The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives, with economies and businesses being affected worldwide. The repercussions of COVID-19 will also mean changes in the way we currently regardeducation. As the post coronavirus future slowly evolves and we acclimatise to the new normal, one of the main questions that comes into focus, is the future of higher education overseas.

India or abroad – what will the future offer?
Studying abroad is the dreams of countless international students the world over, and naturally so, for the myriad opportunities an education overseas offers. However, the fact remains that at present with travel restrictions and norms around social distancingstrictly in place, it may notbe feasible currently for students to resume their higher education on campuses overseas. As a result, whether students are compelled to stay on in their home countries or choose to stay back for the time being, colleges need to gear up and be able to provide quality online education that is both effective and meaningful.

How universities are coping with the pandemic
Universities abroad are introducing stringent measures in order to ensure the health and safety of current as well as incoming students. Student support has been enhanced at colleges with 24×7 helpline numbers to offer support during this crisis, to ensure that students have access to the right information and resources, while also dispelling myths around the future of education overseas.

Colleges and universities are currently offering short courses to enhance students’ skillsets and to allow them a chance to get comfortable with online home-based education. Since it is uncertain whether students will be able to be back on campus this fall, universities are gearing up to make higher education more meaningful as they continue to develop and offer online programmes, levering technology as an enabler.

As a student, it is advisable to take advantage of the online learning experience so that you stay updated with the current trends as well as coursework. Until the situation improves, virtual classes can help you stay connected and up to date with the programmes and courses on offer.

In conclusion
Higher education as it used to be in ‘pre-pandemic times’ may not resume anytime soon, at least until such time that global mobility increases. In a post-COVID-19 world, itis recognised that students and universities will have to adapt to the new normal and be open to new methods of learning and teaching. A new hybrid model that involves online teaching combined with smaller teaching groups on campus is being explored by some universities.

Studying abroad translates into learning that extends well beyond the classroom. From assimilating to a new culture to absorbing new worldviews, there is a lot to be learnt. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, as a prospective international student, don’t give up on your dreams and aspirations of studying abroad. It is very important to stay positive and adapt to the dynamic situation. While the future may seem uncertain at the moment, it is only a matter of time before universities the world over, open their doors and once again, welcome students to campuses for higher education.

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