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Published on September 3, 2020 | Uncategorized
Covid-19 and college applications


The global pandemic has affected people all around the world. The parents are worried about the potential problems that could come with sending their kids to universities abroad, college applications and the foreign living conditions and healthcare worries. 

The students are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on their college applications and admittance and the potential problems it could cause in their future professional lives. 

The governments of various countries have released certain guidelines to help ensure that the students do not face trouble regarding their education. 

We have compiled a list of certain countries that have released guidelines for students although you may have to refer to your university website for specific information. 


Starting 16 March, the government of Germany has imposed (and later tightened) restrictions affecting all non-essential activities. 

They have loosened the restrictions substantially and are now being administered individually in each of the federal states.

Universities in Germany postponed the start of teaching for the summer semester from 1 April to late April or early May, depending on which state they are in.

As of late May, some universities are resuming face-to-face activities on a small scale, while retaining online teaching to a large extent.

Classes in the winter semester are to start later than usual, on 1 Nov 2020. Applications for Bachelors programmes are supposed to be moved in response to delayed final high school exams, but they have made no specific announcement for Masters programmes.


Ireland has reduced pandemic-related restrictions.

Students who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic might be eligible for financial help in Ireland’s “Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment” scheme. (Details: ICOS)

United Kingdom

Many universities across the United Kingdom have limited or suspended face-to-face teaching.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has compiled its guidance for international students in the UK:

For international students in the UK and unable to return, the UK government has announced a visa extension. (Details:

Some universities have begun autumn 2020 with online teaching. You should inquire with your university if this affects your study programme.

British universities commonly accept applications for Masters programmes on a rolling basis without deadlines. Please check with your desired institutions directly to see if and how COVID-19 might affect application procedures.

New Zealand 

If you’re an international student who is required to self isolate, read the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s guidance to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you’re starting your studies during the time you’re required to self-isolate, contact your school or university to discuss your study options. Many universities have put in place measures to assist students who are required to self-isolate.

If you have a student visa and you are in New Zealand, apply for a new visa or a variation of conditions if you: 

  • have completed your studies
  • cannot complete your studies
  • want to extend your course, or
  • want to change your course or education provider.

Normal fees apply.

If you had a student visa or other temporary visa that: expired between 2 April and 9 July, and you were in New Zealand on 2 April, your visa has been extended to 25 September 2020.

This was under the original Epidemic Management Notice. A confirmation of this was emailed to all visa holders. 



They give students the choice to either start their courses online in their home country or can defer their admission to the next intake or year. They met students who are studying in the USA with two options, they could either stay back or return to their home country. 

Those who stayed back are now completing their courses online. However, with the curtail in flights they are now stuck in the USA. Those who have returned to their home country are now completing their course online.Students who have already made applications: Students who have already made applications to study in the USA in the Fall’20 intake, will have to wait and figure out how things pan out. Nobody knows how the COVID-19 will pan out and thus should wait and evaluate the situation. Classes may either start online or the start dates may get pushed back. Whether or not you will receive scholarships and the cost component of the program will all be understood with time.

Students looking to make applications: Application deadlines are likely to get extended; it is recommended that you keep the process on and prepare for the required tests. Students have quite a few months in hand before the start of the Fall intake. Programs which earlier started in August end or first week of September may get pushed to the end of September or first week of October.

Preparation efforts are being administered by universities abroad. Please check your university websites to see the restrictions in accordance to your courses and countries. Attend online foundation courses and talk to the admission departments. 


For more information, reach out to our experts at Navigus

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