Checklist for Students Studying Abroad Post Covid-19 skip to Main Content

Covid-19 and its impact are shrinking nowadays. Many countries have now opened their borders to international students. This is good news for all of the students who are planning to study abroad. However, the situation is not completely sorted. With so much uncertainty surrounding travel, we’ve put together a checklist for students planning to study abroad post-Covid-19.

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Studying Abroad Post COVID

We are going to prepare a study abroad checklist that needs to be ticked by you. This will ensure that your student abroad journey after the Covid-19  will be soothed in this article. Without further ado, here is the checklist for international students to maximize their study abroad experiences post-Covid-19 scenario.

Understand the Travel Restrictions and Visa Requirements for Studying Abroad:

Many countries still are not open to international students to study abroad. Even the new Covid-19 variants are observed, so the government is working to prevent it from happening. So, you will have to know about such restrictions in the first place.

Also, depending on where you live, the travel restriction may differ. Going through the news and blogs on the web, listening to podcasts, consulting with the consultancies and the local government, etc. can help you with it. 

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Make sure you understand travel restrictions and requirements

Is the border open for international students? Is your country under travel restriction by the government? What are the safety conditions in the destination country? Visa suspension conditions? Other conditions? The answers to these types of questions will be essential to you. When you have understood the travel restriction and further requirements, prepare accordingly and you are good to go to the next checklist.

Make Your Travel Documents and Finances Ready:

If you are a to-be international student, it is a must to ensure that all your original documents and paperwork are ready and in the proper place. This includes your passport, student visa, international student scholarships, international student ID card, vaccination certificates, medical reports, language certificates, bureaucratic things like travel insurance, and the necessary finances.

A scanned copy of the documents might not work at all paces. Also, it may not be possible to transport your documents in a different country with proper safety and quick. So, you need to make every file ready and prepare it for your packing items. Make your notes regarding your preparation to transition safely while you study abroad in the post-Covid-19 situation.

You must test negative for Covid-19 in PCR test, 72 hours before boarding your flight or crossing the land border. So, add this to your preparation notes.

Communicate with the university to know about the official documents, your letter of enrollment, and other university-related questions. After you have known about the travel restriction and visa condition, make sure your visa is not expired and start preparing other documents as per requirements. Preparing early will soothe your journey.

Make Sure Your Travel Operator or University Prioritizes Health and Safety:

During your journey to studying abroad, your safety is always the leading priority. So, you need to ensure your health and safety during your travels. Safety is important and so are your goals. Correspond with your travel operators/ agents, educational institutions, or university about everything they have to offer that makes it easy for you to study abroad post-Covid-19. Also, do an extra check for the travel destination.

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Make sure the travel agent prioritizes safety standards

After doing your research on safe destinations, it’s important to focus on your academics and interests. Factors like location, professors, and student life activities in the degree of your choice can be some of the crucial factors that help you determine where to study. The program you choose should also be of interest to you. Reading the program listings thoroughly, and researching which classes, extracurricular, and activities are offered will help you find your desired program.

Choose an Airline with High Safety Standards:

The Covid-19  situation is not completely sorted as new variants are being discovered. The destination you chose to study abroad post-Covid-19 may have some new variant cases reported. So, like always, your safety is your main priority.

The airline you choose also has a lot to do with your safety. Choose the airline that prioritizes your safety and ensures important safety precautions. This includes factors like masks requirement, providing masks, cleaning before every flight, and blocking the middle seat from purchase.

Considering all the factors, book flexible airline tickets and travel insurance. One of the sites you can use for flight tickets that help you meet your requirements is Student Universe. Here, you can get frequent flight deals and exceptional customer service. So, book a flexible flight ticket that allows for changes or cancellations without a fee, minimal charge, or another condition that makes it easier for the traveler to change their plans.

Communicate with Your Friends/Family:

You may know someone who is already studying abroad in your friends’ circle or family. Or it can be your friends of friends or family of family. No one knows better than a person who is already there. You can connect with them and talk about the destination, program they chose, university, etc.

Along with the situation of Covid-19, you can ask them about the weather there, essential packaging items, and other things you have mentioned in your notes. If it is your first time planning a study abroad journey or your first time in a new destination, you might have a wide range of questions. Prepare it early so that you can have it all covered.

Don’t know anyone who is already abroad? No worries! YouTube and Google are the best-suited platforms for you in that case. There are hundreds of blogs on Google & numerous vloggers on YouTube making content about their study abroad journey and situations of international students during the post as well as pre-Covid-19. These popular blogs and videos can be helpful for you. You can filter and see the most recent ones so that you can get the updated status about your study abroad destinations. 

Seek Expert Advice for Studying Abroad: 

You can also ask for expert help from reliable education consultancy in your country. Many countries have opened but their rules of entry might have changed in terms of policies and additional documents or procedures. So, if you are applying abroad post COVID-19 then consult the counselors who are capable of helping you in the matter. 

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Seek expert advice

Many countries now require health insurance coverage and quarantine before entering, a good education consultancy will update this information for their prospective students regarding studying at international destinations. Since they are constantly in touch with the admissions team of the Universities, they will be a good link to communicate.

Conclusion:

The world is starting to reopen again after years of closed borders and quarantines. This is good news for all of the to-be international students and other people globally. Being optimistic, the pause in the travel has given us time to plan your study abroad journey post-Covid-19 situation, while being mindful and economical. Now that the borders are slowly unlocking for the international students, the journey with even more excitement and consciousness is back again. 

If you are also the one who is planning your study abroad during this Covid-19 situation, we wish you all a very happy & safe trip. To take care of it from your side, make sure you tick all the necessary checklists and precautions.

For more information on colleges and courses abroad along with scholarships, and application processes, contact Accede Education Center for more information

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