COVID-19 Information

We have put together this page to answer any COVID-19-focused questions parents and students might have about attending the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s residential summer school in 2023.

The Oxford Scholastica Academy was one of the only summer schools in the UK to run in both 2020 and 2021. With the impact of COVID-19 reduced in the UK after a widespread vaccination programme, we successfully completed our largest ever summer school in 2022 with minimal COVID issues.

For 2023 bookings on our residential programme in Oxford, we will continue to offer safe and flexible booking options, to provide reassurance for families.

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Our Experience

Having successfully run COVID-secure summer schools in 2020, 2021 and our largest ever programme in 2022, we are looking forward to welcoming students to Oxford in Summer 2023!

We have received the “Good to Go” accreditation (Visit England’s industry standard), confirming that we adhere to government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to keep students safe and well – you can view our certificate here.

Further Information

This page contains the latest information, including:

  • The fact that Oxford Scholastica is open for bookings
  • The flexibility we offer on cancellations or changes
  • Information about Oxford Scholastica Online, our virtual summer school option

One of the reasons students choose to come to Oxford is that the city is famous for its academia and research. Oxford is a centre for medical research, led by pioneering medical companies and university researchers. For example, Oxford played a vital role in the development of penicillin in the 1940s. We are proud the city of Oxford has been at the centre of COVID-19 research, with researchers successfully developing a vaccine.

Many students who attend the Oxford Scholastica Academy are inspired to work in fields of research to help push our understanding of medicine, science and innovation further. It’s through this work that countries and citizens are better protected against illness than ever before.

Latest News

(Updated 22nd August 2022)

We recently completed our largest ever summer school, with hundreds of students joining us in Oxford from around the world.

After the successful and widespread vaccination programme in the UK, the COVID risks were significantly reduced. Only four students contracted COVID-19, and we were able to livestream their classes while they isolated for three days in accordance with UK government guidelines.

We were happy to be able to offer a full programme, with no changes to the summer school required. 

For our 2023 programme, we estimate we are likely to be fully booked by the end of this year or the start of 2023 (we were fully booked by spring 2022 for our 2022 programme).

Even though the impact of COVID-19 has been minimised, we recognise some parents may be uncertain about booking, so we are continuing our very flexible COVID booking policy 

When booking a spot in our 2023 Oxford summer programme, you can expect:

  • Free cancellations until 1st April 2023
  • Free deferrals to future years, or moving your booking to an online course, up until 1st May 2023
  • Free postponements to another date in 2023 until 1st June 2023
  • COVID-secure Oxford University campus buildings with private rooms (with en suite bathrooms) for all students (we have a limited number of twin rooms available on request)



Is the Oxford Scholastica Academy open?

Yes – we have received lots of bookings for summer 2023 and are looking forward to welcoming students.

Can I take an online course instead?

Yes, you can – we run a virtual summer school, Oxford Scholastica Online, which you can read more about here.

Can I change or cancel my booking?

Yes – for summer school 2023 bookings made after 15th August 2022 we offer:

  • Free cancellations up until 1st April 2023 – you will be refunded your deposit, as well as your balance if you have paid this, in full (please note, if you choose to pay your balance by credit card, the only thing we can’t refund is the credit card fees, but there is the option to pay by bank transfer to avoid card fees)
  • Free deferrals to future years up until 1st May 2023
  • Free postponements to another date in 2023 until 1st June 2023 (for example, if you are booked on our 2nd July 2023 session you are welcome to change this to the 30th July 2023 session. This depends on availability but we will always do our best to help)
  • You can also move your booking to one of our online courses as long as you let us know by the 1st May 2023

There will be no charge to cancel, move or change your booking.

Will I share a bedroom?

Unlike many summer schools, all of our students will receive a single, ensuite room as a default, unless they request to share a room (we have a very limited number of twin rooms available on request). Our buildings only hold a small number of students and are separated from the rest of the campus.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about COVID-19, or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we would be delighted to help.

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