Global Leadership for the Future of Cities Summer Course: Smart & Sustainable Cities

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Christ Church, University of Oxford

Dates: 15 - 28 August 2020

Application Deadline: 10 June 2020 

Application Information

Intended Participants:

Talented and highly motivated university students (normally second-year undergraduate and up, including postgraduate students, but outstanding first-year undergraduate students may be considered) or professionals from all relevant fields of science and technology, humanities and social sciences, e.g., Business & Economics, Finance, AI, Computer and Data Science, (Geo- or Environmental) Engineering, Geography and the Environment, Ethics and Law, Philosophy, Public Policy and Administration, Urban Design and Planning.

Target Number of Attendees: 60


1. Strong interest in global leadership, business and management, policy and sustainable (urban) development, urban transport and mobility, the environment, innovation and entrepreneurship

2. Preferably intending to pursue postgraduate study in the UK, and having previous or existing work, internship or volunteer experience in areas related to sustainable (urban) development and management

3. Sound academic standing: normally GPA 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or 80 (on a 100 scale) at the minimum.

Please submit your academic records and transcripts for assessment by the admissions team of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities Summer Course.

4English proficiency

Please submit any of the following evidence for assessment by the selection panel of the Summer Course:*

    1.         IELTS: minimum 6.0 for overall average and each area

    2.         TOEFL: minimum 85 for the overall score (listening section: minimum 20)

    3.        College English Test (CET)-4: minimum 530 (applicable to Chinese university applicants only)

    4.         College English Test (CET)-6: minimum 510 (applicable to Chinese university applicants only)

    *For those applicants who have not taken the above tests by the time of application their English proficiency needs to be assessed by their home institutions and the Admissions Team of the Summer Course.

     * The requirement for proof of English proficiency with the above English test scores can be waived for applications whose first language is English, those whose first language is not English but have successfully completed a full-time degree-level academic programme at a university where English is the language of instruction, or those who have experience working in a professional English-speaking environment.  

5Initiative to interact with the teaching faculty and students from the University of Oxford and other UK universities and professionals coming to teach during the Summer Course.

6.  Having teamwork experience and the ability to work on a group project 

*   The Admission Team of the Summer Course will consider the overall qualification of each applicant when making a decision concerning admissions.


A limited level of scholarships (normally for university students only) is available on a first-come-first serve basis for those applicants who have highly competitive application packages (normally with a GPA of 3.4 at least or equivalent, and IELTS of 6.5 at least or equivalent) and strong interview performance. Scholarships are normally granted by deducting an equal amount from the course fee. 

How to Apply

Please fill out the application form by clicking on "Apply now!". Please note that your information will not be saved if you close your browser before submitting the application form. Please have the following information at the ready in order to fill in the form: passport information, full postal address with its post code, GPA, details on any health conditions you may have, emergency contact information, CV, copies of academic records and IELTS, TOEFL, CET-4 or CET-6 scores (CET-4 or CET-6 scores are only applicable to Chinese university applicants).*

* For those applicants who have not taken the above tests by the time of application, their English proficiency needs to be assessed by the Admissions Team of the Summer Course at Oxford. Please view the above relevant notes for those who may be exempt from the requirement of proof of English proficiency.

Rest of the Application Procedures:

The Admissions Team aims to notify the applicant of the result of his or her application within five working days upon receipt of his or her application package. 

The applicant will also be notified if oral interview is necessary before the Admissions Team makes the final decision.

Those who have been accepted will need to do the following within three working days after having been admitted into the Summer Course:

    1. Sign the Terms and Conditions of the Summer Course sent by the Admissions Team and email a scanned copy of the signed Terms and Conditions to the Admissions Team.

    2. Pay the entire course fee or the agreed course fee by following an online payment link of the University of Oxford which will be provided by the Admissions Team. (This includes the non-refundable application fee £680 and the rest of the course fee £2900 for a student and £3300 for a professional. Information about payment methods will be provided by the Admissions Team in the Official Letter of Acceptance.)

Attendees who need visas to enter the UK are responsible for obtaining their UK visas in time for their participation of the course. Normally they need to complete the visa application procedure by 10 June 2020. Those who apply for their visas after 1 July 2020 are strongly advised to use the express visa application service in order to ensure that they received their UK visas in time for their travel to the UK for attending the Summer Course.

Attendees coming from overseas should have completed the following by 10 July 2020:

(1) Obtain UK visas (for those who need visas to enter the UK);

(2) Purchase international airplane tickets;

(3) Purchase international travel insurance; and

(4) Email a scanned copy of your passport and visa, as well as your flight information and insurance policy to the Admissions Team.

The Admissions Team of the Summer Course, upon receiving the payment of all costs and related information via email, will issue a confirmation email together with instruction on how to prepare for the trip and the Summer Course prior to attendees' arrival.

Course Cost

Each Student: £3,580

Each Professional: £3,980

The above fee includes:

1.         The non-refundable deposit mentioned above

2.         Airport transfer fees in the UK (Airport transfer services are available only at London's Heathrow International Airport and at specific times)

3.       Meals, accommodations, transportation, and expenses involved in the arranged visits during the Summer Course (from the afternoon of Monday 15 August 2020 to the afternoon of Sunday 28 August 2020)

4.         Tuition and course materials

5.         Expenses for all the activities specified in the Summer Course

6.         A selection of digital photos taken by the course organising team during the course

7.         Management fee and the course staffing costs (including pre-arrival tasks)

8.         Relevant taxes in the UK, etc.

The above fee does not include:

1.         Round-trip airplane ticket for the flights between the attendee’s home country and the UK

2.         Application fee for the attendee’s passport

3.         Visa fee and visa application agent fee (if applicable)

4.         Comprehensive international travel insurance (including accident and medical coverage)

5.         Luggage fee (if overweight), communication cost (e.g., phone or calling cards), and personal spending (including drinks at pubs)

Contact Information

Dr Samuel Chen, Course Director

Global Leadership for the Future of Cities Summer Course

Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities

Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, United Kingdom

UK Contact Phone: 0044 7956 694 962; WeChat: oxfordsustain

Email: samuel.chen@compass.ox.ac.uk

Website: www.futureofcities.ox.ac.uk