Studying at Oxford was such an amazing experience! The city inspires you to be creative and work hard while also sharing the experience with such interesting people.The course was challenging and fun! The city was absolutely astonishing! But nothing compares to the amazing friends you will make!

- Charles Harris, former AIM Overseas participant

Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.

The History, Politics & Society Summer School provides insight into the events and issues that have shaped and influenced the modern world. Run by Oxford University, one of the world’s most recognised educational institutions, this Summer School Program is a unique opportunity to study with some of the world’s finest scholars in this field.


Core Academic Program

The core academic program consists of:

  • Daily lecture delivered by distinguished speakers and leading scholars.
  • Small seminar study groups led by specialist tutors 

Select two of the following seminars:

  • British Political Ideologies
  • British Politics, 1900-1945
  • European Union Politics and Institutions
  • Gender, Power and Social Change: Western Perspectives from the 1950s to the Present
  • Issues and Problems in the Contemporary Middle East
  • Political Economy in a Globalised World
  • Responding to Crisis: Refugees, States and Borders Since 1918
  • Warfare in the Modern World

This intensive program is challenging and applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared. Each seminar has two two-hour weekly meetings which usually contain a maximum of 14 students. 

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Contact Hours
The program provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours including:

- 22.5 hours of lectures (15 lectures of 1.5 hours each)
- 24 hours of seminar meetings
- Additional pre-reading and coursework

Who is it for?
The program is for postgraduate students, professionals with an interest in study at university level and senior undergraduates with at least 2 years’ study at university level in a related academic discipline.

Level of the program
This is an intensive program taught at Master’s level to an informed international audience. Non-native speakers of English are required to submit evidence of their English language competency with their application.

Participants are expected to:
- Undertake preparatory reading in advance of the program
- Attend all lectures and relevant seminar sessions
- Be actively engaged with their seminar topics
- Submit an assignment of 2000-3000 words in length for each seminar taken
- Undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the program (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in the library, writing papers, etc)

All students who satisfactorily complete the program will receive an ‘Attendance Certificate’. If seeking credit at your home institution you will also receive a ‘Detailed Certificate’ detailing contact hours, grades achieved, and private study hour

With Oxford Royale Academy, you might have the opportunity to take in the sights with an in-depth guide to the history of the city and the university, sprinkled with amusing anecdotes about Oxford life. You might also like to take a night-time tour with the award-winning Bill Spectre, who dresses as a Victorian undertaker to tell students the terrifying stories of Oxford’s ghosts.

Throughout the summer school, a variety of optional social events and excursions will be offered such as after-dinner talks, weekend excursions to fascinating historical and literary sites and peer-led workshop sessions. These activities will give you a great opportunity to really get into the vibe of this incredible student town.

(Please note that most of these activities incur additional costs, which are payable upon arrival in Oxford).

Oxford University

First recorded as far back as the 12th century, the University of Oxford is noted as the world’s second oldest university. The first studies which took place at the University were translations and interpretations of the work of Greek philosophers, which paved the way for much development of society as we know it.

The colleges of the university were backed by the Christian Church, which can be clearly seen when observing that the buildings located on university grounds consist of various chapels and churches. Notable alumni include writer and author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ J.R.R Tolkien, well known actor and screenwriter Rowan Atkinson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel – perhaps better known as simply ‘Dr Seuss’. In this way, studying at Oxford allows students the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of true greats in creative writing.

Founded in 1314, Exeter College is Oxford University’s fourth oldest college. Still situated in its original location on Turl Street in the heart of Oxford, Exeter was founded by Walter de Stapledon of Devon, the Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward II, as a school to educate clergy. Exeter College strongly values its long standing traditions, especially during special occasions. 

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Dr Geoff Andrews is Senior Lecturer in Politics at The Open University. He has written widely on the history of political ideas and movements, including aspects of British and Italian history and the politics of the 1930s. He has taught several courses for the Oxford University Summer School for Adults.

Tom Buchanan is Professor of Modern British and European History at Oxford University and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

Dr Othon Anastasakis is Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in South East European Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is associated with the Department of Politics and International Relations and Oxford’s Centre for International Studies. He teaches at the School of Interdisciplinary Areas Studies of Oxford University and is the Director of South East European Studies at Oxford University (SEESOX). He is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Dr Amanda Palmer is Chair of the Institute of Human Sciences at Oxford University and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford; she is also Director of Studies for Human Sciences at Harris Manchester College and Lecturer in Sociology at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Dr Gareth Winrow is an independent analyst and part-time tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE); he was formerly Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

Dr Christian Glossner has been a lecturer in Global Political Economy (GPE) for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education since 2009. He previously worked for various management consultancies, industrial corporations and public sector institutions, including the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) of the European Commission in Brussels.

Dr Mark Levene is Reader in Comparative History at the University of Southampton. His writing ranges across genocide, Jewish history and environmental and peace issues especially focusing on anthropogenic climate change. He is co-founder of Crisis Forum and founder of the Rescue!History independent academic networks.

Dr Mark Radford teaches Modern History for OUDCE. He is a former member of the Regular British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary, and has recently been granted the rare appointment of Honorary Colonel in the British Army Reserves and Cadets in recognition of his long-standing involvement. His latest work on Irish policing was published by Bloomsbury in 2015, and he currently contributes to the British Army Review.

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
One of the highlights of this program is the ability for you to live and take your meals in one of Oxford’s regular colleges: Exeter. You will have a single study bedroom in Exeter College – bedrooms are typically located between floors four to nine, and each floor shares a bath and/or shower and toilet facilities. Each room is equipped with a tray with a kettle, tea cup and saucer, teaspoon and glass.

There are a few rooms which offer private bathroom facilities available for an additional cost and require early application. Linen and towels are provided.

The program includes most meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you will take these in the college’s dining area. The college dining hall offers an excellent array of food, and can also accommodate those with special dietary requirements. Alternatively, dine out with friends to experience the regional cuisine of Oxford.

First settled in Saxon times, Oxford, located 92 km from England’s capital, is internationally known as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and the English-speaking world. The city retains features reminiscent of the period in which it was founded, with many examples of Saxon architecture found throughout its streets and university buildings. Oxford has a diverse economic base and its industries include education, motor manufacturing, publishing and numerous science-based and information technology businesses. Majority of the iconic landmarks which define the city and attract numerous tourists yearly are associated with the universities of the city, including the University of Oxford Botanical Garden, Museum of Natural History and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin among many others.

Here are some reasons why Oxford is a fantastic place to have your English experience:

  • Home to over 150,000 people, a large amount of which consist of students across the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.
  • Oxford University is currently ranked as number one university in the world.
  • As a university city, Oxford University’s buildings and faculties can be located all across the city centre, allowing the chance to travel around and still be on campus grounds.
  • The university is in charge of a variety of museums, including the Museum of Natural History, Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • Oxford possesses a culture rooted in theatre and the arts, home to numerous theatres, including Oxford Playhouse, O’Reilly Theatre and New Theatre (formerly known as the Apollo).


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Early bird applications for our Mid-Year  2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.  

In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.

You’ll also be notified when applications are open!


The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.