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english-proficiencyAnnual ranking says Europe still leads on English proficiency

The 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) was released yesterday, and, as always, it provides a fascinating window into levels of English proficiency in regions...

SEVP releases final guidance for ESL pathways in the US

On 28 October, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released its long-awaited policy guidance for pathway programmes in the US. The announcement put an...

agent-barometer-20162016 Agent Barometer survey reveals important shifts in destination appeal and student perceptions

Key findings from the 2016 ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer were released yesterday at the ICEF Berlin Workshop. Now in its tenth year, the Agent Barometer...

New Irish strategy sets ambitious goals for 2020

Irish Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton released Ireland’s new international education strategy today. Irish Education Globally Connected: An International Education Strategy for Ireland,...

Education South Africa takes government to court over visa rules

Education South Africa (EduSA), the country’s peak body for English Language Teaching (ELT) schools has filed suit against the South African government in an effort...

US ELT providers reporting enrolment declines this year

Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) across the US are experiencing deep declines in enrolments, pushing administrators to look for new markets, develop new partners, and be...

Australia’s ELICOS enrolment grew in 2015 but source markets are shifting

Australia’s ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) is bucking a global trend of slowing or shrinking enrolment in English Language Training programmes....

Junior language travel market continues to develop

Junior students have become an important growth segment in recent years, especially in Europe, where students under age 18 now compose a significant proportion of...

US confirms visa policy for conditional admissions

The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued its long-awaited final policy guidance regarding conditional admissions for international...

Early results point to continued growth for Australia in 2016

The latest round of Australian enrolment data shows that the notable growth trend of the last two years has continued into 2016. Department of Education...

New Zealand’s international enrolment grew by 13% in 2015

Education New Zealand has released its official enrolment report for 2015. It finds that international student numbers were up 13% last year to reach a...

Differentiation through innovation in English language teaching

Schools in the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector are operating in an increasingly competitive environment where the commoditisation of general language programmes has become a...

Checking in on English testing requirements for study in the UK

In April 2015, the British government substantially overhauled the system for Secure English Language Tests (SELT) in the UK. As a result, IELTS became the...

Canada’s ELT numbers fell in 2015

New survey data from Languages Canada reveals that Canada is the latest major destination to chart a decline in ELT (English Language Teaching) enrolments for...

UK ELT student weeks down 13% in 2015

On the heels of data from The 2015 ALTO-Deloitte Language Travel Industry Survey, which suggests a softening in global demand for English-language courses, English UK...

Mapping international pathway programmes in the US

Pathway programmes are gathering steam in English-speaking destination markets, and are often offered in collaboration with specialised pathway providers. For participating institutions, the pathway model...

Latest language travel data points to slowing growth in 2015

This time last year, the general impression in language travel was that some important market shifts were afoot. The UK was losing market share and...

UAE leads the world in English-medium international school enrolments

New ISC research – reported in the ISC Market Intelligence Report for the UAE – shows that the United Arab Emirates is the leading country...

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