University Updates and Student FAQ About the Coronavirus Pandemic

University Updates and Student FAQ About the Coronavirus Pandemic

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FAQ about international studies and the Coronavirus pandemic

FAQ about international studies and the Coronavirus pandemic
Should I postpone studying abroad this year? I’m not sure I should continue the application process.

We strongly encourage students to hold on to their study abroad plans for the time being. At the moment, everybody is affected, and educators worldwide are looking for ideas on how to organize the next student intake period. This could be in the form of delaying programme start dates, offering (more) online education or even reducing tuition fees. The best option at this time is to get directly in touch with the university. Please keep in mind that universities are very busy at the moment, so it might take a little longer for them to reply to your questions.

Will English language test centres or Standardised Test centres still be open in my country? Are there options to take them online?

English language tests are impacted by the pandemic. Here is the latest information about how test providers are adapting:

Find more information about TOEFL and GRE test centres here:

https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/
How do I know if I can still apply for a certain programme and if the deadline has changed?

We recommend you periodically check for updates about your favourite study programme on our Studyportals websites and the official website of the university you intend to go to.

Will 2020 study start dates be postponed?

Most of the universities already delayed their start dates. You should check with the website of the university you applied to.

If I am delayed for the September intake because of the pandemic, will my start date be postponed?

This is very hard to foresee and depends per country, region and university. Studyportals keeps on updating the information on our programme pages constantly. If you are already enrolled, you should get directly in touch with your university. Please keep in mind that universities are very busy at the moment, so it might take a little longer for them to reply.

Will courses now be offered online or in a blended format as a result of the current pandemic? How do I know whether the delivery form of a course or degree has changed?

You should check with your university since this is a case by case situation. But most probably yes, the format will switch to online, at least for now.

What do employers think about online degrees? Are online degrees considered as good as regular degrees?

Online degrees and on-campus degrees are equally accepted by employers. Most companies understand that times and learning methods have changed. In order to make sure an online programme is not a scam, check the accreditation of the university providing it, as this will typically also be the way that employers check the value of your degree. Read more information about:

Will I still be able to take my Baccalaureate exam or other national tests this year?

The situation of the Buccalaureate exam may vary depending on the country. In order to receive accurate information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Education from your country. If you want to take the International Baccalauteate exam, you may find this link useful:

https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/
If I take a gap year in 2020, am I still eligible for a scholarship afterwards?

There are many scholarships available and you should check your eligibility. For some of them a gap year doesn't matter that much.

Are there any suggestions on how to make the best out of my online study experience?

Easy access and frequent contact with faculty members make a big difference. Being physically and mentally present makes a difference. Clear assignments and deadlines are essential. Read more about this topic here:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-media-psychology-effect/201903/12-best-practices-in-online-teaching-and-learning

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