Organised by two of Oxford University’s leading institutions, St Antony’s College and the Department for Continuing Education, the International Politics Summer School addresses the questions and issues that shape and define politics of the modern world.

During this intensive course, you’ll study the politics of key regions and countries outside of North America and Western Europe. You’ll be encouraged to contribute your knowledge of these regions to the discussion of broader issues that affect all parts of the globe.

*The 2020 program information is yet to be released. The 2019 program information is listed below as an example.*

Core Academic Program

Daily lectures hosted by renowned speakers and world-class scholars, which include distinguished members of St Antony’s College and Oxford University

  • Small seminar group led by specialist tutor
  • Informal daily discussion groups

Select one elective course from the following:

  • African Politics and Society
  • Global Democratisation in Latin America
  • The New International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa
  • The Politics of the Chinese Party-State
  • Power, Resources and Political Identity in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Each challenging seminar consists of five two-hour meetings per week, which usually contain a maximum of 14 students.

*Details of the 2019 program are still subject to final change*

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Contact Hours
The program provides a minimum of 45 contact hours including:
- 15 hours of lectures (10 lectures of 1.5 hours each)
- 20 hours of seminar meetings (10 per week)
- 10 hours of discussion group sessions (5 discussions of 1 hour each per week)

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

Participants are expected to:
- Undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme
- Attend all lectures, seminar meetings and discussion sessions
- Be actively engaged with their seminar topic
- Submit an assignment of 2000 words in length
- Undertake approximately 80 hours of private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings and discussion sessions, work in the library, writing a paper, etc)

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
Dan Hodgkinson is a Lecturer in African History and Politics at Oxford's Department of International Development. He is also a member of Green Templeton College. His research interests include youth and life histories in Zimbabwe as well as African intellectual history. He focuses on Southern Africa, specifically Zimbabwe, but has a wider interest in East and Central Africa. He has published widely in several peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and has just finished writing a book, entitled Marked Out: Political Elites, Oral History and Zimbabwean Student Activism. He is currently writing a book on student activism and decolonisation.

Eduardo Posada-Carbó is Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford, and William Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. His publications include (ed.) Elections Before Democracy. The History of Elections in Europe and Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996) and La nación soñada: violencia, liberalismo y democracia en Colombia (Grupo Editorial Norma, 2006), as well as articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, The Historical Journal, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Democracy, Revista de Occidente, and Caravelle. He is the general editor of a five volume history of Colombia. With Andrew Robertson (City University of New York), he is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Revolutionary Elections in the Americas, 1800-1910, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Fred Lawson is Professor of Government Emeritus at Mills College, USA, Visiting Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, USA, and a Visiting Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He was Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Aleppo, Syria, in 1992-93, and Fulbright Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Aden, Yemen in 2001. His publications include: Global Security Watch Syria (Praeger, 2013); Constructuring International Relations in the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2006); Why Syria Goes to War (Cornell University Press, 1996); and Bahrain: The Modernization of Autocracy (Westview Press, 1989). He is past president of both the Syrian Studies Association and the Society for Gulf Arab Studies.

Ewan Smith is the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He is an Associate at the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government and the Oxford University China Centre. He read law at Brasenose College and the University of Paris (BA) and at Harvard Law School (LLM). He has previously worked at SOAS University of London, and at Peking, Tsinghua and Renmin Universities in China. He is admitted to practice in New York, where he worked for Debevoise and Plimpton LLP. Before returning to Oxford, he spent ten years at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His work explores how rules govern powerful institutions in China, with a focus on foreign affairs and comparative public law. This research has been published in journals such as the Law Quarterly Review and China Journal.

Professor Paul Chaisty is University Lecturer in Russian Government at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Director of the Oxford University International Politics Summer School. His publications include Legislative Politics and Economic Power in Russia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Executives in Multiparty Systems (with Nic Cheeseman and Timothy Power; Oxford University Press, 2018); and articles in journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Government and Opposition, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies and Post-Soviet Affairs.

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Accommodation is provided at St Antony's College, either in ensuite rooms (with private bathroom facilities) or standard rooms (with shared bathroom facilities) with full board (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday). Please note that there are only a small quantity of standard rooms available and it will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Meals are provided for resident participants from dinner on the arrival Sunday until breakfast on the departure Saturday.

All rooms are furnished to a high standard; the average room includes: a single bed with mattress cover, duvet and pillows (students provide their own linen), desk and chair, easy chair, small table, book shelving, desk light and wardrobe space.

The kitchens have cupboard space for students to store food etc; the College provides pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. You may wish to bring your own utensils but remember that storage space is limited! Fridges, freezers, a microwave, kettle and toaster are also provided in the kitchen of each house or accommodation block.

The Main Building, which houses college offices and the main library, dates from the nineteenth century, as do some of the residences. The Founder’s Building, opened in 2000 to coincide with the College’s fiftieth anniversary, contains accommodation, ranging from ensuite study bedrooms to one and two bedroom flats, seminar rooms, a music room and fitness suite. But the social hub of the College is the award-winning Hilda Besse Building built in the 1960s which contains the fine dining Hall, Common Rooms, Meeting rooms, Buttery and Bar. There is also a well-appointed, air-conditioned lecture theatre and pleasant gardens. St Antony’s 40 Governing Body Fellows all have international reputations in their specialist fields and, in combination, provide a unique insight into today’s global issues. There are more than 400 students from some 77 different countries studying for postgraduate degrees and each year around 100 visiting senior members from the academic, diplomatic, business and political worlds come to the College.

Students cannot be accommodated by St Antony’s College either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this summer school cannot be accommodated in college.

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.

Applications are currently closed for this program and will open on the 14th October 2019.
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 for the July intake 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.