CoronaVirus Latest Updates

Coronavirus – latest updates

Have a question about your studying abroad plans? Here’s a summary of the latest situation

The latest updates on our schools 

We are pleased to provide an update on our plans to re-open our schools with enhanced safety measures. These dates are dependent on local government regulations and are subject to change at any time.

New Zealand – now open

Switzerland, Alpadia Montreux – now open

Germany, Alpadia Berlin – now open

Germany, Alpadia Freiburg reopening 22 June

France,  Alpadia Lyon reopening 29 June

Canada – reopening 13 July

Australia – reopening 13 July

United Kingdom – London Covent Garden, Oxford, Liverpool – reopening 10 August

All other schools – in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States are now scheduled to reopen on 31 August (UK 1 September).

Alpadia Summer Camps
Alpadia has taken the decision to cancel all 2020 Summer Camp Programs in the UK, France, Germany and postpone to 2021. 
In Switzerland, Montreux Riviera and Engelberg will not be opening, however the Leysin Summer Camp will be open for 8-15 year old students (not subject to travel restrictions) and is offering French, German and English language courses.  Click here to see our Leysin Summer Camp safety guidelines.

Putting safety first

We have been working to ensure the greatest possible safety of students and staff, as well as a great experience. In addition to meeting all local health requirements, we will put the following measures in place:

  • A blend of classroom lessons and online specific skills classes and K+ Clubs
  • Face to face lessons five days a week, with staggered class start times
  • Social distancing measures throughout each school
  • Classes in our largest rooms, with social distancing and reduced numbers where necessary
  • Masks to be worn in school common areas*
  • Daily temperature checks for everyone in school*
  • Hand sanitizer available in each classroom and common areas
  • Daily cleaning of heavily used equipment
  • Clear signage reminding of social distancing and the importance of sanitizing

We will also offer a range of socially distanced in-person social activities, as well as continuing to provide our successful online clubs and classes, which students can switch to at any time.

*Not in Australia and New Zealand or at Alpadia schools

Last updated: 14/6/2020

Am I going to be able to travel?

Am I going to be able to travel?

This varies from country to country. A good place to look is your government’s coronavirus website.

You can find information from each of our destination countries here:

New 'Best of both' offering

We have received a very positive reaction to the launch of our online program, K+ Live. What students all seem to agree on, however, is that there is no substitute for travelling abroad and learning through an immersive experience. We at Kaplan couldn’t agree more!

As a result, we have been working on a new offering that blends our successful online program in the short term with our traditional face-to-face classes once our schools are open. The idea is that you can start your studies immediately online using K+ Live, and then travel to one of our schools later in the year, at a special, reduced tuition rate.

Best of Both offers Kaplan General, Semi-Intensive and Intensive courses, as well as selected business and exam preparation programs, when booking at least two weeks of our K+ Live online classes, starting no later than 24 August. Students can then, as circumstances allow, travel to start in our schools in 2020.

The same tuition fee will apply to both the online and in-school aspect of the course for the full duration of the booking. These rates will apply to every school in each destination country, regardless of their current pricing, in some cases there are savings of up to 50%. There is no additional summer supplement or enrolment fee. And we will back this offer with our Book with Confidence Guarantee  – if you are unable to travel because of COVID-19 related restrictions, you can postpone the course or take it online instead. 

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Are Kaplan schools open?

Are Kaplan schools open?

The health, safety and well-being of students, staff, and host families is of paramount importance to all of us at Kaplan International Languages. Due to the spread of Coronavirus, we have temporarily suspended face-to-face teaching and have implemented online learning instead. The online-only teaching is starting at all of our locations by Monday March 23 and running until Monday July 13.

Online classes will be as similar as possible to actually being in the school. In most cases they will be with the same teachers, for the same number of hours at the normal schedule. The lessons can be accessed from laptops, computers and phones. Students can participate fully, both by speaking and in writing. There are extensive group activities and presentations, quizzes and polls. Teachers will measure progress through continuous assessment and by regular tests using our proprietary adaptive test, KITE. Students also have full access to K+ Online and K+ Online Extra tools as normal.

If you would like to know more, please contact us to speak to a consultant.

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Can I study now?

We're bringing the classroom to your home with K+ LIVE, our online immersive learning experience. While you’re stuck at home, it’s a great time to learn English until you can study abroad again.

Just like in our schools, you'll participate in interactive class exercises with our top teachers and a small group of other international students. You'll have unlimited access to our online learning materials to use in your own time, as well as a social activity prorgram after classes!

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I’m planning ahead – should I book?

I’m planning ahead – should I book?

There’s no reason why not.

Our Book with Confidence Guarantee provides flexibility so you make plans and adjust them as needed. Any language course booked with Kaplan or Alpadia between now and August 31st 2020 can be deferred at no extra cost – including summer surcharges or seasonal price differences – to any date in the next 18 months. So, you have the maximum flexibility to enjoy the great experience of language travel when you want.

In addition, please be aware that if your travel plans are disrupted for reasons related to coronavirus – such as government-imposed travel restrictions, flight cancellations which cannot be rebooked to their original destinations or symptoms of COVID-19 – we will waive all cancellation fees, and will refund your application and accommodation placement fees.

I’m booked for a future date – can I come?

I’m booked for a future date – can I come?

Our schools are online only until Tuesday 13 July, but after that date we plan to go back to our renowned immersive learning experience. We look forward to welcoming you then. If you would like to know more, please contact us to speak to a consultant.

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If you have any questions about your plans please do not hesitate to contact us