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Opportunities for studying abroad during the pandemic

Since 2020, people all over the world have been affected by the Virus. Whether it is work, education, or life, we have all felt its impact. But the epidemic has also brought us change that can be viewed favorably. 

Beyond the anxiety and fear that has been felt throughout the pandemic, some have found new opportunity through adjustments made for the pandemic.

For students studying abroad, the epidemic has made it difficult for them to go to school. On the other hand, it has also brought convenience to their studies. For example, less admission regulations, convenient and free online courses, various preferential policies and scholarships have brought new opportunities to international students in the United States.

U.S. universities have adjusted their application and admission policies due to the epidemic.

Due to the impact of the epidemic and the current changes in national conditions and policies, students studying in the United States, especially those enrolled in 2020, should always monitor changes from American universities and their applicants.

Universities have decrease fees for studying in the United States.

Many universities in the United States have made corresponding adjustments to the 2020 freshman application and admission policies. Starting from the removal of SAT, ACT and other entrance exam requirements. Many colleges and universities in the United States have also taken into account the economic hardships for enrollment under the influence of COVID-19 and have introduced more preferential policies such as reduced tuition fees, application fees, admission deposits, and increased scholarships.

If you meet the requirements, you can avoid the application fee and extend the enrollment deposit time.

Some colleges and universities in the United States have proposed different preferential student policies, such as online immersion to exempt the application fee of $85 when submitting applications.

Normally, to ensure that the school guaranteed admission spaces, international students in the United States were required to pay a deposit ranging from hundreds to several thousands of dollars after confirming admission. However, due to the epidemic, many universities in the United States have extended deadlines for deposits, so that international students have more time to prepare.

Universities have eased the regulations for studying abroad, making curriculums more flexible.

Due to the epidemic, some students have shown less interest in studying abroad. This has caused many colleges and universities in the United States to face a decline in freshmen enrollment of international students. Moreover, many universities in the United States have encountered financial problems due to the epidemic in combination with the reduction in government funding. Due to the sudden reduction in campus operations, many universities in the United States have had to reduce the number of staff employed. In an effort to attract international students, universities have decreased the regulations of studying abroad, making it more flexible.

Tuition discounts and scholarships

American colleges and universities have adjusted the tuition fees for students enrolled in 2020. For example, some programs at George Washington University have reduced tuition fees by 25%. In addition, many schools such as Rice University have stated that the possibility of continuing online education model during the epidemic. Some universities are also discussing other policies such as tuition refunds.

Although there are schools have not changed their tuition fees, they have actually launched online courses that accept admission before the fall semester. International students that attend online courses all have the opportunity to obtain scholarships and can exchange credits for the fall courses. This “Summer Online Scholarship” is as high as $6,500.

Reduced regulations and flexible learning

Some American colleges and universities announced they will cancel or lower their language test score requirements during admission. University of California has stated that if students miss the deadline for submitting official transcripts due to COVID-19, they will not be disqualified from admission, and the deadline for submitting transcripts will be postponed to the school’s official start date. Columbia University has also announced that their online courses and live courses can be freely converted to. This allows international students to be more flexible in their studies. 

-Difficulties can also be opportunities in life, the future is in their own hands

This year is destined to leave an indelible impression in our lives. But it also offers the opportunity for students to create a unique perspective. There are two sides to everything and difficulties can also be opportunities in your life.

Songzi Li/Editing Manager

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