The Leadership in Global Change Summer School is a unique and unmissable experience for tomorrow’s leaders.

How to apply

There are limited (20) places available on this course, including 5 scholarship places.

Key details

Dates: 24th – 30th July (6 nights)

Price: £1,240 (Residential, Full-board), £800 (Non-residential, lunch Monday-Friday, dinner on Sunday) 


Contact us via our management partners (Oxford Study Courses)

ligc@osc-ib.com    |    +44 1865 512802

Whether in business, politics, education, academia, food production, healthcare or elsewhere, future leaders face a rapidly changing and complex world. Our ‘Leadership in Global Change’ summer school provides an unbeatable opportunity to gain a new understanding of the critical issues that face all of us. The ECI opens its doors for the first time to a younger generation. Partnering with professional school educators, we have designed an entirely new course which will enable our academic experts to engage, excite and empower the young people whose future decisions will shape the world.
— Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute - University of Oxford, Professor of Climate & Environmental Risks (School of Geography and the Environment), Senior Research Fellow (Department of Engineering Science), Fellow (Linacre College)

Dr Kim Polgreen has a BSc in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Keele, and a DPhil in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. Kim started working on environmental issues within business in 1994 during a time when new environmental regulations, and new approaches to environmental management, were being implemented across the business sector. Kim has consulted on issues such as supply chain management, transaction risks, legal compliance, reputational risk, and environmental risk minimisation, to businesses in the automotive, rail, retail, energy, infrastructure, food, paper, and government sectors. Kim has also been working in the education sector, running a small social enterprise which supports high schools students with their studies. These three areas of experience: academia, business and education, have culminated in the creation of this new course.
— Dr Kim Polgreen, Environmental Specialist, Managing Director of Oxford Study Courses, Academic Director for Leadership in Global Change summer school

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  • Engage with Oxford University’s world class academics on global issues such as climate change, human migration and food scarcity
  • Develop 21st century skills in critiquing, debating, and compromising to find solutions
  • Tackle uncertainty, risk and conflicting views
  • Explore the intersection of science with business and politics
  • Develop and defend your own position on key global issues
  • Create your own network of future global leaders
  • Live and breathe Oxford student life
  • Feel safe with full time care from our professional pastoral team


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Aims and outcomes

The aim of this initiative is to enable students who will eventually have influential positions in business or the public sector to be confident and articulate about globally important issues. It will teach them how to engage effectively with the world’s experts to develop solutions.

This experience will support university applications for a huge range of subjects from business and politics to science and engineering.

Students will spend their days engaged in researching and debating, and their evenings being Oxford students. We hope to inspire them to aim high in their academic and professional careers.

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This is a unique opportunity. In an increasingly competitive and global environment it is essential for ambitious students to take advantage of every opportunity they can for personal development and personal resume building. Students will develop transferable skills and knowledge which not only sounds great on paper but is a real experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


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Oxford is a unique and glorious place. Small enough to be manageable and safe, packed full with young people from all over the world, it is the perfect setting for an inspiring summer experience.

Students will live and eat in Oxford University accommodation, have the privilege of working in the University Departments to engage with the academic experts. Learning will be active and stimulating, and balanced with a fun packed evening programme. 

Students will be looked after by our student care professionals, Oxford Study Courses, a world leading provider of summer schools for school age students to ensure that every student has a very personal, caring and supportive week.


Founded in 1950, St Antony's is one of Oxford's seven all-graduate colleges.

St Antony's College is for people who have already spent 3 or 4 years at university. It specializes in international relations, history and politics, claiming to be "the most cosmopolitan of the 7 graduate schools" in Oxford. It caters to some 400 students with a lovely mixture of old and new architecture.

"St Ants" is a safe and secure enclosed campus with a very relaxed atmosphere, where students can lie on the grass and read a book.

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All provided meals are served in the college dining hall:

  • Breakfast is served every day
  • Lunch is served Monday-Saturday
  • Dinner is served on Sunday, the day of arrival

There is always a good selection of food available and plenty of it. You can choose from meat, fish and vegetarian options; soups; salad bar and desserts. The college caters for dietary requirements including Halal meat, on request. You can tell us about any dietary requirements in advance on your application form.

Monday-Saturday evenings you have the chance to explore Oxford with other students and make the most of the wide variety of restaurants. There's something for every taste!