United Kingdom, Oxford


when 24 July 2016 - 6 August 2016
duration 2 weeks
fee GBP 3449

Our summer course in History covers everything from the fall of the Roman Empire in 472 CE to the end of the Second World War in 1945. With a focus on political, social or cultural history, you will gain an insight into the way that past societies functioned and supported themselves, and ask questions about what lessons they provide for the future.

The course offers ample opportunities for specialisation within one period or society, and encourages you to think in the long-term about the effects and causes of particular historical events.

Our course is taught by world-leading experts in their respective fields, and will be taught through the tutorial method (see below).


As part of this summer course in Oxford you will be required to indicate a preference for which period of History you wish to study. When you are put in contact with your tutor before the course, you may provide a specific area within the period which you wish the tutor to concentrate on; we will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Unit 1: Why did the Roman Empire collapse? (285-472)
Unit 2: Medieval Europe and its neighbours (1000-1400)
Unit 3: Renaissance, Reform and Revolution (1400-1660)
Unit 4: The Birth of the Modern World (1660-1815)
Unit 5: Modern World History (1815 - 1945)

There is considerable scope for specialisation within each Unit, and they are not meant to be rigid; students are encouraged to look in the long-term, outside of the narrow periodisation that the Units offer. For example, within the 260-year-long range of Unit 3 there is the option to study merely the eleven years of Oliver Cromwell's government in England 1649-1660, and students will be encouraged to think about the effects that the experience of a kingless England had upon political thought in Unit 4.

Course leader

Oxbridge Future Leaders is a remarkable humanities and social sciences summer school on the Oxford University campus. We are looking for students aged 16-23 who want to become the future leaders of tomorrow's world.

Target group

We are open to any student aged 16 - 23 wishing to study in Oxford and who wants to deepen their knowledge of their subject. We are looking for driven, motivated students with a wish to be the best they can be.

Course aim

We hope you will leave Oxbridge Future Leaders with a new set of friends from across the world, and with a desire to use what you have learned practically in your future. We hope you will be inspired by the beautiful setting of Oxford University, and hope you will have a deeper appreciation of the world around you.

Fee info

GBP 3449: The total price of the course includes:

Exceptional tutorial and seminar teaching in chosen Major and Minor subjects
Leadership Lecture series
Day trips outside of Oxford
Tours and activities within Oxford
Social activities
Breakfast and dinner each day, including two Formal Halls

There will also be a formal graduation ceremony with presentation of certificates at the end of the course.

A reading list will be sent out before the commencement of the course; we will offer PDFs of much of the reading material to minimise the cost incurred by students through purchasing books for the course.

We regret that at this time we are unable to offer assistance with obtaining visas.


We are pleased to be able to offer a total of £3,000 in prestigious Queen Elizabeth II scholarships to exceptionally gifted students in financial need.