According to the recent report by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), The pandemic has impacted the opinion of about 48 percent of Indian students who dreamed to study abroad.
Most of the students are re-examining their plans as education is costly and keeping the global crisis in mind, the choices to land a job are low.
Moreover, students striving to study abroad can either postpone their plan for an entire year or opt for online admission for at least the initial part of their course because studying online might save them the living expenditure, it also takes away from the multi-cultural experience of staying on an international campus, which is a big draw, besides the chance of earning pocket money in foreign currency.
Moreover, online traditional courses are offered by most of the institutes to the current and upcoming batches and the admission process for the new session is on but the studies are expected to start again in full swing by 2021.
For the batch of 2020, to increase enrolment universities are providing various settlements in terms of fee-waivers, admissions on the basis of an interim degree, and accepting English knowledge certificates beyond IELTS and TOEFL.
Most of the universities are offering online degrees and add to the degree they are also providing enormous fee-waivers and financial support.
Along with allowing students to take up courses online at Deakin University, Australia, the university is also providing an easy exit options. The varsity gives reimbursements if the student opts out of the courses, provided they chose to enroll in another within a year from the date of deferment. Deakin University has also declared up to AUD 25 million support for international students who might be facing hardships due to COVID-19.
Ravneet Pahwa, Global Deputy Vice President and CEO (South Asia), Deakin University said that even as the varsity is currently ratifying enrollment for July 2020, they are foreseeing a dip in the number of enrollments.
Moreover, elucidating that students pursuing courses online will not have to worry about the pertinence of their education, Ravnnet Pahwa said that the online degree carries the same weightage as the on-campus degree. On accepting the offer for the online to the on-campus pathway, a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) is provided for student visa purposes. This will remain valid for both online and on-campus enrollments.
Apart from this, up to 30 % scholarship on the entire tuition fee of the programme is provided by an Australia-based business school, LaTrobe University. This scholarship is also available for students who start courses online. The institute also claims to have allotted AUD 6.8 million to support international students. La Trobe also introduced an adaptable refund policy to support the recruitment of students enrolling in online subjects, including full refunds for withdrawals before the census date.
Up to 25 % scholarship on the fee for the entire course is offered by Macquarie University. This University is also offering full-time courses like Global MBA and our Bachelor of Arts completely digitally via Coursera and Open Universities Australia platforms.
Universities based in the United Kingdom (UK) are giving several relaxations, counseling, and special adjustments for students who have been affected by the pandemic comprising those who have delayed results, etc.
Head of UEA International, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK- Karen Blackney, acknowledged that there is a reduction in the number of students wanting to physically study overseas for the upcoming infusion. To ease the application process, the UEA is accepting online documents of degrees or certificates considering that the original ones might be delayed, thus allowing interim admissions.
A public institute in the UK, The University of Portsmouth, is giving several scholarships for Indian students to cover £1,600 and a £5,000 fee for the first year. The varsity is also giving MA International Relations, one of the most sought after courses, through online mode as well.
The varsity also has counselors, academicians who are addressing queries of international students facing issues in online admission. It is also accepting a number of online English proficiency tests, considering the inability of students to appear for IELTS. However, refuted any downward trend in the number of applications.
University of Essex, UK is amending nearly all its courses to assure they can be delivered in a blended format as well as imbibe the key takeaways of their research on the coronavirus and Vanessa Potter, Director of Communications and External Relations, University of Essex, UK, ensure all programs cover, and help to prepare our students for a post COVID world.
For 2020- 2025, the varsity will be using dual-delivery methods to ensure the smooth conduct of education despite any disturbances. Essex is also empowering alternative arrangements based on individual circumstances to consider any applicants who are facing issues due to the pandemic
Potter thinks that students of batch 2020 will have more possibilities. University entry in 2021 is likely to be very competitive and it is also worth thinking what scholarship or bursaries, etc, they might have access to this year and whether they will still be there next year.
One of the University of South California name as Viterbi School of Engineering is providing an online learning environment since 1971. It offers more than 40 graduate degree programmes in this hybrid mode. One of the top picks of the university’s online offerings is the computer science programme.
Dean of the engineering school, Yannis C Yortsos said that digital classes do not mean a scarcity of susceptibility they celebrate all forms of diversity including diversity of ideas.
Since 2009, the university also offers the iPodia programme in which classrooms from across the globe; from India, BITS Pilani is involved in this programme. The varsity contends to help students thorough career services including advising, employer workshops, and recruitment events, and virtual networking events.
Les Roches Marbella, Spain claims to have built an immersive experience through virtual reality so that future students and their families can visit the campus digitally as an option to open days. Aspirants will also be addressed about facilities, the different academic programmes, the admission requirements, and how to start the enrollment process among other queries.
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