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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: General Studies, International Security and Conflict Resolution, International Studies, Political Science
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Oxford Study Abroad Programme

"[The program] gave a different perspective on American culture through the eyes of the British....It was an eye-opening experience."
-Anonymous., Winter 2017

"I liked that the program highlighted different areas of foreign policy and special relationships between the United States and the United Kingdom."
-Anonymous., Summer 2017

"One of my favorite things was getting to explore different places on day trips as part of the programme."
-Anonymous., Summer 2017

Summer 2018
Dates: July 3-28-2018
Price: $5,167

Winter Break 2019
Dates: TBA
Price:  TBA

**For upcoming information sessions click here**


Through the organizing concepts of security, identity, and political economy; students will explore a range of contemporary phenomena including the state, the nation, international law and organizations; political change, resistance, and violence (including terrorism); and environmental politics. 

* This program is not associated with Oxford University.

The Oxford Study Abroad Programme in International Relations is a unique course that introduces students to the analytic and normative study of the field of International Relations. The lectures and readings will survey various theoretical perspectives in international relations; to help understand the chief problems, actors, and structures of international politics. Specialists from around the world will provide lectures on various global issues facing us today.
All participants are required register for ONE of the following SDSU courses, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • CAL 450: Oxford Study Abroad (3 units)
  • GENS 450: British Life & Culture (3 units)
  • POL S 450: International Relations: Global Perspective (3 units)
Additional course option beginning Summer 2018
  • HSEC 797: Research (3 units) (for Homeland Security graduate students only)

  • Welcome dinner
  • Oxford Walking Tour
  • Day trip to London
  • Boat tour on the River Thames
  • Day trip to Windsor Castle
  • Final Reception

Winter Program:
     Ron_BeeRon Bee has lectured in Political Science at SDSU since 2003, with a focus on American foreign relations and international security and conflict resolution.  He has a degree from UC San Diego in European History and French Literature and has studied international relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy.  He has attended Worcester College, Oxford as a Fellow in Modern European History (UC Berkeley-Oxford Study Abroad Program), the University of Grenoble (UC Education Abroad Program), and worked as a mid-career Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for the German Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Governing Mayor of Berlin.   He has also taught at the USDA Graduate School, the US Naval Academy, University of San Diego, Grossmont College, and Cuyamaca College.
Before and during his academic career, Bee served as a foreign policy analyst at the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as a Managing Editor of ACCESS: A Security Information Service in Washington, D.C., as Director of Special Projects, Middle East Programs for the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and as Director of the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU.       
Bee has authored six books on a variety of international relations topics, including four on nuclear weapons issues published by Harper & Row, Random House, The Foreign Policy Association, and Il Saggiatore (Milan).  Looking the Tiger in the Eye: Confronting the Nuclear Threat received a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Christopher Award.   In addition to "books on nukes," he has written a guide to the breakup of the Soviet Union (ACCESS) and his most recent work, Mapping Transatlantic Futures: The Future of German-U.S. Relations in a Global World (Robert Bosch Foundation) appeared as an online volume in 2015.   In 2014, Bee received an Exceptional Faculty of the Year Award from SDSU's College of Arts and Letters.
Bee is the founding and current director of the Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, now based at the University of San Diego, which brings together American students with students from war zones, regions at risk of conflict, and underdeveloped countries to learn real-world skills in diplomacy, conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship.  Also a huge baseball fan (Go Padres!), he enjoys living with his family in San Diego. 

Summer Program:
     Ron_KingRon King currently holds the Bruce E. Porteous endowed chair in Political Science at San Diego State University. He also has been awarded the title, "Profesor Onorific," by the Political Science faculty at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. His graduate degrees are from Oxford and the University of Chicago. Before coming to SDSU, he taught at Cornell and Tulane.
Professor King is the author of four books, including major studies of U.S. taxation policy (published by Yale University Press) and welfare entitlements (published by Georgetown University Press). In addition, he has edited three collections of essays and published more than 30 refereed articles and book chapters, appearing in journals such as: American Political Science Review, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, Politics and Society, Policy Sciences, Journal of Public Policy, European Political Science, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History.
He has received two Fulbright awards and research grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. His recent work analyzes paradoxes in democratization, looking especially at the impact of democratic rules on policy results.
Professor King is fanatic about baseball (go Yankees!) and opera. Three times he represented the U.S. at the World Fencing Championships, taking 6th place in his age bracket in 2009 (Moscow) and 13th in both 2010 and 2011. Although now a happy resident of San Diego, he remains a member of a New Orleans Mardi Gras organization and often can be seen in costume and beads during Carnival season.

Payment Schedule (Winter Program):
 $612      Deposit due with application
 $1,700   Second program payment due to our partner OSAP by Nov. 1, 2017
 $1,760   Third program payment due to our partner OSAP by Nov. 17, 2017
 $1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  Dec. 5-15, 2017
 $5,167   Total Program Fee
Payment Schedule (Summer Program):
 $612      Deposit due to CES with application
 $1,700   Second program payment due to OSAP by April 4, 2018
 $1,760   Third program payment due to OSAP by April 24, 2018
 $1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
 $5,167   Total Program Fee 
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Health and repatriation insurance
  • Accommodation in double or triple occupancy bedrooom with private bathroom
  • Activities as listed above
  • Local, professional guides
Not included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Passport
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund (Winter Program):
  • Application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after October 15, 2017*
  • For withdrawals after October 15, 2017 but before November 17, 2017, there is a 50% cancellation fee
  • For withdrawals on or after November 18, 2017, no refunds will be issued 
Program Costs Refund (Summer Standard Program):
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018
  • For the second and third program payments, withdrawals after March 15, 2018 but before April 24, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee
  • For withdrawals on or after April 25, 2018, no refunds will be issued 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2019
The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.

Winter Break 2019

The application for winter break 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.