LIGC is a not-for-profit organisation based in Oxford, UK. We organise a series exciting and empowering series of Oxford Summer Schools for 16 -18 year olds interested in the challenges and career opportunities presented by today's biggest global challenges. We are working with three amazing organisations to bring you the most exciting ideas in the field.

Have you heard about the people building new businesses around new energy sources? Or making use of free waste materials to make new marketable products? Making leather from pineapple leaves? Making trainers from sea plastic? Building houses from milk boxes? Using flowers to control agricultural pests? Making edible plates? The opportunities and ideas are endless. Global issues are making the future for young people uncertain. But armed with the right knowledge and skills, there are exciting new challenges and opportunities emerging.

Each organisation offers a one week residential course learning from their experts. You can choose one or more, and mix and match, dependent on your dates. Each will give you a mix of knowledge and skills that will improve your opportunities for university and future careers. Whether a future scientist, a budding entrepreneur, a politician, or an educators, any one of these courses will give you a boost in your ideas and your career. Don't miss out…

LIGC is supported by our friends and lovely Summer School experts Oxford Study Courses (OSC) on a non profit basis. Students who want two weeks in Oxford and are coming for the LIGC course on 7th July, could choose to add the OSC Discovery Week which takes place in the week commencing 14th July. It a fantastic fit with the LIGC courses in which you can explore your personal goals and aspirations. It is at the same venue, and you will be under the supervision of the same student care team and can keep the same bedroom throughout. To apply for both, you can go through the OSC website.


  • Explore key global issues, challenges and solutions, with world-leading academics and high profile thought leaders.

  • Engage with innovative businesses engaged in moving the world on.

  • Experience emerging solutions with your own hands.

At Oxford University’s world famous Field Station in Wytham Woods

At Oxford University’s world famous Field Station in Wytham Woods

Chatting with scientists at the ECI, University of Oxford

Chatting with scientists at the ECI, University of Oxford


  • Workshops with professional communication experts to help you pass on your knowledge to others.

  • Guidance on how to ask questions and think critically, and express your own opinions.

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

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

Brainstorming connections between global issues

Brainstorming connections between global issues


  • Get to know an iconic world city or explore one of the remote places in the British Isles.

  • Explore the natural world with experts in wildlife and conservation.

  • Make friends for life in a new international community of LIGC students.

Lunch at Linacre College, Oxford, Oxford’s pioneering college in low energy architecture

Lunch at Linacre College, Oxford, Oxford’s pioneering college in low energy architecture

In the Conservator’s truck in Wytham Woods, Oxford University!

In the Conservator’s truck in Wytham Woods, Oxford University!


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, part of the University of Oxford, 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. 

Student care is our top priority. LIGC students are looked after by our wonderfully caring 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 experience.

To get to and from CAT in Wales, students travel by coach with the student care team. They live in the on site “self-build” house (don’t worry, it is already built!), eating in the onsite restaurant which uses vegetables grown on site, and have trips out to the beach, and the Welsh mountains. The CAT site is just beautiful - quiet, peaceful and leafy. Students will explore the site, and in the evenings will have social activities - movies, ping pong games, dancing, and socialising.

Punting in Oxford

Punting in Oxford

Friday ice cream!

Friday ice cream!


Choose one or more weeks starting

  • Sunday 7th July 2019 (with the ECI in Oxford)

  • Sunday 14th July 2019 (For a fantastic 2 week experience add on OSC Discovery Week to your LIGC week)

  • Saturday 20th July 2019 (with CAT in Wales - Saturday night in Oxford, transport from Oxford to Wales on Sunday, returning Saturday morning to Oxford)

  • Sunday 21st July 2019 (with ECI in Oxford) FULL

  • Sunday 28th July 2019 (with EMF in Oxford)

Sunday to Saturday nights each week, and including Saturday nights for multiple weeks.

 Arrive by 5pm on arrival day in Oxford for registration, welcome dinner and activities.

We finish Oxford weeks by 6pm on Fridays if you need to leave then, but Friday night and a farewell dinner is included in your fee so you are encouraged to stay until Saturday morning. For the CAT week, we will be back in Oxford by lunchtime.

A Heathrow Meet and Greet service is available.


Residential per week: £1,500

  • All classes, workshops and activities

  • Accommodation in a single study bedroom in Oxford, shared accommodation in Wales, and 24hr high quality “parenting” care

  • Two or more organised evening activities per week (e.g. punting, and an outdoor Shakespeare play in Oxford) plus informal group activities every day

  • Full cooked breakfast daily and 7 other main meals each week (lunch or dinner depending on the schedule) in Oxford. All meals in Wales.

Non-residential per week: £900 (Oxford only)

As above, without accommodation.


Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have a few partial bursaries available for those who need some additional support. Please email for details.

Local Oxford students

We have subsidised places for students from Oxford state schools which are made available free of charge. We ask for £80 voluntary contribution to cover expenses for the week (lunches, theatre tickets etc. but don’t worry if you don’t want to pay that - we want you to come anyway). Please use the contact form or email to request a place.

Dreamy Oxford, a world city that everyone should hope to visit

Dreamy Oxford, a world city that everyone should hope to visit

The Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

The Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

Is this course for you?

  • Looking for clever ideas to kick start your business ideas? Possibly.

  • Looking to show off your drive and passion to prospective universities or employers? You should be!

  • Are you going to make a difference in the world? Of course you are! You already are. 

  • Are you a problem solver? A big dreamer? An experimenter? Can you do something your friends can't do? What are your ideas for your future? Your ambitions? Your dreams?

  • Do you know what you want, and how to get it? Will you always want the same things?

  • Do you want to be able to hold your own in a debate? Make good judgements? Find the right solutions?

  • YES?? Join us for wonderful weeks of exploration in Oxford and or Wales.


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