Going to College Online from Home
The global situation is evolving rapidly in the post secondary academic space and there is a definite possibility that admitted students around the world may have to attend classes online starting Fall 2020. You may have to put your overseas education journey on hold for a little while. This can be a bummer since you are planning to hit foreign shores not just for an academic degree experience but for a 360 degree experience. Here are three tips on how you can put your time to good use while you wait for Fall to arrive regardless of the upcoming scenario-- online versus offline.
Get your Study Visa
Prepare to apply for your study visa and beat the rush. While you anxiously wait for your destination country’s embassy or high commission to fire up once again, work on your visa forms, academic documents such as mark sheets and transcripts, financial affidavits, bank statements, income tax returns and other relevant collateral. Many study abroad destinations such as Canada and Australia require a visa statement of purpose. This is the perfect time to commence working on your visa statement and focusing on gathering your supporting documents. While regulations vary, Canada is currently not permitting admitted international students the benefit of their post degree Work Permit if you do not hold a valid Canada Study Permit BEFORE you begin attending your academic session online. As of today, you can take up to 50% of your courses online while remaining enrolled at a Canadian university or college without jeopardizing your international student status.
Stay in Touch
Keep in touch with your destination university or college regularly so that you receive periodic updates from them. Admissions officers have mobilized themselves from their homes and are now taking phone calls from anxious students. Many universities have already announced that they will start online classes for international students in the upcoming May 2020 intake. As is evident, just about every university or college remains closed presently.
Take Online Courses
You can definitely put this time to great use if you are not employed full-time and are working from the comfort of your dining table. Consider taking free online courses from coursera.org or edX.org. edX, for instance, offers more than 2000 online courses taught by eminent faculty from Harvard and MIT. Additionally, you can take short-term video courses from a superb website called udemy.com.
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