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This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.

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Course Summary

Over two weeks, students will look at a range of topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics.

In microeconomics, students will look at the basic economic problem of scarcity and choice, supply and demand, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention.

In macroeconomics, students will learn about about policy objectives, the AD-AS model, and the operation of an independent central bank. Finally, in international economics, students will learn about about trade, protectionism and exchange rates. A great deal of ground is covered in these two weeks, spurring students to take their new-found economic curiosity further once they leave the course.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Economics Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of economics, the course aims to address the central range of topics studied by university-level economics students, as well as allow students to better understand the world around them and to appreciate the kind of work that economists and policymakers do on a day-to-day basis. This makes it the ideal preparation for students who are contemplating studying Economics at university, or making a future career for themselves in a field related to Economics.

The course encourages lively discussion and the sharing of personal experiences among students; with such a wide range of nationalities in attendance on our Broadening Horizons programme, students will have the advantage of learning about their classmates’ understanding of different economic systems around the world. As Economics is partly a political discipline, students can expect to participate in debates on the approach governments and other organisations should take to various thorny economic problems. Students will produce a short essay on any one of a broad spectrum of topics studied in the first week, and a presentation in which they will have the chance to work collaboratively in small groups.


The course, for most students, will introduce entirely new theories and concepts that have not been studied before. There are, therefore, no subject prerequisites. Students should be familiar with the latest global Economic news and current affairs.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

Further Information

How to Enrol

Economics is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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