• What will I learn?
  • Who will I be taught by?
  • Who is this course for?
  • What can I do after?
  • Want to understand why recessions occur? Curious about how global markets respond differently to shocks? Interested in consumer behaviour? Our Economics course provides an engaging and challenging look at aspects of both micro- and macro-economics.

    Last year, our tutor Michael covered game theory, theory of the firm and behavioural economics. In the past, students also studied the reasons behind the Great Divergence - how and why western Europe pulled ahead of Eastern civilisations, and how imperialism contributed to the divide between the West and the rest of the world.

  • All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Your tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate your subject at a much higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

    Michael, our Economics tutor in 2016 completed his undergraduate degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Oxford University and his Masters degree in International Relations & Politics. He is currently working in the UK government.

    Ligita, our other Economics tutor in 2016 is currently completing her PhD in Economic History at University of Oxford, after completing her undergraduate degree in Economics at Boston University and her Master's degree in Economic History at London School of Economics.

  • This course is ideal  for students 15-18 considering studying Economics or any social-science related subjects at university, and teaches a method of thought and research that is beneficial to all disciplines.

    If you are interested in studying Politics in conjunction with Economics (such as the famous PPE course), then why not combine this course with our Current Affairs seminars?

    You may also be interested in our Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, or International Development courses.

  • Our students go on to studying Economics at undergraduate level, either at universities across the UK, or abroad, including in the US. They also move into related fields, such as Law or International Development.

  • Requirements

    As an academic summer school, we invite all students to complete a short application form and short interview with one of our staff before booking.

    As many students do not study Economics at school, previous experience of Economics is not required, and preparatory material will be provided before the course. We are looking for enthusiasm for the course and a willingness to learn.

    English Language requirements: all students need to be able to engage with the course material, which normally means a level of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5 and above, or B2 in the Common European Framework. Don't worry if you don't have a formal qualification - when you chat to one of the team they'll be able to assess your level and answer any questions you may have.

    Not sure about which course is the best for you? Our friendly team is here to help – contact us and we will help you choose the subject that is best suited to your needs.

Studying Economics at OISS


 0800   Wake up and go down to breakfast with my friends from my staircase. Have some toast and cereal to start the day, and grab a piece of fruit for a snack later.
 0915   Go to my small group tutorial with our tutor Michael. Michael is a PPE graduate and recently completed a Master’s at Cambridge. He’s been great at explaining the key concepts to us and his tutorials are always really interesting. Today we are discussing Game Theory and its applications - this is really cool because we use it all the time!
 1100   We have some free time before lunch so me and my friends drop by our rooms to put our books away before we head to a nearby sandwich shop to grab lunch - a smoked salmon and avocado baguette - delicious! We then head to the University Parks to relax in the sun and chat about our trip to Cambridge tomorrow.
 1300   I’m back in the accommodation now for my Independent Research Time. I pick up my notes from the tutorial and start planning my presentation on consumer theory that’s due on Friday. Since we’ll be in Cambridge all day tomorrow I want to get most of it done today.
 1500   I meet up with the ACs and other students for a Drama Workshop. I do some drama at school and it’s been really fun getting to do more with students from around the world.
 1800   I head back to the accommodation for a yummy fish and chips dinner and catch up with everyone about what they’ve been up to. We also hear from two of the ACs, Ella and Alex about the Cambridge trip tomorrow and what we’ll be getting up to - really exciting!
 1900   Time for my seminar on Current Affairs. Everyone at the Summer School gets to pick a seminar series to take part in and since I’m interested in politics and international relations as well as economics I thought I’d go for this one. They’re always a great opportunity to learn more and debate contemporary issues.
 2100   After popping back to my room to change into my gym kit, I meet a bunch of my friends for a yoga class. It’s really fun and a great way to end the day.
 2200   I jump in the shower to rinse off before hanging out with my friends before bed.
 2300   Everyone’s gone and I finally get to bed - ready for another packed day tomorrow!