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Preparing for Overseas education during COVID-19

Most study plans have undergone a major change due to the ongoing pandemic and have been subject to a lot of uncertainty. While students remain undeterred in their endeavour to attain an education abroad, it has become quite difficult to obtain crucial information regarding the visa and university application process.

For international students, this can be the cause of major frustration, however most data shows that this has not deterred them from continuing with their plans. While not exhaustive, this segment can provide a little guidance to aid students who are unclear about how to complete their study abroad journey.

While the pandemic has disrupted major air travel and physical attendance at universities, it has not caused disruptions in the admissions process. Therefore, it is vital that students keep up to date with university deadlines. Moreover, compliance with all necessary documentation and verification is a must, otherwise, there may be unnecessary delays in the process. Language exams have also shifted online, and some universities are also accepting other online English proficiency exams such as Duolingo.

SOPs, financial proofs and educational documents are certain essential documents that you must gather and verify. It is also vital that you check requirements for any special proofs that your course or university might require.

Different border agencies, such as the UKVI in the UK, ask for certain medical tests and immunizations, among the COVID-19 test reports or quarantine requirements. Make sure that you fulfil these as well.

Staying calm and not letting the anxiety get to you is crucial. While the lack of information may be extremely frustrating, try to make checklists which note each and every requirement that you have to yet fulfil. It is also important to keep up to date with your preparation for any relevant examinations and manage your time effectively to avoid having to rush once borders open up.

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