Punting on the River Thames in Oxford

Safety and Security

Our study programs take place in secure residences, situated in safe neighborhoods, with controlled access and 24-hour security. All the team members that work with students on our programs go through stringent background checks. 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 8:00 am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks in personally at least once an evening with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences with the students, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision. Rules regarding 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. Program staff are available to accompany students and to ensure that the venues are both welcoming and safe.

Program Arrival and Departure

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

Class Attendance and Curfew Requirements

We take attendance in every class. Younger students on our Prep programs (in Oxford and Cambridge) are also required to attend dinner (breakfast is optional). Any unexcused absence is immediately addressed by our Deans. On all programs, students are required to check in–in person–with the Dean on duty in the evening, not only for safety purposes but also to ensure their wellbeing. Younger students on our Prep programs are required to check-in between 9:00 and 10:00 pm with lights-out and bed-checks at 11:00. On all other programs, check-in with the Deans is between 10:00 and 11:00 pm, and lights-out is at midnight. During their time in the residence and before lights-out, students can make use of the common areas, watch movies, or socialize quietly.

Behavior Standards and Zero-Tolerance Policy

Our number one priority is to create a safe learning environment for our students. Once accepted into an Oxbridge program, every student and their parents must sign a behavior contract. The contract is a constructive way to set proper expectations and to encourage appropriate behaviors, in which students agree not to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol or drugs, or associate with any student who does. Any student found in violation of this policy is immediately expelled and sent home at the family’s expense.

Medical Care

To ensure the wellbeing of our students, we require all attendees to submit health information including allergies, medications, and any other health conditions that could be of concern. Our teams review every student’s health information, so that we are fully aware of any issues that could arise. In case of illness or injury, Oxbridge arranges for appropriate treatment in coordination with parents and guardians. Whether it be picking up a prescription or going for a consultation, students are always accompanied by an adult member of our staff, and parents are notified immediately. Oxbridge has close relationships with local doctors on every program as well as with leading hospitals in the cities in which our programs take place.

Please note that Oxbridge is not responsible for any expenses related to doctor or dental visits, dental, medical, or therapeutic treatment, hospital visits, hospitalization, transportation to and from a health care provider including emergency transportation, prescription medicine, and over-the-counter medicine. For additional information about additional health and safety measures related to COVID-19, please click here.