Once we clear high school (in fact when you are in year 9 or 10) one must start thinking of what is next? What am I good at? Where shall I go to do that major? Do I have the funds? Which country will Provide me with the visa easily? Are there many people doing the same major? How is the labour market doing? Will I get a job afterwards? These questions and much more are crucial when you want to study abroad. 

One thing is important and we must think about, we must specialize so we do not lose out. A person without a speciality will not have a direction in life; a speciality is your compass. You must know where you are going. The speciality can be an academic thing or a hands-on thing, so you can be for example be a dental technician who makes the dentures and crowns. You can be a designer of garments, or you can be a dressmaker; you can be an interior decorator, or you can be the one that makes the furniture.

Having agreed that we must study something, then pursue this thing straight away. I know that many of the families are scared in sending their children abroad because of the pandemic, but we must remember that like us the parents, the universities are also worried about the students (check what happened last year, almost all the universities had asked the students to study online, and if the subject requires Laboratory work, then they straddled the students so only 10 will be in the lab each day).

This year the pandemic is still looming on us, and we have the same fear if not more because of the new strains. However, almost all the universities are open and most of them had sent the precautions that they had taken to protect the students from day one. Some of the universities have even added a great point which is paying for the quarantine time (this is a large amount) and may even pay for the rapid test. Remember the universities want to save lives, hence all the procedures that they put in place.  

Here is a precautionary list from few universities:

  • Quarantine homestay / or student accommodation
  • Self-isolation homestay or student accommodation (for non-infected students) 
  • Accommodation for infected students (if students cannot remain at school) 
  • Arranging Covid-19 tests 
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Students arriving from red-list countries must quarantine in hotel accommodation designated by the government.
  • Campuses are COVID secure (meaning that they will apply all the processes mentioned above) providing vibrant and safe learning spaces in line with government guidelines. We’ll ensure that you can study in a supportive learning community both on-campus and online.
  • Almost all universities, colleges and schools are running their programmes under strict COVID-19 protocols

There is a study done by QS about students’ opinions on whether or not to return abroad. Well, it seems that more students want to start their overseas studies despite the pandemic (almost 40%) unfortunately you cannot download the report as it is for subscribers only, but here is a tidbit from it:

Which of these best reflects how you feel about your studies right now? 

70% I’m happy to have started my studies already

30% I wish I’d delayed starting my studies

Have you attended any virtual lectures or seminars that have happened during your nighttime?

58% Yes

42% No

Do you prefer online or in-person teaching? 

61% In-person

23% No preference

17% Online

Enjoy the report and start preparing your suitcase.