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Contents - August 2013

Special Report
Non-English language exams
Due to a range of social and economic factors – including the economic globalisation of many non – English speaking countries – citizens of the world increasingly need, and want, to learn languages other than English. Language exams provide a benchmark from which learners can prove their abilities – a benchmark that is often needed to gain entry onto a university–level course abroad, a new job or even citizenship of a foreign country. Claire Twyman investigates developments in the main non–English language exams.

Agency survey
Japan's economy
A growing economy is having a positive effect on business among study travel agencies in Japan. Course demand is also diversifying.

Teritary focus
New Zealand polytechnics

Polytechnics, or institutes of technology, in New Zealand are becoming targeted in their approach to attracting international students, as Nicola Hancox reports.

Vocational Focus
Accounting for success

An ever-popular vocational field with attractive career paths, study in accounting is available at a range of levels, writes Matthew Knott.

Secondary Focus
Canada secondary school survey

The majority of international students in our survey on Canadian secondary schools stayed in homestay accommodation during their stay, while agent use among schools was high at 74 per cent. Bethan Norris reveals the results of our latest survey.

Secondary Focus
Boarding in the USA

Offering a great environment for studying, bonding and cultural integration — as well as a viable route into a university — the USA's boarding schools are experiencing good growth in international enrolments, as Claire Twyman discovers.

Brazil’s melting pot

This, the world's largest Portuguese–speaking country, is a melting pot of different cultures. With its mixed African, European and indigenous heritage, its modern cities and magnificent natural features, Brazil is a destination that offers something for everyone, as Jane Vernon Smith finds out.

Regional Focus
Northern Irish gem

As far as English language destinations go, Northern Ireland is not the first to spring to mind for many students, but more and more study travellers are now discovering this hidden gem. Gillian Evans finds out what this part of the UK has to offer.

Market Analysis
Canada gets serious

The English language teaching sector in Canada appealed to students with serious academic goals in 2012, and language school operators adapted provision accordingly. Meanwhile, the sector is still in limbo over changes to immigration legislation, as Nicola Hancox reports.

Italian + culture
Cradle of the renaissance, origin of opera and home to a world-renowned cuisine, Italy is an obvious destination for language plus culture programmes. Matthew Knott samples la dolce vita.

Exclusive Supplement
Revealed: the shortlist for the 2013 STM Star Awards. We talk to shortlisters about their nominations and test readers’ knowledge of the event itself with a super quiz. Read more…

Giving something back

Nacac softens stance on agent usage at USA colleges
FDSV survey shows German outbound trends
UK Student Visitor Visa working well
Liden & Denz to open in Latvia
Fears over US J-1 Exchange programme
Lexis moves into Korean teaching market

News Round Up
US schools seek clarity on visas for conditional entry
New payment portal for agents
Britannia Brighton set to open
Australia reviews red tape for colleges
English UK leads first Libya trade mission
New International Foundation for CEG
BEC expands to Montréal
ABLS looks beyond the UK
News in brief
Travel Update

Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: English UK
Industry issues- agents speak out
Q&A Advisor Association: FDSV
Agency of the month

Course Guide
One–to–one in the USA


Giving something back

by Nicola Hancox, Editor of Study Travel Magazine

There's a lot of news state side in this month's issue of STM. US colleges are concerned by new draft legislation imposed by SEVP. The new draft guidance on conditional admissions and bridge programmes could see providers having to issue separate I–20s (a document required for student visa applications) depending on a students' course of study )see page 8). Many believe this simply isn't practical and, in the long–run, could harm student retention. Representative voice, EnglishUSA, has been consulted and, at the time of writing, had submitted a letter to SEVP with recommendations it hopes will be considered. It also warned there was a blurring of the lines between academic and immigration policy making.

Meanwhile, Nacac has revised its stance on commission practice (see page 6). Rather than banning incentivised commission for overseas agents entirely, they have advised members 'against it'. This carefully worded piece of policy effectively leaves it to the individual institution to determine whether or not they compensate agents for recruitment. The US tertiary sector has always eyed the agent/commission model with caution, and while this is a tiny step in the right direction, the market has a long way to go if it is to emulate the largely successful relationships UK, Australian and Canadian universities have established with study abroad agents.

There is also concern surrounding proposed changes to the J–1 visa — non–immigrant visa category for individuals approved to participate in work and study–based exchange visitor programmes. The US government is considering reclassifying individuals as 'workers' as opposed to 'students', making it illegal for agents and cultural exchange sponsors to charge for services. Agency association Belta has written to the US Senate expressing its reservations, and has warned this could damage the reputation of both effected parties, and deny thousands of Brazilian students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the USA (page 7).

While English remains the most popular language to learn, we chart the rise of French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Arabic in our central feature (page 28), which targets the language exams students can take in order to verify their proficiency.

Meanwhile, agents discuss Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in our agent Industry Issues section (page 18). There may well be some sceptics out there as to the purpose and indeed the effectiveness of such policies, but an increasing number of businesses are embracing initiatives that aim to 'give something back'. It is important we are aware of the impact our businesses have on our immediate environment. We will be taking a more in depth look at CSR in a future issue so look out.

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