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How to apply for foreign varsities during the pandemic

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Despite the pandemic menace triggering a great deal of uncertainty around the conduction of the next academic year, foreign universities are designing plans for online and in-person learning. The admission process in several universities continues as usual. If you wish to apply to foreign universities this year, be sure to arm yourself with the relevant information about changes in the universities’ admission process.

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How to apply for foreign varsities during the pandemic

The first step

The first step to apply is the admission test for the subject or courses you are applying for. All subjects need a specialist paper or an online test. The requisite quality of most applications to top institutes like Oxbridge, UK is very high. Top grades, excellent references, and strong personal statements are prerequisites for getting a chance to take the admission test for most universities. However, the norms governing the admission tests may vary every year.

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Your ACT and SAT scores

Students looking to study in the US will get some relief this year as some universities have notified that they will not be considering the American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for the next couple of years in the view of Covid-19 pandemic.

So if you are looking to study abroad, make sure you keep abreast with the changes. meanwhile,  It’s important to check if your university is still considering ACT and SAT or not.


Check the registration date

To check whether you are registration you should check the university website regularly. The registration window will be open from September 1. Applicants will need the Candidate Entry Number as proof for entering the test. Universities are likely to conduct the test by October 5. Most students appear for the tests from their schools or colleges if their institute is a test centre. Due to the lockdown imposed many applicants may need to take such tests remotely, through a dedicated web portal.


The interview call

After the appearing for the admission tests and submission of personal statements, candidates will have to wait to hear if an interview is required. In some colleges, the admission process involves two or three interviews, and these are predominantly academic and subject-related.

Be Ready for written test

Some courses may also involve a written paper at the same time. Meanwhile, institutes can conduct the written test under supervision and interview remotely. As a result, The concerned academic departments will be in contact with students before to confirm the arrangements. 

Meanwhile, a lot of online tools are available to help in an online interview. Also, interviews with many overseas students have been done online. The interviewers look for students who have a passion for their subject and display enthusiasm and provide evidence of the ability for independent learning.

Universities will shortlist the candidates who are the most capable applicants and who they feel will suit the courses. Universities are looking for students who have the ability to think creatively, independently and to engage with new ideas beyond the school’s syllabus.


Practice interview in advance

Several candidates may find it difficult to engage in an online conversation. As a result, it is best to practice in advance. Complete online tests and interviews in a well-lit and quiet place and wear appropriate clothes for the interviews. Universities are continuously posting updates on their official website and social media. Applicants need to keep up with these developments to ensure that /safety measures and norms of that institution.

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