Per Expat.com, student partnerPosted on October 13, 2021
If there’s one experience every qualified student looks forward to, it’s a university exchange in a foreign country. As we all know, the COVID19 pandemic has stopped many projects.
As we struggle to get out of the crisis, students looking to enjoy a semester or a year at a school abroad (whether on a school exchange or on their own) have seen their plans postponed at best, and sometimes aborted at worst.
Studying in China during Covid: Valentin’s experience
Valentin, 21, was due to leave for Canton University in China next semester.
🇧🇷 A few days ago, through my faculty administration, we received information from the university that would receive us. They just backtracked student mobility for the next semester while the deadlines for applying to other foreign establishments are out of date… They simply sent us an email saying that due to the pandemic and border restrictions the university could no longer accommodate us.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 getting better somehow, I didn’t expect to be blocked so close to the goal. One of my professors is currently doing his best to help me get a student mobility in Glasgow, but I’m still not sure if I can leave.In order to validate my year, I can now choose between taking online courses at another Chinese university or finding one 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 leave for Glasgow.My advice to students wanting to leave is to have a plan B or even C, because even if pandemic been going on for a long time and we think we’re going to get out of it, every country and university is menstruating and everything can fall apart overnight 🇧🇷
Studying in South Korea during Covid: Aurélie’s testimonial
South Korea, which for a long time remained closed to all foreign travelersexcept for compelling reasons, reauthorized the student visas This summer. However, for some months, cases of COVID-19 they multiply and the situation, instead of getting better, seems to get worse, which necessarily influences the students’ experience in the place.
Aurélie, 23 years old, a student in South Korea confides:
“JI was very lucky because I had been waiting for 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 pandemicfor several months the situation has been less good and the government has had to impose more restrictive rules, such as bans on gatherings, curfew and the obligation to wear the mask everywhere, even outdoors. I’m still very happy to live my adventure but I also feel a certain hostility towards the strangersespecially since a recent incident that involved foreign students and Koreans illegally partying on a deserted 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 it 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, and not just on us, but as a whole. community of strangers in our host country 🇧🇷
Studying in Canada during Covid: Aude tells…
Aude, 20, was in Montreal when the restrictions were imposed Québec, Canada🇧🇷 In addition to online courses at universities, the country has seen international border closures as between provinces, curfew and confinements 🇧🇷
“I asked myself if I wanted to stay or go back to my parents. It lasted a few weeks, then came back. I felt so isolated, there was no point in staying when I couldn’t see anything. canadian life🇧🇷 Even though I was young, I was also afraid of health system which didn’t protect me as much as if I were in France.
my advice to students who are considering a mobility now 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 gradually get up with the vaccines but we still don’t know if we’re done the virus🇧🇷 It’s mentally hard to stay away from the people you love not knowing if borders will remain open or not and it is difficult to make friends also in these conditions”.
Studying in Spain during Covid: Jeanne’s testimony
Joan, 22 years old, barcelona made the choice to stay.
🇧🇷 It’s not what I imagined for my year ofErasmusbut ultimately Spain after lockdown, I felt like I could go back to a slightly more normal life. Even if we had our last classes in virtual mode, with curfewI could still go out and walk around in 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 too much, they even have a practical side and since I live with a roommate I’m never really alone! Besides, in France I could have gone back to my parents during the confinementswhich would put them in danger, whereas, staying in Spain, I only associated with people my age and therefore less risky. There was no perfect choice, but I don’t regret staying, you have to keep living. Most of us only get one chance to experience 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 🇧🇷