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COVID-19 Statement and FAQs

Everything you need to know regarding COVID-19, as our on-campus summer schools return for summer 2021

Magdalen College Oxford

Published: 6th May 2021
Updated: 7th June 2021


After the disappointment of having to cancel and postpone our summer schools last summer, we are delighted that our on-campus summer school in Oxford will return for 2021.

On this page, we have provided a summary of the answers to our most frequently asked questions related to COVID and our summer schools. In some places, we have provided links to pages containing further detail should you wish to read more.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are your on-campus summer schools operating this year?

Yes! We are absolutely delighted to be back and running our award-winning summer schools once again this summer. We can’t wait to meet all of our students, many of whom have been waiting over a year to join us.

Life in the UK is slowly but surely returning to normal. More than 65 per cent of the UK’s adult population have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with thirty per cent having received both doses.

The UK is on track to meet its target of offering a first dose of a vaccine to all adults by the end of July. This means that the vast majority of staff members you will meet in the summer – your teachers, programme directors, kitchen staff, cleaning staff, counsellors, nurses and more – will be protected against COVID-19.

This fantastic achievement, as well as the success of recent restrictions, means that the UK is on track to remove all COVID restrictions by 21 June 2021, two weeks before our summer schools commence.


How will you make sure that the summer schools are safe?

We are wholeheartedly committed to delivering outstanding summer experiences whilst protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff, so please feel reassured we will have full COVID safety plans and protocols in place across all our campuses.

We can guarantee all programmes will follow the UK government guidance in place at the time, and we have been working with our college partners – who are currently welcoming back their own undergraduate students to on-campus study – to ensure that all our programmes are safe.

For the latest information regarding how we foresee our summer schools running, based on the decisions we have taken and the guidance we anticipate being in place, please take a look at our COVID Plan 2021.

We kindly suggest that you ‘bookmark’ this page in your browser, as we will be updating it regularly as the summer approaches.


What will be different compared to a normal Oxford Royale summer?

Although legal restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the UK are due to end prior to the start of our summer schools, it is likely that certain elements of the programmes will need to be adapted to ensure health, well-being and peace of mind.

We still guarantee that we will provide you with an outstanding, inspiring academic and social experience, regardless of any changes that are required.

Our Operations team is currently reviewing the programme and we will have more information to report in due course. Please keep an eye on our COVID Plan 2021 for further updates and information.


What are the travel, testing and quarantine arrangements for international students?

Safe international leisure travel to and from the UK restarted on Monday 17 May 2021.  We are delighted that international students will be able to join our summer schools this year!

In order to reduce the risk of importing cases of COVID-19 into the country, the UK Government will implement a number of measures and controls on international travel when it restarts.

This includes the establishment of a ‘traffic light’ system of testing and quarantine rules for international arrivals, with countries being designated as Green, Amber or Red.

International arrivals into England will need to abide by one of three sets of rules (covering testing, information and quarantine), depending on whether their country of origin is classified as Green, Amber or Red.

We have provided a summary of the measures for each category of country on our Travel Summary webpage, but please also check the UK Government’s dedicated webpage for the most up to date information.

Students who are travelling from ‘Amber’ countries and are therefore required to quarantine may be interested in the Homestay Quarantine Service we have developed in partnership with experienced provider Oxford Homestay – please visit our dedicated Homestay Quarantine Service webpage for more information.


What booking flexibility measures do you have in place?

In uncertain times, we understand how important flexible booking arrangements are to our customers and students. We are therefore pleased to offer you an unrivalled flexibility package, designed to provide you with complete peace-of-mind when making your summer school booking. This includes the option to defer your fees to summer 2022, postpone your booking to a later session in 2021, or switch to an online course up to 30 days before your course starts.

You can read about our COVID Flexibility Promise on our dedicated webpage.


How can I make a booking, and when should I book?

We appreciate that many of our potential customers and students have been waiting to confirm their enrolment until the picture regarding COVID and arrangements for international travel were clarified.  As these are beginning to become clearer, we are seeing an increase in enrolments, and would like to invite all those interested in securing a place to do so as soon as possible, in order to guarantee their first choice of courses and dates.

With smaller campuses and classes this summer, and single-occupancy bedrooms only, spaces are more limited than in a usual year.

To secure a place, a small deposit payment is required to secure your seat in your preferred class(es) and your bedroom on campus. You can find the deposit payment for your preferred course and location on our application form, at . The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the course – although please see When is my final payment due? below for additional flexibility we are currently offering with regard to balance payments.


When is my final payment due?

As per our terms and conditions of enrolment, all outstanding fees must be settled no later than 90 days prior to the course start date. Fee payments can be made now via the Oxford Royale Portal, should you wish to do so.

However, in recognition of the fact that there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding travel to the United Kingdom this summer, we have decided to extend this deadline to 60 days prior to the course start date.

By 60 days prior to your start date, we are confident that you will have a firmer idea of which tier your country will be placed in with regards to travel to the UK, and also any local restrictions you might be facing regarding leaving your home country.

At that point, you could choose to do one of the following:

  1. Pay your remaining fees for 2021
  2. Defer your fees paid to an on-campus course in summer 2022 (available up until 30 days before your on-campus 2021 course starts)
  3. Switch to an online course as part of our Oxford Summer School Online 2021 (available until 30 days before your on-campus 2021 course starts)


Further information

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.