Health and Safety
Arrival and Departure:
All students are met at the airport upon arrival and escorted to the program. At the conclusion of the program, students are accompanied to the airport where our staff oversee check-in. One of our representatives remains at the airport until all students have departed.
Safety and Supervision:
Our programs take place in secure residences with 24-7 security. Day-to-day life is overseen by a program Director and a team of Deans drawn from reputable schools around the world as well as our faculty. Each program has an office on-site which is open and staffed from 8am until well past midnight to ensure all students can seek advice or assistance when needed. Students are expected to check in with the Deans every evening before curfew. The Director, the Deans, and some other members of the faculty live in the residences alongside the students to ensure round-the-clock supervision and care.
Rules about exploring the cities vary from program to program. Generally, students are free to discover the surrounding area in groups without adult supervision during the day and, in the programs for older students, in the evening. At other times, staff are available to accompany students.
On the Oxford and Cambridge Prep programs, all students must check in with a Dean between 9 and 10 p.m. Program staff then perform bedroom checks at lights-out, which is at 11 p.m. On the other programs, students check in with the Deans between 10 and 11 p.m. They can then make use of the common areas, watch movies, or socialize quietly until midnight, when they are expected to be in their own rooms.
All programs have residential Medical Officers. Oxbridge enjoys close relationships with doctors on every program and with leading hospitals in the cities in which they take place. Through our parent organization, WorldStrides, we also provide around-the-clock access to a U.S.-based doctor for phone consultations.
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 information:
Please consult your family's medical insurance policy well in advance of the start of the programs to learn more about your coverage.
If students are traveling outside their home country to attend one of our programs, we strongly urge them to consider having full medical insurance. England, France, and Spain all provide excellent emergency medical care, irrespective of citizenship. Be prepared, however, to pay up front for their services - and keep your receipts, as many insurers will only reimburse you after the fact. American hospitals also offer excellent emergency care, but the costs can be extremely high, so it is particularly crucial that students are covered by an insurance policy if you are coming from elsewhere to one of our programs in the United States. All our programs are within easy reach of medical surgeries and hospitals should the need for such facilities arise.
Our programs take place in secure residences in safe neighborhoods. All our residences have 24-7 security.