Humanities and Social Science Courses

OISAP offers short-courses for talented incoming students with a passion for the humanities and social sciences and want to experience studying in Oxford or Cambridge. OISAP combines classes taught by guest speakers with field visits to local historical and cultural places of interest in order to introduce students to British life, society and culture. Throughout the programme, students engage with faculty, academic staff, and peer advisors to develop and enrich their intellectual, research,  academic and writing  knowledge and skills.


There are currently 3 courses offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Culture, Art and Society; Future Cities and Public Policy; Business and Management. OISAP also provides tailor-made courses according to the specific requirements of our partner universities and their student’s needs.

Application Deadline

Online registration closes usually 1.5 -2 months before the course starts, but please note that our spaces are usually booked very quickly, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment. Please go to your home institution for more detailed information before the application deadline as each partner organisation might set the specific application deadline or complete the application form here.


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Teaching Methodology

The teaching methods used on the courses include interdisciplinary lectures, seminars, discussions, guest lectures, group work, tutorials, interaction and feedback with lecturers, students and the teaching assistant. 


Most days will start with a lecture in the classroom, which is complemented with a seminar for Q&A, discussions, assignments and additional explaining. Lectures are held 9:00-12:00 Monday to Thursday each week. 


In the afternoon, a series of interdisciplinary lectures are held to help students draw on multiple disciplines and to acquire a deep and thorough understanding of complex issues and challenges. These interdisciplinary lectures support students to develop critical thinking tools which will inform how they form ideas, design projects and  resolve issues and concerns. 


In addition, students go on local field trips and guided visits around Oxford visiting local community organisations such as Makespace Oxford, Homeless Oxfordshire and Oxford Colleges to gain first hand experience of some of the diverse communities that make up British society.


At the end of the course, students will prepare and present in small teams a short presentation and a final individual assignment based on what they have learned on the course. The five-hour workshops and tutorials 3 days prior to the presentation day will be conducted by the teaching assistants to build on the work done on the course and prepare the students for the final team project presentations. Attendance on the course is a necessary requirement throughout.

Previous Guest Speakers

Speaker Name


Professor Vlad Mykhnenko

Associate Professor of Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford

Professor Stephen Tuck

Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford

Professor David Howard

Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development, Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Professor Robin Harding


Associate Professor of Government (Quantitative Methods), University of Oxford

Dr Igor Calzada

Lecturer, Research Fellow, and Policy Adviser at the Urban Transformations ESRC Programme and Future of Cities Programme, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

Professor Simon Palfrey

Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford