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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...

conditional- admissions-in-canadaCanada eases path to permanent residency for international students

The Canadian government has announced some much-anticipated changes to its immigrant-selection system, with the goal of boosting the prospects of international students and highly skilled...

open-doors-report-2016More than one million international students in the US

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its landmark summary of international student enrolment in the US today: the annual Open Doors Report on International...

Trump victory spurs global reaction from educators and students

Donald J. Trump thwarted the projections of pollsters and analysts late last night with a stunning victory that saw him elected the 45th President of...

Taiwan aims to double international student numbers by 2019

Taiwan has announced plans to increase its international student numbers by 30,000 with a goal to host 58,000 foreign students by 2019. This will more...

Scotland continues to press for post-study work rights

The UK government has rejected a call for expanded post-study work rights for international students in Scotland, but the Scottish government is continuing to bring...

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...

Destination marketing organisations adding new partnerships and resources for international student recruitment

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) points out that international travel has skyrocketed over the last 50 years or so. In the mid-1950s, there were 25...

Four megatrends that are changing the competitive landscape of international education

Slowing growth, a booming middle class, shifting destination market share, and new regional study destinations are helping to set a new competitive dynamic in international...

2016 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 minister signals change for Russian higher education

Russia has a new Minister of Education and Science and she sees change ahead for the country’s universities. Appointed to the post in August, Olga...

British government confirms funding and fees for EU students

UK Universities Minister Jo Johnson announced on 11 October that European Union students applying to begin studies at an English university for the 2017/18 academic year...

Comparing the costs of study for leading city destinations

In the course of examining world markets for student housing and housing investment, global real estate services firm Savills has arrived at an interesting analysis...

The employability challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council recently released the results of a three-year study on university education and graduate employability in four notable markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Universities,...

UK Home Secretary signals a two-tiered visa system

The British government is considering further restrictions on student visas in line with its often-stated goal to reduce net migration to the UK. In a...

NACAC amends guidance regarding education agents

In 2013, the National Association for College Admission Counselling (NACAC) voted to lift a ban on the use of commissioned agents for international student recruitment....

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,...

Australia reduces planned tax increase for working holiday makers

The Australian government has walked back from planned tax increases for working holiday makers. Australia’s 2015/16 budget introduced new tax provisions for working holiday travellers...

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