Tips for Studying abroad in times of COVID-19

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Studying abroad is a dream for thousands of students graduating each each year all over the world and the same applies for Nepalese students too. Due to the unprecedented changes brought out by COVID-19, many students had to postpone their plans until the universities start offering face to face classes or have deferred their semester with a hope that things will be back to normal.

Studying abroad is a dream for thousands of students graduating each each year all over the world and the same applies for Nepalese students too. Due to the unprecedented changes brought out by COVID-19, many students had to postpone their plans until the universities start offering face to face classes or have deferred their semester with a hope that things will be back to normal.

A huge number of students who had received their offer letter had to defer their offers because they could not get the No objection certificates required for the transfer of the fees. Students, parents, consultants and universities are nervous all alike but things have to move on with the necessary safety measures. Here are a few tips if you are planning to study abroad.

  • Plan your application in advance
    You must take in account that things will take more time than normal days and the workforce almost everywhere has been reduced by a significant proportion. If you are applying at a highly competitive university, you should expect delays in processing and you should keep a buffer period of at least 1-2 months.
  • Be realistic with your Finances
    Unlike the normal days, finding a job during your study in the destination country can be difficult and many countries still have a soft lockdown and additional health and safety measures in place.
    It is important that you estimate enough funds for your living expenses in addition to the tuition fees when planning your budget and have a back up plan in case things don’t work out or the number of cases rise and your learning goes completely online.
  • Online, Blended or Face to face
    Most of the universities have already switched to teaching in online format but not all the programs can be taught online. You should check with your university whether the program of your choice is offered as an online, blended or face to face format. Many students who are applying for studying abroad right now are not accustomed to online teaching and they may have setbacks with the experience once they arrive in destination country.
  • Check the health & safety measures at the campuses
    For students whose programs have been switched to completely online, the health and safety measures at the campuses won’t be an issue, however if your study program requires in person attendance, you are required to abide by these rules and regulations.
  • Talk to your university or a student
    You should be proactive and talk to the international office of the university regarding the support that is offered to international students or the issues that are currently faced by international students on the campuses. If possible, you should also try to talk to one of the student ambassadors who will be able to give you an idea of campus life right now.

It is a global understanding that COVID-19 will be here for a foreseeable future and you should get used to it and try learning online as this is going to be a new way of teaching and learning for most of the theoretical subjects. If you do not have experience with online learning, you should check some of the free courses in the websites such as edx.org, coursera.org etc.

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