COVID-19 Information

We have put together this page to answer any questions parents and students might have about attending the Oxford Scholastica Academy on our 2021 Oxford summer school during COVID-19.

The Oxford Scholastica Academy was one of the only UK summer schools to welcome students to attend in 2020. We have received “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.

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Our Experience

We are happy to say that our 2020 summer programme was successful and COVID-secure, with no students, staff or tutors getting COVID-19 or having to self-isolate. You can see some photos of the experience below.

Having gained the experience of running our courses during COVID-19 in 2020, and with the rollout of the vaccine in the UK nearly complete, we are looking forward to running our 2021 programme with optimism.

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 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 16th June 2021)

The UK Government have outlined a new ‘traffic light system’ for visitors into the UK:

  • Visitors from countries on the ‘green list’ will not have to quarantine on arrival, and will just need to provide a negative COVID test result
  • Visitors from ‘amber’ countries will need to quarantine for 10 days, but if they receive a negative test result on day 5 they can stop quarantining
  • Visitors from ‘red’ countries will need to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel

You can read more here. Please note, this is the UK government advice, and we recommend also checking your own country’s guidance as well in case there are travel restrictions.

Quarantining with OSA

We know that many students are planning to quarantine before they attend, and we’re really pleased to let you know about our new Quarantine Programme held on our Oxford University campus below, designed to make quarantine something to look forward to and make the most of.

If you are travelling from an amber country you have the option to:

  • Arrive early to quarantine with us on our campus before the start of your course (for a small additional cost to cover accommodation, meals, staffing etc.)
  • Join us on your original start date of the course and spend the first few days in quarantine (no additional cost)
  • Quarantine independently and not stay with us (in which case you are welcome to join our online programme of activities during your quarantine at no additional cost)

During your quarantine, you’ll work online with your fellow quarantining students from around the world to develop a virtual escape room business venture from scratch (an online game where a team has to tackle tasks and solve puzzles in order to emerge victorious).

You’ll work on creating the branding, building a website, marketing and selling the product and developing a business plan.

Led by expert Mentors, you’ll also engage in subject-specific research in order to design and create escape rooms in your subject – for example, if you’re studying Medicine with us, you’ll build a Medicine escape room, invaluable experience which you can use for future college/university applications. No technological experience is necessary, and the programme will develop your technical skills.

You’ll also:

  • Have the option of joining one of our top-rated Online Courses, free of charge (for students who quarantine with us at our campus)
  • Be living in a comfortable bedroom on the Oxford University campus, with your own ensuite bathroom and access to a garden to exercise
  • Have access to our team, who will look after you to make sure you’re safe, happy and comfortable. We’ll organise your meals – you’ll get to choose whatever you’d like to eat! – and there will be a member of staff in the building, dedicated to looking after you, whom you’ll be able to contact via Whatsapp or phone call
  • Have a programme of online social activities for you to join in with each evening

You can read more about our Quarantine Programme here.

FAQs

Is the Oxford Scholastica Academy open?

Yes – we are receiving lots of bookings for summer 2021 and are looking forward to welcoming students. Many students have already secured their places, and some of our courses are getting close to being booked up.

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.

How well prepared is Oxford Scholastica?

Our students’ welfare is incredibly important to us, and our policies and procedures have been accredited by the British Accreditation Council, so when you book with us you can feel confident your child will have the highest level of care and support. Our students have access to medical care and support through our experienced Matrons, and the UK’s health system, including the National Health Service, is world-famous.

In addition to this, we have been accredited as “Good to Go”, Visit England’s Industry Standard, confirming Oxford Scholastica Academy conforms fully to government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness, aid social/physical distancing and comply with self-isolation requirements.

We were one of the only UK summer schools to run in summer 2020, and so our staff team have significant experience managing a summer school environment in a COVID-safe way.

What COVID-secure measures do you have in place?
Having successfully run our summer 2020 programme, we have experience of running a COVID-safe environment. In order to keep students safe, in 2020 our measures included (but weren’t limited to):
 

  • Single, en-suite bedrooms for all students in Oxford University bedrooms (so students get their own bathrooms)
  • Small class sizes
  • Free PPE (personal protective equipment) for students, including masks, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers in each room
  • Student temperature testing on arrival
  • Campus cleaning by trained Oxford University cleaners prior to arrival
  • Regular cleaning
  • Social distancing and mask wearing enforced by trained staff
  • Ventillation of classroom spaces
Can I change or cancel my booking?

Yes – for bookings made after 1st September 2020 we offer:

  • Free cancellations up until 1st April 2021
  • Free deferrals to future years as long as you let us know at least 21 days before your course starts. You will still benefit from the 2021 fees – rather than have to pay the 2022 fees
  • Free postponements to another date in 2021 as long as you let us know at least 21 days before your course starts (for example, if you are booked on our 4th July 2021 session you are welcome to change this to the 1st August 2021 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 at least 21 days before your course starts

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

What if my country is on (or gets moved to) the Amber or the Red list, or my country won't allow me to travel to the UK?

We have endeavoured to give families as many options as possible, for maximum flexibility.

If your country is on (or gets moved to) the Amber list, your options are:

  • Quarantine on our campus and attend Oxford Scholastica’s online programme of events

You can either arrive early to quarantine before your course starts (subject to availability), or you can start your course in quarantine. On day 5 you will be able to take a test and if it is negative you can end your quarantine early and join the summer school

  • Quarantine independently and attend Oxford Scholastica’s online programme of events
  • Defer your booking to a different date in summer 2021 if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to summer 2022 (or a future year) if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to an online course or internship if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course

If your country is on (or gets moved to) the Red list, your options are:

  • Quarantine in a government-approved hotel before the course starts, with the option of attending Oxford Scholastica’s online programme of events while you are quarantining. Please note, this option only applies to British or Irish nationals, or if you have residence rights in the UK
  • Defer your booking to a different date in summer 2021 if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to summer 2022 (or a future year) if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to an online course or internship if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course

If your country won’t let you travel to the UK, your options are:

  • Defer your booking to a different date in summer 2021 if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to summer 2022 (or a future year) if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course
  • Move your booking to an online course or internship if you let us know at least 21 days before the start of your course

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Lavinia from our team here.

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 with a sibling. Our buildings only hold a small number of students and are separated from the rest of the campus.

Testimonials

Student testimonials

The Law course was challenging but extremely rewarding, as it assured me that it was the path I wanted to choose at university. The Oxford Scholastica community also leaves you with an excellent support network even after the programme. Overall, it was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Lina

Finland, Law
Student testimonials

My two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were two of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends that I know I will stay in touch with for a very long time.

Abdul Rahman

UK, Medicine
Student testimonials

My son, Alexander, truly enjoyed his experience. He was academically and intellectually challenged while also making friends from around the world. We highly recommend this programme.

Richard

Parent of Alexander, USA, International Relations
Student testimonials

Two of my children have now attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life with a purpose and confidence that is so essential. One of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to have sent them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy. 

Mubasher

Parent of Fajar, Pakistan, Debate & Public Speaking
Student testimonials

This programme has truly been a valuable and memorable experience for me. Not only did I broaden my knowledge about Technology but I’ve also developed my self-management and communication.

Radhiyya

Indonesia, Technology
Student testimonials

For the second year in a row my daughter had an unforgettable summer break in the magical setting of Oxford! A fascinating course with an untold amount of fun things to do. Oxford Scholastica has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences my daughter has ever had.

Maria

Parent of Sofy, Italy, Psychology
Student testimonials

I attended the Oxford Scholastica Academy and I can genuinely say it was the best summer of my life. Not only were we exposed to different subjects and courses but also so many different cultures and people. I hope I can go back!

Prutha

India, Business
Student testimonials

I absolutely loved my Oxford Scholastica experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone who either knows what they’re doing and want better preparation, or even students who have no idea who they want to be when they grow up! I was both at some point and Oxford Scholastica filled that gap for me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!

Salma

United Arab Emirates, Law
Student testimonials

Those two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were a really wonderful experience. I got the chance to explore what Law is really all about through this programme. Classes were very interesting and I loved how the tutor made the classes very interactive!

Ravi

Indonesia, Law

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