Covid-19 Impact on Study Abroad Plans
Covid-19 has affected everyone but with increase in the number of cases everything is unpredictable. Given the current scenario, many international students are finding it difficult on how to face these challenges that has affected the education sector. In this situation, students are applying to universities, colleges and state universities abroad that are not very well known to be on the safer side because of the fear and havoc the Covid-19 has caused.
With all the uncertainty around let’s try to focus on the developments as still the education sector have got months to unfold.
- Online Learning – To reduce the spread, most of the universities have come up with online classes and all the on campus activities have been suspended. There are many virtual events organized by the University for us to understand and clarify doubts including virtual tours of the campus, which would help us as the next semester might be on campus.Also there are pre recorded lectures if we have missed out on any class.
- New Admission Criteria – Many universities have waived of GRE & GMAT scores and have given alternatives on how to submit the English Proficiency requirement (IELTS / TOEFL / PTE).For e.g.:- Duolingo Test which can be taken from home and for new test takers can attempt sample to understand the structure. It is also recognized by many institutions.To see where the test is accepted please make sure to go through the website for detailed information.
- Admission Application Procedure & Deadline – Universities have extended their deadlines for application and document submission. They have also started accepting online/scanned degree certificates which makes it possible for the students to submit and meet the deadlines. If by any chance you feel that you might not be able to meet the eligibility criteria please contact the admissions office. As it’s better to submit the application before the deadline and get extension for document submission.
The point is to stick to the plan and the decision can be taken as and when you get updates about the situation. Many students have opted for deferment, but with situation being so unpredictable; the best we can do is to wait and upgrade ourselves by gathering information on what can be done next. Universities abroad have also developed an enhanced, blended approach to teaching and learning.
Some individual modules may have changed as a result to provide more flexibility they are trying to help you get to grips with higher education, and potentially new ways of learning. This might include using new technologies to aid you in your learning.
As it’s said you are never too old to learn. Plans might change and the situation will get better. Whichever path you decide, just go ahead with it. There will ways be modifications needed but do not deviate.