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IARU Global Summer Program


International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

The International Alliance of Research Universities is a collaboration between eleven of the world's leading research-intensive universities who share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders.  This summer programme allows students to study at one of these institutions.

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 Cape Town, 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.

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 developing future leaders of nations and industries.


Nationality:All nationalities
Fee status:All fee statuses
Level of study:All levels. Students should be guided by the 'target audience' description given for each course on the IARU website.
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


Students will be considered for the below funding. Please be aware that a scholarship or bursary may not cover the entire cost of attending a GSP. As well as those outlined in a GSP profile, you should also budget for flights, day-to-day living expenses and other costs.

Alumni Association BursaryBursaries of up to around £1,200 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, Santander has partnered with IARU to award scholarships to outstanding students attending any of the GSPs. At least nine scholarships of up to $2,000 will be available.
Fung Scholarships

Up to four scholarships of £2,600 provided by the Victor and William Fung Foundation are available for students attending an IARU GSP course at Peking University.

How to apply

  • Candidates must apply via the steps outlined on the IARU website by the deadline of 16 March 2018.
  • The selection process is carried out shortly after the deadline.
  • Selected or nominated students must confirm their ability to attend by early April 2018.
  • We will then write to applicants to confirm their place and any funding awarded.


Supporting documentation

Alongside a completed application form, available from the IARU website, students must also provide the following documents:

  • A reference from your University of Oxford tutor or supervisor

  • A copy of your CV (maximum of two 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

  • Any other additional documentation requested on the relevant course page on the IARU website 

Please be aware that if your application is successful the host university may also request a copy of your on-course transcript. Student Fees and Funding will provide this if required.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for a course that is not related to my course?

Yes, some courses do not require students to be undertaking a degree in the same subject area. Each course page provides information on the target audience and any prerequisites.

Can I apply if I am in my final year?

Yes, you can apply to the upcoming IARU GSP even if you are in the final year of your course and due to complete this summer. 

Can I apply to more than one GSP course or institution?

Yes, however you can only attend one institution therefore you are advised to specify your preferred course when submitting your application, if you have one.

Can I apply to the IARU GSP if I have previously attended a GSP course?

You are more than welcome to apply to the IARU GSP even if you have previously attended a course. However, you should be aware that we receive a high number of applications and so the selection panel may take past participation into account when considering who to nominate to host institutions.

Where can I find the application form?

The application form can be downloaded from the IARU website, along with detailed information on each course and any additional information and documentation required.

Do I need to submit anything alongside my application form?

You will need to submit additional documents with your application, as outlined above under ‘Supporting documentation’. You should also refer to the relevant IARU course page(s) as some courses request extra information and documents. 

Can I submit my application via email?

Yes, however applications should be sent from your Oxford email address. An email will be sent to all candidates confirming receipt of their submitted documents.

Can my referee be external to Oxford?

A referee should be somebody in Oxford, for example your tutor or supervisor, who can comment on the relevance of the programme to your course.

What should be included in my reference?

There are no specific requirements as to what should be written by a referee. However, they should include any information they consider relevant, for example how the travel will benefit your studies, why you would be a suitable candidate, and any relevant academic achievements.

Can my referee send their reference to you directly?

References can be submitted with the rest or your application or sent directly from the referee’s Oxford email address.

How will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

You will be contacted with the outcome of your application via email. 

How do I apply for funding?

If you would like to be considered for funding, when submitting your application you must include a short statement confirming why you would like to be considered for funding and if you will be able to attend the GSP if you do not receive funding. This should be in a separate document to your application form.

If I receive funding, what type of costs can this cover?

Awards can cover any travel related expenses such as accommodation, transport and visa costs. Applicants should be aware that any funding awarded may not cover the entire cost of attending a GSP.

How do I apply for accommodation at my host institution?

Selected students will need to make logistical arrangements themselves by contacting their host institution. If you are selected to attend a GSP you will be sent further information on practical arrangements by the host institution shortly after you are notified of the outcome of your application; please read all information provided carefully. If you are having difficulties contacting your host institution, or require help from Oxford, please email studyabroad@admin.ox.ac.uk. 

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