Photo: @cottonbro on pexels.comAmid the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak’s rapid spread, you might fear you won’t be able to study abroad this year. Don’t feel afraid. Here’s an article about how the Coronavirus impacts potential student plans on studying abroad.
Even though the circumstance doesn’t look too fantastic right now, we would like to encourage you to hold your sights on the target and not give up on your studies. You’re just going to need to reconsider the schedule for the coming months.
There are four ways you can respond to this situation, while you don’t give up your dream of studying abroad:
1. Follow the original plan and carry on with your application process
If you wanted to study this year, that implies you have begun the application phase already. Why quit now, then?
Most academic years begin in September or October all over the world. Although it is impossible to predict for certain when the outbreak of the virus may intensify and continue to decrease, certain predictions mention the duration between May and July (although not all parts of the world can settle to the same approximate period). Around this point several colleges are currently already approving students’ online applications.
However, even though this crisis persists (which is possible) after July, the universities must respond to these rising circumstances. Universities are as influenced by the events as are graduates, with enrollment deadlines that suit the changes in the scheme of the academic year.
Although there’s a lot of different details circulated in the media at the moment, make sure you keep aware about COVID-19 spreading from official outlets including the World Health Organization (WHO).
So, if you can, keep on with the application process steps. It’s always a smart idea to contact the universities for more details. Many colleges provide online application systems and you don’t need to fly to the college to register.
If the university postpones submissions, now is an outstanding opportunity to start finding details about visas and job permits, should you intend to work whilst living overseas.
In August, several colleges already have late submission deadlines and you may want to keep an eye on those too.
2. Postpone the study until early 2021
Sure, you may not be optimistic that this issue will be fixed early, so you agree that it is best to delay your foreign studies until 2021. And perhaps you’d like to adjust your original destination because it’s one of the countries most impacted by the virus.
We know, and we’ve covered you still! Because you just don’t apply next year doesn’t imply that you can’t continue researching your potential study opportunities and determine which new applications should commence by January 2021.
You can make effective use of your time staying at home by carefully conducting your research, evaluating your choices and finding out where you will apply next year. In the meantime register for your language exam and take it before you consider applying again. IELTS, PTE and TOEFL are English language tests which are the most common and widely accessible. All universities have language qualifications for their programs so you should demonstrate your English skills – even if you delay you’ll always get the next year’s credential available.
3. Study an online degree
Most potential foreign students are contemplating fully altering their study plans and are looking into opportunities for online learning provided by reputable universities across the world. As a result of the epidemic, several colleges have begun providing more online Bachelors and online Masters.
Since several online degrees have rolling admissions, this choice would hopefully not disrupt your study plans very much, ensuring you can apply at any time. You’ll also have to fulfill the appropriate acceptance criteria to submit. Classes can start every few months at any time or once. Only make sure your PC or laptop has the correct device specifications.
The main drawback is that it may take more years to complete the online degree compared with on-campus choices, based on the difficulty of the course. Others may have a concern, though, that the online classes have not had the same appeal as the campus one.
Well, it might be appropriate to take classes in surgery in a laboratory or elsewhere where you have exposure to practical training, but when it comes to many others, an online degree is just as valuable in the eyes of employers as a campus one.
The only differences generally are that it takes place in a virtual setting, so that you can replay the class tapes or submit your assignments some time before a deadline; that’s it!
4. Keep studying with the online courses
Regardless of any of the former choices you select in the future, you need not give up on your personal development right now, too. There are loads of short online courses to keep you busy, and to help you manage your time at home.
Some of these short-distance learning classes are often available at no fee, and other organizations are offering help to people around the world. You will enjoy your study from your sofa, in your cozy pjs, with these online short courses. The application process is indeed a thousand times simpler. Besides, you get to meet people you usually wouldn’t know. The friends you’ll make with an online degree are usually once in a lifetime.
Here are just a few examples:
Setting aside a certain amount of time each day for an online course can help you schedule your day better and keep your commitment and mental health up. Forget not to get creative!
As mentioned below, there are many topics you can learn that can be an advantage to your future studies.
- Start a journal, a blog, or write a script – exercise your writing skills.
- Learn a new language or brush up on one you already know.
- Read online articles and books about subjects you plan to study.
- Learn a new coding language (you’ll find almost all you need online).
- Learn how to play a musical instrument.
- Design a web page or learn how to do it.
- Learn how to use a visual design tool like Photoshop or Illustrator.
- Playing online role-playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons) with your friends can help you develop your communication skills, acting, and overall creative thinking.
Whatever course you want to take, don’t give up on your dreams of education and never quit studying!