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Coronavirus: Information for Current and Prospective Students

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Craig OCallaghan

Updated Mar 25, 2021



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The global spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) is already having a massive impact on universities and business schools around the world. If you’re a current or prospective student concerned about the impact the coronavirus may have on your studies, this page will regularly update with the latest information and advice. 

Discover where to study with QS 

Concerns about whether you need to change your study plans are understandable, but we remain committed to helping you discover the right university for you. We are continuing to run QS World Grad School Tour and QS World MBA Tour events where it is feasible and are also planning some digital events for people who are unable to travel. These will allow you to meet with school representatives and engage in one-on-one conversations, just as if you’re in the same room! 

Our events planned for China and Asia in May have been rescheduled as digital events. Our ConnectMBA events in Austria, Switzerland and Germany are now being run as Virtual Interviews. Information about our planned events for Europe, India and Africa will be confirmed soon. 

If you need to take a GMAT, GRE or TOEFL exam for your application, many test centers around the world have closed. INSEAD recently became the first leading business school to allow MBA applications without test results.

Please also take our survey to let us know if coronavirus is affecting your study plans or not. We’ll be sharing the results of the survey here on a regular basis, so you can learn more about how other students are being affected.  

QS advice 

Not sure what coronavirus is or what the symptoms are? Start with our helpful primer that covers everything you need to know. 

We’ve also produced this helpful guide for anyone attending a digital QS event, and some top tips for working from home and setting up a home office.

There's also advice for anyone looking for productive things to do while social distancing, or in need of tips for looking after your mental health.

We also have a first-hand report on how coronavirus is affecting campuses in the US.

Will Covid-19 affect your university application?

Want to know what universities and business schools are doing about university admissions? While the full extent of the Covid-19 pandemic remains uncertain, many leading universities have reassured students that they are continuing to accept applications for degree programs starting later this year.

We've created two new hub pages to track the latest admissions news from top universities and business schools. Find out how university admissions are affected, as well as how top business schools are affected.

While test centers around the world are closed, it is now possible to take the GRE and GMAT at home. Some universities and schools are also accepting Duolingo as an alternative to sitting the TOEFL or IELTS.

Latest World Health Organization information 

The World Health Organization has published their advice for members of the public. Read it here. Covid-19 has now been classed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

You can also find their latest travel advice here. 


Want to learn more? 

If you want to learn more about coronavirus, Imperial College London have compiled a free, online course which over 19 hours teaches you more about the outbreak. The syllabus is constantly being updated with the latest information. Find out more here. 

UK residents are encouraged to download the free Covid Symptom Tracker app. Even if you don't have any symptoms, the data you provide will help researchers map the spread of Covid-19.


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