The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad During the Pandemic
There’s no doubt that studying abroad is a unique adventure that allows you to explore different places and be exposed to different cultures!
But due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, studying overseas has become harder than it already is.
However, who said it wasn’t possible to proceed with caution? The appeal of pursuing a university education overseas hasn’t been dampened by the pandemic, but it’s important to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Here are a few aspects to take into account when studying abroad during this current pandemic.
1. Is Vaccination Necessary?
The biggest question for prospective international students is: must you be vaccinated before you can fly to your destination? Depending on the country you’re travelling to, the requirements for vaccination may defer.
For instance, only vaccinated students can enter Australia under the new ‘traffic light’ border. Most universities in the US also require international students to be vaccinated before travelling to the States.
On the other hand, certain vaccines may not be accepted at the destination country upon arrival just yet. When in doubt, contact your local healthcare representative and inquire about vaccine passes for international student travel.
2. Safety Essentials To Bring & Buy In Your Study Destination
Face masks and hand sanitisers may be readily available anywhere in Singapore but that might not be the case in other countries. Before taking off, ensure that you have everything you need and a sufficient amount of them as well.
It may not be as common, but a few countries in Europe require the use of face shields. Since this is a rare commodity, it would help to bring your own before travelling.
Don’t forget to consider the climate of your study destination. Bring wardrobe essentials that are best suited for the weather like a winter jacket in the U.K. or perhaps a sun hat for summers in Australia.
3. Research On Destination Countries
While it is essential to look up the general national rules of your study destination country, make it a point to find out about COVID-19 specific rules as well.
It is not only the United States that has now opened its borders to international students. Several other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England to Canada have prepared to welcome back international students.
4. Research On Medical & Emergency Options For International Students
Students are highly encouraged to research the medical facilities that are accessible in their destination country. Various environmental factors can bring about country-specific emergencies that you may not experience in your home country, including cold weather, fog, or even hazardous road conditions.
Having a medical emergency telephone number on speed dial would help prepare for medical emergencies abroad. Remember: it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Understand Your Insurance & General Healthcare Options
Along with knowing your medical and emergency options as an international student, understanding healthcare and insurance plans will come in handy in the future.
Generally, healthcare fees cost slightly more for foreigners than locals. Try to get a health insurance plan that can cover all types of healthcare expenses while you’re overseas. Not only will this save you valuable time but it’ll also save you a significant amount of money.
6. Get Your Finances & Daily Living Costs Settled
A great deal of preparation for studying abroad will go into getting your finances in check. Unlike living in your home country, there will be a ton of additional expenses to consider once you start living on your own.
These include tuition fees, accommodation, transportation, food, and everything in between. Ensure that you have a plan in place in order to afford the cost of living overseas.
7. Register & Locate Your Local Embassy & IDP Helpline
In case of any emergencies or logistical hurdles, your local embassy will be the first one to help you.
The primary purpose of an embassy is to represent the home country and assist international students who are from there.
If you happen to run into any trouble during your stay in your destination country, don’t hesitate to reach out to your embassy representative for assistance. Alternatively, you may also contact the IDP helpline for legal advice, visa-related queries, or to seek a medical professional.
Embark On Your Study Abroad Adventure With IDP
We know that living in a brand new environment can be a daunting feat, especially if you travelled to your study destination alone.
With the help of our IDP counsellors, not only will you be in safe hands throughout this process but we will help you navigate the various university options and course application procedures seamlessly.
Book your free counselling session today and maximise your future career potential with us!