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International Online School in Forced Migration

International Online School in Forced Migration

2023 and 2024 dates

The International Online School will run three times in the 2023-2024 academic year, on 4-8 December 2023, 11-15 March 2024, and 17-21 June via Zoom and the virtual learning platform Canvas.

About the Online School

The RSC’s International Online School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It enables practitioners and others to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the worlds of displaced people. The International Online School combines Oxford’s tradition of research excellence with stimulating, discussion-based teaching, learning, and reflection.

Core to the School are substantive modules on:

  • Conceptualising Forced Migration
  • The Moral Foundations of Refugeehood
  • International Law and Refugee Protection
  • The Politics of Humanitarianism

These are supplemented by optional modules on a range of topics. This year we will be offering options on:

  • The Psycho-social Support of Refugees
  • Trafficking and International Law
  • The Rise of Citizenship Stripping Across the West
  • Colonial Past, Refugee Present

All our modules are written and taught by experts in the field of forced migration studies.

Participants – who is the School for?

The International Online School is principally designed for policymakers and practitioners working on refugee protection and related issues, normally with several (usually at least five) years of work experience. Participants typically include staff of the main refugee, migration and humanitarian international organisations; staff from refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs; and government officials working on refugee protection and related issues. Those from refugee backgrounds who work for refugee advocacy and community groups are particularly welcome.

Participants may also include academics and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working directly on refugee and forced migration issues; practicing lawyers and advocates working in refugee and human rights law pertaining to forced migrants; journalists, commentators and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.

What is distinct about the Online School is that it allows participants to participate from wherever they are in the world, with no need to travel.

A survey of participants on the 2021 Online Schools found that 100% believed the Schools had “deepened their knowledge” of forced migration. Participants describe the Schools as “life-changing” and “a huge inspiration” that featured lectures of the “highest quality” and were “exceptionally well-organized and efficiently run”.


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Participants will be admitted on a rolling basis and admissions/bookings will close when maximum capacity has been reached.


December 2023 Online School: £620.

March 2024 Online School: £670.

June 2024 Online School: £670.

The fee for the International Online School covers access to our virtual leaning environment, Canvas and extensive learning materials, including pre-recorded lectures and readings. It also includes all tuition on the School, including access to live classes, discussions and lectures as well as the School’s extra-curricular events.

We offer a limited number of fully funded places to refugees and others with lived experience of forced displacement. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Apply by following this link and completing the online application form. Applications for bursary places can also be made via this link. For further information regarding applications, please see the Apply page here.

Please also email a copy of your CV, a scan of your highest level qualification, and English Language test score (if applicable) to

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • a first degree;
  • proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of: TOEFL iBT: 88  /  TOEFL PBT: 570  /  IELTS: 6.5.*

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