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November 2008 issue

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Focus on change in USA

Educators in the USA point to a good mix of nationalities and good growth, in part due to scholarship schemes in the Middle East. Meanwhile, educators’ associations are campaigning hard for regulatory change. Amy Baker reports.

We have had a big surge in Libyan students. These students are all Libyan government sponsored – it is a relatively new development,” says Jean-Marc Alberola, President of Bridge Linguatec in Denver, CO, explaining one reason for good growth at his school this year.

Anthony Bailey, President of Kaplan Aspect, also cites demand from the Middle East as benefiting the bottom line across Kaplan Aspect schools in the USA: “We continue to have a strong partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Education, providing quality educational programmes to their students,” he reports, referring to the better known of the scholarship schemes currently operating (see LTM, June 2006, page 29).

However, with increasing numbers of scholarship holders intent on graduate study in the USA, rather than undergraduate study with preliminary English training of up to a year, there are already anecdotal reports of a slow decline in Saudi students among English language programmes; who were in second position in terms of student weeks in 2006 (see chart).

And not all institutions had success in this domain anyway: “The Saudi government will not approve scholarships for community colleges,” relates Ken Bus, Director of the International Education Program at Glendale Community College in Glendale, AZ. Bus reports only stable numbers at his programme overall, although he does cite rising numbers of students from Vietnam within the nationality profile. “They are now our number one nationality,” he says.

Elsewhere, a range of nationalities such as Korean, Chinese, Colombian, Vietnamese, Kuwaiti and Turkish are also signalled as important source markets by other education providers. “Brazilians are finding it easier to get the visa and with their strong currency, numbers are up,” reports Ryan Boyd of Language Systems in Los Angeles, CA, who also predicts a 15 per cent growth in numbers overall for 2008.

While enrolment figures are generally very healthy, industry associations UCIEP and AAIEP have been busy campaigning for further change that would benefit the short-term ELT market. There are three main areas of focus; short-term visa entry, accreditation (see left) and the Sevis fee, which students must pay to fund a centralised student tracking database. Both organisations oppose a proposed hike in the fee from US$100 to US$200.

May Arthur at AAIEP explains, “The AAIEP president and advocacy streams, with members of the UCIEP Steering Committee, are in close contact with AAIEP lobbyists who in turn work constantly with key legislators critical to international education exchange.”

One area of focus is pushing the proposal that short-term students should be able to enter the country on a tourist visa if studying for less than six months. As Kevin Beisser, Assistant Director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ESL Programs, points out, this would greatly improve the working environment for language programmes, and such a proposal has been included in a bill that is working its way through congress.

Arthur offers hope that the message is being heard: “Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is proposing a new visa category for short-term academic study,” she says, adding that if it is approved, “This visa will be categorised as F4.”

Overall, the prognosis is good for the USA. Arthur says AAIEP is expectant of further growth in the future. “With a weak dollar, attractive destinations and quality programmes, more and more students will choose the USA as a destination,” she says.  



Quality goal for the USA

Michelle Alvarez, President of UCIEP, states that the regulatory change it is supporting, aside from the Sevis fee amendment, is “the requirement of accreditation of intensive English programmes”. She notes that UCIEP steering committee members liaise with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State about such issues.

Kara Bundy, Marketing Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, supports this position. “If intensive programmes were required to be accredited in order to issue I-20s for students visas, quality would be more consistent and therefore the reputation of language programmes in the USA would be less subject to the bad experiences of unfortunate students who end up in unethical programmes set up to make money rather than educate the students,” she asserts.

This is certainly the direction that the UK has gone in, and the USA could be the next country to follow suit. Anthony Bailey at Kaplan Aspect points out another problem that occurs when less reputable language schools are able to operate. “One issue we find is that some students take advantage of quality programmes like ours to strengthen their [visa] applications,” he says, “with the intention of transferring out to cheaper, lower-quality schools when they arrive.” If only quality accredited schools were able to operate, perhaps this problem could be averted.

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ACCOMMODATION
UK Guests Ltd  

AGENTS / CONSULTANTS
Boa Lingua  
Bridge Agency
      Overseas Education
      Centre  

ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS
Eaquals
      International  
Education
      Christchurch  
English Australia  
IALC International  
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
MEI~Relsa Ireland  
Perth Education
      City  
Quality English  

INSURANCE
Student Guard
      Insurance  

SERVICES
Internet
      Advantage  
Your World on
      Monday  
InTouch  

TELECOM SERVICES
Business Telecom
      Systems  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

WORK EXPERIENCE
English Bay
      College  
Kaplan Aspect
      Opus Programme  
Rennert Bilingual  
Twin Group
      (Ireland, UK)
  
WORKSHOPS / EXPOS
IALC International
International
      House World
      Organisation  
Langton Network
      International  
MEI-~Relsa Ireland  
Quality English  

ARGENTINA
Ecela -
      Latin Immersion  
Pasantias
      Argentinas  

AUSTRALIA
Australia4U  
Geos International
      Schools 
      (Australia,
      New Zealand)
Griffith University  
Language Studies
      International  
Pacific Gateway
      International
      College  
Shafston
      International
      College  

BELGIUM
Ceran Lingua
      International
      (Belgium, France,
      Spain, UK)
  
CANADA
Bodwell College  
College Platon  
East Coast School
      of Languages
      (ECSL)  
English Bay
      College  
English Language
      Training College
      (ELTC)  
English School
      of Canada  
Global Village
      (Australia, Canada,
      USA)
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto  
ILSC  
Intrax International
      Institute  
iTTTi Vancouver  
Language Studies
      Canada  
Language Studies
      International
      Vancouver  
Lethbridge
      College  
National School of
      Languages  
Red Leaf Student
      Program and Tours
Richmond School
      District #38  
Saint Mary's
      University  
Seneca College  
Stewart College
      of Languages  
University of
      Victoria  
Vancouver Island
      University (VIU)  
Vanwest College  
YMCA International
      Language School,
      Montreal  

CHINA
Mandarin House  

CZECH REPUBLIC
Karlov College  

EGYPT
IH Cairo  

ENGLAND
Ardmore Language
      Schools  
      (UK, USA)
Bell International 
      (Malta, UK)
Camp Beaumont  
Hampstead School
      of English  
International
      House Newcastle  
International
      House World
      Organisation  
InTuition Languages
      
(Australia, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, South America,
      Spain,UK, USA)
IP International
      Projects GmbH 
      (England, France, 
      Germany, Spain)
Kaplan Aspect 
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South Africa,
      UK, USA)
LAL Language and
      Leisure  
      (Canada, Cyprus,
      Ireland, England,
      South Africa,
      Spain, Switzerland,
      USA)
London Metropolitan
      University  
Malvern House
      College London  
Millfield School  
Plus
      (Ireland, Italy,
      UK, USA)  
Queen Ethelburga's
      College  
St Giles Colleges
      (Canada, UK, USA)  
Study Group  
       (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)
Twin Group  
      (Ireland, UK)
University of Essex -
      International
      Academy  
Wimbledon School
      of English  

FRANCE
France Langue  
Langues Sans
      Frontieres  
Silc - Séjours
      Linguistiques 
      (England, France,
      Spain) 

GERMANY
Carl Duisberg
      Centren 
      (England, Germany) 
F+U Academy  
GLS
      Sprachenzentrum  
Inlingua Berlin  
International
      House Berlin -
      Prolog  

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English  
Centre of English
      Studies  
      (Ireland, UK)
English in Dublin  
Irish College of
      English  
ISI - International
      Study Institute
      Ireland  
Language College
      Ireland  
Swan Training
      Institute  

ITALY
Babilonia  

JAPAN
Tamagawa
      International
      Language School  

MALTA
Alpha School of
      English  
Clubclass
      Residential
      Language School  
EC English
      Language Centre  
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Iels - Institute of
      English Language
      Studies  
International School
      of Languages  
NSTS  

NEW ZEALAND
Education
      Christchurch  
Languages
      International  
Seafield School of
      English  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and Activity
      Camps  
      (England, Ireland,
      Scotland, Wales)
University of Stirling  

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies  
EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres
      Cape Town  
Good Hope Studies  
Interlink School of
      Languages  
LAL Cape Town  
Shane Global
      Language Centres -
      Cape Town  

SPAIN
Esade - Executive
      Language Centre  
International House
      Sevilla - Clic  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL  
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute  

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
       (Australia,Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England,France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)
Eurocentres
      International  
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      
Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Spain, Switzerland,
      USA)
IH Geneva  

USA
ALCC - American
      Language &
      Communication
      Center  
ELS Language
      Centers  
Global Immersions
      Inc  
Manhattan
      Language  
Rennert Bilingual  
University of
      California Riverside
Zoni Language
      Centers  
      (Canada, USA)