Oxford Muslim-Christian Summer School: Criteria and Expectations

You are required to accept these conditions on applying for a place at Summer School


The Summer School brings together Christians and Muslims to share a course of academic study on topics of common interest that will break down barriers, enhance the student’s own studies, and equip them for their future careers. The focus is on shared study and understanding of both the commonalities and the differences between Christians and Muslims of diverse traditions.

Participants should expect to discuss difficult topics, disagreements and social problems in a spirit of respect and empathy. They should also be prepared to meet people of their own faith from other traditions with whom they might have theological differences.

The programme is designed for those who will be leaders – both men and women – within Christian and Muslim communities.

The majority of participants will be 21-40 years old.

There will be a maximum of 16 people taking part in the school.

Priority will be given to UK-based applicants who are either in, or who have recently finished, full-time theological study or who are training for vocational faith-based careers.

All applicants must provide the name of a referee and references will be taken up.

Both men and women are welcome to apply and we hope to achieve a good balance between the genders from both communities.

This is a residential summer school and living together is an important part of the experience. All participants will be accommodated either at St Stephen’s House or a nearby bed and breakfast. Participants are expected to be available for all the days of the programme.

Provision will be made for halal food and other dietary requirements if requested. Meals will be taken together in the dining hall of St Stephen’s House.

Participants are required to attend all of the sessions.

Part of the aim of the school is to encourage ongoing relationships amongst those who are or one day will be leaders in their faith communities. To that end participants are expected to attend a re-union weekend and will also be encouraged to keep in contact with one another through social media.

The programme is heavily subsidised but participants are required to pay £200 contribution on acceptance. This is a non-refundable deposit.

Participants need to pay for their own travel to Oxford.

The organisers reserve the right to dismiss someone from the programme in the event of seriously inappropriate or disruptive behaviour during the school.