Experts in the field of international education predict that 2021 will be a pivotal year, as more students apply, including those who cancelled their plans in 2020 due to Covid
According to the Ministry of External Affairs’ most recent survey, more than 750,000 Indian students are studying abroad. Only China sends nearly 2.5 times as many students, mostly to the same primary destinations, as India. It is no surprise that Covid-19 wreaked havoc on this market; however, based on recent enrollment patterns, it appears that Indian students have found it the most difficult to begin an overseas education, especially if it is delivered remotely. Most Indian students plan to remain in the United States after graduation for at least a year, if not longer. It is preferable to spend as much time abroad as possible during their studies because this increases their chances of obtaining post-study visas and stay permits. It’s no surprise that countries with tight travel restrictions have lost favour among Indian students.
If you are unable to physically attend campus or fly to the country as a result of COVID-19, several universities are collaborating with their governments to develop study options for prospective and current foreign students. Universities and training providers are offering prospective foreign students the option of beginning their degrees online and transitioning to on-campus options once borders are opened or sanctioned travel arrangements for an international student intake are in place for countries with strict border closures. If you are applying to study in the United Kingdom, you should stay in touch with your university and official government channels because your start date and campus arrangements can change, or you may be forced to begin your studies online.
The UK has also announced that post-study work visas will be extended to two years, providing an excellent opportunity for international students to extend their stay and begin careers in the country. As long as they arrive in the UK by April 2021, this includes any students who have started online studies due to COVID-19 restrictions. To combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada currently has active abroad travel bans, which means that no prospective or current international student with a study permit issued after March 18, 2020, can enter the country.
You should still apply to research despite the fact that the situation is rapidly changing. International students can begin their studies online before their study permit application is properly reviewed and evaluated, and travel restrictions are lifted, according to the Canadian government. International students who begin their studies online will be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit if they apply for a study permit before September 15, 2020.
Since the United States has few travel restrictions and accepts foreign students, you may apply to start your studies in the new academic year. However, foreign students in ‘new’ or ‘initial’ status residing outside of the United States will be unable to enrol in a full-time study course at a US university if it is entirely delivered online. Due to COVID-19, current students can keep their student visas if their courses have moved to online study. If students are unsure, we suggest that they contact their university.