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 US statement sets stage for coordinated national strategy for international education

US statement sets stage for coordinated national strategy for international education

“Continuing to nurture a vibrant community of international students is a foreign policy imperative,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who was speaking this week at the...

 ICEF Exchange podcast: Worst hit – quickest to recover?  The outlook for global language travel

ICEF Exchange podcast: Worst hit – quickest to recover? The outlook for global language travel

In this latest podcast episode, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (Editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (Vice-President of Business Development) discuss some of the trends shaping student...

 Malta closes ELT schools following rapid growth in COVID cases

Malta closes ELT schools following rapid growth in COVID cases

The number of COVID cases in Malta has surged within the last month, climbing from just 23 active cases on 21 June to roughly 1,000 as of 14...

 Mapping the future of European recruitment for UK ELT

Mapping the future of European recruitment for UK ELT

A new report commissioned by English UK and the British Council and produced by research firm BONARD outlines challenges and opportunities in the European market for English-language training...

 Brazil: Affordability will be key to unleashing demand for study abroad

Brazil: Affordability will be key to unleashing demand for study abroad

Brazil remains severely affected by COVID-19 infection rates, but a year and a half into the pandemic, the country’s economy is beginning to rebound, at least in certain...

New analysis projects strong growth in global language learning with digital a key driver

New analysis from the global market intelligence platform HolonIQ projects a “U-shaped recovery” for offline and blended language learning through 2025. But the forecast also anticipates that direct-to-consumer...

New Zealand signals that border closures will remain in place into 2022

The New Zealand government has announced that borders will likely remain closed, for the most part, to international students in 2021, as it continues to pursue its COVID...

Canada’s language school enrolments down by 56% in 2020; “incremental recovery” anticipated this year

Canada’s language training centres hosted 56% fewer international students in 2020. Total student weeks were down by 49%, but the average length of stay increased by 16% to...

International enrolments in US ELT fell by 50% in 2020

International enrolment in Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) in the US fell by 50% in 2020 compared with 2019, and student weeks by 51%, according to the new data...

UK ELT reports “devastating” 2020 results but recovery by late-2022 is still the target

Student weeks were down by 71% and the number of students plummeted by 84% in English language schools in the UK in 2020, according to the latest data...

Test sharing data provides an interesting window into student choice

With normal English proficiency testing cycles badly disrupted during the pandemic, many admissions offices have necessarily become a lot more flexible around English language testing over the past...

UK’s first Green List for summer travel leaves out key student markets

With summer around the corner, governments everywhere are balancing the urgency of reviving their tourism and trade sectors with preventing yet another COVID infection wave. Several countries are...

Australia: Large-scale return of international students not expected until 2022

Editor’s note: Shortly after this item was originally published, the Australian government indicated there could be a further delay for the large-scale return of international students. In its...

Ireland reports a 73% drop in ELT students in 2020

The pandemic has badly disrupted enrolment in Ireland’s English-language schools, just as it has in all major ELT destinations. The number of international students enrolled in Irish English-language...

Malta: An 80% drop in ELT students but strong vaccination rollout could help spur recovery

Pre-COVID, Malta’s tourism industry had grown to compose roughly 27% of the national economy, and the English language teaching industry contributes a significant portion of those revenues. In...