Enterprise and the Environment Summer School
Enterprise and the Environment
Summer School

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Designed for those interested in leading environmental change in business, NGOs or the government sector, the Summer School combines our strengths in environmental economics and policy, enterprise management, and financial markets and investment to study critical global environmental challenges in the 21st century. We'll be exploring the value of the environment to enterprise, and asking: can enterprise save the environment?

Programme of study

Designed and delivered by Smith School faculty, the Summer School will explore leading Oxford research on subject-specific questions such as:

We'll bring these complex issues together to look at the future of enterprise and the environment, scaling up to tackle big questions:

If you are interested in hearing the latest world-class thinking on these questions and in searching for answers, the Summer School is right for you.

What makes us different to other summer schools?

While many summer schools operate in Oxford, hiring University staff and facilities, only a handful of University departments design, teach and manage their own summer programmes. The Enterprise and the Environment Summer School is aligned with SSEE’s internal research and taught to the same standards as our year-round commitments. In addition, our small group work will allow you to have close contact with our teaching staff. This is not the case at many other summer schools in the UK but we believe is an important part of helping students to understand the topic and engage personally with faculty.

Who should apply?

The Summer School is particularly relevant for:

We also welcome applications from others whose interests are aligned with the Summer School teaching.

Teaching faculty

Studying in Oxford

The Summer School is a rare opportunity to experience the University of Oxford from a typical student’s perspective. You will be taught by University faculty in a University department, live in a college’s student accommodation, and attend formal dinner in a traditional college atmosphere.

The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) was established in 2007 as an independent research centre of the University. In 2013, we joined the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), deepening our teaching programmes in collaboration with the broader department and its other research units, the Transport Studies Unit and the Environmental Change Institute.

The School of Geography and the Environment and its research institutes are internationally recognised for their excellence in environmental research and scholarship. The historical origins lie in the former School of Geography, the first geography school to be established in the UK, over 100 years ago by Halford Mackinder. The ethos of SoGE is to promote research that is bold, innovative and challenging while remaining committed to the highest standards of scholarship.

The city of Oxford

Oxford is a relatively small but vibrant city with plenty to keep you busy outside of the classroom. The University of Oxford itself has no central campus: instead, most colleges and departments are based in or near the cosmopolitan city centre and interspersed with shops, places to eat and drink, theatres, museums and galleries. Riverside walks and the oldest botanic garden in the UK are close by. The University Parks, directly behind the School of Geography and the Environment, are a lovely place to sit at lunchtime and during the summer many colleges and city venues host outdoor plays, films and concerts.

The city itself is easy to navigate on foot or by bike, while London is just an hour away by train and there are regular bus links from Oxford to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Social activities

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city and all it has to offer whilst getting to know your classmates and developing a network of international peers and connections for the future.

Some of the social activities planned as part of the programme include:

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation will be provided at a traditional Oxford college.

Breakfast each day and some course-related evening meals are provided. Oxford city centre has a range of cafes and restaurants to cater to all tastes.


In order to apply for the Summer School, you must be able to provide evidence of prior/current undergraduate level study. We expect applicants to have an overall grade of at least a 2:1 level.

However, applications will be considered for their overall strength and we may accept lower grades in some circumstances.

All applicants must meet one of the following English Language requirements:

How to apply

Applications will shortly open for our July 2018 iteration. To register your interest in attending please contact Andrew McCarthy at education@smithschool.ox.ac.uk

Visa Information

All participants are responsible for organising their own visa (if required) to attend the Summer School. If you are offered a place, and once full payment of your fee for the Summer School has been received, the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment can provide a letter confirming your attendance to support your visa application. Information on Visas.

We strongly recommend arranging travel insurance (including medical repatriation) for your trip to the UK.


If you have any questions please contact Andrew McCarthy at education@smithschool.ox.ac.uk.

Downloads and references

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