The last year has been difficult for everyone, particularly international students intending to study abroad for their higher education. All of their study abroad plans were cancelled, and they were forced to rely on online programmes for the time being. Though virtual learning has its own advantages, yet many students missed meeting their new friends in person, experiencing a different culture, and living campus life in their dream nation.
Students should begin their application process as soon as possible now that several of the leading destinations have announced reopening. Many universities and institutions have allowed students to register for and begin their courses online by submitting proof of their visa application.
Here is a list of countries that have opened their doors to overseas students:
Canada: Canada was one of the first countries in the world to allow international students to study there. Students must, however, bring a Covid-19 negative certificate with them while travelling to Canada and self-quarantine themselves once they reach there. To facilitate this process, institutions are providing airport pick-up, self-quarantine facilities, discounts on flight tickets, food, and so on for international students.
There are travel limitations for Indian students as a result of the second wave's massive impact. However, if the situation improves and international travel begins, any Indian students with a visa should be able to travel to Canada for in-person classes. Students should also be aware that even if they attend online classes, their course time will be considered equivalent to time spent in Canada. After completing their training, they will be eligible for a work permit. As a result, even if they are unable to come to Canada right away, students will have the benefit of a full work permit.
United Kingdom: The UK government has finally approved the admission of international students for the fall session, which begins in September 2021. They will, however, be required to have a Covid-19 negative certificate and may be required to undergo a quarantine period after landing. Furthermore, UK colleges have launched new scholarships and bursaries to assist international students in financing their studies with ease.
Furthermore, several UK universities are extending the time for students to obtain the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A BRP is the Home Office's documentary proof of immigration authorisation in the UK.
Ireland: The Irish government is now welcoming all passengers from 62 specified countries (see the list at www.gov.ie) once they complete a mandatory 14-days hotel quarantine after landing in Ireland.
Although those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with a vaccine licensed in Ireland) are free from the 'hotel quarantine,' but they must still provide a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arriving in Ireland.
United States: As part of their Covid-readiness plan, US universities have been conducting vaccination drives on their campuses to guarantee that students get immunised. Universities are also organising special vaccination programmes for international students who have never been immunised. Students wishing to relocate to the United States must submit a Covid negative report. Many universities have waived off standardised examinations that were previously required for admission in order to make things more accessible for students. GRE/ GMAT scores for Master's programmes and SAT/ ACT scores for undergraduate programmes are some examples. Because of the delay in results, universities are also accepting applications for UG programmes based on 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, as well as the 12th-grade pre-boards score. Students must, however, return the 12th final grade sheets as soon as they receive them.
Furthermore, colleges are accepting last year's scores for Masters programmes, and students can share their previous year's transcripts once they are in the US, with some universities even accepting the same after one semester. Similarly, numerous universities have announced offers based on transcripts from the previous year.
With hope and optimism from a number of major destinations, now is an excellent time for study abroad seekers to start their applications and discuss their plans with an international education consultant.