Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy Update

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that you may have some concerns or queries about the current situation, and how it may affect your time with Oxford Summer Courses. This page will be updated regularly with updates regarding our policies and approach to course safety.

Main points:

  • Oxford Summer Courses is still open, running courses and operating as usual this summer.
  • You can book with confidence, knowing your fees can be used against any of our courses in 2020 or 2021. You’ll have full flexibility to change your dates or transfer to our online courses.
  • We are continuing to accept applications for our 2020 and 2021 courses. All courses are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned. 
  • We are continuing to closely monitor advice from the UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • We understand that your travel plans might need to change, and we are happy to offer flexible dates with free deferrals for courses in 2020 to 2021.
  • We will continue to update students and parents as the situation evolves.
  • The health and safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority, and we are implementing robust systems and processes to ensure the best possible support and care for students and staff during their time with us.

Latest Updates:

15 December 2020


As time has passed during the coronavirus pandemic, we recognise that these are times of unprecedented uncertainty. In response, we at Oxford Summer Courses have made the choice to offer unprecedented flexibility on all course bookings, so that our students can book their 2021 summer courses in confidence and begin looking forward to their time with us.

We will run COVID-safe summer courses in 2021, while prioritising the safety of our students above all else. Applications for 2021 are now open. If you are accepted onto a 2021 summer course and your plans must change, our team will work with you to make the changes you need: whether that’s moving your course dates, deferring your admission, or even a free cancellation.

As a minimum standard, when signing up for a 2021 summer course with Oxford Summer Courses before 31 December 2020, you can expect:

  • To take part in a course with the only provider with experience delivering a COVID-secure course in summer 2020
  • Free cancellations if made before 31st March 2021
  • Free COVID-19 testing for at-risk students
  • COVID-secure Oxford & Cambridge University college campuses
  • Professional deep cleaning of rooms prior to your arrival
  • En-suite options available (single occupancy) for added peace of mind
  • Extended accommodation for self-isolation should you develop symptoms during the course
  • Free postponement to a later course date in 2021 or 2022 when you notify us before your fees balance due date (90 days before course start)

Please note: this is applicable for new bookings only. Policy will be valid until 31 December 2020, and will be reviewed fortnightly.

If you have any questions, please contact our team. We understand that these are uncertain times, and will readily answer any questions or concerns you may have.

28 May 2020

As the situation has continued to change, we have closely monitored the advice of the UK government and the World Health Organisation. As such, we have compiled a document outlining the measures being put in place for our summer 2020 courses:

Our Information Sheet on our Summer 2020 in-person courses

We will continue to work closely with our tutors, on-course staff, and partner colleges to refine our planning and ensure that those who are able to join us this summer, have a safe and enjoyable time.

20 April 2020
The health and wellbeing of our students is very important to us and we are therefore continuing to adhere closely to government guidance. This pandemic has affected each and every one of us in the world and we are thankful to everyone who is pulling together during these difficult times.

We would like to reiterate that Oxford Summer Courses remains open for business as usual for all students and we are keeping everyone up to date should there be any developments with our courses and course dates. We are still accepting applications and we are pleased to announce that we have opened courses towards the end of the year.

We understand the need to be flexible during this time and so, we are offering free deferrals to students to join us either later in the year or on our courses in 2021. We have seen big demand for our December courses and would advise that you confirm your place as soon as possible if this is of interest to you.

We are also incredibly excited to announce our new online learning platform, Melio, and our one-to-one tutorial packages, two-week academic courses, and university consultancy programmes. All of this is delivered with the same Oxford Summer Courses quality and academic rigour, and by our fantastic team of tutors from the world-leading universities of Oxford and Cambridge. You can find out more information about them here:

Exceptional education is at the heart of our business and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our courses, either in-person or online.

We are looking forward to welcoming our students from across the globe, to our courses both here in the UK and also further afield.

The UK, like many other countries is, at the moment, undertaking measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

We remain open for business for all our students; those who have already chosen to study with us, those who continue to apply, or are intending to.

We are working with all our students to help them access their academic programmes and can support any concerns with a range of deferral options.

We are also incredibly excited to announce our on-line platform, Melio, and our one-to-one tutorial packages, two week academic courses, and university consultancy programmes. All of this is delivered with the same Oxford Summer Courses quality and academic rigour, and by our fantastic team of tutors from the world leading universities of Oxford and Cambridge


02 April 2020

As mentioned in previous updates, we are pleased to share that our courses are still scheduled to run as originally planned, and we invite you to review the information on this page to see what extra procedures we are putting in place to ensure the health and safety of our students during their time with us.

We are aware that many parents and students have concerns surrounding insurance policies in relation to Covid-19. To help answer any questions you may have, we have updated our policies page with a document containing our responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

Should you have any further questions that aren’t outlined in this document, please do not hesitate to contact our Services Team who will be happy to assist you.


27 March 2020:

In response to growing demand and continued conflicts with travel, we are pleased to announce some extended dates for our summer courses this year. We would like to make clear that all of our original course dates are still scheduled to run as originally planned, and these additional dates simply an extension of our original offering.

Currently, these extended course dates are only applicable to our UK courses. However, we are pleased to share that they are available and open to all students between the ages of 9-24 years-old and for all current subject options.

Our later course dates are as follows:
23/08/2020 – 05/09/2020
30/08/2020 – 12/09/2020

To view our full range of available dates, please visit our prices and dates page.

As already stated above, we are still planning to run our courses as scheduled, and all of our courses are still open to receive applications. So, if you’re interested in studying with us this year and haven’t submitted an application, you can do so by filling out our apply form.

If you are already enrolled onto one of our earlier course dates and need to change to one of our later courses, please contact our Services Team who will be happy to assist you with your application.

And, as always, should you have any questions surrounding our policies on the virus that haven’t been answered on this page, then please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


20 March 2020:

We are very much open for business. All host colleges and schools where our courses take place are planning to be open this summer. We are continuing to accept applications and look forward to welcoming students to our summer courses this year.  

Considering the current situation, we have opened some later course dates in August and September, should you wish to join us later in the year. All our UK-based courses are available for these later dates and are open to all age groups.

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students. We have developed and implemented rigorous staff training and other policies to ensure the highest standard of care is provided for both our staff and students.

You can apply to our courses with confidence, knowing that you (or your child) will be able to enjoy a safe and supportive environment during their time with us. As soon as students arrive, they will be surrounded by a dedicated team of pastoral staff who will be on-hand and available 24/7 to support and assist with any concerns or queries, should they arise. We have strong and long-established links with local healthcare providers, as well as access to some of the world’s best hospitals and leading health advice. The UK government is well-prepared with a series of public health measures and are supporting our excellent National Health Service (NHS) who are ready to manage and treat any new diseases.

We provide complimentary travel and medical insurance for all our students attending UK-based courses. We have confirmed with our provider that this insurance will continue to provide cover for students who are unable to attend their course through illness, and travel and medical provision in the event of illness whilst in the UK, irrespective of the condition. Students who cannot attend their course because their travel is prevented by border closures or government restrictions are able to defer their course with us at no extra cost.

This is a complex and fast-moving situation, and we want to assure you that we are continuing to closely monitor and take expert advice from Public Health England, the UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and will continue to update students, parents and staff should anything change.

On behalf of everyone at Oxford Summer Courses we would like to say thank you for your continued support. Our thoughts are with those currently being affected during this difficult time.

We provided answers to a range of questions on our FAQs page that we feel might be useful. We recognise that the situation is developing daily, and we will continue to update you as and when we can. It is also advisable that you continue to check for regular updates on the UK government’s and the World Health Organisation (WHO) websites.

Should you have any further queries or concerns, our Services Team are on-hand to help to offer support and guidance during these challenging times.

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Further questions

We understand that you may have further questions, as this situation is changing every day. Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.

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