Has language learning in the UK been affected by the strong Pound? The leading European agents speak out…

How the strength of the UK Pound affected language education, VerbalistsThe Study Travel Magazine, one of the best known and most read publications in the education and travel industry, published in its December issue several responses from the leading education agents in East and Southeast Europe on the subject of the strength of the British Pound and its impact on language education opportunities around the globe.

Commenting on how the rise of the British Pound has affected people’s choice of destination for language learning, Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager at Prodirekt, said that “it has created significant problems for language travel in price sensitive markets”. READ MORE

More than 75 percent of health care professionals in Serbia are thinking about leaving the country

BELGRADE – More than 75 percent of health care professionals in Serbia are thinking about leaving the country, according to the results of a research on health workforce migration, which could destabilize the country’s health care system.

Serbian medical workers are looking for work in GermanyPresenting the findings of the research “Migration of Health Care Workers from the Western Balkans: Analyzing Causes, Consequences and Policies”, the researchers said that the economic motives had a significant influence on migration.

“The results of the research have shown that more than 75 percent of doctors have considered leaving the country either at some point in their lives or recently. The percentage is even higher (81 percent) among respondents under 35 years of age,” said Dr Maja Krstic, a research associate from Serbia.

She pointed to difficult economic situation and low income, poor working conditions, low employment options and lack of prospects as the main reasons why health care professionals would choose to emigrate.

The Serbian Medical Chamber has issued around 2,000 “certificates of good standing” to medical doctors since 2012, and the number keeps rising, Krstic said, adding that no data were available on the possible country of destination or the length of stay.

At the end of 2014, 2,644 doctors in Serbia were unemployed.

US records overseas student growth

International students in the US by region of origin, July 2015 compared with February 2015
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The total number of international students on F-1 (academic) or M-1 (vocational) visas as of July 2015 was 1,054,505, SEVP said in the Sevis by the Numbers report. The figure represented a 6.9 per cent decrease from the February 2015 total, but was a nine per cent rise compared with the same period in 2014.

There was also a 22 per cent increase to 244,766 international student participants in the J-1 visa exchange program in the last quarter, which covers areas such as summer work travel and short-term secondary school study.

China, the largest source country, provided 301,532 students as of July, around 30,000 more than at the same period last year. India was the only major Asian source market to register growth over the first quarter of 2015, with a 2.5 per cent rise to 149,987, and had the highest year-on-year increase at 31.9 per cent. Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada completed the top five source markets.

California was again the largest host state with 178,740 international students, followed by New York (120,161) and Texas (78,354). The three states combined accounted for 36 per cent of the country’s international students in the last quarter. With 11,891 international students, the University of Southern California was the largest host campus.

The full Sevis by the Numbers report is available here.

UK rejected half of EU doctors for poor English

A shocking 45% of the doctors who applied to work in the UK were barred after failing to prove their English-language skills.

English language education for doctors

About a year after the EU’s freedom of movement rules were amended to require medical doctors to pass a language proficiency exam in order to practice medicine in an EU member state in the doctor’s non-native language, a shocking 45% of the doctors who applied to work in the UK were barred after failing to prove their English-language skills.

IELTS examsDoctors from non-Anglophone EU member states must achieve a sufficient score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in order to receive a license to practice medicine in the UK. Out of all the applicants, 779 were rejected. According to the UK’s General Medical Council, only one-third of 245 Italian applicants passed the English requirement; 40% of the 174 Greek applicants passed; and less than a quarter of French applicants earned a license to practice medicine in the UK. Polish and German applicants proved to be the most competent in English, with 69 of 114 Polish doctors and 53 of 79 German doctors scoring at least a 7.5 out of 9 on the IELTS. The IELTS is widely considered to be more challenging than other popular English proficiency exams, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).

The recent language requirement, which came about after a German doctor administered an overdose of painkillers killing a patient in the UK in 2008, aims to ensure that the language barrier never interferes with a patient’s right to appropriate medical care.

Education trends in 2015

For many in the international education industry, January isn’t the beginning of a new year but the continuation of the previous, especially for those working to academic cycles. It follows suit that some seeds for business and collaboration in 2015 were sown last year, although developments in the sector will also be dictated by the unpredictable global marketplace. Whether you’re picking up where you left off in 2014 or starting afresh, here are the emerging trends to look out for in the new year. READ MORE

Education abroad and studying in Germany (VIDEO)

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Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. And studying in Germany makes more and more sense.

Teaching and research have a long tradition. German Universities have a very good reputation, especially when it comes to technical subjects. And with the introduction of bachelors and masters degrees, as well as more courses and lectures being held in English, Germany can finally compete to attract the world’s brightest.

Source: DAAD