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.

Canada – Both our Toronto and Vancouver schools have been approved to the DLI list by the IRCC for their Covid-19 safety and readiness plans. Therefore, students with study permits may come and study at either school.

The government of Ontario placed Toronto under lockdown until January 23 2021 due to COVID-19. Therefore, although our Vancouver school is currently open, the Toronto school is currently offering classes online, with a plan to resume face-to-face classes as of Tuesday, February 16 2021.

New Zealand – Our school in Auckland is open and is teaching face-to-face and online.

Australia – All of our schools are teaching face-to-face and online.

United Kingdom – All of our schools are temporarily closed due to local government advice for Coronavirus. All our classes are available online. The schools will re-open for face-to-face classes on March 1 2021.
Note that our London 30+ school is now co-located with our main London school in Covent Garden.

Ireland – Our Dublin school is temporarily closed due to local government advice for Coronavirus. All our classes are available online. The schools is expected to re-open for face-to-face classes on February 1 2021, unless the lockdown is extended.

United States – Boston Harvard Square, Chicago, New York, and Seattle are now open.
We have temporarily closed our San Francisco Berkeley, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara schools due to local government advice for Coronavirus. All our classes are available online. The schools will re-open for face-to-face classes as soon as local restrictions are lifted. 

Switzerland, Alpadia Montreux – Montreux has a combination of face-to-face and online teaching depending on the levels. 

Germany, Alpadia Berlin and Freiburg – All classes are online . We expect schools to reopen on February 1 2021, unless restrictions are extended. 

France,  Alpadia Lyon  School is open and is teaching face-to-face.

Putting safety first

Our schools have all been adapted to ensure the greatest possible safety of students and staff, whilst maintaining a superb experience. Read more about the safety guidelines in place in our Kaplan schools which are open, or opening soon.

Last updated: 13/01/2021

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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 before October 31, starting before the end of 2020. Students can then, as circumstances allow, travel to start in our schools up to March 31, 2021.

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 in some of our schools (check at top of page for countries) and have implemented online learning instead. 

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 December 31 2021 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 March 1 2021, 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