Posted on June 13, 2020
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Should I go to university this year?

Whilst in many countries the spread of the Coronavirus is now under control, the uncertainty about travel restrictions, countries lockdown measures and ultimately university course provision, is leading to a lot of students who are looking to start university this September wondering what to do. We work with universities around the world and have asked them about their plans for opening in September. All of the universities we have asked gave a resounding ‘yes’, including universities in countries across Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Universities in some of the worst affected countries, such as the UK and USA, are already putting in place the necessary measures to teach on campus by September.

What will be different this September?

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In some countries who have been less affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, such as New Zealand, you can expect university life to start largely unaffected. Other countries where the virus has been more prevalent, are planning a wide range of options.

For example; in larger universities big lecture halls will move online initially, with teaching focused in smaller tutor groups. Universities are well set up to utilise hybrid teaching methods, as even before the coronavirus pandemic universities used a wide range of in person and online teaching measures. Outside of the classroom accommodation will be open as normal in the majority of universities. Measures will be in place to create ‘social bubbles’ where you will learn, live and socialise in smaller social groups. This is a great idea, helping to build those all-important friendships early on in your studies, before university life is opened up over the proceeding weeks.

Things will be different in most universities who will take slightly different approaches. However, they will all want to go back to normal as soon as it is safe. So whilst there might be some changes in the first few months things will return to normal during your first year.

Can I still get a place to go to university this year?

A recent survey showed that 20% of students are considering deferring their place to 2021. This is a problem for universities as it means there will be a lot of places that will not be filled. This means that even though by this time of year the best courses are already full, this is not the case this year. With the right support you can still find lots of course options at some excellent universities.

So if you are asking yourself, should I go to university this year? Our advice is a resounding yes. As whilst in most countries you might not have a traditional start, it will still be fun and importantly there will be less competition for places, so starting in 2020. This opens up study options even at this late stage that will be much more competitive next September. Applicants for 2021 should be prepared for lots of competition and a bumper year.

If you would like to find out more about your options for starting university this September or if you are looking to start in 2021 please do get in touch.

What are the safety measures I should follow to protect myself from the spread?

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There’s so much misinformation out there regarding COVID-19, and deciding on the right thing to do isn’t always easy. You have to take all the necessary precautions suggested by the health department of the country you are going to live in. Keep yourself updated with the newest information about the spread, prescribed medicines and try to be as careful as possible.

-Follow the norms of Social Distancing and avoid touching your body parts like face, nose and eyes

-Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)

-Stay two metres (6ft) away from others

-Wash your hands with soap after you come back home

-Do not have visitors at your home, not even friends and family – except for necessary care

-Do not leave house if you or someone you live with has either: a high temperature a new, continuous cough

For students who are planning to study abroad for the first time, life will look overwhelming and uncertain at the same time. But don't worry, the universities, the Government authorities, and the other student assistance platforms are striving hard to provide quality education along with proper safety measures.

If you are looking for an accommodation that perfectly matches your requirements, then AmberStudent is where your search will end. AmberStudent is a student accommodation platform with more than 1200 properties all over the world. It allows you to book the property of your dreams provided with COVID-19 cancellation policies.

Check out amberstudent.com for more details.

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