Applying For University in the Age of Covid-19
Navigating university applications is never easy, but doing so during a pandemic can feel close to impossible. Between ever-changing travel restrictions and sometimes confusing requirements, trying to manage the process on your own can seem like a minefield! We at Markcon are committed to helping you manage this process from start to finish.
Here are some ways that you can navigate university during the age of Covid-19 from the very start of the application process to enrollment itself:
- Stay Up to Date on the Latest Restrictions
As cases rise and fall, countries, cities, and even specific universities can institute restrictions very quickly. It’s important to stay up-to-date and ensure that you’re regularly checking for announcements. Sometimes restrictions can be announced within days of their changing. You should ensure your travel plans are flexible and be prepared for the unexpected.
2. Make Sure Your Vaccine and Testing Records Are Updated
Different countries can sometimes have different vaccine and testing requirements. As you make your plans to travel to university, whether at home or abroad be sure to check if you are required to get vaccinated, how many vaccines you need, and which ones are accepted. If you are required to get tested, ensure the you know in advance where you can get the appropriate tests with ample time to spare.
3. Make Use of All the Online Tools at Your Disposal
As Covid-19 continues to impact daily life, it can often be difficult to do things like in-person university tours or orientations. Luckily, many universities have taken advantage of modern technology to give students the chance to experience everything they have to offer virtually. Don’t be afraid to take them up on it!
4. Stay in Touch With Your University
Make sure you stay in touch with your university at every turn! Should you get Covid or your travel plans be impacted, your university will always try to accommodate you, as long as you let them know. Even if you can’t make it in time for term, you can often work out a plan to study remotely until you can.
5. Ensure Your Accommodation is Suitable to Remote Working
Unfortunately, no matter what you do, you cannot predict what the next year will hold. When choosing your accommodation you should always try and ensure that it will allow you to work remotely at least some of the time. Whether that be a comfortable study nook or a shared study space, you should try to visualize how your surroundings will fit around your studies.