The outbreak of COVID-19 has put the world on halt. All the countries have isolated themselves to fight this unprecedented pandemic. A major effect of this outbreak is on the Indian students who are planning to study abroad or those who are already in European universities. In this blog, you will get a broad perspective about the impact of COVID-19, how institutes around the world conducting their classes online and more.
Impact of COVID-19 on European education.
Because of COVID-19, most of the European countries have locked down their cities and universities that have affected the regular functionalities and educational activities. See some of the major effects which have created obstacles in the regular functioning of universities.
1. Suspension of classes or exams:
As of lockdown, regular teaching classes have been suspended or switched into the online classes. But online classes are not an adequate solution to it. Universities are postponing the exams for months until the situation gets normal. It has reduced the efficiency of the teaching and learning process.
2. Immigration restriction:
Most of the countries have closed their borders for the immigrants. It's not clear yet when it will open. It has disturbed the visa & admission process especially for the students who are planning to move in 2020 intake. So the student should need to keep an eye on university updates for further planning.
3. Admission & Intake:
As the universities have suspended classes & exams, it will also affect on admission and 2020 intake. First year students are going to be badly affected because of the unpredictability of the admission date. It can also affect the eligibility of the students because of any new technical change into the admission requirements.
4. Admission procedures and application deadlines:
COVID-19 is not only affecting the teaching-learning process but also the administration work. It may be possible that universities have to change the deadline or some other procedure to fulfil the requirement so that they can create an easy path to students.
Let's see the impact COVID-19 on European education.
To avoid the spread of Coronavirus, All of the European countries have shut their border and have taken some strict action.
Denmark closed its land border and airport to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 13, Denmark put the entire country on lockdown and suspended university activities.
Most of the universities have switched to online classes and postponed the exams until further notice.
From 17 March, the French government has imposed restrictive lockdown throughout the country. French universities have started online classes and delayed admission activities.
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From 16 March, the German government has imposed a lockdown to Germany and postponed all the essential activities. All the admission and intake activities had suspended until further notice.
Italy is the country which is badly affected by COVID-19. There is not any announcement has been made for the university application deadline or admission date.
From 12 March, the government shut down the Lithuanian universities for at least two weeks. Most of the universities have switched to online classes. There is not any announcement has been made for the university application deadline or admission date.
Most of the universities have switched to online classes and postpones the exams until further notice. No announcement has been made regarding university application deadlines.
From 14 March, the Spanish government has imposed a lockdown in Spain and shut down all the education activities until further notice.
Sweden universities have switched toward the online classes and postpone all the admission or application deadlines.
All universities in Switzerland have suspended teaching until 17 April and switched to the online medium.
Most of British universities have suspended their regular classes and moved to online classes. Students who are stuck in the UK or unable to return, the UK government has extended their visa. No announcement has been made regarding university application deadlines.
That's not all
Due to COVID-19, students around the world have become quite concerned about their decision to study abroad obviously because of their safety reasons. There has also been some deduction in international students. But the university's initiative for online classes and creative way of teaching-learning process changes the students' perception. Now more than 61% of students expressed their interest to study online and the number is increasing continuously.
Universities like BSBI in Germany, MCAST in Malta & other French institutes are engaging students more effectively with the help of alternative learning tools like PowerPoints, course summaries, zoom and pre-recorded lectures. This is a crucial phase of any educational journey and these institutes are doing a phenomenal job in this challenging environment. Universities' efforts are not only appreciable but also inspiration among the aspirant students to choose them.
The Best Part:
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Coronavirus has affected the world terribly but we hope the situation will get normal soon till then be in regular touch with the universities and follow all guidelines so that you can prepare yourself accordingly.