International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

The International Alliance of Research Universities is a collaboration between ten of the world's leading research-intensive universities who share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders.

Established in 2005, the Alliance comprises The Australian National University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, The University of Tokyo and Yale University.

Global Summer Program (GSP)

The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects university students with outstanding peers from around the world. GSP courses are designed for students drawn from IARU member institutions who, through learning together in the classroom, form an international community of young scholars.

Participants gain new perspectives, often leading to research in a specific field and most go on to do their graduate studies, perhaps at a partner IARU institution. Through a mix of lectures, tutorials, peer interaction as well as field trips, participants become part of a great association of students and faculty.

Classes are rigorous and intense as they are designed for the best students from IARU institutions, who will come together to explore and discuss challenges of the 21st Century that most often require multi-disciplinary approaches. These courses are in line with IARU's commitment to grooming future leaders of nations and industries.

Nationality: All nationalities
Level of study: GSP courses are typically aimed at undergraduates although some courses make it clear that they welcome postgraduate students. Students should be guided by the 'target audience' description given for each course. The Oxford selection panel are prepared to consider any good application. For doctoral students in particular, a strong case will need to be made that the GSP will make a significant difference to their research. The Oxford selection panel will consider applications from students that would be taking part in the programme immediately after an undergraduate or masters degree.
Year of study: Varies by GSP course. Please check the IARU website for details.
Subject: Varies by GSP course. Please check the IARU website for details.
College: All colleges


Li and Fung Scholarships: Two scholarships of £2,500 have been provided by a donation to the University of Oxford from the Victor and William Fung Foundation specifically for students wishing to attend one of the GSP courses at Peking University. Please note that students who have already benefitted from a Fung Scholarship are not eligible for further funding from the Foundation.
Alumni Association
Bursaries of between £200 and £2,500 will be available for students attending any of the GSPs. The funding for these bursaries has been provided by the University’s Alumni Association. If awarded a bursary, you may be invited to participate in an alumni related activity in that region (if a local alumni association exists).
IARU-Santander GSP Scholarships: As part of their social responsibility programme, Banco Santander is partnering IARU to award scholarships to outstanding students attending any of the GSPs. There are at least ten scholarships of up to $2,000 available.


Application form: The application form will be available to download from the IARU website from Monday 16 December 2013.
Supporting documentation:

Please also provide the following documents:

  • A reference from your Oxford Tutor or Supervisor.
  • A copy of your CV (maximum of 2 sides of A4).
  • A short statement confirming why you would like to be considered for a bursary or scholarship and if you will be able to attend the GSP if your funding application is unsuccessful.

Please note that if your application is successful the host university may also request a copy of an on-course transcript. Students will be informed if this is required.

Application deadline:

All applications and supporting documentation should be emailed to studyabroad@admin.ox.ac.uk or sent to the following address by Friday 28 February 2014:

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