SPEA in Oxford

Study in the historic city of Oxford with excursions to security think-tanks in London

Spend four weeks in historic Oxford, England, examining a variety of different approaches to international security, including theoretical debates about security, the causes of international and civil conflict, and how individual and systemic factors influence the abundance of, or lack of, security in the international system.

Learn more about the SPEA in Oxford program

June 29 - July 24, 2015

Program Director: Dr. Sumit Ganguly (IUB Department of Political Science)

This course explores theoretical and historical explanations for a range of security issues in the international system. The concept of security, traditionally, is studied with respect to countries and how countries can protect themselves. However, students of international relations will quickly observe that contemporary security problems often arise from other sources of conflict and grievance, such as civil and ethnic conflict, terrorism, and environmental challenges. The focus of this class is primarily on conceptions of security in the post-Cold War world, as well as examining the causes of World War I, World War II, and other pivotal historic conflicts.

Please see your academic/faculty advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The IUB SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office has preapproved this course to fulfill the following undergraduate academic programs:

    • Environmental Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Law and Public Policy
    • Management
    • Policy Analysis
    • Public Financial Management
    • Public and Nonprofit Management
    • Honor
    • Imperial War Museum
    • Churchill War Rooms
    • Visit to Bletchley Park
    • Visit to the Commonwealth Secretariat
    • Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI), which is one of the oldest security think tanks founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington

This is an advanced undergraduate course that requires serious engagement. Students from across IU with a GPA of 3.0 or above are encouraged to apply; however, preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI.


You will receive room and board at the centrally located Hertford College, which is located in the center of Oxford, opposite the world famous Bodleian library and the Sheldonian concert hall, as well as within easy walking distance of faculty libraries, lecture theatres, bookshops and cafes. You will live in fully-equipped single-occupancy rooms in modern, air-conditioned dormitories and take meals in the main dining hall. Hertford College will provide residential advisors who are students at the college and will be available to monitor and organize optional evening activities. The dormitories are secure and patrolled by university security, and the entire campus is a Wi-Fi Internet Zone. In addition, students will have access to a large and modern library in which to study and prepare assignments.


You will be provided with three meals per day, five days per week, and additional meals as appropriate during excursions/field trips. Any remaining meals (over weekends) will be left to your discretion.

Please note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Overseas Education Program fee.

SPEA in Oxford Program Fee: $5,800*

SPEA undergraduate student program fee after scholarship: $3,800

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances


Scholarships will be awarded to all SPEA students based on availability; however, if you apply by the first Sunday, December 14th, 2014 deadline, you will be guaranteed a scholarship as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate scholarships will be in the amount of 50% of the program fees up to a maximum of $2000 USD.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis. 

IU Tuition – 4 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Oxfrod is based on IU Bloomington tuition for summer 2015. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to England, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.

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