Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy Update

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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. We have provided the following guidance:

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:

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.

COVID-19 Questions

What is your policy on deferrals?

When is my course balance due?

Do you offer online courses?

Can I change my course dates to later in the summer?

How can I stay up to date?

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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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