Student Safety, Rules & Behavior

Over our 30+ years of experience we have devised protocols to resolve issues that can come up when students are away from home.

Our staff meet every student at the airport, and escort them to the program campus. The programs are all located in venues with 24-hour professional security. We employ teams of highly-qualified and experienced high-school teachers as Program Directors and Deans to manage any pastoral needs. Every program has an office on-site that is open for student support and parent calls from 8:00am until midnight, and we have staff residing on every hall with our students should they need support during the night. Our programs are zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

Program Arrival and Departure

Every student is met personally at the airport upon arrival and escorted to their residence. At the end of the program, students are accompanied back to the airport, where our staff oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until every flight has departed.

Safety and Supervision

Our programs take place in secure residences, situated in safe neighborhoods, with controlled access and twenty-four hour security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. Each program has an office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks in personally, every evening, with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision. The rules about exploring the cities vary from program to program. Generally speaking, students are free to discover the surrounding neighborhoods in small groups without adult supervision during the day and, in the older programs, in the evening. At other times, staff are available to accompany students and to ensure that the venues are both welcoming and safe.

Curfew

On the Oxford and Cambridge Prep programs, all students must check in with a Dean between 9 and 10pm. Program staff then perform bedroom checks at lights-out, which is at 11pm. On the other programs, students check in with the Deans between 10 and 11pm. They can make use of the common areas, watch movies, or socialize quietly until midnight, when they are expected to be in their own rooms and quiet.

Medical Emergencies

Oxbridge has close relationships with doctors on every program and with leading hospitals in the cities in which they take place.

General Behavior

Students are expected to maintain a standard of behavior commensurate with life in a college that they share with adult faculty and staff. Excessive noise, abuse of property or facilities, or other anti-social behavior is strictly forbidden. Smoking is not allowed. Our faculty and staff members in residence take responsibility for maintaining standards of order and decorum.

Zero-Tolerance Policy

Students accepted into our programs must sign an agreement not to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol or drugs, or associate with any student who does. Any student found in violation of this policy will immediately be expelled and sent home at the family’s expense.

Accommodation

Our students and faculty live in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional 'staircase.' Private bathroom or 'en-suite facilities' can be requested on certain programs for a fee on the application form on a first-come, first-served basis. Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair.

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Meals

Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast is primarily 'continental style' with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. On certain days, students can also choose a hot cooked breakfast. Multiple options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Throughout the month special dinners are held, including outdoor barbecues and themed feasts, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunches. These can be purchased at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.

College Facilities

Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a Common Room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are nearby public telephones and onsite message boards and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.