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Commonwealth Summer School 2017

Dear students,

We are pleased to share an opportunity of Commonwealth Summer School 2017 with you.

The seventh annual Commonwealth Summer School will be hosted between the August 5-13, 2017 at Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus, UK. The School provides a forum to bring together high-quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance. This year's programme will focus on The Environmental Humanities.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is committed to mixing local and regional students with those from further afield who may have never had the opportunity to leave their own regions. To ensure this, the ACU is offering a limited number of bursaries for students from member universities only: full bursaries (including return economy air travel to Rwanda, registration fees, accommodation and most meals); and partial bursaries (which may be used towards registration fees or travel). Bursaries, in either case, cannot be used to cover the cost of visas, vaccinations or transfer costs to and from airports. IBA, Karachi is a member of ACU and therefore, our selected students may be granted a bursary upon their selection.

Details of the programme are given below for your ready reference.

In case of any concern, please feel free to contact us at internationaloffice@iba.edu.pk or extension 1182.

Kind regards,


The Commonwealth Summer School was instigated by the ACU in 2011. It aims to provide a forum to bring together high quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance.

The Environmental Humanities
The theme, 'The Environmental Humanities - creating greener narratives through the environmental arts and humanities', will encompass sub-themes of Climate change, biodiversity loss, systemic pollution and the environmental and social cost they pose in both the developed and developing world.

Participants of Commonwealth Summer School will be introduced to key ideas and approaches within the Environmental Humanities through a series of workshops, field trips, and keynote talks on subjects including: 'New narratives for environmental change' in relation to history and geography, philosophy and anthropology, literature and the visual and performing arts, heritage and tourism. The programme will include practical activities exploring these issues, supplemented by visits to sites such as Avebury, the Avalon Marshes, and the heritage cities of Bath and Oxford. Students will engage in arts and humanities group projects supported by an international team of research experts and representatives from local heritage organisations.

Applicant must either be studying for a postgraduate degree (full or part-time) or in the final year of an undergraduate degree, with the expectation of moving to postgraduate study on completion.

Priority will be given to students from member institutions who have not had the opportunity to travel outside their home region.

Apply online: https://fs19.formsite.com/The_ACU/SummerSchool2017/form_login.html

Program Cost
The cost of the summer school is £350 for students from ACU member institutions and £450 for students from other Commonwealth universities. (IBA, Karachi is a member of ACU). This includes registration, accommodation (in same sex shared rooms), travel and transport during the summer school, all meals on the conference venue and airport transfer on arrival (limited availability) to the venue.

Full and partial bursaries are available for students of member institutions who would otherwise be unable to fund the costs of attending.

Full bursaries include the programme registration fee, accommodation, return, flights to and from Rwanda, as well as most meals.
Partial bursaries cover the registration fee, accommodation, and most meals but excludes flights.

Application Deadline
Applications should be received by 5:00 AM PST (Pakistan Standard Time) on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by April/May 2017.