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    COVID-19 Concerns

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    Do you think that the situation right now might impact all the international students that would be looking to get student visas this summer? Or do you suppose it will calm down by the summer ?

    Has anyone received information from universities regarding this ?

    Thanks ! Stay safe and wash your hands.

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Hi timeseries, I was also thinking about this since I am also an international student looking to start Ph.D. this year. I guess if things get worse, universities will either push the program to Spring next year or start with online classes for a semester (many places are already doing this). But let's hope that things will get better in the next 4-5 months. Fingers crossed!

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Same here. I may be optimistic but I think by summer the restrictions would be lifted or at least loosened. Otherwise I think what SSh described seems like a reasonable course of actions.

    I was also thinking how does the COVID-19 affect the admission process at the moment? If the colleges close down, would it slow down the decisions that are still yet to be made (eg regarding applicants that have been waitlisted).

    Hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

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    Couple of days ago actually I kind of laughed at this post and said people are overreacting but right now all the news and after Trump's new declaration I don't know what to say anymore. You are very well right to be worried about it.

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    I'm a Director of Graduate Studies. We have not been given any information about next year. I don't think anyone knows anything at this point and we are just trying to figure out how to finish this year.

    Our decision process isn't slowed down. That stuff is easy to do from home.

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Thank you everyone for sharing your perspectives. I have the option between a program in my country of residence and a program in the UK. I was initially leaning towards the UK program. But with all the travel restrictions in place right now (and who knows how long they will last), I’m worried that it might be too big of a risk.

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by tbe View Post
    I'm a Director of Graduate Studies. We have not been given any information about next year. I don't think anyone knows anything at this point and we are just trying to figure out how to finish this year.

    Our decision process isn't slowed down. That stuff is easy to do from home.
    I am wondering whether this situation could affect the number of offer slots. For instance, the problems in government fellowship might lead the schools to give less offers, not to extend their declined slots to the waitlisted students..

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by tbe View Post
    I'm a Director of Graduate Studies. We have not been given any information about next year. I don't think anyone knows anything at this point and we are just trying to figure out how to finish this year.

    Our decision process isn't slowed down. That stuff is easy to do from home.
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    I am wondering whether this situation could affect the number of offer slots. For instance, the problems in government fellowship might lead the schools to give less offers, not to extend their declined slots to the waitlisted students..
    As tbe says, no one really knows how this is going to affect next year. But at this point pretty much everyone has already made their decisions about acceptances and putting people on waitlists.

    I'm not sure what you mean about "problems in government fellowship" ???

    My guess...but it's only a guess...is that more international students than usual may decide not to come and that this will mean schools will be more likely to go to their waitlist. But it's too early to know if this might happen.

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    Virginia Tech emailed a day or two ago that if we are unable to attend this year due to COVID-19, they'll gladly defer our application to a future term with no deferral fee charged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean about "problems in government fellowship" ???
    POI told me that they are checking with the government fellowship issue and that this process is making the delays in their offer extension. I also understand that it is too early to conclude hastily but I cannot help myself being anxious about the situation.

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