Coronavirus: Advice for CELTA and DELTA Candidates
Over the past month, there has been a growing concern about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect ongoing CELTA and DELTA courses due to travel restrictions and the possibility of temporary school closures.
We would like to let all of our CELTA candidates know that the dates that are advertised on our website are our confirmed CELTA courses that are currently going ahead. If you are in the application process and anything changes, you will be contacted asap and offered suitable alternatives/solutions.
At StudyCELTA, we have spoken with our partner schools around the world and checked the latest updates about this issue to find out the best solution for candidates who are caught up in the disruption or who are travelling abroad to take the CELTA or DELTA later in the year.
From a survey we have sent out to our partner schools, we have created a brief guide to ensure you know how to best protect yourself and that you are aware of other alternatives.
Disclaimer: This information is correct at the time of writing (17/03/2020). We will keep a close eye on the situation and update when necessary.
1. Travel Insurance
Regardless of Coronavirus, we recommend you book travel insurance in the case that your course is cancelled. As much as schools will try and find a solution for you, if you have arranged travel and accommodation independently, you will need to protect yourself with travel insurance, so you do not lose out on money.
2. Course Transfers
Always check terms and conditions, however most of our partner schools will allow you to transfer your course to a later date without extra cost if your travel plans or course is affected by the current disruptions. If you need to do this, get in touch with us or the school and request a transfer. Schools are allowing candidates 12 month extensions to transfer their course to a later date, but only in the case where official guidance or sanctions prevent you from attending the course e.g. government travel restrictions.
In the event that there are no CELTA or DELTA alternatives at the school, a refund may be considered. Some of our schools may be more lenient if you are having to cancel because of a boarder/travel restrictions within your country, however this is at the discretion of the school.
On acceptance onto a course, we recommend before placing a deposit to always read the school’s terms and conditions.
Cambridge Assessment English has asked all CELTA and DELTA accredited centres to follow the instructions of national and local governments, healthcare authorities and the advice of the World Health Organization to ensure that centres act only on official advice, not on rumours or unofficial advice spread by social media or other sources. It is the decision of the course provider whether they continue with the course.
If you have any concerns about your upcoming CELTA, please get in touch with a member of the StudyCELTA team.