How Universities Abroad Are Dealing With Classes During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Commencement activities have also been put on hold.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Apr 20, 2020
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The Philippines has been on lockdown for more than a month now, and universities have moved to online platforms for conducting classes and exams. College students have been petitioning for classes to be cancelled since the country's COVID-19 situation is not conducive for proper academic learning. On April 8, Ateneo de Manila University has decided to officially end the semester. UP has also agreed to suspend the semester effective April 30. Other universities and colleges are also beginning to respond to students' claims.

Other countries across the globe have also imposed their own lockdowns as part of their efforts against the spread of COVID-19. Here's how some schools abroad have dealt with the situation:


Various countries in Europe have imposed their respective lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lockdown on March 23, effective the following day, advising the nation to avoid unnecessary contact.


Universities have taken their own measures to support the government’s efforts. For instance,

Oxford University has instructed its students to leave the university and its staff members to work remotely from home. They encourage the use of online platforms for teaching sessions between faculty members and students. Whether or not the examinations for the current term will continue remotely or be cancelled remains undecided, however.

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The University of London has closed down its administration buildings ahead of the nationwide lockdown. Their intercollegiate halls of residence, however, remain open for students who wish to stay. Face-to-face classes have been put on hold but online learning is ongoing through digital platforms and resources.

In Italy, the EU country critically affected by COVID-19, Business Insider reports that the Italian prime minister has imposed a strict lockdown on the entire country. Universities have been ordered to suspend classes until April 3, but have since resumed activities remotely. University of Milan, for instance, have been conducting classes, exams, and even graduation sessions remotely until July 31.



In Japan, a nationwide state of emergency has been announced which will last until May 6, as per BBC. Kyoto University, classes are done remotely and necessary adjustments are being made to accommodate the remote setup, such as adjusting the timeline for conducting makeup exams or submitting assignments.

In South Korea, government efforts are being exhausted to lessen the impact of COVID-19. The country is currently not on lockdown, but universities have set their own measures in response to the coronavirus threat. Seoul National University delayed the start of its spring semester for two weeks and shortened it by one week. Yonsei University are utilizing digital platforms for online classes until May 12.


U.S. currently has the most number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 750,000 confirmed cases as of April 20, 2020. Harvard University has also moved classes online for undergraduate and graduate programs. Yale University and Princeton University have canceled their in-campus summer programs. Commencement activities for graduating students of Yale in May have also been cancelled, while Princeton is planning on an in-person ceremony in 2021.


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