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Our COVID Booking Guarantee

We want all our students to be able to book courses with confidence. That’s why we are offering a simply promise with our COVID Booking Guarantee.

If you need to change your course because of COVID-19, you can choose to postpone to 2022 (at 2021 prices) or ask for a full refund (except for any bank or currency conversion fees).

COVID-19 in Scotland

Rates of COVID-19 are now low. In Edinburgh, there are still some restrictions, but most things are open.

For example, from 17 May 2021 you can…

  • … meet outdoors in groups of up to 8 people
  • … meet indoors (in houses, cafes and restaurants) in groups of up to 6 people from 3 households
  • … visit places like museums, castles, and other tourist attractions
  • … travel around Scotland
  • … go to gyms, swimming pools and shops

You should….

  • … stay 2m apart from people you don’t live with (except if you meet in their house or garden)
  • … wear a face-covering in places like shops and on public transport
  • … avoid crowded places
  • … self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test if you have any symptoms of the virus

Everyone in Scotland can get free regular tests for COVID-19. We recommend all our students take 2 tests a week. Find out more on our blog. We also recommend you download the Protect Scotland App.

You can find the latest information about COVID-19 in Scotland on the Scottish Government website and BBC News Scotland.

Measures in the School

Alba English is open for face-to-face classes. Things are a little different in the school.

  • You will have 2m distance or a plastic screen between you and other people in your class
  • The windows will be open to increase ventilation
  • You will have to wear a face covering in common areas, but not when you are in the classroom
  • We have lots of hand sanitiser so you can regularly wash your hands
  • We clean the tables and chairs before every class

These measures may change over the summer, depending on government advice changing.

‘Traffic Light’ System

Some people have to self-isolate for 10 days when they arrive in Scotland. It depends on where you are travelling from. Each country is on a red, amber or green list.

Find out which countries are red, amber and green at this link. Note that the list is regularly reviews and countries can move between lists.

Here are some other useful links

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I travel from an ‘Amber’ country?

If you travel from an amber country, you’ll have to self-isolate for 10 days. If you book your accommodation with us, you'll need to stay in a hotel or AirBnB before moving into homestay after completing your self-isolation. For students taking a course of 4 or more weeks, we’ll include our 10 Day English Challenge, which includes activities to do in English and four 15-minute Zoom calls with a teacher to check on your progress and answer your questions. We’ll deliver the pack to your address in Edinburgh!

What happens if I have symptoms of COVID-19 while in Edinburgh?

If you develop symptoms, you must not leave your house except to get a test. Please book your test on the NHS Scotland website. If you need help knowing what to do or need support while self-isolating, contact us (by email or phone - don’t come to the school) and we will do our best to help!

What happens if I have to self-isolate during my course?

If you have been in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus, or test positive yourself, you will be asked by the government to self-isolate for 10 days.

At present, the virus is not at a high level in Scotland, so the chance of this happening is very low. However, if it does happen, we have options for you:

  • Part-time students (taking 9 or fewer classes per week) can pause their course and take the classes at the end.
  • Full-time students (taking 10 or more classes per week) can choose to pause their course and take the classes at the end or have their two face-to-face classes in the morning replaced by a one-hour private online class.

Just email us and let us know about your situation and we'll be ready to help!