How is COVID-19 Affecting Higher Education?

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The global health pandemic of COVID-19 has put the entire world on hold. Each and every sector across demographies are currently struggling. While economies across the world are doomed, students are also at a heavy loss. The awareness about the situations and the disease itself should be followed by students about the recent developments. If you have been planning to actualise your dream to study abroad but are worried about how that will happen amidst the present scenario, then you have come to the right place. Let’s explore how this situation is affecting higher education and how students can tackle it accordingly through this exclusive blog!

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What Happened to Higher Education Institutions?

The spread of Covid-19 has forced the government to lockdown the cities including workplaces and educational institutions as a measure which is resulting in disruption of studies. Students are advised to stay at homes and continue their academic session from digital platforms. The classes are taken on online learning platforms while the varsities are taking measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus. Also, admissions for the new sessions this year will shortly start again

What Happened to Indian Students Applying Abroad for Higher Education?

In a survey recently conducted by Leverage Edu, it was found that close to 91% of students are still wanting to continue their application for higher education abroad for the upcoming September and January sessions. It also concluded that the majority of outbound students plan on going to the UK, followed by the US and Canada. Majorly because students believe in the health systems of these countries. To know about the whole survey, read the articles by Education Times and Business World!

What Can Students Do Right Now? 

During this lockdown period, the best option for students is to continue their learning process through online platforms. The ones who were planning to go abroad for higher education can utilize this time in bettering their application and candidature. Those who were to take IELTS, GRE, GMAT and SAT for the upcoming admission sessions can shift to online coaching classes to prepare for these exams. Leverage Edu has introduced exclusive digital preparation classes for such students which can be taken from the comfort of your home and with the guidance of top experts from around the world. This is the apt time to build your base and clear your doubts!

What will be the Future Repercussions?

Keeping the health of students at priority, a long list of exams has been postponed to May and June by the respective authorities. This gives all the students some extra time to pull up their socks and fetch a better score than usual. The ongoing sessions are being continued through online learning and the upcoming applications are being accepted digitally! Thanks to technology, things are being managed largely through virtual platforms and this will continue like this, till the situation is under control.

Points to Remember

Until the overall situation calms down, it is highly important to be safe. Thus, most of the higher education institutions have released instructions that are to be followed by candidates living on and off-campus. Here are some of them:

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  • Maintain hygiene
  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Disposal of tissues in a closed dustbin
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)

Hence, there is no need to panic in this situation. Stay safe at homes or dorms with your family and friends. If you have been planning to pursue a degree abroad, there is no need to worry. This situation is only for a temporary basis and will not affect your application to the best countries to study abroad. For those in need of expert guidance, we are here at Leverage Edu to help you at every step of your application thus actualising your dream to pursue higher education abroad! We have incorporated an exclusive E-meeting facility, register and book your counselling session now!

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