International Relations Program

For over 20 years, OSAP has offered a unique opportunity for students to study international relations, analytically and normatively. The course lecturers and visitors have expertise in the field and often come with first-hand knowledge of decisions that they personally participated in. Oxford, with colleges dating back almost 800 years, is a special place for study, helping students to form the connection between contemporary problems and classical debates.

In addition to the lectures and academic work, the program offers central Oxford housing, tours of Oxford and to places like London, Windsor Castle, and Cambridge, and several informal receptions. Winter Program Students will have a three-day Christmas weekend holiday during which to explore Europe, and both Winter and Summer students have the option to travel throughout the UK and Europe (e.g. Rome, Paris, Munich, etc.) at the end of the program.

Lecturers have included Ambassador Sir John Johnson, former Director of the Oxford Foreign Service Programme, Lord Jock Stirrup, former Chief of the Defence Staff, Robert Schuettinger, former Oxford Visiting Fellow in International Relations and former White House foreign policy advisor, Myles Young, Warden of New College, University of Oxford, Nick Timothy, Former Joint Chief of Staff to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and Professor Margaret MacMillan, Former Warden, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Overview

In this program, International Relations is broadly understood to include comparative government, political history, and international business. The lectures, readings, and class discussions will explore various theoretical perspectives, giving insight into the main actors, institutions, and issues facing the world today. Through the organizing concepts of security, identity, and globalization, the course explores a range of critical concepts, including the role of the nation-state, the rise of international integration, the rise of ethnic and religions regionalism, political violence and terrorism, the causes of war, and the environmental future. Students are also encouraged to explore Oxford and learn about the Oxford system of education, to better understand the various ways that universities might be organized.

The program is coordinated by its Associate Director, Mr Corey Gustafson, Lecturer in Political Science, California State University—San Bernardino. Mr Gustafson can be reached at [email protected].

Schedules and Syllabi

OSAP offers the two syllabi below, from previous years, as examples of a typical IR Program Schedule.

Credits and Credit Transfer

At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be issued a transcript by OSAP which will recommend 3 US semester credits for the course. The transcript will include a covering letter, Academic Report (listing the course title, grade, and recommended credits), and the course syllabus.

For Summer Program students who take the optional Oxford tutorial, the OSAP transcript will recommend a further 3 US semester credits, and will include a tutorial report issued by the student’s tutor.

During the program, students remain candidates for degrees in their home college or university (if enrolled), and are not candidates for a degree in Oxford University. It remains, then, entirely the prerogative of the home college or university to decide how much (if any) credit they wish to award for the academic work accomplished during the program. Therefore it is important for you to obtain approval from your home college advisors in advance of the program. It will be entirely up to them to evaluate your work so you should keep copies of any academic work accomplished in Oxford, together with the course syllabus and any reading lists. We urge you to discuss your plans with your overseas study adviser, your department head, or your registrar to obtain the benefit of their advice. As stated elsewhere in this acceptance letter, you should make certain in advance that your home college would approve your credit transfer.

If your home campus requires a transcript from an accredited North American institution of higher education, OSAP may be able to arrange for our American school-of-record to issue an “American-formatted” transcript. It is essential to apply well in advance of the program for consideration for this transcript. For more information on obtaining a school-of-record transcript, please contact Mr Corey Gustafson at [email protected].

Dates and Fees

The IR Program takes place biannually: the Winter Program is from late-December to early-January, while the Summer Program is in July.

The 2018-19 Winter Program begins on 19 December 2018 and concludes on 6 January 2019.

The cost for the Winter Program is $3,760, which includes the lecture series, central Oxford housing, three or more educational tours of Oxford and the surrounding cities of cultural and educational significance, and several informal receptions (not transportation to and from Oxford or food).

Payment Schedule

Upon acceptance, students will be issued an invoice which outlines the following payment schedule and methods of payment–listed below for the Winter Program 2018-19:

  • Initial Deposit – Due Upon Acceptance: $300.00
  • Payment 1 – Due 31 October 2018: $1,500.00
  • Payment 2 – Due 15 November 2018: $1,960.00

Eligibility

OSAP’s IR Programs are open to all students aged 18 and older, of all majors and grade levels.

Contact

For more information on the IR Program, please contact Mr Corey Gustafson at [email protected].

Application Process

Applications for the Winter 2018-19 Program are currently open. To apply, please complete and submit the online application below.

There are a limited number of places available, so it essential that applicants begin the process as soon as possible.

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