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Study in the UK Education News: UK is missing out on talent as eastern European enrolment plummets
25-FEB-2022 | According to figures released by UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK, there are significantly fewer Eastern European undergraduate applicants for places at UK universities in 2021 than in recent previous years. This fall in applicants is not seen across Europe, as study visas from countries such as France, Germany and Spain are relatively robust.
The Communication and Languages Group recognized as one of LinkedIn’s “most engaging”
LinkedIn has just recognized the Communication and Languages Group as one of the best managed and most engaging groups on LinkedIn and selected it for their Inner Circle Program. The participation in the Program means that this Group will be afforded higher exposure and special features on the LinkedIn platform, thereby further enhancing its members’ experience and readership of the published content.
Australia’s new Strategy for international Education sets the government’s strategy for the next ten years. According to the report “The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that dependence on a small number of markets is not sustainable.” Students from only five countries make up 72% of the international student population in Australia. This has flagged the over-concentration of source countries as a risk to the Higher Education Sector.
France’s new biometric identity cards, issued on August 2 last year, contain for the first time both French and English translations of all the fields, such as ‘name’, ‘address’, and ‘nationality’. This has sparked a big controversy. The French Academy, charged with defending the French language, is threatening to take the government to court over the use of English on the country’s new identity card.
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24-JAN-2022 | The British Government announced today that people arriving in England from abroad will no longer have to take Covid tests if they are fully vaccinated. The changes will be introduced from 4am on 11 February.
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17-JAN-2022 | The Hungarian government has announced that the Foreign Language Learning Program has been postponed until 2023, with no Hungarian students due to study in the UK or any other destinations as part of the initiative this year.
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11-JAN-2022 | The US Department of State has adjusted its guidance for consular officers who approve study visas for prospective international students. The recent update should help prevent US student visa denials based on speculative determinations by consular officers.
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07-JAN-2022 | Study in Canada as an international student – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signaled reducing visa processing times and expanding immigration pathways for international students as priorities for the new Immigration Minister to work on. Canada has also confirmed further extensions for online study and postgraduate work eligibility.
Today, we bring one positive update – fully vaccinated students traveling to England are no longer required to complete a pre-departure test and they are not required to quarantine upon their arrival in England.
Of the world’s 6,500 living languages, half will cease to be spoken by the end of this century. Most of these endangered languages are oral speech forms, with little if any traditional written literature. If undocumented, these tongues – each representing a unique insight into human cognition and its most powerful defining feature, language – risk disappearing without trace. READ MORE
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English-taught programs outside the main English-speaking destinations
10-DEC-2021 | British Council and Studyportals just released a report showcasing the global growth of English-taught programs. Almost one in five English-taught programs are now offered outside the UK, United States, Australia, and Canada, the Big Four English-speaking destinations.
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07-DEC-2021 | The emergence of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have had an immediate impact on student mobility and travel. Governments around the world are shutting their borders until further notice to several African countries and increasing border protocols such as testing and quarantine requirements.
As a leader in interactive teaching and learning, at the Verbalists Language Network we talk a lot about inspiration. But what does it really mean for you as a teacher and how can you feel inspired yourself and become inspirational for others? Verbalists partner Céline Aloé talks about inspiration in our new episode of Speak Your Mind! READ MORE
From 4am on November 22nd, all under-18s worldwide will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate on arrival. In addition, the UK government will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL). As a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to the list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefiting more fully vaccinated people from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India.
The world’s largest B2B-networking gathering in the education industry was held in Berlin from 31st of October until the 3rd of November. 1,767 international education professionals from 120 countries joined the event virtually and in Berlin, bringing the education community together again!
British English is much like the people of Britain themselves: down-to-earth and full of character. We compiled the list of our favorite British phrases, 25 of them, that we believe will confuse anybody who didn’t grow in the UK. These phrases aren’t just handy for holding a conversation though – they’ll also give you an insight into just how the Brits tick!
What is a Mind Map? A mind map is a diagram that organizes information in a radiant structure around a single central topic or idea. Instead of whole sentences, mind maps consist of keywords, short phrases and images.
Mind maps are extremely useful for three main purposes in language learning:
The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year.
Canada announced a significant expansion of its Student Direct Stream (SDS) on 9 July 2021, with students from seven new countries throughout the Americas now eligible to participate in the expedited program for Canadian study permits. READ MORE
Every summer, Verbalists Education & Language Network’s students explore the depths of secret London and wander around the top London museums and attractions while attending the famous English learning program My LONDON. With more than 1,000 galleries and museums in London to discover, this city offers the perfect opportunity to our students to develop their skills and learn new things outside the language classes.
With travel restrictions gradually loosening and global borders reopening, one of the world’s leading language networks Verbalists Education, owned by PRODIREKT, launched a promotional campaign aiming to position Malta as the top language tourism destination for this summer. The decision came as no surprise, as Malta has established itself as a safe destination for travelers from around the world. The Language Network’s promotional efforts will be supported by its continued partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and the ELT Council.
PRODIREKT and the Verbalists Education & Language Network have partnered with the world’s leading teacher training experts so that our member teachers and education professionals can achieve better results, and more motivated, inspired and involved learners.
Since the beginning of 2021, we have combined forces with NeuroHeart Education and Neurolanguage Coaching to promote structural changes in Education, Languages and Communication. Rachel Paling, an International Game Changer in Education, in particular, the education of languages and a creator of Neurolanguage Coaching®, will be delivering a series of free webinars and workshops which will help to introduce coaching in education, as well as the practical application of neuroscientific findings and principles in the learning process. READ MORE
After our last year’s success with the iTeach project, when together with UKLC, a reputable provider of UK-based language courses, we helped iTeach become a leading online learning platform for EFL teachers, this year we partnered with NeuroHeart Education and Neurolanguage Coaching, headed by Rachel Paling, an International Game Changer in Education, in particular, the education of languages. Rachel has created the method and approaches Neurolanguage Coaching® which incorporates professional coaching and principles of neuroscience into the learning process. READ MORE
Welcome to Verbalists Education, a world’s leading language network. Our YouTube media channel Speak Your Mind!, features opinions and interviews with celebrities and professionals about education, languages and communication skills. Today, Thom Jones, a well-known language trainer from Great Britain, speaks his mind about the native English speakers’ supposed superiority over their non-native counterparts.
What a great way to learn English! If you want to explore Los Angeles, a hub of glamour and the center of the American film and TV industry, then Verbalists’ active LOS ANGELES Program is ideal for you. From the iconic Hollywood sign to the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica, you will be sure to enjoy your time in the California sunshine. But that’s not all! You will also get to live the life of an American university student for a short period and experience the benefits of the world-famous UCLA campus.
This year’s rankings are launched at a challenging time for the whole world, with COVID-19 impacting universities and students alike. The latest QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.
A while ago, I came across an interesting article published in The Guardian, entitled: Could language be the key to detecting fake news? The proliferation of deliberately misleading speeches, articles, websites and social media posts has led to many researchers trying to work out what the linguistic characteristics of fake news are.
The Verbalists Language Network brings you active NEW YORK Program in partnership with KINGS EDUCATION, the world’s leading provider of English courses. The program is available all year round and is designed for students (age 16-25) who want to improve their English but still have plenty of free time outside of class. It’s very flexible and of great value!
If you want to “parla Italiano” well, then you have to learn how to punctuate your words with the myriad hand gestures that are such an important part of Italians’ spoken communication. Those gestures convey subtle differences in meaning which can be hard to pick up on. One article in the New York Times claims that Italians use around 250 gestures daily. READ MORE
By now, you know that Canada is one of the most popular study destinations in the world for international students. But did you know that Canada is also actively seeking more immigrants and has a number of immigration programs designed to attract specific groups of immigrants who have Canadian education and work experience? Gaining a higher education diploma in Canada from an approved education institution is one way to qualify for Canadian permanent resident status.
💥BIG PROMOTION HAS BECOME EVEN BIGGER💥 – TOTAL SAVINGS INCREASED FROM $5,000 TO UP TO $7,000 READ MORE
Join our most popular English learning program in the UK – My LONDON, and we will take you on a memorable trip to experience the magic of Christ Church, one of the largest colleges of Oxford University, both in terms of land and students.
English Summer School Promotion – Every day is a new opportunity to give our best and at Verbalists Education we have decided to keep the magic alive. Enroll in our My LONDON Program by December 31 and earn £100 off your next English language travel experience! Of course, a RISK-FREE course booking policy continues to be valid in 2023. Click here or on the bellow link to learn more about the program:
The Verbalists Education & Language Network invites to complete a British Council Teaching for Success MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the FutureLearn platform. There are three FREE courses available and if you are an English Teacher and working in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen – the British Council will even cover the cost of your certificate! Continue reading “Free English teacher training courses”
22 Nov 2020 – On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.
For international students wishing to study in the UK, the new post-study work visa provides the opportunity to work in the UK after graduation. READ MORE
01 Nov 2020 – This month, the UK government changed the immigration route for students! What used to be the ‘Tier 4’ route has become the ‘Student’ route. Most of the changes are not significant but they might affect you. PRODIREKT academic advisors have put together a handy guide for you to understand the rules on the new UK visa procedures for international students.
You might know that music therapy has proven effective in managing stress, but did you know that neuroscientists have determined the most relaxing song? Give it a listen in the video at the end of this article, then decide if you agree with their findings.
According to a marketing study conducted by Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, the most relaxing song in the world is Weightless, by ambient band Marconi Union. The song was produced by the band in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy for the purpose of stress reduction.
A guy meets a blind date in a restaurant and his brain goes into overdrive, with an epic struggle between the logical and inhibited left side and the emotional, impulsive right side. Which part of his brain will win? READ MORE
There are plenty of museums that revolve around visual art — now words are finally getting their due. An interactive museum dedicated to words and language is opening on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Planet Word is designed to educate visitors about language, with exhibits focusing on the spoken, sung, and written word. The 51,000-square-foot space is located inside the historic Franklin School in the heart of DC. READ MORE
Even after years of education or learning English, there are still some things in grammar that can be messed up. It’s easy for grammar mistakes to slip by.
Based on our extensive experience in teaching English, we have prepared one of the most comprehensive lists of common mistakes made when writing or speaking English. The Verbalists Language Network brings you the 200 grammatical errors we all need to stop making. Once you see which mistakes resonate with you most, make a mental note to avoid them in the future, or just bookmark this page to remind yourself of them again and again. READ MORE
The power of role models and their influence on us cannot be underestimated. This is particularly true for young people. Whether they are a parent, an athlete, a musician, an actor, or someone else, young people are going to latch onto someone and their accompanying philosophy. They will be influenced by that person’s words, because at their young age they lack the experience and wisdom to know otherwise. When it comes to celebrity role models, media and educators can enhance celebrities’ positive or negative influence on teens, so do we then have the responsibility to channel and explain the messages conveyed by the famous? READ MORE
An English audio book is the perfect solution when you are learning the English language. Not only will you be able to practice your comprehension, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of many everyday words. When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. Today, Verbalists Education brings you one of the most exciting audio books. READ MORE
20 Sep 2020 – Non-EU students whose programs have moved online due to the pandemic will not be permitted to enter Germany this year. Those enrolled in programs delivered according to a hybrid model, a mix of both in-person and online, will not be affected by the government’s decision. READ MORE
Amir Gwirtzman is an Israeli jazz artist who has mastered over 20 woodwinds from all over the world. Although Gwirtzman demonstrates his genius talent on dozens of instruments from the flute to the soprano sax to the bagpipes, his magnificence lies in his unique live creation of a “band.” What’s better than one Gwirtzman? Five Gwirtzmans. How is that possible? READ MORE
15 July 2020 – The US government has rescinded its 6 July immigration rule that would effectively have barred international students from entering or remaining in the US if their program of study transitioned to online delivery.
The education sector in the US – along with state governments and other stakeholders – banded together to launch a number of legal actions and it was during one of these lawsuits, launched by Harvard University and MIT, that the repeal of the directive was announced. Close to 200 universities supported MIT and Harvard in their lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. READ MORE
A new US immigration rule will prevent foreign students from entering the United States if their planned program of study transitions to online delivery for the fall 2020 semester. Similarly, students already in the country may be required to depart if their programs move to online instruction.
On 6 July, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a rule change setting out “temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester.” READ MORE
We are delighted to confirm that our long-term partner and one of the best British language schools St Giles International will be opening its doors to students from the 13th July 2020! And, the great news doesn’t stop there. Today, the UK Government also announced that from 10 July 2020, passengers arriving from the travel corridor countries will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England. READ MORE
The nice weather has arrived and we are all excited about the re-opening of the borders and returning back to normal. We are pleased to announce that our partner language schools are open again and will be delivering language programs this summer. Some of the most popular programs you may see here.
English language learning while experiencing all the sights, sounds and spirit of London
For our students who prefer a very dynamic approach to language learning, we have devised exciting and unique study travel packages – My Language Experience programs. What makes them unique is the opportunity to bring the culture of the chosen location into the heart of the learning environment, thus turning language lessons into an unforgettable experience.
Verbalists Education’s trademark is action-packed language learning programs and camps, and Summer School in Malta is the most popular of those.
Every week during the summer new groups of our young learners arrive in Malta to experience English classes, activities and excursions organized by our long term partner and a leading language school in Europe – Institute IELS.
During their stay in Malta students are accompanied and looked after by the Verbalists Language Network group leaders.
We at Verbalists Education and PRODIREKT want to introduce you up close and personal to our partners and friends at ILAC Canada. Rather than behind their work desks, let’s meet them in their stay-at-home mood 🙂
In the below video you will see the wonderful ILAC people who have been helping our students for many years to get the best out of the Canadian education and Canada, thank you guys! READ MORE
The Verbalists Language Network brings you Berlin College Program in partnership with GLS, the leading German language school, which was awarded by Study Travel Magazine five times the “best German language school in Germany” award. The program is designed for 16-18 old students who want to combine German courses with lots of fun activities in Berlin.
We just received this video postcard from the first group of our students who attended our Summer School in Malta. They wanted to thank us for the best summer they ever had…their words, not ours :). Many thanks to all of you guys for this FuNTASTIC video!
Discover Berlin and make the most of your summer with a German language summer camp by the lake!
The Verbalists Language Network is famous for its young learner programs, which are designed and coordinated with the world’s best language schools in such a way as to extend language learning beyond a classroom setting.
There has been a long and heated debate among linguists and publishers about this popular comma. A song was even written about it. ! It has also earned many names – Oxford Comma, Harvard Comma, Serial Comma…however, in this brief intro, we will stick to “Oxford Comma.” It is interesting that the Oxford Comma originated from British English, but is more used in American English. There are many debates and views about the Oxford Comma, yet we Verbalists like the best the article made by Oxford Royal Academy. So, let’s meet this “serial offender” up close. READ MORE
Actors, musicians, leading professionals and many other distinguished people are also members of the Verbalists Communication & Language Network. We bring you today the highlights of our last summer’s interview with The Jive Aces, who have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 jive & swing band. READ MORE
Is it time for a new online direction in your teaching career?
Teaching English online is becoming more popular all over the world, giving learners and teachers flexibility in where and how they develop English language skills.
Join free FutureLearn course to find out about the skills, knowledge, digital tools and resources you need to design and deliver effective online English lessons. Gain insights from online teachers, trainers and learners and share ideas with other course participants.
This course will help you better understand how to adapt your face-to-face teaching skills to an online environment.
What topics will you cover?
The context of English Language Teaching online
Contexts: learners and learning
Strategies for developing rapport and engagement
Dealing with classroom management in an online classroom
Key skills needed to be an effective online teacher
Tips for finding learners and channels to deliver online learning
How to plan and deliver online skills lessons
Developing reading skills
Developing writing skills and dealing with errors online
Developing speaking skills
Developing listening skills
How to plan and deliver online language lessons
Clarifying and practising language
Dealing with pronunciation
How to continue your professional development as an online teacher
Getting feedback on your teaching
Evaluating and reflecting on your teaching
Joining online communities of teachers
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
Demonstrate the key skills and knowledge needed as an online English teacher
Plan and deliver lessons to develop receptive and productive skills
Understand how to develop language skills
Reflect and improve on professional practice
Who is the course for?
Experienced or recently qualified teachers who would like to transfer their teaching to a live online context.
Who developed the course?
Cambridge Assessment English
Cambridge Assessment English is part of the University of Cambridge who helps millions of people learn English and prove their skills to the world.
FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has ten million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives.
It used to be – and not that very long ago – that the list of most important languages in the world to know would have been quite small. French, English, Spanish, and German would have made the list, plus a handful of others depending on where in Europe and Asia one lived. Accordingly, these were the languages most in demand by students across the world looking to extend their linguistic repertoire beyond their mother tongue either for career or cultural/personal reasons. READ MORE
💥 Learning German in Berlin: Verbalists in Action and Nadine’s Story 💥
Our young learners and adult German language students can improve their German throughout the year in one of the best language schools in the world – German Language School (GLS). Verbalists’ close partnership with that highly awarded school dates back to 2007. Ever since the start of our cooperation we have received nothing but praises about GLS from many of our students.
19-AUG-2019 | Our student Milos Todorovic improved his English skills this summer at Kings Education. This Serbian dentistry university student attended a four-week Super Intensive English course at Kings Boston, one of the world’s best educators, specializing in university pathways and English language teaching in the US and UK.
The Importance of Student Testimonials – An Agent’s Perspective
In this day and age selling has become quite an aggressive business – be it the selling of tangible products as well as the selling of services. Education, is by no means an exception to this rule. Nowadays we are living in a world which uses every possible medium to spread the world about whatever it is that Company X or Business Y has to offer. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when it boils down to making a decision about their future, students all over the world need all the reassurance they can get.
The Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe, has unveiled an international education strategy including a target to welcome 500,000 students by 2027, the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU students, an increase in English-taught courses, and more welcoming student visa policies.
The strategy to attract 500,000 higher education students, an increase of approximately 50 per cent within a decade, was introduced by the Prime Minister in a speech this week and is built around three pillars: welcome, fees, and overseas influence.
One of the major changes of the new strategy is the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU students from September 2019. READ MORE
The UK Department for Education has announced the expansion of accelerated two-year degree programs for universities in England, following a consultation period.The government said that two-year bachelor degrees would encourage new providers into the market, help students to fast-track their way into the workforce, and create “an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility”.
The UK Department for Education has agreed to a new fee system which will allow providers to charge 20 per cent more per year for domestic/EU students, a fee structure that will provide a saving to students of at least 20 per cent (approximately UK£5,500) for the total cost of a degree, he said. The proposals for courses fees will require parliamentary approval.
The government response to the scheme does not detail course fees for non-EU students. For standard three-year degrees, fees are capped for domestic/EU students, but providers are free to set fees for non-EU students.
A US based education group and academic consultancy PRODIREKT, which also owns the Verbalists Language Network, has partnered with the leading education event organizer Advent Group to promote their Access MBA and Access Masters tours. Access MBA and Access Masters tours represent a series of events that take place in over 55 cities around the world. The tours bring together elite international business schools and high-caliber candidates. READ MORE
Once again, ICEF was very successful in bringing international educators, service providers, work & travel professionals, and the world’s best agents under the same roof, helping them to create strategic partnerships. In fact, the ICEF Berlin workshop, which was held from 3-6 November at the InterContinental Hotel, proved to be the best so far for Prodirekt and its Verbalists Education & Language Network. A total of 2,842 participants from 1,789 organizations, representing 111 countries across six continents, took part in ICEF Berlin 2018. READ MORE
Festivities across Italy typically begin on Good Friday with church service attendance and continue through Easter Monday, or Pasquetta.A popular Italian proverb dictates, “Natale con I tuoi, e Pasqua con chi vuoi,” or, “Spend Christmas with your family, and Easter with whomever you like.” While many continue to spend Easter with their family, more and more extend the celebrations to friends.
A new study from AFS Intercultural Programs provides some fresh insights into the perspective of younger millennials on study abroad.
Mapping Generation Z: Attitudes Toward International Education Programs surveyed 5,255 students in 27 countries between March and December 2016. The survey finds that six in ten Gen Z respondents – that is, those aged 13-to-18 years old – have considered study abroad. With some variation by home country, between 57% and 75% indicated that their main motivation in going abroad was to seek out new cultural experiences. READ MORE
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
This fantastic destination film takes us on one unique journey in Malta – from lounging on St.Peter’s pool beach to discovering the colorful village of Marsaxlokk, mingling with the fishermen and relaxing on the traditional Luzzu boats marked by “Eye of Osiris”, there is a whole island of stunning views to wake up to. Add to that the famed old capital of Mdina, the imposing Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, and magnificent cliffs in Gozo and it’s easy to understand why most of the people start planning their return trip to Malta before they’ve even left the island the first time.
WardrobeTrendsFashion announced the 2016 Best Fashion Schools rankings, featuring top-performing fashion institutions in the world. The Best Fashion Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 300+ fashion schools. London has once again dominated the Fashion Schools Rankings, with five schools featuring in the top ten, more than any city in the world.
London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM), takes the No. 1 spot, followed by London College of Fashion at No. 2 and New York based Parsons School of Design at No. 3. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses.
Studying in a world-renowned fashion school is practically everyone’s dream. London has a long history of developing some of the world’s most renowned fashion designers with Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen an example of just some of London’s former students. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Stella McCartney, contact here the Verbalists Language Network and PRODIREKT group and we will help you find the right English and/or fashion course for you.
The following shortlist of 100 top fashion institutions have been ranked according to 3 factors: learning experience, influence, and value. READ MORE
Get cozy this winter with some tea or coffee and a good book. Reading can open your mind to brilliant new worlds and take you to a new level of English language learning. By choosing your first English books wisely, you should have a very positive experience, and we are going to help you get there. Ready, bookworms? Let’s jump in! READ MORE
With international students paying up to three times as much in tuition as in-state residents, public research universities in the United States are increasingly turning to foreign student recruitment to offset cuts in state support for higher education.
The number of international students in the US has increased more than 40% in the last decade. In 2015/16, international student enrollment in America surpassed the one-million mark for the first time. With foreign student numbers now at an all-time high, international education has become a big business in the US. NAFSA estimates that international students contributed US$33 billion to the US economy in 2016, while supporting more than 400,000 jobs. READ MORE
The junior market – that is, students under the age of 18 – has been a growth segment in language travel in recent years. Demand is being driven by a greater emphasis on foreign language learning in markets abroad, and by an increasing interest on the part of parents in boosting their children’s language proficiency. However, the junior segment is also susceptible to economic conditions and other market disruptions and some destinations – notably Canada and the UK – saw a decline in junior numbers in 2015. Overall, the segment appears poised for further growth and development, and consumer demand is shifting to more specialized programs for youth, including courses focused on preparation for academic studies abroad. READ MORE
A recent study written by Bernd Wächter and Friedhelm Maiworm published by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) collected survey data from European education institutions to examine their use of programmes taught in English as a tool to increase mobility.
Data collected by ACA in collaboration with the Gesellschaft für Empirische Studien (GES) and StudyPortals BV shows that the number of English-taught bachelor and master programmes – referred to in the study as English-Taught Programmes (ETPs) in non-English-speaking European countries has more than tripled over the last seven years. READ MORE
University tuition fees are set to be implemented for international students enrolling in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, becoming the first province to move away from the current country-wide tuition-free model for all students. The proposal, led by the state’s Minister for Science, Research and the Arts, Theresia Bauer, is expected to be introduced from the 2017-18 winter semester.
Speaking to StudyTravel Magazine, spokesperson for Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Jochen Schönmann, said, “We expect the final tuition fee would be announced within the first quarter of 2017. EU1,500 is a guideline figure.” READ MORE
Berlin, Germany – 7 November 2016 – The Verbalists Language Network had one of the most successful education fair attendances this year in Berlin. Over the course of the three-day workshop, 1,583 organizations from 100 countries came together at ICEF Berlin to network, learn, and build meaningful connections through 27,267 onsite business meetings. Among the 2,444 participants 1,032 were education agents and 1,412 were educators, service providers, industry associations, or work and travel organizations.
The following ICEF video postcard features highlights from the world’s most important education workshop and the event feedback of Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager with Verbalists, made by Schools & Agents. READ MORE
In the course of examining world markets for student housing and housing investment, global real estate services firm Savills has arrived at an interesting analysis of relative cost of study for major cities around the world.
Let’s first acknowledge that comparing costs of study is always a tricky business. Currency values never stop moving around each other, “apples-to-apples” comparisons among institutions and programmes can be elusive, and some of the sharp differences in costs between major cities and smaller towns often get smoothed out into national averages.
That’s in part what makes the Savills estimates noteworthy. They are focused on larger cities, where international enrollment is often concentrated. They also look exclusively at the relative costs of purpose-built student housing (PBSH), and at the tuition costs for non-specialist STEM degree programmes (e.g., mathematics) at institutions ranked in the top tier of the QS global rankings.
Savills has rendered all of those costs in a common currency – US$ – and has arrived at a summary of average monthly costs of being an international student in 23 major world cities. READ MORE
Rankings are not everything. But, the world university rankings do provide significant information about the standard of a particular university. When it comes to study abroad, almost all international students look up the world university rankings to compare the universities against each other. But, which ranking system is the best; and which league table you should refer to?
According to the recently published Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, University of Oxford is the No. 1 University in the world for 2016-17. But, last month QS ranking put MIT on the top of the table for 2016-2017. Before that, Harvard University got the coveted position of being the No. 1 University in the Shanghai Ranking, also known as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
So, which of the three ranking systems is the most reliable one, and which ranking table should be referred by the international students? READ MORE
13 Oct 2016 – The British government is considering further restrictions on student visas in line with its often-stated goal to reduce net migration to the UK. In a 4 October speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that the government will shortly open consultations on student immigration policy.
She also set out a case for two-tiered visa system, where visa policy is linked to the quality of the program or institution: “I’m passionately committed to making sure our world-leading institutions can attract the brightest and the best. But a student immigration system that treats every student and university as equal only punishes those we should want to help.” READ MORE
Possibly the most obvious thing that has endured in Oxford is the architecture. That’s partly down to Oxford being lucky to face very little damage during the Second World War, unlike so many other of Britain’s medieval cities. Where, for instance, the medieval centre of Coventry was almost completely destroyed, Oxford survived. READ MORE
Verbalists language students asked us to recommend some good places to go out in Barcelona since most of them usually visit the same old Spanish Bodega bar or Irish pub? We have prepared, with our partner Don-Spanish school, a list of 5 cool bars in Barcelona for a different experience. Have fun! 🙂
1. Paradiso– a classic speakeasy hidden behind the supposed refrigerator doors of a little pastrami bar. Entry into Paradiso gives you the feeling of being part of an elite and luxurious private club in the twenties – with prices to match! Don’t expect anything cheap in this impeccably decorated bar, however rest assured that the cocktails are some of the most creative, indulgent and delicious that you can find in Barcelona. Address: C/ Riera Palau, 4 READ MORE
In this video, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others. Viktor talks about the importance of being an idealist, or what he called the real realist. As he shared, “If we take a man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take a man as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be.” READ MORE
A recent study comparing tuition fees charged by UK universities for the coming academic year reveals that the cheapest classroom-based undergraduate degree course for non-EU students costs UK£9,500 at Bucks New University.
The most expensive course for non-EU students studying at a university in the UK in 2016/2017 is the post-graduate MBA, which costs UK£49,000 and UK£50,000 respectively at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. International students can also undertake an MBA course for a more reasonable UK£11,250 at the University of Birkbeck and UK£5,400 at the University of Plymouth.
The course fee for UK students for an undergraduate classroom-based course is capped at UK£9,000 and averages UK£8,891, while the average fee for non-EU students is UK£13,394. The difference between fees for UK and non-EU students is more extreme for postgraduate courses where an average fee for home students is UK£6,486, while for non-EU students the fee is UK£13,442 for classroom-based courses and UK£20,956 for clinical courses.
This tuition fee comparison study is pertinent this year after the recent ‘Brexit’ vote by the UK, which could result in EU students no longer being classed in the same category as UK students and eligible for the lower fees. The report shows that the gap between home and international undergraduate fees has grown significantly in the last few years with international student tuition fees rising by 18.6 per cent since 2013. The current cap for tuition fees for UK and EU students is set to increase to £9,250 in 2017/2018.
At the time of writing, UK£1 = US$1.3
By Bethan Norris
Senior Editor, StudyTravel Magazine
Oxford was among the 9 finalists in the The European Commission competition, launched to find the next European Capital of Innovation for 2016. The “city of spires” was shortlisted for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem. READ MORE
Prestigious universities in Britain (“Russell group” universities) welcome applications from the brightest and the best students worldwide. There is no magic formula for success… you must have an excellent school record and show that you have the stamina to work hard in a very competitive environment.
Almost certainly you will apply to University (and remember the closing date for Oxford and Cambridge and for courses such as Law and Medicine at some other universities is earlier, October not January!) before the results of your final school examinations, or A Levels, or IB. This means that your previous results ((I) GCSE or equivalent) are very important, since it is the only solid evidence that admissions tutors will have of your academic ability. Typically Oxford expects at least 6 A* grades in GCSE. READ MORE
Love them or hate them, these are the newly created words and abbreviations on everyone’s lips, that is keyboards 🙂
Nowadays, our communication often happens online, so the Internet has developed almost its own language. This language is even more casual and has many abbreviations (shortenings of words and phrases). The English language on the Internet changes almost every day, as sayings, images and videos “go viral”.
Much of Internet slang is made up of abbreviations and shortenings, and some of the most commonly used Internet abbreviations are:
UK visa policy has deterred international business students and caused an 8.6 per cent decline in non-EU intake last year, according to a report published today by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) which also highlights the integral role of agent-based recruitment in the sector. READ MORE
Every summer, Verbalists Education & Language Network’s students explore the depths of secret London and wander around the top London museums and attractions while attending the popular My LONDON program. Well, we thought it would also be nice to prepare the list of the things to do in London for our students who will be taking English courses in London during the springtime.
April in London means that the city finally comes alive with warm weather, outdoor pursuits and a whole heap of energetic things to do, so we propose the following activities:
DISCOVER CENTRAL LONDON BY BIKE: Spring has sprung so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hop on a bike. Even better, do it while admiring London’s most famous landmarks — join this guided cycle tour around the city for an afternoon of fun and fitness. You’ll see Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace as well as the working City of London and playful West End. The bicycles are comfortable, tours are safe, and suitable for all abilities. £24/£22, 4 April & more dates, 10am, see more here
LEARN HOW TO SHOOT LIKE ROBIN HOOD (suitable for kids from age 14 to age 17 and adults): Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a Robin Hood? Join the hugely experienced 2020 Archery team for your first shooting experience. You’re guaranteed serious fun with bows and arrows & guidance from the best instructors who’ll take the time to get you up and running and see you hitting the target. These ‘get started in archery’ sessions are fun and easy-going. Most importantly you will be shooting safely throughout the experience and (relatively!) accurately by the end of the 1.5 hrs. Your instructor will also introduce you to some key archery expressions (ends, nocks etc). The experience will finish with you learning how to score and participating in a mini-competition. These sessions are held in one of two conveniently located venues in the London Bridge area. Learn a new skill and have fun doing it!See more hereREAD MORE
The big advantage of summer schools in Spain is the opportunity to combine study with a vacation on the Mediterranean coast. The Verbalists Language Network takes you to one of the most Mediterranean cities and one of the best summer schools in Spain.
The universities in Netherlands are asked to stop marketing their degree courses to international students in order to cut the number of overfilled classrooms and reduce their impact on the country’s housing shortage.