Impact of COVID-19 on Study Abroad

24 March, 2020



Student’s health and safety abroad is our top priority, and we aim to give complete information to the students to make well-informed decisions about studying abroad. Currently, COVID-19 is a spreading illness in the whole world-impacting everything. It is a respiratory illness spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes. We know students must have many questions about how the spread of the COVID-19, and its impact on their current or future term abroad. I hope from this article you will get all the answers regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on Study abroad.

Impact of COVID-19 on Study abroad

Yes, it is the fact that many of international students dream to get an education from abroad. Even many of them have fulfilled it by their motivation and strong urge to fulfil it. Some students were on the way to pursue their dream and suddenly in the whole world, there comes a hurdle of Coronavirus. As you all know that this dangerous virus has spread throughout the world causing lots of deaths due to which international students have to stop their process of moving to other countries to pursue their education. From the following figures, you can get an idea about the destruction the coronavirus has brought.

 Total Coronavirus Cases in the whole world


 Deaths due to this dangerous virus


 Fortunately Recovered from this virus



Impact of COVID-19 on Study abroad

COVID-19  has not only disturbed the whole world but also affected the careers of international students. Let us discuss some of the important Impact which this dangerous virus has caused to students who are on the way to pursue an education abroad:

  • Restrictions on immigration: 

Many nations have already restricted entries at their borders, and only nationals or permanent residents are allowed in unless there are any important reasons. How this will exactly affect the international students in autumn 2020 can not be estimated, but you should follow developments closely so you can plan ahead of study abroad

  • No face-to-face teaching or exams in the abroad universities: 

To reduce the spread of coronavirus, many universities have cancelled their on-campus activities like lectures. Maximum classes are being held online. Exams and research practices have been postponed or held in different formats, which may delay the completion of the degrees.

  • Eligibility for admission

Actions taken against COVID-19 have made a serious impact on education abroad in a way that has delayed the completion of high school diplomas or degrees. This means when you apply for a study programme, you technically will not be able to meet all the requirements. It is possible that universities will adjust to this scenario because this will affect a large number of first-year students.

  • Admission procedures and application deadlines: 

This international emergency is not only affecting teaching, but also administration and the eligibility of applicants, it is possible that universities will make changes in their admissions processes, and extend their application deadlines. Please check the website of your chosen university regularly for new updates.

  • Impact on fall intake

The coronavirus will also impact summer and fall travel and study abroad. If students are researching and applying for summer or fall programs at this time, they should be sure to stay on top of breaking news and seek extra guidance from study abroad advisors on campus.

Impact of Coronavirus in USA

The USA has witnessed 46,168 cases of coronavirus so far. Among them, 582 people have died and only 295 have recovered there. campus classrooms are closed in the Universities of the USA. Some colleges have started call-centers to provide answers for students, parents and staff members. Recent guidance for USA institutions from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program gives universities some flexibility to implement temporary adjustments, such as moving to online instruction, so that it will not affect the immigration status of enrolled international students who maintain their full course of study online.

Impact of Coronavirus in Canada

Canada has witnessed 1,646 cases of coronavirus so far. Among them, 24 people have died. Most of the courses are transmission to alternative means of delivery, making innovative use of online technologies and other ingenious strategies to carry on with teaching and learning activities. Even most of the lab-based research has been suspended.

Impact of Coronavirus in Europe

From the 17th of  March 2020, all nations within Europe had a confirmed case of COVID-19. Italy is on the top list with 63,927 confirmed cases of COVID-19 till date and 6,077 deaths. To limit the spread of coronavirus, the EU has shut its external borders for entry by non-EU citizens, unless considered “essential travel”. Even universities have started taking classes online. Changes regarding admissions and deadlines are decided by the universities check the universities websites. So that you can be aware of the current situation.

What are the precautions an international student studying abroad should take to be safe from coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands as many times as you can with soap and water. 

  • Wearing a mask can help limit the spread of this disease but does not provide complete protection. So keep social distancing.

  • Do not connect with sick people.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose as the chances of spreading of germs from here is high.

  • To stop the germs from spreading while you sneeze and cough, use the tissue to cover your mouth and nose. Throw the used tissue in the dustbin and wash your hands properly.

  • You should stay home if you are sick and contact your health provider about the procedure for getting tested for the coronavirus if you have symptoms.

The COVID-19(coronavirus) outbreak has disrupted life across the globe. The full extent of consequences on the higher education sector in every country in the months to come is not yet clear and still unfolding. So try to keep yourself safe and keep yourself updated with the news every day so that you can plan accordingly your higher studies.