The epidemic of coronavirus has affected the whole world, now with confirmed cases in more than 70 countries. There is no vaccination or cure as of now for the virus, and it is one of the reasons why it is rapidly spreading all over the world. WHO, the world health organisation and governments all over the world is suggesting everyone to call off their international travel.
Considering the situation, it is normal to have a few questions regarding your studies and visa if you are already an international student studying abroad, or someone who is in between the process of applying to study abroad. The first and foremost advice to anyone would be to not panic and follow the general guidelines of the region they are in. Get informed about WHO guidelines and information on coronavirus to be safe. Here are some of the questions that you might have in your mind, and answers to them:
I am currently Studying Abroad. What should I do?
There is a big chance you will be aware about the spread of the virus in your area. For countries like China, Italy, USA and many of the European countries, the universities are shut down for this quarter and students are well informed with the developments surrounding the classes. Many universities have opted for online classes and remote examination / assignments, which you can attend while being in the country you are currently in.
Steps to Take if you are already Studying Abroad:
If you are completely healthy, you should avoid travelling to public places and minimise your outings. Be in touch with your university for the information inflow. Make sure you are updating your friends and family about the situation frequently.
What should I do to Protect myself from Coronavirus?
You can find all the prevention information for coronavirus on the WHO website. These are the steps you need to follow to avoid coronavirus:
- The virus spreads through the coughing and sneezing of the infected person and can travel up to 1 meter. Therefore it is always advisable to avoid direct contact and public places.
- Keep your desks and working surfaces clean as the virus is spreading through hands of the career, when they touch their nose and mouth.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes with your hands
- Cover your mouth and nose if you are coughing or sneezing.
I have been Accepted for a course abroad, should I?
A number of countries have shut off their exchange programs and international courses under coronavirus threat. Countries like China, Italy, USA, Germany, France and many more do not allow leisure or academic travellers in their countries anymore. Therefore, it is advisable not to travel to the country without a confirmation from the university that the courses will run regularly and you will be allowed to travel for the same. As always, get in touch with your institution and ask them if they advise you to travel to their country. One should also keep updated with current news for better understanding.
I have been Accepted for a course abroad, but the course has been cancelled. What should I do?
Many universities have suspended their classes for the spring quarter and the university you have been accepted in will inform you via email. You need to get in touch with the application department in cases of the refund and other monetary aspects. In most cases, the university will keep you informed and notified. If you have already reached the country you chose to study abroad, you can apply for accommodation and travel waiver with the university, or ask them regarding their policies in these special situations.
Should I Apply for my next intake now?
If you were once accepted to a university abroad, you should wait for the university’s response and do not apply again. The best thing for now would be get in touch with your university and discuss your options.
If you want to know more about coronavirus and its effects on studying abroad, read here: Impact of Coronavirus on Study Abroad