The best time to invest in education: Your study abroad plans and the Covid situation

Amidst all the uncertainties, many students right now are feeling insecure about their future or are even are unable to plan their next steps as both their final exams and the results have been postponed. These are unprecedented circumstances which took the world by surprise. However, the higher education sector around the globe is trying to deal with this situation in the best way possible keeping the interest and the safety of all students in mind. The health of their students is priority for all institutions.

What can you do at this point?

1. Be patient. Wait and watch.

It is a fluid situation because of the unpredictability of the behaviour of the virus. So decisions need to be put on hold for a while.

2. Have a Plan A and a Plan B

Universities world wide are working towards enabling the fall session to start as usual. They expect the situation to be under control and the environment conducive to begin the session on campus. However, if the situation demands they might shift the initial part of the course online or shift the whole intake to a later start date, perhaps in spring. So be prepared to make a decision on what you will do in any eventuality.

3. Keep the communication on.

Check the university websites for their plans and policy changes on the virus situation. Communicate your concerns to them via email. There may be some delays in their responses since everyone is working from home.

4. Continue with your plans.

Universities across the globe are continuing to accept applications and are issuing offers. Accept your offers within the deadlines, pay the deposits, book your accommodation. Check the refund policy before paying the deposit. Though most universities are offering the option to refund your deposits or defer in case the situation worsens and they are unable to proceed with the classes on campus.

5. Prepare for the degree.

While you are waiting at home for the new normal to come, prepare yourself. Contact your program faculty and ask for a reading list to get a head start. Computer languages, academic writing, a foreign language, other courses related to your main program of study, there are many MOOCs you can join online to upgrade your knowledge and help you to prepare for college education.

6. Be positive.

Don’t give up just yet. It’s only a matter of time.

The good news:

The US government injected $2.3T into their economy to save and support businesses. The UK government announced a rescue package worth £330 billion in March itself to assist businesses struggling with the ‘economic emergency’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis would be “significant, but temporary”, UK’s Indian-origin finance minister Rishi Sunak has said, exuding confidence that Britain’s economy will bounce back “quickly and strongly” once the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control. While the UK economy would contract by 12.8 per cent this year under this scenario, it is expected to get back to its pre-crisis growth trend by the end of 2020. (data taken from ET)

This only means that governments across the world are actively seeking to save their economies and minimize the impact of Covid. Here, we have to remember what happened in Germany post World War II, the country saw a period of what they called “Wirtschaftswunder” – an economic miracle.

While the world economy gets back on its feet, rethink ways to utilise this difficult time efficiently. Build your skills, reinvent yourself through higher education. Keep your dreams on!

Contact us anytime on phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, we are here to help you.

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

Meet our US-bound Art & Design student, Yashvi Goel, 2023 cohort of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

Yashvi got accepted by Parsons, the #3 design school in the world. But she decided to go to Savannah College of Art & Design where she got admitted to the exact course she wanted to do, Production Design. She chose what was best fit for her.

Yashvi advises future applicants to not wait until the last minute to work on applications, a mistake she made. It’ll save you from much stress and will enable you to submit the perfect application.

Wishing Yashvi an exciting student life at SCAD!

The Globe Ed Team

Coffee & Conversation 2019

“Network, network, network!” was Anneysa Ghosh’s advice to students at our this year’s Coffee and Conversation round. During her years at the University of York she embraced every chance to connect with people, volunteering to help them out. This way she gained precious work experience and boost her CV. “Think about what kind of impression it gives if you have worked for a mayor of a big foreign city”, she advised and pointed out that infact in many cases, she even got paid back for her free work later, through “real” job offers and a network which helped her to establish herself as a successful business woman.

Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, former lecturer of Social Anthropology, told us about the traps of intercultural communication. “Everyone makes mistakes while staying in a foreign country, so don’t be afraid to make any. Important is that you communicate as much as possible with people. Only, try not to address your western professor as “Sir”!

Those who made it to the event reported that they got a lot of new insight and advice. The evening was well received by everyone and students thanked us for hosting it.

See you again next year for a Coffee & Conversation!

Workshop at Openhouse – Portfolio Creation for Art & Design Students

What do international art & design schools look for in application portfolios? Last Saturday at our Globe Ed session on portfolio creation in openhouse, Art and Design students learned what to include in an application, the importance of research for it, the value of keeping a sketchbook and the huge variety of international art & design programs. Ritika Agarwal, a graphic design graduate shared her experiences as a student in Singapore and UK. We learned about the advantage of cultural diversity in the student communities of UK and the strong presence of Asians in Singapore. Ritika told us how beauty is interpreted in art, how the thought and process of creation holds more value in the west and the extensive collaboration work among students within the creative schools. A participating student, Saloni showed us her minimalist artwork made using a matchbox which won many accolades. If you are interested in studying art & design abroad and want to learn more about portfolio creation, come to our office and discuss your plans with our Globe Ed team.

Workshop at Openhouse – Higher Studies in Germany

Is studying in Germany really free? Last Saturday a group of students discussed their career plans at our Globe Ed workshop on higher education in Germany at openhouse. With its 450 universities and 17.000 degree programs (almost 2000 of them in English) Germany offers a diverse range of study opportunities and is the 3rd most popular country for students worldwide. The highly international environment, affordable living expenses and very low tuition fees (and often none at all), the 18 months post study work permit and the wide range of job possibilities are attracting more and more Indian students every year. If you want to learn more about possibilities of higher education and a career in Germany, come and discuss your plans with our team at the Globe Ed office!