With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a question that has been on the mind of many is “how will the pandemic affect studying abroad”. This question is an especially valid question, as a lot of Indian students, prior to the outbreak have put in place, a plan to travel abroad for their higher education.
A lot of countries, at this time, have put in place, some measures aimed at improving the situation of things in the economy and the education sector. In the face of the COVID-19, countries (and specific institutions in such countries) have put measures in place for students to continue learning despite the pandemic that has obstructed a lot of physical activities. This and other impact or effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on foreign studies is what we will look at in this article.
Let’s examine below some of the already clear and noticeable impacts of the outbreak of coronavirus.
- No physical teaching and examinations: Prior to COVID-19, schools have opened and operated physically across various countries. However, with the new order of things, physical learning has been suspended in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus. Unlike before, there are no more on-campus activities, no more physical lectures, no more physically written exams, and classes have been shifted online where possible, and total suspended where the online class is impossible or inefficient. For students already in active higher education, this might mean that they’ll experience a delay in graduation and degree-awarding.
- Movement restrictions In and out of countries: Unlike, how seamless movement has always been from a country to another, the outbreak of coronavirus has made some countries put strict and stringent regulation and restriction on movement. A lot of countries have closed their borders for entry and exit. This means that some people (and students) are currently stranded in their host countries, while others can not travel to their country of choice. Therefore, most students, at the moment, can not be able to travel down to their host country for the physical learning process.
- Eligibility issues: One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, as mentioned earlier, is the potential delay in the awarding of degrees to students. This is not only limited to higher institutions of learning, but also the awarding of diplomas and other degrees. When this happens, students might discover that they are unable to meet all the requirements for getting admission, thereby, putting a temporary hold on their dream to study abroad
- Meeting application deadlines and altered admission procedures: Another big and noticeable effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on studying abroad is that for most institutions in different countries, the regular admission procedures have been altered. This significant alteration brought about by the new order arising from the virus outbreak can cause a number of issues with registration as students might find it a little hard to meet up with application deadlines. This could result from various sources like delayed certification from previous schools among other reasons. When this happens, students who have planned to study abroad might find out that it has become a little harder for them to get what they wanted.
- Suspension of activities: Some countries have suspended quite a number of activities in the education sector. Due to the number of students, and the frequent contact among them, there is a need to incorporate a compulsory suspension of activities until further notice. Examples are MBBS in Russia, MBBS in Ukraine, and a lot of other countries and courses where there regular practical classes, extracurricular activities, field works, group projects and so on have been suspended till it becomes less or non-risky to continue with them. This is a very big effect on the decision of students in India who are looking to further their education and get their MBBS and other degrees from a foreign institution.
These effects, notwithstanding, students should not fret or be worried about their wish to study abroad. Students, instead, should ensure that they conduct a regular and timely check on the website or other information portals of their preferred institution. Not only that, but students should also stay abreast of happenings and occurrences i their country of choice. Doing this will ensure that they stay connected to their dream and that they are well informed about the situation of things in their desired country of destination for their foreign studies.
In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has in its own way affected the situation of education in various countries of the world. As a result of this, Foreign and International Studies have been affected as well. However, the situation has been looked into by various persons and personnel, and fixes are been put in place. Therefore, despite the breakout of the virus and the way it has affected everything, students can rest, assured that their dream to study abroad is not dead yet.