An overview of study abroad rules and offers for international students

Are you planning to study abroad? Here is a quick overview of the rules and offers for international students around the world.

While many students admitted to foreign universities have spent hours dreaming of saying hello to a new world while taking online classes at odd hours, others have postponed their admissions for a gap year, waiting for that. the pandemic passes.

And then the second wave hit. But there is a silver lining: Several countries are opening physical campuses and offering visas to fully immunized students. Here is an overview of what is on offer in different countries.


As Canada has just emerged from a third wave, it has processes in place to allow international students to enter. The rule states: “Upon arrival, international students must be able to demonstrate that they have a plan in place to support their initial 14-day period. period of quarantine or mandatory isolation in Canada and submit the required contact information and address. Before applying for the student visa, make sure your institution is on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) list of Designated Educational Institutions (EDDs) approved by PTs.

At the end of the line : If your institute is on the IRCC list, you can test negative and quarantine at your expense upon arrival.

United States

While international travel by non-immigrants from India remains on hold, international students are granted a pass with the national interest exception rule, which reviews student visas on a case-by-case basis. Students must apply for the F1 visa 120 days before the start date mentioned on the I-20 form and travel only 30 days from the start of the program. However, if your university offers a 100% online semester, your visa could be rejected. Therefore, make sure that the program is either hybrid or 100% on-campus before the visa interview.

At the end of the line : Visas are granted on a case-by-case basis for hybrid programs or entirely on campus. You are advised to self-isolate / quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

Great Britain

India being on the red list, the following rules must be followed. Before traveling, you must take a COVID-19 test, book a quarantine hotel package that includes two tests, and complete a passenger locator form.

Once you arrive, you must quarantine yourself in the managed hotel. Currently, the UK does not accept travelers from Red List countries unless they have proof of residence or a valid student visa.

Universities UK International (UUKI) advises students holding an offer for a UK university this year to contact the institution of their choice to find out more about plans for September.

The good news: many universities have announced that they will reimburse the hotel’s quarantine and testing costs, up to £ 1,750.

At the end of the line : The process is pretty detailed with a negative test, test kits, and a mandatory quarantine, but some universities offer to cover the quarantine costs.


Currently, Australia’s borders are closed for international students. The government has said it will call some students through an approved international student arrival plan, which will include travel and quarantine arrangements. However, that remains to be decided. Check with your institutes if they are part of this plan.

At the end of the line : The borders are closed but a plan is being framed for the students to travel.

Singapore, Germany, Netherlands

Students traveling to these countries must have a valid letter of offer from an educational institution stating that the mode of instruction cannot be online. Then they will receive a student visa / pass. The trip will include quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

At the end of the line : If you have a valid letter of offer for an on-campus course, you can take a negative test and quarantine at your expense.

(With contributions from Simran Kaur)

The author is Founder and CEO, Inomi Learning (

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