UPDATED: 17 March 2022
OSAP is keeping abreast of the Covid-19 situation in the UK in a robust way, and is regularly passing updates to our students and partner programmes.
OSAP aims to provide the most intensive and enriching experience possible for all of our students during the current disruption to overseas study. Please note that all OSAP programmes for each upcoming term are continuing as planned, and online applications are open (www.osapabroad.com/apply).
In addition, current students, prospective students, parents/guardians and home university administrators may consult various updates, detailed below, which include the latest guidance from the University of Oxford as well as OSAP’s responses.
All Covid-19 restrictions in England will end on 18 March 2022. All legal limits on social contact have been removed. There are currently no limits on social gatherings indoors or outdoors. Face coverings are no longer required. There are no requirements for testing or isolation.
On 14th March 2022, the University of Oxford issued the following statement (from https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/status):
“In light of the government’s announcement to remove all remaining COVID-19 legal restrictions in England, the University has decided not to alter most of its current COVID-19 related arrangements until soon after the end of term (i.e. end of week 10, Saturday 26 March) as transmission remains high. It also decided to remain at Stage 1 of its Business Continuity Planning (BCP) framework, until this date to avoid changes that might disrupt the term.
This means the University’s health guidance will remain in place until the end of week 10 and it’s important that all staff and students continue to follow health measures to reduce the spread of the virus. For more information visit the COVID-19 health page.
It is expected that the University will move to Stage 0 of the BCP framework with effect from 27 March 2022 and the University will confirm this decision in due course.”
NB: “Stage 0” means the University will return to pre-Covid arrangements, with all students being taught in person and all testing/mask/isolation requirements being lifted.
(Updated 17 March 2022)
As of 18 March 2022 there are no requirements for masks, pre-departure tests, passenger locator forms or quarantine for travellers arriving in England (this applies to all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status). Simply book your flight in the usual way and turn up at Heathrow/Gatwick to take a 1.5- to 2-hour coach journey to Oxford’s Gloucester Green Bus Station (see https://www.theairlineoxford.co.uk/).
Please contact OSAP at [email protected] should you have any questions about current travel requirements, or if you need assistance in any way as you plan your journey to Oxford.
Travel to the USA from the UK:
US authorities currently require all incoming travellers–including US citizens–from the United Kingdom to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to departure for the United States. See https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-airline-faqs.html
The University of Oxford and its constituent colleges intend to make provisions for all students for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Academic Yeasr.
Please consult this website, maintained and updated regularly by the University of Oxford, for useful coronavirus advice for University colleges, students, and staff.
Public Health England and the UK Government have published these guidelines for anyone in any setting, chief among which is covering one’s mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and frequent and thorough hand-washing.
Online applications for all WISC/OSAP programmes for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Academic Years are open:
Should you have further questions, please contact [email protected].
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OSAP is pleased to report that all OSAP programmes for the 2021-22 and 2022-223 Academic Years are scheduled to continue as normal, and online applications are open.
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