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The IDP Study Abroad Guide For Students & Parents: All Your Questions Answered!

Studying abroad has always been a worthwhile experience. From obtaining a quality degree from an internationally recognised university to developing independence and an international perspective, it’s no wonder studying overseas is a valuable investment to build a successful career.

It is natural to have many questions that need answering, especially during these uncertain times.

At IDP, we have been helping students through their course selection and application process to fulfil their educational goals.

To accomplish this, we keep our ears to the ground to ensure students obtain the best education and experience possible while staying safe in their study destination.

Let us help answer some of the most popular questions that students and parents have asked us to help shed light on the current situation of studying abroad.

1) Will It Be Safe To Study Overseas?

Many study destinations have taken prudent measures to ensure the safety of the international students who are planning to study abroad in-person at their institutions.

The Australian Government, for example, has established their International Student Arrival Plan (which requires nomination by your university) to help students with their travel and quarantine arrangements to safely come to the country to study.

The UK Government has also given guidance to help international students prepare for their return (or flight) back to the country. This includes taking a COVID-19 test, pre-booking for a travel test package and self-isolation in your accommodation.

These measures collectively help students studying in the institutions to stay safe and foster an environment that prioritizes their health & well-being.

2) Why Are The Tuition Fees The Same If Online Learning From Home Is Part Of The Curriculum?

University tuition fees are kept the same as institutions and universities are committed to delivering students the same quality of education they would expect to get from in-person lessons.

To accomplish this, money will have to be spent to develop online educational resources as well as enlist help from various tutors and lecturers.

The coursework and lessons that students go through during this period are produced at the highest quality possible and will in no way affect the quality or authenticity of the degree earned.

3) Who Can We Turn Tor For Reliable Information & Advice Given The Uncertain Global Situation?

At IDP, we have the expertise and experience to help you navigate through these uncertain times with the latest advice to help you reach your educational goals.

From course selection and student visa application to planning your travel abroad, our education counsellors can help guide you through your unique situation & needs.

You can connect directly with an education counsellor here.

4) Are There Any Scholarships Or Financial Aid We Can Apply For As An International Student?

Yes, there are various scholarships offered by countries such as Australia, Canada and The UK.

For example, Australia offers their Australia Awards Scholarships from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, which pays for the full tuition fees including air travel and living expenses.

There are also many universities that offer merit-based, program-specific and sports scholarships that you or your child can apply for.

Our IDP educational counsellors can help you to identify and apply for the relevant and applicable scholarships unique to your situation.

The IDP Study Abroad Guide For Students & Parents

5) Can I Continue To Stay In My Country Of Study After I Graduate To Find A Job?

Yes, many study destinations welcome international students to stay on and work after graduation.

For example, students learning abroad in Australia can apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa that will allow them to stay and work in the country for 2 to 4 years after graduation.

In Canada, you’ll be able to apply for their Post-Graduation Work Permit that allows you to remain in the country for up to 3 years to work there.

You can contact our IDP counsellors to help you navigate your options, especially during this uncertain period, should you want to work in your host country after graduation.

6) Is It Possible To Work While I Study Overseas?

Yes, as an international student, you will be able to take on various part-time jobs (from being a personal tutor to a sales rep) in various study destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

It is important to note that you will have to get your work permit together with your student visa and meet the various requirements necessary to be allowed to work and study at the same time.

For example, in Australia, you are entitled to work up to 20 hours every fortnight during your school term and with no limits during your term breaks.

7) Will Studying A Curriculum Online Affect The Quality Of My Degree Or Future Prospects Of Employment?

No. Your degree will still be fully recognized. The curriculum will still be the same as well as the various examinations and requirements that you will need to complete in order to graduate.

Certain universities and courses will incorporate blended learning where you can experience both in-person and online lessons.

8) Would It Be Possible To Live Off-Campus When Studying Overseas?

Yes, however, it will depend on your needs and your budget.

The majority of universities offer on-campus residences that many students choose to stay in to save on costs and be near their classes and study mates.

You can always check your options and discuss your budget with our IDP counsellors to help you find the best accommodation for you in your study destination.

The IDP Study Abroad Guide For Students & Parents

Embark On Your Overseas Study Journey With IDP

Looking to pursue a degree abroad or have more questions that need answering?

We are here to help!

Our experienced counsellors can help guide you through the necessary steps of your application process to help you select the right course and university.

Take the next step with IDP today.

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