Hey, students, this blog is specifically for students who had plans to study abroad in January 2022 or September 2022 but are contemplating postponing their plans due to the Covid-19 situation. We at Edugo Abroad are thinking about the welfare of students all the time so this blog would help you in making a decision. The blog is written by Mr. Preetesh Shirwaiker who is our Branch Head at Edugo Abroad office in Mumbai.
Read the blog closely through the words of Mr. Preetesh Shirwaiker.
1. Economic Depression Globally.
As we know the Covid-19 virus originated from China but spread its roots everywhere and the rest is history. Most significantly Covid-19 is a virus which comes from the family of coronavirus which has caused diseases like SARS, MERS before. But the most compelling part is that a cure for this virus has not yet been found or is in sight. Due to which social distancing is an only method left which can control the spread of the virus. As a result due to society distancing many countries like India, Italy, Spain, France and Germany etc. have put their citizens under total lockdown and also have put a curfew in densely populated places. This led to job losses, shutdowns of business, scale down of new recruitment, postponing of promotions, reduction of the salary of those who still have a job.
The situation in India too is the same and we don’t expect our economy to recover till at least 2021. Due to this, we feel this is the best time to pursue your study plans so that by the time all the economies of the world recover, you have a degree to match the demand of jobs which will be created and you can tap into the unlimited potential in-store. If you stay in India the chances of you getting a job are very less and even if you get a job the remuneration won’t be as per your expectation. Remember that “Time is money” which was rightly said by Benjamin Franklin and we feel this is the best time to pursue your studies instead of postponing your plans and wasting a year.
2. Leniency From Universities and Embassies.
Since this pandemic has caused a global rut, all the countries and the people are suffering the loss of revenue and income. The universities too will be getting far fewer student applications as compared to usual. Due to this, they will not only try to pull you towards them by giving offers like application fee waivers, good discounts by offering scholarships, giving you cheaper hostel stays etc. This makes it a very interesting time to study abroad. Same will be in the case of embassies, not only will the scrutiny of your application be slightly less intense but also interviews will be lenient and simpler.
3. Entrance Exams dropped or substituted.
For many universities and countries IELTS, GMAT etc were compulsory previously but due to this pandemic, a lot of alternative exams have been created. For example, in Ireland, an exam called Duolingo which is an English proficiency test is now accepted for September 2024 intake. More details are available here. But the cost of the exam is just 49$ and you can answer it from the convenience of your home anytime and it gets over within 3hours as compared an IELTS exam would cost thrice more and would need you to visit the centre more than once. Many institutes have started their English tests too which can be answered directly from your home and at far fewer costs.
4. Incentives for Studying abroad
A big question in your mind will be part-time jobs availability during these challenging times. But that is already covered by various countries and they have launched various initiatives for International students. For example in Ireland if you have lost a part time job the government will be paying you 350€ per week, the university in Malta has not taken rent for April, rent for the hostel for students in Greece has been postponed for a few months.
5. Nothing lasts forever.
As we all know at the back of our mind Covid-19 situation will not last forever. Top scientists, pharma companies are already working on the antidote to this virus which might be just around the corner. But the most important time for you as a student is to have a bit of patience set yourself apart and utilize this time to build your career by completing your studies. As rightly said by the great Michael Porter “Strategy is about making choices trade-offs, it's about deliberately choosing to be different”
We hope the blog by Mr. Shirwaiker will be helpful for your study abroad decision by clearing all the doubts. Still, if there is any query then feel free to contact Edugo Abroad. We are obedient to guide you for a better career decision. Our team has put a close eye on the present situation so that you can be informed with proper preparation. We expect this information to help you to take a strong step towards building your strong career ahead. Good luck!!