THE Student Festival

Coronavirus: when learning never (quite) stops

Coronavirus: when learning never (quite) stops

In Singapore, student Jolene Cheong has had to adapt to online learning and the cancellation of her clinical placement during the Covid-19 outbreak

It was last Friday before the start of clinical placements when I received the news that Singapore had raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange.

In preparation for my work-study placement, I had shifted my uniforms to the side of my closet, hoping to save a few minutes in the mornings. Notes had been compiled and categorized in print and digital formats. I had even drawn up a timetable to keep track of submissions and evaluations. I was ready, but DORSCON Orange changed everything.

“It’s cancelled,” I told my father, feeling a mixture of contempt and disbelief. What happens now?

Read more here

A student’s take on the Impact Rankings: how and why to use them

Students can use the Impact Rankings to assess which universities are most aligned to their values and explore lesser-known institutions making a commitment to real change

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The rankings, which started in 2019, have seen growing numbers of universities across the globe participating. Their evaluation criteria explore the research, stewardship, outreach and teaching universities are conducting to support the SDGs.

The rankings have also helped universities expand their market reach, while contributing to social change and policy support. But why does an Impact Ranking matter to a student?

Read more here

University applications to Canada during the pandemic: FAQs

If you’re thinking of applying to universities in Canada, then here are some of the key things you need to know about applications during Covid-19

The pandemic has changed many things for universities and students but a few things haven’t changed. The University of Toronto and Canadian universities in general have continued to welcome newcomers, even those they cannot welcome in person until Covid-19 is behind us. Indeed, with its
reputation as one of the world’s safest countries, Canada has long been a top destination for students worldwide.

The University of Toronto now offers webcasts around the clock to keep students and their families up to speed on the latest developments during Covid-19, international transition guidance and, of course, admission requirements. If you have any questions about recruitment or application processes then admissions officers at your prospective university will be on hand to help.

Here are the answers to some questions students who are considering applying to study in Canada might have:

Read more here

Students vote for ‘quality education’ as high priority among global issues

Quality education and climate action are the most important issues to prospective international students, survey shows

Quality education and climate action are two of the highest priority issues for would-be university students, according to research conducted by THE Student.

In a survey taken by 2,000 prospective international students, participants were asked to vote on which of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they thought were the most important. SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 13 (climate action) were voted the highest priority SDGs, with 37 per cent and 33 per cent of the votes, respectively.

There was some variation across different regions. The top priority for North America, Europe and
Oceania was SDG 13, while South America, Africa and Asia considered SDG 4 to be the most

Packing for university: items you do and do not need

Six things you should bring to university… and seven things you probably shouldn’t

Remember everything: our university packing list

Now that you’ve secured your place at university it’s time to start thinking about the things you do and don’t need to take with you. While it is tempting to pack every single item of clothing you own, your games console and a mini fridge, some of those things just simply aren’t necessary. Here’s a listof all the things you will need to take with you to college and the items you could probably do

Coronavirus: will I be able to complete my master’s and study in the UK?

Brazilian student Lucas Lavoyer is facing huge uncertainty over whether he can complete his master’s and move to the UK to do his PhD due to the coronavirus outbreak

We are experiencing a global crisis due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and our first concern should be our health and that of those around us. This is something we all agree on. However, the potential impact this pandemic will have on my studies has been constantly on my mind during the last few days.

Let me give you a little bit of context. I’m a master’s student studying in Brazil, on the verge of finishing my dissertation. A few weeks ago I got accepted to a PhD programme at my dream university in the UK, with full funding. I can’t put into words how excited I was when I received the email.

Seven ways to tell how committed your university is to diversity and inclusion

Top diversity and inclusion professor shares some tips on how students can explore whether their university is genuinely committed to change

Higher education is – thankfully – in a moment of transition. After the murder of George Floyd last year and in response to the continued push of the Movement for Black Lives, universities around the world are responding by pledging a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Some are even going so far as to declare themselves “anti-racist universities”, which is a welcome change.

As students consider which university matches their core values and which institutions are truly committed to the work of inclusion and diversity, how can you tell who is really enacting change and not just saying they are?

I have created a framework that looks at justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), an action- oriented approach to systemic change inside colleges and universities. But how can we tell if an institution is really committed to the work of JEDI?

How to budget as an international student

Need help calculating and sticking to a student budget? Keep track of your costs using this guide from a financial education expert

Budgeting is not the most exciting topic, but financial well-being is critical to your overall university experience.

Recent research commissioned by financial education resource Blackbullion found that nearly half of students have considered dropping out of university or deferring by a year because of financial barriers, which has only been exacerbated by Covid-19.

Some 75 per cent of students surveyed were worried about finances and 67 per cent said that financial anxiety affected their mental health. Being away from friends and family, and with the extra costs of studying abroad, international students can often feel this more acutely.

Having a budget doesn’t mean your money is sorted, but it does mean you have a plan to sort your money. A budget to track your income and expenses is how you monitor money coming in and going out; you know where your money is rather than wondering where it went. Here’s how you can optimise your finances as an international student.

One year on: reflections on the pandemic from international university students

We’ve been living with a pandemic for a year and university students have been affected in so many ways. We caught up with some of the students who wrote blogs for us last year to find out how they feel a year on

It’s been a year since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and university students’ lives were turned upside down. The shift to online learning was a challenge for many, while others had to make the difficult decision of whether to stay at their university or travel home to their families.

We asked some students who wrote blogs last year to share an update on how things have changed in the past year and what they have learnt from 12 months of studying online and social distancing.

Video: how to choose which university or country to study in

One prospective and two current international students share the criteria and methods they used to find the best university (and country) to study in

While having lots of choice is no doubt a good thing, having too much choice can often feel overwhelming.

If you’re just starting out on your study-abroad journey and have no idea where to start in choosing a university or even a country, the tips below may help. Two current international students and one prospective international student share how they narrowed down their choices and the ways they researched their universities.

Read more here