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The 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”. Students from the Balkan region are somewhat adjusting their preferences, opting for more affordable opportunities to attend language courses and summer camps. In addition, the rising school fees in the UK only exacerbated the whole situation. Consequently, Prodirekt and its Verbalists Language Network “experienced an increase in bookings to Malta, an alternative English learning destination to the UK,” added Maja Merdovic.
This slight shift in destination choice to more accessible areas is also partly due the UK’s lengthy, complex and costly procedure for obtaining an entry visa, which is not needed for Malta.
Agents from regions close by the Balkans, such as Turkey and Russia, noticed a similar trend in their students’ interests, with growing number of students considering Malta in 2015.
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.
Called the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española, or SIELE, the test is modeled on English exams such as the TOEFL and IELTS, and debuts in 2016. According to an estimate provided by officials at the Cervantes Institute, 300,000 people will take the test in its first year, with that number rising to 750,000 by 2021. READ MORE
From East to West, North to South, and whether we understand them or not, accents can really make us weak in the knees. The latest worldwide survey analysed 11,000 single people around the world and found that British accents are the most attractive on a first date. READ MORE
La mia ROMA Italian language travel
As legend has it, Rome, Italy, was founded by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, in 700 B.C. The former Caput Mundi, or Capital of the World, sits beneath Palatine Hill, where the ruins of its original incarnation are open for exploration.
No Rome tour is complete without stopping by the remains of the Temple of Saturn and Arch of Septimus, both located in the Roman Forum. Get in touch with your inner gladiator and stop by the Colosseum, a relic of Roman bloodsports and perhaps the most recognizable element of the city.
Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure you’ll return to Rome one day; don’t toss in two coins unless you’re ready to fall in love with a Roman. Continue your Rome sightseeing in St. Peter’s Square, home of St. Peter’s Basilica. The world’s largest church, designed by Michelangelo, is both a remarkable structure and a tribute to faith. You can look down from the famous dome to the Holy Square, which is usually filled with the faithful looking to obtain a blessing from the Pope. After this, it’s just a few steps to restaurants filled with Italian food. Forget coming back to Rome – you’ll never want to leave.
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The Heart ♥ Emoji (for love) is top word, Pope Francis topped by Ebola as top name, “Hands Up, No Shoot” is top phrase
For the first time ever the most used word of the year is actually not a word – it’s a graphic symbol. The heart-shaped emoji topped an annual survey by the Global Language Monitor, having appeared billions of times a day around the world. READ MORE