February 2007 issue

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Mexico's firm footing

The future looks good for Mexican agents this year, with a growing economy contributing to greater demand for language travel programmes. Canada remains by far the most popular study destination, according to our survey.

Key points
The total number of students placed by the 12 agencies in our survey was 1,513

Individual agencies placed between 13 and 483 students on courses per year

Average business growth was 39 per cent in the last 12 months

The average length of stay for Mexican students was 11 weeks

Overall, 80 per cent of Mexican students stayed in host family accommodation when studying overseas

Four agencies charged their clients a handling fee of between US$100 and US$150

On average, agencies worked with 22 schools in the last 12 months

Top destinations Most popular courses
1. Canada 65%
2. UK 14%
3. France 11%
4. Australia 3%
5. Ireland 2%
6. Germany 6%
7. USA 1%
Other 2.5%
1. Intensive 35%
2. General 24%
3. Summer vacation 23%
4. Lang. + work. 7%
5. Junior 4%
5. Business lang. 4%
7. Academic prep. 2%
Other 1%

Reasons for language travel Average percentage agency business
1. Studies at home 57%
3. Current work 11%
2. Future work 22%
4. Studies overseas 5%
Other 5%
1. Lang. progs 83%
2. Work & Travel 7%
3. Internships 5%
4. Higher education 2%
Other 3%

How do agencies recruit students?
How do agencies find new schools to represent?
1. Word of mouth 33%
2. Website 26%
3. Adverts in press 12%
4. Seminars to students 10%
5. Mail shots 5%
Other 14%
1. Fairs/expos 24%
Workshops 21%
3. LTM/ETM 18%
4. Internet 17%
5. Other press 5%
Other 15%

Percentage of agents who recognised each of the following organisations
Acpet 8%
English Australia 50%

Capls 83%
CLC 67%

Souffle 42%
L'Office 17%
Unosel 8%
FLE 17%

MEI~Relsa 8%
IEAI 17%

Asils 33%
Italian in Italy 25%

Feltom 17%

New Zealand
Ed. NZ 17%
English NZ 17%

Aeple 0%

Fedele 25%

English UK 50%
British Council 83%

Eaquals 33%

Accet 33%
CEA 8%

Ialc 48%
Quality English 25%
Tandem 8%

Market growth

Football’s World Cup was cited as having a detrimental effect on business last year, according to one particpant in this year’s Agency Survey on Mexico. However, eight of the remaining 11 agencies in our survey said that business had increased over the last 12 months, by between five and 200 per cent, while one agency said that business had stayed static and two did not reply. Overall, average business grew by 39 per cent across all the agencies in our survey and individuals noted an improving economy and increased marketing as reasons for this. This positive result echoes our last survey of Mexican agencies, when average business growth reached 26 per cent for 2004 (see Language Travel Magazine, March 2005, pages 14-15).

Language and destination trends

Despite the USA’s close proximity to Mexico, the number of Mexican students travelling to the USA for a study abroad trip decreased in this year’s survey, from an average of 10 per cent of clients to just one per cent of total students. Instead, the UK increased its popularity among Mexican students and was chosen by 14 per cent of students instead of five per cent previously. Meanwhile, Canada remained the most popular destination with 65 per cent of students choosing this country as their study destination. Two agencies reported that they only dealt with the Canadian market – highlighting the importance of this country for agency business in Mexico. French was the second most requested language among language learners, behind English, while German, Italian and Chinese were all requested by agency clients last year.

Student and course trends

Very few students were learning a language for further study overseas, with just five per cent of clients intending to go on to further studies after their programme. Instead the majority of students, 57 per cent, were learning a language for their studies at home, in contrast with our previous survey, when 39 per cent of students were learning a language for their home studies and 26 per cent for future overseas study opportunities. With academic considerations not high among our agencies’ clients, academic preparation and foundation programmes were not popular with students and instead intensive, general and summer language programmes were those most often undertaken.

Agency business

There is not much diversity when it comes to business activities among agents in Mexico, with all agencies indicating that the language travel sector made up the greatest proportion of their business – 83 per cent of total agency clients were sent on language programmes in 2006. The next most popular study abroad sector for Mexican agents was work and travel, with seven per cent of clients requesting these types of programmes, while the remaining students were sent overseas for internships or higher education purposes.

Looking ahead

The mood among agents was very much upbeat this year. Reasons for the optimism include a strengthening Mexican economy and political stability under a new president, while a number of agencies revealed ambitious expansion plans involving new offices, new staff and better marketing.

Mexican agents named a range of language programmes they work with, including, in Austria: Actilingua, Vienna; In Belgium: CCL from Louvain University, Brussels. In Canada: Algonquin College, Ottawa, ONT; Bodwell College, Vancouver, BC; CLC, various; English Language Centers, Vancouver, BC; English School of Canada, Toronto, ONT; ESH Language Centre, Toronto, ONT; George Brown College, Toronto, ONT; Global Village, various; Inlingua, Vancouver, BC; King George International College, Vancouver, BC; Pacific Language Institute, various; School District # 64, Salt Spring Island, BC; Study English in Canada Inc., Toronto, ONT; Vancouver English Centre, Vancouver, BC; Vancouver International College of English, Vancouver, BC; Victoria International Student Program, Victoria, BC; YMCA, Montreal, QB. In France: Accord, Paris; Institut de Touraine, Tours; Ecole des Roches, various. In Ireland: The Language Centre of Ireland, Dublin. In Switzerland: Leysin American School, Leysin. In the UK: Aspect, various; BABSSCo Summer School Programmes, various; LSI, London; Studio Cambridge, Cambridge; University of East Anglia, Norwich. In the USA: Monteverde Academy, Monteverde, FL. Worldwide: Geos.

Thank you to the following agencies for taking part in this survey: Ceilidh Tours/Viajes Bojorquez Mexico, Class Consulting, Contacto Estidiantiles Canadienses & Europeos, Creatur Mayorista de Viajes, Edu Lynks (IAE Global Mexico), Hola Canada, Intereducacion, Kino Travel, Nacel Mexico, Universitas Travel & Study, Universo Educativo, Via Lenguas SC Mexico Estudios en el Extranjero.

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Asociación Gallega
      de Escuelas
      de Español - Agaes
English Australia
Perth Education City

Alphe Conferences
Icef - Work and
      Travel Forum

Malta Tourism

English Australia
Perth Education City

Algonquin and
      Lakeshore Catholic
      District School Board
Bodwell College
      Services - CISS
Cowichan Valley
      District #79
Delta School District
Maple Ridge / Pitt
      Meadows School
      District #42
Richmond School
      District #38
Stewart College of
Vancouver English
Vanwest College

Mandarin House

Quito S.I. Spanish
      Institute - Centro
      Asociado Cervantes

Anglolang Academy
      of English

Bell International
      (Malta, UK)
English Studio
Harrow House
LAL Language and
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Malvern House
Queen Ethelburga’s
St Christopher School
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Worksop College

Alliance Française
SILC - Séjours
       (England, France,

Prolog - International
      House Berlin


inlingua Malta
Malta Tourism

Self - Escola
      de Línguas

Cape Studies -
      Pacific Gateway
      Study Group
Garden Route
      Language Centre
Good Hope Studies

Asociación Gallega
      de Escuelas
      de Español - Agaes
Esade - Executive
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute

EF Language
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta,
      New Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,

ALCC - American
Boston School of
       Modern Languages
California State
      San Marcos
Kaplan Educational
Monterey Institute
      of International
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California San Diego
University of
      Santa Cruz
Zoni Language
      (Canada, USA)


Archer Education
Global Lifestyles
IH Vancouver

Tellus Group
Training Partnership
Twin Group

Icef - Work and
      Travel Forum

International House
      Sevilla - CLIC

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