7 Reasons Why You Don’t Have To Postpone Studying Abroad
If you had plans to study abroad, you might be wondering if you might need to postpone them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With health and safety being the number one priority in many destinations, it seems that travelling to your dream study destination might be impossible and it might be best to wait out the pandemic till the next semester to begin.
However, there isn’t a need to postpone studying abroad to gain a quality education and the professional edge to help you succeed in your career path.
In many study destinations, such as Australia, governments and universities are taking serious measures to allow international students to study on campus while ensuring their safety.
The opportunity cost of adopting a wait and see strategy is steep. Not only will you lose precious time, but you could also suffer from a loss of academic momentum.
This will mean entering the workforce later than your peers and missing out on career-changing opportunities.
Thankfully, you can confidently move forward with your plans to study abroad and graduate on time despite the pandemic.
Let’s dive in!
1) Governments Are Taking Measures To Ensure Safety
Governments in various study destinations are taking measures to ensure the safety of international students who are either returning or heading to the country to study in person.
Australia, for example, will require returning students to be nominated by their educational institution under an approved international student arrival plan.
The plan will involve the travel and quarantine arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the individuals and the campus as a whole.
The UK also allows international students back to the country together with guidelines that include instructions for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and self-isolation upon arrival in the country.
This prioritises a Spring 2021 Roadmap where all higher education students can return to in-person learning from 17th May 2021.
2) Universities & Institutions Have Taken Precautionary Measures For Student Safety
Universities are constantly working to provide the safest environments for their students to learn and develop.
This includes supporting government measures of advising students to self-quarantine and providing avenues and an action plan to do so.
Lessons practice safe distancing with masks as well as a reduced attendance limit for enhanced student safety.
3) Blended Learning Helps To Balance Safety & Quality
Many institutions are also implementing hybrid learning environments where students can learn virtually and attention key in-person lessons where necessary.
Under this new normal, certain lectures that might have been held in large lecture halls can now be conducted from the safety of the student’s accommodation.
Experiential learning that requires in-person instruction will continue under careful supervision & safety measures.
This allows students to attend core lessons unaltered for a richer university and learning experience.
4) The Quality Of Online Learning Is Not Compromised
A very common question students have is “will the quality of the curriculum be different if a significant amount of lessons are conducted online?”
Universities are committed to delivering students the highest quality of education possible and the curriculum will not change from those of in-person lessons.
In fact, many institutions will have to dedicate more resources to develop quality online educational resources and hire additional help from lecturers and tutors
5) You Will Be Able To Build Independence & Understand New Cultures
The opportunity to build independence and learn about new cultures goes beyond physical learning.
Through blended learning programs and even during the online learning components, you will be exposed to new and different ways of learning - from the coursework to practicals.
Additionally, you will also build a self-starter attitude and develop independence in taking your learning to the next level.
Virtual interactions with your coursemates and lecturers will also allow you to appreciate and understand how to deal with various cultures, equipping you with an international perspective that is highly valued by employers.
6) You Will Still Be Able To Build Your Professional Network
While in-person lessons will undoubtedly be affected, you will still have limitless opportunities to network with alumni and fellow students in your faculty and course.
Through valuable in-person interactions, virtual video meeting sessions and online student societies, you’ll still be able to build your professional network that will pay dividends in the future as you embark on your career.
7) You’ll Be Able To Reach Your Career Goals On Time
By choosing to study abroad and move onwards with your plans, you’ll continue to have academic momentum on your side.
That means you’ll be able to better absorb lessons being taught as your mind is still fresh and programmed to learn efficiently.
This will allow you to better manage your curriculum, score better in examinations and graduate on time and take the next step towards your dream career.
Pursue Your Career Goals With IDP
At IDP, we are committed to helping you successfully pursue your study abroad dreams safely, especially during this period of uncertainty.
With our team of education counsellors, we help provide you with expert advice to help you select the right study destination, university and course overseas.