The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates. Students are given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in the United Kingdom.
Current Situation in the United Kingdom
- CDC Level: 4
- Department of State Advisory Level: 4
If you are fully vaccinated with a UK-approved vaccine (and you will need to prove this in a different manner, depending on where you have been vaccinated), before departure you must book and pay for a Covid test (PCR), to be taken before the end of Day 2 (students will be given instructions on how to book this test); and you must complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result. If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0. If your test result is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
- Please see the gov.uk web site for full details on travel to England.
- Please note that if a student tests positive for the Omicron variant at any time, both they and their close contacts will need to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccine status.
- If quarantine is needed, food deliveries will be organized by the Middlebury staff. Students are responsible for all expenses related to quarantine (hotel, food delivery, taxis), testing, and unplanned departure.
- Medical care will be available through Middlebury staff, local NHS surgery and 111, or 999 in the event of an emergency.
- Students can contact program staff by phone whenever they need.
- Orientation will be held online and students will begin their academic work whilst any quarantine continues.
- At present, we are only aiming to house single-room occupants on site, meaning some students will be placed nearby, but not in the center itself.
- Students will live in a small household of 6-8 students max. with no mixing of households within the building.
- Students will be provided with more housing details about two weeks prior to arrival.
Middlebury Center Space
- Space will be reconfigured for safety.
- Library: students encouraged to use online materials as much as possible, and will be a system for ordering/delivery/return and quarantining of books. They can talk to the Librarian by email.
- There will be an enhanced cleaning regime. Students, faculty and staff will be instructed to play their part in ensuring that teaching rooms remain clean, with materials supplied on-site.
- Students can contact program staff by phone whenever they need, and we will organize set office hours.
- Because of quarantine requirements and the academic structure of the program, international travel is prohibited.
- Students may travel elsewhere within the UK. Students must inform program staff if they intend to stay away overnight, and students will be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to register all travel. All such travel outside Oxford, and associated losses, are at students’ own risk, and may impact others in their household.
- Students are strongly encouraged to limit their use of public transport wherever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because we run our own academic program, we have the flexibility to adjust if students need to leave Oxford before the end of the semester. Instruction could continue remotely if needed.
The amount students will have to pay for testing will vary depending on their vaccine status. At the moment, we are estimating in the sphere of £130 on arrival and £150 on departure. If students need to quarantine, they should budget for food expenses at approximately £20 per day.
If a student has symptoms or otherwise believes that they have contracted Covid, they should notify staff, go into quarantine, and get a PCR test (and instructions for how to do this have been given to students). If a student is confirmed as having Covid, the rest of their household will need to be tested. However, these household members will only be obliged to isolate if they test positive or develop symptoms themselves. If students are well enough, we will aim to continue with their academic work whilst testing and quarantining proceeds.
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
If students experience symptoms or otherwise believe they have contracted Covid-19, they should notify staff, go into quarantine, and get a PCR test (instructions for how to order tests have been given to students). If a student is confirmed as having Covid, the rest of their household will need to be tested. However, these household members will only be obliged to isolate if they test positive or develop symptoms themselves. Of course, if anybody’s situation becomes very bad, then we will seek medical help for them.
No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals in the host country are required to be vaccinated. Many other countries are not as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that roommates, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.