For prospective students abroad, there are few things as daunting as choosing the right university. As Covid-19 affects admissions and education processes around the world, students will need to adjust their selection lists and college admissions plans.
Prior to the global pandemic, when choosing an institution, students would prioritize factors such as campus life. Distance learning, online assessment, and safe learning are among the top concerns for students today when planning a study abroad program.
Here are some of the other factors students consider when choosing their universities during Covid-19:
When Covid-19 broke out, universities around the world turned to online forms of learning for students – both current and future. After more than a year of distance learning, students want to study on campus. As cases decrease, universities are adopting a hybrid learning model in which they run courses both online and offline. For many students, this can be a crucial factor between two universities.
Ranking and quality of training
As international students applying to institutions from another country, rankings and testimonials from former students are some of the only feedback options that will help them make a decision. An institution’s rank in global university rankings enables students to understand the quality of their education. It therefore proves to be an important factor when choosing an institution.
Regardless of which country students want to study in, budget is one of the most important factors that all students consider. Students need to understand that tuition fees may seem astronomical, but financial aid and scholarships are always available to ease their burden. All they have to do is contact their respective institutions and ask for the list of scholarships. If there are any for which they might be considered, the universities try to offer them.
General safety and laws
Students dream of studying in a foreign country forever, but never at the expense of their own health. Students want to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before they can study abroad and universities that either offer vaccines or give vaccination orders to students before going abroad are preferred by students. WHO-approved vaccinations include those from Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer / BionTech, and Covishield from AstraZeneca / Oxford.
Admission criteria for admission
For both admission and college-level admission, exam results from tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, and TOEFL are some of the most important qualification criteria that universities typically require. In 2019-2020, universities around the world relaxed their admission requirements and even offered an application fee waiver to allow more students to apply for their dream programs. That list featured some of the top names like Cornell University, the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern, and more. As a result, institutions that offer these perks are more popular with students than those that don’t.
Work guidelines after graduation
Several countries understand the plight of international students stuck in their home countries during Covid-19 and have revised their post-graduate work visa guidelines. Countries like the UK and Canada have issued post-graduate work visas to students who completed their education online in 2020 and 2021. In fact, the UK government has extended its deadline and allowed international students to travel to the UK before September 27 if they want to be admitted to the program, which is one of the most important things students should consider when planning their studies abroad.
Education abroad may seem confusing to many, but the truth is that getting admission abroad is easier than in India. All students need to do is consider the right factors, do research based on personal preferences, and plan their trip abroad.
– Authorized by Ashish Fernando, Founder and CEO – iSchoolConnect
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