Covid-19 has fundamentally changed a lot of things in a lot of lives. It has made health and hygiene a vital part of everyday life. The necessities of life have had to be re-evaluated, and a whole new meaning to socializing has been created. Working is a brand-new experience, shopping is online, and studying is also now on an online platform with lecturers and students both having to adjust to a new way of doing things.
So, what do you need to know if you are planning to study abroad in a post-Covid world?
Here is a simple guide:
1. Research a field of study
Whatever has changed, knowing the field you want to study in abroad is vital to your plans. This will give you a direction and a goal to work towards as well as narrow down your options and places of study. Different countries have different Covid-19 protocols and knowing your field of study will allow you to identify the protocols relate to your chosen country, thus allowing you to plan and prepare better.
2. Analyze the situation
Covid-19 is a pandemic that is affecting the entire world at present. Different countries are handling the pandemic in different ways. It is vital to analyze the situation globally, to see how things are progressing and what steps are being taken regarding containing the virus as well as the distribution of the vaccine in the countries that you are planning to study in.
3. Budgeting finance
Budgeting finance is an important step in studying abroad, this is truer now than ever with the pandemic and the resulting changes to work, school and life in general. Ensure to budget your finances with Covid-19 requirements in mind. These could be costs for PCR tests, cost of living (part-time jobs may be hard to come by in your destination country) as well as costs for general health and safety such as masks and sanitisers.
4. Economic downturn – the effects to you
The economies of many countries have been affected negatively due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These effects will be felt for years to come as countries try to recover. There is a global economic downturn at present and this will affect everyone, especially students studying abroad. It is vital to ensure that you take this into consideration in your studies abroad and prepare, as necessary. Jobs may be harder to find and having an income might prove difficult, the cost of living may also rise, and priority will be given to a country’s citizens in such situations.
5. Enroll and begin studies online
Do not wait to travel to start your studies. You can enrol now and start your studies online and then proceed to travel as and when the country’s borders are open. Most countries are making exceptions for international students on their student visas and work visas. Research on the visa exceptions to know how you can take advantage of these. We at Adventus are more than happy to help you navigate this smoothly.
6. Managing Your Mental and Physical Health
It is vital to maintain both your physical as well as mental health during these trying times. Covid-19 has isolated us from each other and changed life as we know it. It is always best to stay healthy and happy through exercise, diet and proper self-care to ensure there are minimum effects to your health, both physically and mentally. Also, ensure to check up on your friends in these times.
Adventus Education is here to help you with all your questions and concerns in these trying times and we are more than happy to assist. Feel free to get in touch with us for further details and help with preparing to study abroad in 2021.
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