Research overseas throughout Covid: college students testify

Per, student partnerposted on October 13, 2021

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If there’s one experience every eligible student craves, it’s a university exchange in a foreign country. As we all know, the COVID19 pandemic has brought many projects to a halt.

As we struggle to get out of the crisis, students who want to benefit from a semester or a year at a school abroad (either on a school exchange or on their own) have seen their plans postponed at best and sometimes aborted, at best. worst case case.

Studying in China during Covid: Valentin’s Experience

Valentin, 21, was due to leave for the University of Canton in China next semester.

A few days ago, through the administration of my faculty, we received information from the university that would receive us. They just backtracked on student mobility for the next semester, while the deadlines for applying to other foreign establishments are out of date… They simply sent us an email informing us that due to the pandemic and border restrictions the university could no longer accommodate us.

It’s really frustrating when in France life seems to be improving somehow, I didn’t expect to be blocked so close to the goal. Currently, one of my professors is doing his best to help me get a student mobility in Glasgow, but I’m still not sure if I can go out.In order to validate my year, I now have the choice between taking online courses from another Chinese university or finding a Internship. Taking online courses from home when I dreamed of seeing the other side of the world is very difficult to accept and I don’t even know if I’ll be able to find an internship in such a short time so I really hope I can go to Glasgow.My advice to students who want to leave would be to have a plan B or even C, because even if the pandemic been going on for a long time and we think we’re going to get out of it, every country and university have your period and everything can fall apart overnight “.

Studying in South Korea during Covid: Aurélie’s testimony

South Korea, which for a long time remained closed to all foreign travelersexcept for imperative reasons, reauthorized the student visas This summer. However, for some months the cases of COVID-19 are multiplying and the situation, rather than improving, seems to be deteriorating, which necessarily influences the students’ experience there.

Aurélie, 23, student in South Korea, confides:

“JI was very lucky because I had been waiting a long time for an opportunity study in south korea. The concern is that at the moment we are very restricted in our movements. If Korea had few cases at the beginning of the pandemicfor several months the situation has been less good and the government has had to impose more restrictive rules such as bans on meetings, curfew and the obligation to wear the mask everywhere, even outdoors. I am still very happy to be living my adventure but I also feel a certain hostility towards the strangersespecially since a recent incident involving foreign students and Koreans illegally partying on a desert island. My classes are online so the experience is not total, I still think I’m one of the privileged ones because I’m discovering a very beautiful culture and I can still discover exotic landscapes and the city of Seoul.My advice would be to adapt as much as you can and make the most of it, respecting the rules of each country. Our actions have consequences, not just for us, but for the whole world. community of strangers in our host country “.

Studying in Canada during Covid: Aude counts…

Aude, 20, was in Montreal when restrictions were imposed quebec, Canada. In addition to online courses at universities, the country has seen closing international borders as between provinces, curfew and confinements :

“I wondered if I wanted to stay or go back to my parents. I stayed a few weeks and then came back. I felt so isolated, there was no point staying when I couldn’t see a thing canadian life. Even though I was young, I was also afraid of health system that didn’t protect me as much as if I were in France.

my advice for students who are considering a mobility now it would be to ask the question of your Mental health. You have to be brave to go abroad but even more pandemic period. O restrictions slowly get up with vaccines but we still don’t know if we’re done with it the virus. It’s hard mentally to stay away from the people you love without knowing if borders will remain open or not and it’s hard to make friends in those conditions too”.

Studying in Spain during Covid: Jeanne’s testimony

Joan, 22 years old, barcelona made the choice to stay.

It’s not what I envisioned for my year oferasmusbut ultimately Spain after lockdown, I felt I could go back to a slightly more normal life. Even if we had our classes passed in virtual mode, with curfewI could still go out and walk around a city I didn’t know and that alone was better than being at home in Paris in my studio. Online courses don’t bother me much, they even have a practical side and as I live with a roommate I’m never really alone! Also, in France I could have gone back to my parents during my confinementswhich would put them in danger, whereas, staying in Spain, I only associated with people my own age, and therefore less at risk. There was no perfect choice, but I don’t regret staying, you have to keep living. Most of us only get one chance to try one mobility abroad. Soon I will stop being a student and I think that for my resume and for mine personal experience, I made the correct choice. My advice would be to carefully assess the situation, which countries we are targeting and in what context we would leave, because there is no point in putting yourself in danger either, but you have to start living again “.

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