international subject. You can choose modules which give you the exciting opportunity to study abroad.

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Choose from a wide variety of subjects.

The interdisciplinary approach of politics means you can take a broad range of courses. For example, you could study political science, economics, history, sociology, or even psychology.

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Meet Politics Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our politics summer school:

out of 10 students said our politics summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our high school summer politics courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our politics summer courses to other parents

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Inspected and Accredited

Our politics summer courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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