Hello everybody, it’s been a while since you last heard from us since the occurrence of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Due to COVID-19 and its potential impact on international students , we were unfortunately left with no choice but to temporarily stop our operations. But we are pleased to announce that we are now back.
We will try to focus on all issues related to international students and COVID-19. We hope to give you the most useful information that you need to deal with these difficult times.
Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to predict what will exactly happen in the near future. However, we have picked a list of subjects that we deem to be of most interest to international students:
1) Study abroad vs. studying in home country
The first question in every prospective student’s mind is whether they should study abroad or study in their home country through distance/ online learning.
Even before the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on International students this may have been a hard evaluation for many. Regardless, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Last year, we dedicated an article to this subject (which you can find here)
Whilst your first priority is learning and achieving your desired qualification, perhaps the other factor to consider is the sort of experience that you are looking for.
Undoubtedly moving to another country is a life-changing experience. It also enables you to grow as a person and achieve a new mindset.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is perhaps appropriate to consider how much of a priority the latter is to you. Given the uncertainty of these times, you may have to be isolated (due to potential lockdowns). Therefore, your experience of studying abroad may be completely different to normal times.
If you believe that the experience of going abroad is equally important as your desired qualification, then perhaps going to study abroad will be the right option for you. However, you should do so with an awareness of the potential impacts of any future lockdowns.
2) Finding student accommodation
Choosing between studying abroad and distance learning is the first question. Your next concern will be finding where to live.
Just as the first issue, finding the right student accommodation requires you to consider a number of factors.
From choosing the type of student housing and numerous other factors, the COVID-19 pandemic gives you extra things to think about.
We have identified two factors that students should take into account when looking for student accommodation in the post-pandemic world. These are:
- The cleaning and hygiene facilities on offer in the student accommodation
- Landlord or provider’s cancellation policy in relation to COVID19
3) Looking after your (mental) health
Your health and mental health is of utmost importance. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed health challenges for everyone’s health, including mental well-being. Thus, it’s important that you take all necessary steps and the help that you need to ensure you remain well.
Ensure that you take all the necessary precautions advised by health authorities in relation to protecting yourself from COVID-19.
In case you need to go into self-isolation, it is also useful to make use of advised coping methods to protect your mental health.