News Flash : Record US VISA Approvals!

Despite the roadblocks owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, a record number of Indian student visas have been approved by the US. The second wave of the pandemic resulted in a 2-month delay of the visa season. However, in July, after the situation normalized, the consular teams worked dedicatedly to not just match but surpass their pre-Covid workload. 

As per the US mission in India’s statement, more than 55,000 students and exchange visitors are boarding planes to study in the US, and more students are being approved every day. The Ambassador Atul Keshap, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy, New Delhi went on to affirm that the US mission to India is proud to facilitate the travel and study of Indian students!

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Collegepond August 27, 2021 0 Comments

How to Calculate the Tuition Fees of the University?

Students are often left baffled by the process of calculating the university tuition fees to plan their study abroad finances. On navigating the study abroad university websites, you may observe that different universities present their tuition fees using varying parameters, for instance, cost per semester, cost per credit, cost per year, etc. This discrepancy may [...]

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Collegepond May 27, 2021 0 Comments

Prospects of Studying in USA & Canada Post a Three-Year Bachelor’s Program!

Students with a three-year bachelor’s degree from India, (amounting to 15 years of total study i.e., 12+3) are often unclear about their eligibility for higher education programs in the USA and Canada. With 80 percent of the universities in the USA and Canada requiring a 16th year of study, it puts considerable limitations on options for [...]

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Collegepond May 18, 2021 0 Comments

Why Germany is Fast Emerging as a Preferred Study Abroad Destination?

Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to paint a sobering picture across the globe, some European nations have succeeded in taming down the spread of the lethal virus. Germany equipped with the best healthcare system coupled with its prompt, swift, and novel approach in handling the pandemic tops the list. This is good news for US [...]

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Collegepond July 28, 2020 0 Comments

Is Trump Administration’s Plan to Impose Additional Restrictions on H-1B Visa Justified?

If you are an overseas education aspirant with US dreams, it is obvious that you would be cautiously assessing President Trump’s recent pronouncements: suspending H-1B visas, imposing newer restrictions on F-1 students, and also targeting international students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT). While the pandemic has certainly triggered joblessness in the US, which today [...]

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Collegepond May 26, 2020 0 Comments

How study and work VISA changes in Canada for Fall 2020 will favor Indian study abroad aspirants?

The pandemic may have disrupted the application plans of numerous study abroad aspirants, but the ones with Canada dreams have a reason to cheer for even in these turbulent times, and here is why. While colleges across the globe are deliberating on how to reopen and when to reopen for the upcoming fall semester, the Canadian government in its [...]

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Collegepond May 18, 2020 0 Comments

Preferred Overseas Education Destinations in the wake of COVID-19

If you are an overseas education aspirant you surely must be at crossroads regarding your academic plans, study abroad destination, and future in general, as you navigate through this uncertain phase in the times COVID 19.

Notwithstanding your financial preparedness, one of your foremost concerns would be the choice of the destination country in the wake of COVID-19. Being concerned counselors, we at Collegepond understand that achieving your career goals while maintaining good health and safety must be your top priority, as things stand today.  So, your preferred destination must offer you the desired safety net in terms of your physical and mental well- being, and most importantly a pandemic free environment to study and realize your career aspirations.

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Collegepond May 14, 2020 0 Comments

COVID -19 IMPACT : Is it advisable to take ONLINE Classes for Fall 2020 intake?

While our life has become unpredictable in the wake of the COVID 19 situation, and there are no clear-cut answers on how the pandemic will pan out over the coming weeks, the associated uncertainty is all set to change the course of the higher education system in Fall 2020. Given the uncertainty associated with the [...]

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Collegepond May 8, 2020 0 Comments

Deferring College Acceptance A Worth While Alternative in the wake of covid-19?

The world has changed considerably for most of us since the onset of the new decade, more so, for study abroad aspirants. The COVID-19 pandemic has landed incoming students in a state of limbo, forcing them to revisit their planning and preparations and explore possibilities of deferring their respective enrollments.

If you are an incoming graduate rewarded with an acceptance letter, is deferring a viable option to tide over the prevailing uncertainty? How will this impact your academic goals and career progression?

We at Collegepond would like to share the deferral processes and practices that are being reviewed by leading universities across the globe and how these policy shifts are likely to impact your deferral plans and upcoming admissions cycle.

While some universities such as the University of Washington, and Stanford are deliberating between canceling classes, postponing the fall semester and moving classes online for the rest of the year, many universities intend to extend a more flexible and supportive approach towards incoming students affected by the pandemic, by favoring the deferment of admission from the Fall 2020 semester to the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.

Under normal circumstances, you can usually defer your enrollment over a year and again depending on the university, you could even retain your seat for as long as two years. Considering the COVID-19 situation, some universities such as Harvard are also considering spreading the deferred enrollment over the next two years depending on the number of students requesting a deferment.

 

We have herewith outlined some of the benefits and shortcomings that you should consider before deciding to defer your enrolment:

Benefits of deferring:

1. Not all programs may be available online, so it would be prudent to defer and pursue the desired course in-person

2. You can retain the value of education that you are looking for as remote learning is not likely to be as effective as in-person instruction. You will miss out on personal interactions with fellow students and teachers, which is important for knowledge exchange. In essence, the quality of education will not be the same in the online mode.

3. You may consider this time as a ‘ gap year’ and  re-evaluate your study options and career goals by taking up short term course and gaining some work exposure

4. Please be informed that if your university allows you to defer the admit, then you have something in hand for the next year. If you have earned an admit this year, it in no way implies that you will get ACCEPTED next year as well, as the competition is likely to heat up and be tougher (considering the number of applicants will be more if the current situation continues to prevail ) and there is a possibility that you may not get the coveted ADMIT from your desired university in the ensuing year.

 

Shortcomings of deferring:

1. The general presumption is that it would not be easy to get back into the groove and resume classes due to the break-in continuity and loss of academic momentum, irrespective of the academic pursuits that you intend to take up during the deferral period

2. In case you have been granted any scholarship or bursary, you will not be able to avail of these financial aids if there is a ‘no deferral’ clause attached, and you defer your enrollment

 

As universities continue to plan and prepare for the immediate and long-term challenges brought about by COVID-19, we hope that you will weigh the emerging scenarios with prudence, foresight, and caution, as the onus to defer or not entirely lies with you.

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Collegepond May 5, 2020 0 Comments

Is Deferring College Acceptance A Worthwhile Alternative in the Wake of covid-19?

The world has changed considerably for most of us since the onset of the new decade, more so, for study abroad aspirants. The COVID-19 pandemic has landed incoming students in a state of limbo, forcing them to revisit their planning and preparations and explore possibilities of deferring their respective enrollments.

If you are an incoming graduate rewarded with an acceptance letter, is deferring a viable option to tide over the prevailing uncertainty? How will this impact your academic goals and career progression?

We at Collegepond would like to share the deferral processes and practices that are being reviewed by leading universities across the globe and how these policy shifts are likely to impact your deferral plans and upcoming admissions cycle.

While some universities such as the University of Washington, and Stanford are deliberating between canceling classes, postponing the fall semester and moving classes online for the rest of the year, many universities intend to extend a more flexible and supportive approach towards incoming students affected by the pandemic, by favoring the deferment of admission from the Fall 2020 semester to the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.

Under normal circumstances, you can usually defer your enrollment over a year and again depending on the university, you could even retain your seat for as long as two years. Considering the COVID-19 situation, some universities such as Harvard are also considering spreading the deferred enrollment over the next two years depending on the number of students requesting a deferment.

 

We have herewith outlined some of the benefits and shortcomings that you should consider before deciding to defer your enrolment:

Benefits of deferring:

1. Not all programs may be available online, so it would be prudent to defer and pursue the desired course in-person

2. You can retain the value of education that you are looking for as remote learning is not likely to be as effective as in-person instruction. You will miss out on personal interactions with fellow students and teachers, which is important for knowledge exchange. In essence, the quality of education will not be the same in the online mode.

3. You may consider this time as a ‘ gap year’ and  re-evaluate your study options and career goals by taking up short term course and gaining some work exposure

4. Please be informed that if your university allows you to defer the admit, then you have something in hand for the next year. If you have earned an admit this year, it in no way implies that you will get ACCEPTED next year as well, as the competition is likely to heat up and be tougher (considering the number of applicants will be more if the current situation continues to prevail ) and there is a possibility that you may not get the coveted ADMIT from your desired university in the ensuing year.

 

Shortcomings of deferring:

1. The general presumption is that it would not be easy to get back into the groove and resume classes due to the break-in continuity and loss of academic momentum, irrespective of the academic pursuits that you intend to take up during the deferral period

2. In case you have been granted any scholarship or bursary, you will not be able to avail of these financial aids if there is a ‘no deferral’ clause attached, and you defer your enrollment

 

As universities continue to plan and prepare for the immediate and long-term challenges brought about by COVID-19, we hope that you will weigh the emerging scenarios with prudence, foresight, and caution, as the onus to defer or not entirely lies with you.

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Collegepond May 5, 2020 0 Comments
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