Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford

This new two-week program from Campus Oxford is aimed at ambitious and talented students who have completed at least junior high school year. It sets a new standard for international summer programs specialising in Social Entrepreneurship..

Hosted in an historic Oxford University college, the program is limited to 20 participants.  It will introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship – the practice of addressing global and local social problems with the strategies of business and economics – and develop specific practical initiatives created by students.

Our teaching faculty is made up of researchers from the prestigious Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the prestigious Said Business School, as well as visiting lecturers, and the range of disciplines which participants will cover in developing their projects includes sociology, marketing, accountancy, and law.

Program Structure

The program will be presented in a discursive seminar group setting, with a combination of incisive faculty presentations and well-structured illustrative group activities.  The student group will create collaborative teams to design a number of socially, environmentally and politically relevant community enterprises, which will be critically assessed for sustainability and feasibility during the program.

Each morning is taken up with seminar presentations and workshop sessions, with student ‘breakout’ groups exploring and discussing projects collaboratively, with tutor guidance.   Reading, research and written assignments are set each day, with study time allocated in the daily schedule to complete these.  Afternoons may involve further seminar and group work or personal study time.  Some afternoons are set aside for Visits and Activities (see section below).

Areas Covered

Research Practice

Initial research is a pre-requisite.  We examine how to research a specific project in the context of its geographic location and cultural context, and assess what steps, if any, are already being taken to address this issue, and how your solution fits in.

Feasibility Studies

Projects need to be useful and viable.  We establish if your project is  possible and practicable by assessing the need for your idea or product, its usefulness in the proposed context and the resources you have to implement it.

Managing Resources

Many social programs launch with limited resources.  We consider how to make use of what you have to hand, according to where you are in the world, and how to operate on a shoestring if necessary.

Brand Development

A key part of your marketing strategy rests on having a well-defined and engaging brand identity.  We cover how to manage this for yourself, and how to seek accessible support.

Marketing Strategy

When your brand is defined, your marketing strategy is what will showcase your project to the world, attracting funding and support.  You learn to build a simple website and manage your social media and PR.

Sociology and Local Practice

Not every solution to a social problem will be acceptable or practical for the local community.  Local beliefs and habits will impact the success of any enterprise, whether you are launching in New York or South Sudan, and cultural sensitivity is vital.


Will your project be able to support itself, or will it always need to be externally funded?  In order to last, a project or product needs to be sustainable in the local community and generate enough revenue to support itself and grow.

Finance and Accounting Practice

Even if you have a team of accountants working with you, you will need a basic understanding of finance and accountancy.  Most of this is now handled by cheap and accessible software, but an understanding of financial responsibility is vital.

Law and Legal Considerations

Laws and restrictions vary wildly all over the world, and a key part of launching any social program is an understanding of its legality.  There may be restrictions on foreign-owned businesses operating in certain countries, patent laws and other red tape to understand.


Oxford offer a superb backdrop to the program and cannot fail to inspire, inevitably enhancing the student experience.  It is the UK’s oldest and most prestigious centre of learning, with an inspiring aura of enduring scholarship and creativity.  Teaching began here in around 1096 and the first college was founded in 1249.  Our students have ample opportunity to explore the quaint cobbled streets and romantic riverside paths of Oxford, with numerous medieval colleges to visit, as well as galleries and museums, music venues and a vibrant student culture.  Visits are organised as part of the program (see ‘Activities’ below).

We have welcomed thousands of enthusiastic and talented students to our programs in this beautiful and historic city over the last thirty years, and look forward to welcoming a select group of creative students to the city this summer for this innovative program.


The program is residential at St Benet’s Hall, one of the University’s most intimate colleges, a Permanent Private Hall, founded in 1897 though tracing its origins back to 1283 and the establishment of the Benedictine and Cistercian monastic colleges of medieval Oxford.  It enjoys a central location, with sites on  historic St Giles and prestigious Norham Manor, to the north of the city.

We base the program in the college Norham Manor site.  This handsome Gothic Victorian building was designed by the famous architect William Wilkinson (you will see more of his work around Oxford).  Past occupants of the residence include Henry Balfour, the first curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum and Francis Llewellyn Griffith, the first Professor of Egyptology at Oxford, whose archaeological finds form the basis of the Egyptian collections at the Ashmolean Museum.

Each student has a comfortable, well-appointed single study bedroom, situated around the building and there are seminar rooms, a library, common room, dining room and garden room. This residential campus provides an atmospheric and peaceful environment, set in its own well-maintained grounds.  Secure and self-contained, it gives students a taste of life as an Oxford undergraduate.

Meals are taken in the college dining room and there are a couple of evening visits to local restaurants each week.  Students specific dietary requirements can normally be accommodated.

The University Parks adjoin the residence, offering a natural environment for leisure time, with tennis courts, ponds and gardens, picnic areas and the river Cherwell running through.   The Norham Manor residence is a short walk from the centre of the city.

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Upon arrival, students are shown the important Oxford landmarks during an orientation tour of the city and are soon able to walk around easily and confidently, becoming familiar with the important landmarks and sites, college buildings, museums and galleries as well as the best cafes and restaurants.  Students are encouraged to enjoy exploring the city during free time.  Safety is paramount and students should always be with at least one other student and adhere to curfews and other important rules.

We arrange visits and activities in Oxford on most afternoons and evenings.  Guided tours are organised to some of the most picturesque and well-known Oxford colleges, to the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, the Bodleian  Library and the Sheldonian Theatre.  These are an integral part of the program, giving a balance to the academic work.  Oxford is synonymous with ‘punting’, a river pastime which is a great way to spend a sunny summer afternoon.  There are also evening visits to the cinema and to an open-air theatre performance, and evening relaxation includes bowling, musical events and student quizzes and games.  Some evenings are spent preparing for seminars or presentations.

Do you see yourself on this exciting program this year?

Please contact us for more details

Dates: 18th June – 1st July 2017

Cost: $4950

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Places on this program are limited to 20 students, and early applications are strongly suggested.

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