How to succeed in a changing world! LIGC is an exciting and empowering Oxford Summer School for 16 -18 year olds interested in the opportunities presented by today's biggest global challenges.

Created by communication and education experts with the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford, this Summer School is based on the understanding that all future careers are going to be affected by these global issues. Whether you are become doctor, a lawyer, a business person or a teacher, for those with the right knowledge and skills, global changes are bringing challenging new opportunities.


Jim Hall


Jim Hall

Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Professor of Climate & Environmental Risks, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford; Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford

Whether in business, politics, education, academia, food production, healthcare or elsewhere, future leaders face a rapidly changing and complex world. The ‘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 and the ECI academics, our LIGC team have designed an entirely new course which will enable the ECI’s academic experts to engage, excite and empower the young people whose future decisions will shape the world.

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.

 At the University Field Station in Wytham Woods

At the University Field Station in Wytham Woods


  • One and two week residential courses for 15 -18 year olds at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University.

  • Classes, discussions and debates about the big issues of the day such as climate change, plastic pollution, and food security.

  • Meetings with Oxford University academics at the ECI to ask them about their work.

  • Visits to businesses and social projects which are implementing innovative problem solving.

  • Workshops with professional communication experts to develop your communication skills.

  • Encouragement to ask questions and think critically, and express your own opinions

  • Opportunities to explore your own career thoughts and personal development options.

  • A wonderful international community - previous years’ students are still in touch with each other!

  • One of the most serene, ancient, beautiful and inspiring cities in the world.

  • Accommodation, meals and pastoral care provided at St Antony’s College Oxford by professional summer school providers, Oxford Study Courses (www.osc-ib.com).

  • 15 spaces per course.

 Chatting with scientists at the ECI

Chatting with scientists at the ECI


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

LIGC students live in St Antony's College, a beautiful college for graduate students in leafy North Oxford. They have lovely, single, study bedrooms in a charming setting around beautiful gardens. They have a short walk each morning across the wonderful University Parks to the School of Geography and Environment, where the ECI is located, in the University Science Area. Learning is active and stimulating, and enhanced with a fun packed social programme, exploring what Oxford has to offer. Our evening activities, after the initial Sunday welcome dinner, are usually a pizza night, punting (long flat boat propelled by a long metal pole) on the beautiful River Cherwell, Shakespeare in one of the college gardens, and a free evening with your new friends. 

Students are looked after by our wonderfully caring student care professionals, Oxford Study Courses (www.osc-ib.com), a world leading provider of summer schools for school age students, to ensure that every student has a very personal, caring and supportive experience.

 Inspecting the solar panels on the roof of the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University

Inspecting the solar panels on the roof of the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University


2-week Course starts

Sunday 30th June 2019

(13 nights)

1-week Courses start

Sunday 21st July 2019

Sunday 28th July 2019

(6 nights)

 Arrive by 5pm on Sunday for registration, welcome dinner and activities.

We finish by 6pm on your final Friday, but Friday night and a farewell dinner is included in your fee so you are welcome to stay until Saturday morning.

A Heathrow Meet and Greet service is available

Applications open in October 2018. Before then, please email to express and interest.


Residential per week: £1,500

  • All the day time classes, workshops and activities

  • Accommodation in a single study bedroom and 24hr high quality “parenting” care

  • Two or more organised evening activities per week (e.g. punting, theatre) plus informal group activities

  • Sunday and Friday evening dinners at St Antony's College

  • Full cooked breakfast daily

  • 5 other meals each week (lunch or dinner depending on the schedule)

Non-residential per week: £900

As above, without accommodation.

Hardship Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have a few full or partial hardship bursaries available. Please email for details.

 Brainstorming connections between global issues

Brainstorming connections between global issues


via our STUDENT MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS (Oxford Study Courses)

ligc@osc-ib.com   |   +44 1865 512802