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March 2006 issue

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Russia looks ahead

Although not experiencing the same growth as in our previous Agency Survey, Russian agencies painted a picture of health for the country's outbound language travel market. Further growth and expansion is also predicted for the next 12 months, according to our respondents.

Key points
The total number of students placed by the 15 agencies in our survey was 4,103

Individual agencies placed between 12 and 1,300 students on language courses per year

Average business growth was 14 per cent in 2005

The average length of stay for Russian students was five weeks

Overall, 63 per cent of Russian students stayed in host family accommodation when studying overseas

Ten agencies charged their clients a handling fee of between e50 (US$60) and e300 (US$362)

On average, our agent respondents represented 62 schools in 10 countries


Top destinations Most popular courses
1. UK 62%
2. Malta 10%
3. New Zealand 5%
4. Spain 3%
4. Germany 3%
4. France 3%
7. Australia 2%
7. Canada 2%
7. USA 2%
1. Junior progs. 32%
2. Intensive 18%
3. Summer vacation 16%
4. General 14%
5. Academic prep. 8%
6. Other 5%
7. Business 4%
8. Lang + work. 2%

Reasons for language travel Top languages
1. Studies at home 33%
2. Studies overseas 31%
3. Current work 25%
4. Pleasure 8%
5. Other 3%
1. English 7%
2. German 7%
3. Spanish 6%
3. French 6%
4. Italian 2%
5. Other 1%

How do agencies recruit students?

How do agencies find new schools to represent?
Word of mouth 32%
Website 23%
Advertising in press 18%
Seminars to students 11%
Mail shots 2%
Other 14%
Workshops 38%
Internet 14%
Fairs/expos 14%
Other press 8%
LTM/ETM 7.5%
Other 18.5%

Percentage of agents who recognised each of the following organisations
Australia
Acpet 7%
English Australia 38%

Canada
Capls 23%
CLC 46%

France
Souffle 31%
L'Office 15%
Unosel 15%
FLE 23%

Ireland
MEI~Relsa 62%
IEAI 0%

Italy
Asils 19%
Italian in Italy 23%

Malta
Feltom 69%

New Zealand
Appel 0%
Crels 15%
Education NZ 54%

Fiels/English NZ 15%

Portugal
Aeple 0%

South Africa
Eltasa 7%
English SA 0%

Spain
Fedele 62%

UK
ABLS 31%
English UK 100%
British Council 69%
Quality English 69%

Europe
Eaquals 46%

USA
AAIEP 38%
Accet 31%
CEA 7%
UCIEP 31%

International
Ialc 69%



Market growth
2005 was a good year for business, according to the agencies that took part in this year's Agency Survey on Russia, with all but one of our respondents saying that business had increased or at least stayed the same in 2005. The average business increase across the board came in at 14 per cent, although individuals reported increases of between 10 and 50 per cent. Of those agencies that gave a reason for their increased fortunes, most pointed to their own increased marketing efforts or a new web presence as boosting their client base. The average business growth, however, was down on last year's mammoth growth of 63 per cent (see Language Travel Magazine, February 2005, pages 14-15).

Language and destination trends
The UK was once again the most popular destination for Russian students and its market share increased in 2005, up from 51 per cent to 65 per cent. Malta was also more popular, taking second place in the list of favourite destinations in 2005, up from fourth position in our previous survey. In contrast, the percentage of students choosing to study French in France decreased from 13 per cent previously to just three per cent. Six of the top nine favourite destinations for Russian students were English-speaking countries, with France, Germany and Spain all in fourth place, appealing to nine per cent of students between them.

Student and course trends
Course trends were very similar to the results of our previous survey on Russia, with junior programmes the most requested by clients (32 per cent, up from 27 per cent in 2005, charting 2004 trends). However, intensive and summer vacation programmes were more popular last year, at the expense of general programmes, which decreased from 25 per cent to 14 per cent in 2005. A majority of students chose host family accommodation (60 per cent) when studying overseas, with a further 29 per cent staying in residential accommodation provided by the school.

Agency business
Agency marketing techniques were very varied this year and the percentage of students recruited by word-of-mouth recommendation was down from 49 per cent to 32 per cent. Many agencies also employed more pro-active methods of reaching new clients and the number of students enrolled by seminars increased from six per cent to 11 per cent, while the Internet also increased in importance, now accounting for 23 per cent of business, up from 20 per cent. Despite the fact that the agencies in this survey were larger and sent more students than those that took part last year, the average number of schools represented by agents was slightly lower than the previous average, at 62 schools per agency (down from 85).

Looking ahead
All the agencies that gave an opinion forecast that business would continue to grow in 2006, with some noting growing national income from oil exports. Others predicted that there would be an increase in interest for courses in Japan and China as less popular languages became more important, as well as an increase in demand for more specialised courses such as career pathway programmes.


Economic overview

Between January and September 2005, inflation stood at 8.6% compared with 8% in the first three quarters of 2004.

At the end of August 2005, Russia's economic- ally active population had increased by 0.9% compared with the previous year, while the number of people employed in the economy rose by 1.8% and the total number of jobless fell by 10.6%.

From January to August last year, household real disposable income grew by 8.5% com- pared with the corresponding period in the previous year.

Source: Central Bank of the Russian Federation


Russian agents named a range of language programmes they work with, including, in Australia: Insearch UTS, Sydney, NSW. In Canada: Algonquin College, Ottawa, ONT; ILAC, various. In France: Carel, Royan; Centre d'Echanges Internationaux, Paris; France Langue, Paris; In Germany: GLS, Berlin. In Ireland: Centre of English Studies, Dublin; In Italy: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci; Florence. In Malta: English Language Academy, Sliema; European Centre, St Julians; Inlingua, Sliema. In New Zealand: Academic Colleges Group, Auckland; Languages International, Auckland; Language Schools New Zealand, Christchurch. In Spain: Don Quijote, Barcelona; Malaca Instituto, Malaga. In the UK: Anglo Continental, various; Bell International, various; Central School of English, London; Cicero Languages International, Tunbridge Wells; English Activity Centre, Edinburgh; Frances King School, London; Harrow House International College, various; Inlingua, Cheltenham; Greenwich School of English, London; International House, London; Regent, various; Select English, various; Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth; Stafford House School of English, Canterbury; Torbay Language Centre, Paignton; Twin Training, London; St Giles International, various. In the USA: Academic Exchange of America, Chehalis, WA; FLS International, various; Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA. International: Aspect, Carl Duisberg Centren, LSI, OISE, Study Group.

Thank you to the following agencies for taking part in this survey: Abitur Educational Group, BKC – International Education Centre, Carl Duisberg Centren Moscow, Educational Centre "Vera", EduWOW, Insight Lingua, Interbridge, International House, Langford Travel, Star Travel, Students International, Takt & Partners, Travel & Study Consulting, University Council, Uros,

Contact any advertiser in the this issue now

The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

Name

Company
Country
Telephone

Email



ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training
Capls/ACELP
English Australia
English UK
FLE.FR
OLE - Español en
      Andalucia
Quality English

EXPOS/WORKSHOPS
Alphe Agent
      Workshops

SERVICES
GSM International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority

AUSTRALIA
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training
English Australia
Sydney West
      International College
TAFE NSW English
      Language Centres

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International
      (Belgium, England,
      France, Ireland,
      Japan, Netherlands,
      Spain)

CANADA
Académie des
      langues de Trois -
      Pistoles
Access International
      School
Bodwell College
Capls/ACELP
Conestoga College
CSLI
East Coast School of
      Languages (ECSL)
ELS Language
      Centres
Geos Language
      Academies
IH Toronto
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
      of Canada
Inlingua Vancouver
International
      Language Schools
      of Canada
Intrax English
      Institute
Language Repair
      Shop, The
Language Studies
      Canada
Modus Language
      Institute
Pacific-Global
      Language Centre
Stewart College of
      Languages
University Canada
      West
Vancouver English
      Centre
      (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver Premier
      College of
      English Language
Vanwest College
West Vancouver
      School District #45

CYPRUS
Lingua Summer
      School

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
      of English
Aspect (Australia,
      Canada, England,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Scotland, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
Beet Language
      Centre
Bell International
Cambridge
     Academy of English
Churchill
      House/English Home
      Tuition Scheme
Cicero Languages
      International
Eastbourne School
      of English
Eckersley Oxford
English Language
      Centre
English Studio
English UK
Excel English
      Language School
Frances King School
      of English
Hampstead School
      of English
International House
      Newcastle
International House
      World
King Street College
Lake School of
      English
LAL Language and
      Leisure (England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
Langbourne College
London School of
      English
Malvern House
Melton College
Millfield Enterprises
Oxford Intensive
      School of English
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
      College
Regency College
Sheffield Hallam
      University
St Giles Colleges
      (UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Taunton
      International
      Study Centre
Wimbledon School
      of English

FRANCE
Accent Français
Alliance Française
      Toulouse
      Midi-Pyrénées
Alpha B - Institut
      Linguistique
Centre d'Etudes des
      Langues de
      Saint-Malo
Centre International
      Linguistique et
      Sportif (CILS)
Ecole Suisse
      Internationale
Education En
      France
IMEF
Inlingua Rouen -
      French in Normandy
Institut Catholique
      de Toulouse (IULCF)
International House
      Nice
Langue Onze
      Toulouse
Les Ateliers
      Linguistiques du
      Tarn
Les Cèdres
Odyssea - Institut
      Européen de
      Français
SILC - Séjours
      Linguistiques
      (England, France,
      Spain)
Université de Paris
      Sorbonne

GERMANY
Inlingua Munich
Prolog- International
      House Berlin

IRELAND
Cork English College
      / Language &
      Activity Holidays
Linguaviva Centre

ITALY
International House
      Palermo

MALTA
Burlington Academy
IH- Malta-Gozo
International English
      Language Centre
Lingua Time
Malta Tourism
      Authority

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
      Academy
Auckland Institute of
      Studies
Cathedral Lane
      Academy
Christchurch
      Polytechnic Institute
      of Technology
Hawkes Bay
      Polytechnic
Languages
      International
Rotorua English
      Language Academy
University of Otago
      Language Centre

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
International House
      Lisbon

RUSSIA
Language Link,
      Russia
Liden & Denz
      Language Centre

SPAIN
Colegio de Español
      La Janda
Escuela de Idiomas
      Nerja
Escuela
      Internacional
High Educational
      Studies
International House
      San Sebastian -
      Lacunza
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC
International House
      Valladolid
Kings College
      International
      (England, Spain)
Kingsbrook -
      Spanish for
      Foreigners
La Brisa
Malaca Instituto
OLE - Español en
      Andalucia
Taller Flamenco

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)
Institut Richelieu

UKRAINE
International House
      Kiev

USA
American Language
      Communication
      Center
California School
      of English
California State
      University San
      Marcos
Columbia University
Diablo Valley
      College
ELS Language
      Centers
Intercultural
      Communications
      College
International House
      San Diego SCIEL
Kaplan Educational
      Centers (Canada,
      England, USA)
Monterey Institute of
      International Studies
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California
      Santa Cruz
University of Illinois
      at Urbana-
      Champaign
Zoni Language
      Centers

WALES
CELTiC (Schools)
      Ltd


EDUCATION TRAVEL

AUSTRALIA
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training

CANADA
Archer Education
      Group
Delta School District

ENGLAND
Oxford Brookes
      University

SCOTLAND
University of
      Glasgow

USA
Oak International