Confusion over US accreditation of college English courses
US and European university partnerships for CEG
New German rules as reports says Europe losing keen overseas graduates
Becas budget cuts threaten business
Canada closes visa sections in key market
New Zealand speeds visas for specialist agent students
Mandarin House expands to Guangzhou
News Round Up
Ialc introduces policy changes
Ilac donates scholarships to Daughters for Life
Overseas students up at UK independent schools
USA Summer Work and Travel amended
Coined opens new Puerto Madryn centre
Study Group partners with Istituto Marangoni
Pearson PTE partners in China and Nepal
NZLC moves to new Auckland campus
News in brief
Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: Association of British Language Schools (Abls)
Industry issues- advisors speak out
On the move
Q&A Advisor Association: Fachverband Deutscher Sprachreise-Veranstalter (FDSV)
Agency of the month: Global Connection
UK exam preparation
Many UK-based language schools offer more than one exam-based course, and there are programmes to suit clients of varying English proficiency.
Bumps in the road
by Nicola Hancox, editor
How things can change in such a short period of time. Just last month we wrote about the accreditation campaign in the USA and how university-based English language programmes were exempt from independent accreditation, falling under the certification of their host institutions. Fast forward one month and educators have been left flummoxed by a statement issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that decreed IEPs, under the governance of a university or college, may be subject to an out-of-cycle review (meaning at any time), and if found not to be adequately accredited by a regional agency risk losing their right to recruit international students. The announcement has caused dissention in the sector with private, stand-alone operators and university IEPs arguing their respective cases (see page 8).
The sudden closure of visa and immigration offices at Canadian embassies in Japan, Germany, Malaysia and Bangladesh proves agents aren’t immune to ‘bumps in the road’ either (see page 9). Only time will tell if these tweaks (or budgetry cuts?) by CIC will have the desired ‘streamlined’ effect for visa applications.
Conversely, priority processing times by Immigration New Zealand for visa applications submitted by approved New Zealand Specialist Agents (NZSA) has been welcomed by the agent world. If anything, said one “specialist”, it’s a positive piece of marketing they can and will utilise (see page 9).
This issue we focus on an altogether different ELT destination: The Philippines. Turn to page 48 to learn how providers there are keen to cast their net far and wide to attract students from countries other than Japan and Korea, which have been traditional target markets.
In marked contrast to the UK which recently dissolved its post-study work route, Germany recently eased post-study work and immigration legislation for international university graduates. Keen to help highly educated international students transition into its labour market, the German government has listened to the market experts, or more keenly, the findings of a comparative study into the post-study intentions of non-EU students studying at universities in five European countries (see page 8).
And I’ll leave you with the following from this month’s Agency of the Month: “We are a company with our heart in Colombia and our dreams all over the world.” What a fitting sentiment for our industry.