Our Covid-19 Response

Overview

Since 2005, our residential programs in Cambridge have truly been the highlight of every year. We were saddened not to be able to provide them for so many of our students in 2020 but we are more excited and motivated than ever as we look to the summer.  

In light of Covid-19, we appreciate that you may have particular concerns and questions for summer 2021.  Whilst it is difficult to predict at this stage precisely how summer 2021 might be different, we are optimistic that developments in terms of vaccinations, test and trace systems and preventative measures will enable us to deliver an unforgettable experience for our students in 2021. We understand that some things may have to be done slightly differently to previous years, and we are committed to adapting accordingly whilst still ensuring students can experience all of the life-changing highlights offered by a Reach Study Abroad program.

Rest assured, we are here to help and we wish to work with all our students to keep the lines of communication open over the coming months. Please read our briefing below and do contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

Our Covid-19 Safety Plan

‘Participant welfare is paramount to the Provider. The ratio of staff to participant numbers is generous for example, in some lessons, two teachers are provided, or additional supervisors allocated, to ensure learning and safety are optimised.’ British Accreditation Council, Reach Cambridge inspection report, 2018

Since our first program 15 years ago, the health and safety of our students and staff has been, and always will be, our number one priority. We have consistently met and exceeded rigorous standards in Student Welfare and Safety as part of our accreditation from the British Accreditation Council (BAC). Furthermore, our welfare processes and contingency plans have been honed over the many years we have been running our programs, as we have dealt with incidents both large and small that have demanded robust and clear action plans.

Our preparations for 2021 are even more extensive: we have a dynamic management plan and risk assessment for Covid-19 that we are developing and updating as guidance changes, to ensure we are well prepared for the summer. This broadly divides into four detailed sections on prevention, detection, diagnosis and care.

We are in regular communication with Cambridge colleges (who have all welcomed back undergraduates this academic year) to review, adapt and discuss their existing guidelines for Covid-19. We also have our own protocols for the general running of the programs, taking into account guidelines from WHO (World Health Organisation), PHE (Public Health England) and the UK government. Our highly experienced leadership team will be analysing, reviewing and updating all guidelines and protocols in light of any changes ahead of next year’s programs.

Apply with Confidence

We are making two promises to all our students this year:

  1. Apply Now, Save Now & Pay Later

In any other year, a deposit payment is necessary to reserve your place and take advantage of any early-bird discount on offer at the time of application. But this year we appreciate that students may wish to wait before they commit for the summer, and so we are making the following offer to all families: Apply now and not only will you reserve your place on your chosen program, you can also take advantage of our excellent early bird discount. Pay your deposit any time between now and 31st January 2021, safe in the knowledge that your place is reserved. Balance payments are not due until 31st March 2021.

How to take advantage of this offer in 3 easy steps:

  • Apply Now: Register to reserve your place
  • Save Now: Our early bird discount is automatically applied to your account, even if you don’t pay your deposit straight away
  • Pay Now or Pay Later:
    • Deposit payment deadline extended until 31st January 2021
    • Balance payment deadline 31st March 2021
  1. Our Refund Promise

In the event that Covid-19 restrictions prevent your attendance on your chosen program (e.g. your country’s government/the UK government imposes travel restrictions, Reach Cambridge is obliged to cancel a program, or you are unable to secure a visa), we will offer you a range of flexible options.

In the extraordinary circumstances outlined above, we will allow you to cancel and receive a refund of all monies paid upon informing us by email and presenting documents verifying the reason for your cancellation. Please see the Force Majeure in clause 31 of our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Do you have questions or feedback?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact form to arrange a phone call or online video call.

Many thanks for all your support & we can’t wait to welcome you to Cambridge!

The Reach Study Abroad Team