Politics Summer School
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.
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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.
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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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!
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.
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:
Invite you to take part in a simulation UN Security Council
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
Give you an insider’s view of politics through our Hero sessions with real people
Give you hands-on experiences, where you test your leadership skills by taking on the role of a UN Diplomat
Explore many topics, including whether democracies are the best system, the role of global institutions, financial crises, and many more
Help you choose the politics degree for you, and show you how to prepare a strong university/college application
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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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