Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.
Upon completion of their degrees, our superbly trained UK, EU and overseas graduates go on to transform the world. Many pursue doctorate studies and teaching careers, thus preserving crucial intellectual capital further into the future. Other graduates take up high profile posts in international agencies, global NGOs, international governments, the diplomatic service of various countries, the military, media and journalism, business consultancy, banking, and law.
In the UK’s 2014 nationwide survey of student satisfaction across the higher education sector, three of Oxford’s five Area Studies taught master's programmes achieved satisfaction levels between 96 and 100%, well above both national and university averages. Oxford’s Area Studies department is consistently ranked amongst the top echelon and a recent ranking by QS University Rankings placed us first in the world.  To read more about the School and its importance in the University and beyond, please click here.


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Workshop “Investigating Crimes against Humanity in South America: Challenges for the Present and the Future”

The Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford and the Public Prosecutor's Office for Crimes against Humanity of the Republic of Argentina (PCCH) organised a two-day workshop in Buenos Aires on May 8 and 9 on the topic of “Investigating Crimes against Humanity in South America: Challen


The Gulf and the Horn: Changing Geographies of Security Interdependence and Competing Visions of Regional Order

Monday, 21 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TB

The historical proximity between the societies of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa has in recent years been increasingly experienced as a relationship of growing insecurity.

Prof. Harry Verhoeven, Georgetown University

Legal Controversies and State-Building in Late 19th Century East Asia

Monday, 21 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Seminar Room 1, China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU

International History of East Asia Seminar. Legal Controversies and State-Building in Late 19th Century East Asia. Takahiro Yamamoto, University of Heidelberg: 'Connecting Japan and the Pacific: Benjamin Pease, Thomas Glover, and the Bonin Islands, 1871-1876'.

Takahiro Yamamoto & Jonathan Chappell