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01 Apr 2020 659 Book icon 3 mins Share

The world is at a halt, but not your dream to study abroad

In amidst of all this, you can still move on with your plans to study abroad. This guide will give you a glimpse of how your study plans are affected and what we can do to help.

01 Apr 2020 659 Book icon 3 mins Share
Covid-19 Update

The most important topic discussed in the world today is COVID-19, a pandemic that has managed to engulf the world in a ginormous way. This catastrophe has literally brought our lives to a halt.  

The effect on your Study Abroad plans 

It is true that at this point life has become standstill at most parts of the world. However, let us not forget that as humans, we are always able to adapt to any challenging situations at hand. This adaptability is our greatest strength and let’s see how your dream universities have adapted their teaching to overcome the outbreak in the most effectual manner.  

Things you need to know 

At the onset of Corona, many of the universities were shut down initially. Now, they are back on their feet with the idea of digital learning. Most of the universities abroad have resorted to online methods of teaching. Universities in the United States have started delivering online classes and additionally have given flexibility to international students for attending classes online to ensure that they maintain their visa status.  

Universities in UK have also started delivering online sessions. We have received confirmation that more than 33 universities have started online classes. Please visit the university sites for guides and notices about such changes.   

Following the global pattern, Australian universities have commenced online classes. Close to 15 universities have already digitalised their learning keeping in mind the safety of its staff and students. Please visit the university sites for up to date information.  

Likewise, for all the other locations such as New ZealandCanada and Ireland, you will find COVID-19 related information on the university sites.  

Some universities are also sending daily updates to its students apprising them of updates about classes, schedules, and safety measures. This type of willingness and quick measures ensure that students are not missing out on their studies during the crisis. At this point, this is the most efficient way in which the students can stay connected with the universities and lecturers.  

Universities are likely continue the digital method of teaching until the situation is under control. There may be changes about this year’s intake due to this outbreak. However, as it is quite early for the universities to take a decision at this point, we suggest you to contact your respective university for more information. All the universities are more than happy to help with any questions you may have during this time. Or if you are short of time, our counsellors might be able to support. 

Update on SAT and IELTS Exams 

The SAT exams for the month of March and May have been cancelled owing to the Corona outbreak. The College Board is still deciding on whether the June exams should be conducted considering the current scenario. Keep an eye out for updates!  

The IELTS paper based examinations for 21st March were cancelled recently. Please visit the website for most recent updates on the upcoming test dates.  

How to deal with stress during COVID-19  

We would also like to give you some tips about how you can remain stress free and calm during this time.  

Visit authentic sites for information on COVID-19 

 The social media is quite overwhelming with news and posts related to COVID-19. We would suggest you to limit your news intake to avoid getting confused and misguided. Only visit authentic sites for any kind of information related to COVID-19. Below are a few legitimate sites you may visit:  

WHO 

Stay Connected even in isolation 

Let’s listen to the authorities and play our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19. It can be quite difficult to stay isolated, away from your friends and family. But remember- this is just for the time being. It is also in the best interest of everyone’s health. Staying isolated doesn’t mean that we can’t be connected. In this strongly enhanced digital world, our loved ones are just a click away. Chatting, video calling can take away most of the loneliness you’re facing at this time.  

Eat healthy and Exercise 

We all suddenly become aware of the need to stay healthy when a disease outbreak occurs. Let’s start a new habit today. Let’s start eating healthy and devote time to exercise to keep ourselves fit. From yoga to aerobics, there’s an array of exciting physical activities to make you fit as a fiddle.  

Start a hobby 

Have you always wanted some extra time to start a new hobby? To paint or write or to even take up an online course to upgrade your skills? This is the right time to start. Enjoy this time doing something you love.  

If you’re in a mood to study, amp up your IELTS preparation. Check out the Free IELTS practice test section on our site to boost your preparation.  

How we can help 

We understand how stressed you might be. Don’t panic, just get in touch with us if you have any questions! We’re just a call away! 

Feel free to write to us at va-counselors@idp.com or call us at call us at 1800 103 2581. 

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